the original story provides examples of:
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "Second to the right", not, as in the Disney version, "Second star to the right". As a result of Disney's adaptation, most adaptations have Neverland be literally a star, when it was not in the original novel.
- Continuity Nod: Captain Hook is revealed to have been at Eton College. This was hinted at in the original play note , and confirmed by J. M. Barrie, it in a speech he gave at Eton in 1927.
Disney's Peter Pan provides examples of:
- Acting for Two:
- Traditionally in the stage play and musical, and in the 2003 movie, Captain Hook and Mr. Darling are played by the same actor; in this case, it's Hans Conried. In the Disney version, they still bear a resemblance, and are voiced by the same actor. Interestingly, J. M. Barrie wanted Captain Hook to be played by Mrs. Darling's actress, but was evidently overruled.
- JMB didn't really intend a message from the dual roles; it was mostly to get more use out of a single (rather good) actor, who'd otherwise be sitting around for half the performance.
- Actually, it may be intended to make a point as Hook is, in the book, described as being somewhat feminine, as Barrie envisions all pirates to be. It is something to do with Hook's intuitiveness at times.
- From the first book, chapter eight: "In his dark nature there was a touch of the feminine, as in all the great pirates, and it sometimes gave him intuitions."
- Effeminate pirates, eh?
- Helloooo, sailor!
- Actor Allusion: Wendy shares a voice actress with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and several scenes play this up. Her general personality resembles Alice in the first place, and her rambling to Peter when she first meets him seems to call back to how much of Alice in Wonderland is taken up of Alice talking to herself.
Peter: Girls talk too much.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Averted. In both movies, Peter is voiced by males: Bobby Driscoll in the first movie and Blayne Weaver in Return to Neverland. In fact, the Disney version was the first one to have a male play Peter's part rather than a female.
- Development Hell: This was intended to be Disney's second theatrical film, but Walt didn't get the rights to it until 1939, when J.M. Barrie bequeathed the ones to his play to him. Then, he began developing the story and character designs, and intended it to be his fourth film. However, the onset of World War II put the brakes on this — along with several other films — and it became Disney's fourteenth entry in 1953. This also resulted in the movie appearing as an Early-Bird Cameo along with Alice in Wonderland as a storybook on the shelf at the very beginning of Pinocchio.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Wendy is voiced by the same girl who voiced Alice in Disney's version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- Hook is voiced by Hans Conreid, a popular radio star who would later be known as the voice of Snidely Whiplash.
- Mr. Smee and most of Hooks crew are Bill Thompson, who also voiced Ranger J. Audobon Woodlore, the White Rabbit, the Dodo, King Hubert, Jock, Joe, the Irish Policeman, Bull, Daschie, Uncle Waldo and of course Droopy and Wallace Wimple. Mr. Smees voice is basically The White Rabbit with the occasional Cockney accent.
- The Indian Chief would also become one of Malefecents Goons and Fidget.
- The Squaw was Woman of a Thousand Voices June Foray.
- The Mellowmen did the singing for both the Pirates and Indians.
- in the sequel and other media:
- Many years after the old dub, the Brazilian voice of Peter Pan became Dumbledore.
- In the Japanese dub:
- Milestone Celebration: Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Discs and high definition digital copies came out exactly 60 years after the theatrical premiere. Disney drew a surprisingly small amount of attention to this fact in the advertising, not even writing "60th Anniversary Edition" on the Blu-Ray cover.
- Old Shame: While the film was a success, Walt Disney didn't like the title character himself, citing that he was cold and unlikable.
- Disney animator Marc Davis said in an interview that he feels this way toward the Indians, saying that they would have portrayed them differently if the film were made today.
- What Could Have Been: The original version of the film was much, MUCH darker.
The musical adaptation provides examples of:
- Acting for Two: Mr. Darling and Captain Hook are played by the same actor, which, like Peter being played by a woman, is tradition. Wendy also plays her own daughter, Jane, when Peter returns years later. Interestingly, J.M. Barrie's original intent was to have the same actor/actress for Captain Hook and Mrs. Darling. Whether the actor would be male or female is unknown. The 2014 NBC adaption breaks tradition somewhat, so Mr. Darling and Smee were played by the same actor. This is most likely because Christopher Walken was cast as Hook, and would seem too old to father 12-year old Wendy and her even younger brothers.
- Never Work with Children or Animals: Defied; the 2014 live broadcast is the first production to have a real dog as Nana.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: When Allison Williams was cast as the lead in the 2014 NBC live adaptation, she made a lot of fans realize they were pansexual.
- The Triple: How Allison Williams told Jake Lucas and John Allyn, who were cast for the 2014 live TV production as John and Michael Darling respectively, that they got their parts.
*Jake and John are called into a room, where they are greeted by Allison and several members of the production team*
Allison: Hi, guys! I just had a couple of questions. Um, the first one is: does the idea of like, learning how to fly, does that sound fun to you guys?
John: Oh, my God, fun!
Allison: Does the idea of like, learning how to fly with me sound like fun?
Jake: Sounds good!
Allison: Do you want to?
Allison: *softly* Good, 'cause you guys got it! *They embrace*
- Vindicated by Cable: Many people have fond memories of this being aired on television almost annually. Averted as how the last airing was in 1990, and unless you've actually been in the stage play, it's not likely you'll find anyone in this generation that's either watched it or heard of it. Copies of it on VHS can be very pricey, even more so with DVD since it only received a limited release in that format. Keep Circulating the Tapes, indeed!