YMMV / Peter Pan

The original novel and play

  • Moral Event Horizon: The pirates' massacre of the Indians is this for Hook.
  • No Yay: Wendy/Hook. Good god, Wendy/Hook. "For a moment she was entranced by him." See the 2003 film version as well.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Peter Pan is such a sociopath it can be hard to cheer for him in the final battle on the pirate ship.
  • Special Effect Failure: There have been many accidents with the tethers during the stage adaptations.
  • Toy Ship: Peter and Wendy. Also Wendy and Hook, depending on the handling of the adaptation.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The boys go out and have adventures, and Wendy is their 'mother' and does all of the cooking and mending. At the end of the story Peter returns to London to find Wendy grown up, and her daughter goes off with him for a month to do his spring-cleaning. The whole story is built around children's fantasies, so the fundamental premise is that its' boys' fantasies to have adventures with pirates and Indians and the like, and girls' fantasies to be mothers and keep house and that's all. (Tiger Lily is an exception, being described as a formidable warrior, but the only scene we really see her in is when Peter saves her and she more or less disappears from the story after that, making her a Faux Action Girl.)
    • The horribly racist depiction of the Indians, particularly after Peter saves Tiger Lily.
    • The insinuation that all families have/need both a mother and father, which is blatant in the Disney adaptation.
  • The Woobie: Say it with Wendy and me, everyone—"Poor Tootles!" Despite being the only Lost Boy who might accurately be called "nice", he's Born Unlucky and his self-esteem is virtually non-existent. Not to mention that he's always saying things like this:
    "I did it...When ladies used to come to me in dreams, I said, 'Pretty mother, pretty mother.' But when at last she really came, I shot her."

The Disney animated film

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie adds "star" to the book's quote "Second star to the right and straight on til morning", which is almost invariably how the phrase is quoted, often even with mistaken attribution to Barrie.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: By the time of her musical number in Peter Pan's hideout, Wendy doesn't want to go back home because she misses her parents. She wants to go home, because of the bad experiences she's had in Neverland. Said experiences include Tinkerbell trying to kill her, the Mermaids trying to kill her, the Indians treating her like a slave, and Peter laughing at and/or ignoring her through the whole thing.
  • Awesome Music: If you can get past the nowadays-offensive lyrics, What Made the Red Man Red? is definitely worth a listen for the musical accompaniment alone.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The crocodile looking at the camera and smiling. Even Peter looks confused.
  • Broken Base: The movie itself has entered this in the modern age. Some still view it as a Disney classic, while others feel it's a bad adaptation. The racist portrayal of the Indians doesn't help.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The 'Indians' of Never-Land are so ridiculously caricatured, and so many different native cultures are mashed together, that for some the initial 'Were the animators really this racist?' reaction gives way to 'I'm not laughing at the film, I'm laughing at the ignorant bigots who animated it.'
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Tick Tock the Crocodile, probably for having the funniest moments.
    • Tiger Lily is also the only Native American character that is somewhat well-liked.
    • The Mermaids, especially on Tumblr.
    • And who could forget Tinkerbell?
  • Evil Is Cool: Captain Hook, again. It was said that Hans Conried really had fun doing Hook's voice.
  • Fair for Its Day: The movie's embarrassing portrayal of the Indian tribe was actually one of the more positive representations of American Indians at the time. Supervising Peter Pan animator Marc Davis once said: "I'm not sure we would have done the Indians if we were making this movie now. And if we had we wouldn't do them the way we did back then." But still, Disney has done what it can short of censoring the film. For instance, the Blu-Ray has a feature that allows the viewer to jump to each of the film's musical numbers, but "What Made the Red Man Red" is not one of the selections available.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first words in the film (by an unnamed narrator) are "All this has happened before...and it will happen again."
  • Ho Yay: Hook and Smee. Smee seems to live for nothing more than serving Hook, which he does quite cheerfully. He's also quite the bumbler, and yet Hook hasn't killed him yet, despite shooting a man for singing distractingly or hurling one overboard for an irksome comment. He also calls exclusively for Smee with insane gusto any time he needs saving, and during the 'life of a pirate' song there's the affectionate little feather tickle Hook gives Smee, and Smee seems quite smitten by it. In Return to Neverland the octopus gives Hook a kiss with one sucker, which Hook accepts with no problem because he thinks it's from Smee. Smee also gives the Captain a rough massage.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Tinker Bell. As she's so small (being a fairy) she only has room for one emotion at a time. She spends far more of the movie being broken-hearted than jealous.
    • Captain Hook qualifies too. He may be evil pirate that most definitely Would Hurt a Child, but he's such a miserable, pathetic loser that suffers more than he deserves and, unlike most Disney Villains, has an understandable reason to want to kill his nemesis.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "SMEEEEE!!!"
    • Captain Hook shooting the accordion-playing pirate, whose song is usually replaced with a different song in YouTube Poops.
    • "We were only trying to drown her!"
    • A GIF of Wendy smiling and blinking, with the subtitle "Internally screaming", is a minor meme on Tumblr.
    • Think of Batman pooping snakes. Explanation 
  • Narm: The explosion that destroys the Lost Boys' lair creates a cloud so big it reaches the ship. Yet not only do Peter and Tinker Bell survive (despite being literally next to the bomb when it went off), they're both completely fine afterwards.
  • Never Live It Down: Despite them being minor characters, the racist portrayal of the Indians is probably the single most infamous part of the film.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • One-Scene Wonder: The mermaids are in one scene, but are well remembered by many, particularly their Memetic Mutation line.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A good number of people prefer Captain Hook over Peter Pan himself. This is probably due to the fact that, unlike other Disney villains, Captain Hook has an understandable reason to want and destroy his nemesis. That and the abuses he continually suffers from seems more undeserved than anything, putting him straight into Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain territory. Where he crosses the line, of course, is by lashing out at perfectly innocent people in his quest to get at Peter, even if he thinks that's the only way he can succeed. It should also be noted that his own crew hates him because they never get to do fun pirate stuff, but have to constantly aid and abet a revenge quest they don't give a rat's ass about.
    • Continued with the sequel, Return to Neverland. While the captain was made more vicious and sinister, he still winds up being the most sympathetic character, as, even without the crocodile, his abuse continues (this time even more so). By the end of the film, the Jolly Roger even gets destroyed, leaving him and his crew without a home.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Tinker Bell has her own spinoff franchise. In a more meta sense, she's more recognisable as the Disney mascot. When one thinks of the Disney version of Peter Pan, Tink is the first thing that comes to mind.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Following the Leader" sounds very similar to the folk song "Charlie is My Darling".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The hardcore JM Barrie purists criticised the portrayal of Tinker Bell for her Hotter and Sexier image and emphasising her Clingy Jealous Girl nature.note 
    • Removing the "I do believe in fairies" scene gets some criticism too. Especially since Tinker Bell inexplicably recovers from being nearly blown up.
  • Toy Ship: Peter/Wendy. Also Peter/Jane in the sequel.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Captain Hook. See Jerkass Woobie and Rooting for the Empire.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Watching "What Made the Red Man Red?" today can be... uncomfortable to say the least.
    • To a lesser extent, the mermaids are a lot racier than one would expect from Disney. One has Godiva Hair and another is only covered by her flower necklace. The next time Disney would do mermaids, they would all wear a Seashell Bra.
    • The amount of sexism that's present (from degrading comments said by the main character, to the fact that nearly all the female characters are either defined by their crush on the lead, or their cattiness) can be very, very uncomfortable to sit through, to the point that it's hard to just enjoy the film.
    • Most girls today would find getting their own room and no longer having to share with their younger brothers a FAR more attractive prospect than Wendy did.

The live-action film

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • "Both hands." Probably doubles as Squick for many.
    • "You'll never make a man out of me!"
  • Awesome Music:
    • Well, the music was after all, composed by James Newton Howard. So awesome that Disney stole it for use in their Disneyland commercials.
    • Just try and not get chills when the kids first fly to Neverland.
    • "Clocks" by Coldplay, which was beautifully used in the trailers. This was when Coldplay was first coming out, and did a lot to get them noticed.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Captain Hook gets this treatment a lot in fanfics, usually just because he's played by Jason Isaacs. He's usually depicted as the Draco to Wendy's Hermione.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Slightly, the Lost Boy who arrives home late and gets adopted by Aunt Millicent instead. The actor who played him only did the one film but was surprised at his character being so remembered years later.
  • Evil Is Cool: Jason Isaacs plays Captain Hook as a pretty badass villain in his own right.
  • Foe Yay: The film turns this Up to Eleven between Hook and Peter.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: All the talk about Peter being afraid of love and of his own sexuality becomes funny if you know that Jeremy Sumpter went on to star in a notoriously bad Lifetime movie about a teenager getting addicted to internet porn.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Peter. Hook too, to some extent, but this version constantly squanders this sympathy.
  • Memetic Molester: Hook, mainly thanks to his lack of personal space, tendency to grab the protagonists whenever they're close enough, and the incredibly creepy way he first greets Wendy when she wakes up on his ship (stressing her surname into an endearment).
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The more monstrous portrayal of the mermaids and the only one to date to actually show the stump of Hook's severed arm.
    • Hook's eyes actually do turn red as he attempts to murder an unarmed Peter Pan.
  • No Yay:
    • Sometimes the response to the Hook/Wendy dynamic, including from several professional reviewers. Word of God says they didn't realize when they were shooting just how that was going to look on film. Never mind that it's a pretty accurate portrayal of Wendy's attraction to Hook in the novel. One reviewer didn't have a problem with that as much as with his perception of Hook's attraction to her.
    • The Foe Yay between Hook and Peter can fall into this category, too.
    • One reviewer speculated that a lot of the creepiness could be attributed to the fact that Hook has No Sense of Personal Space with either of them. At all. Jason Isaacs has mentioned in interviews how incredibly uncomfortable some of that was to portray.
    Jason: Never work with children, animals or animal-like children.
  • Tear Jerker: Hook giving Peter a verbal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, implying Wendy will leave and forget him, in order to break him.
  • Toy Ship: John with Princess Tiger Lily. (Mostly) one-sided with Wendy and Peter, too.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The fairy dance scene in particular.

The musical

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The common one is that Peter is actually a lesbian trying to convince Wendy that she's a boy. And Captain Hook is dumb enough to fall for it.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Christopher Walken in the 2014 live show. People are pretty well split between his being terrible, or the best reason to watch. Or both.
  • Fridge Logic: So Hook's actual last name is Hook? That's awfully convenient, isn't it?
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many tuned into the December 2014 TV adaptation either to see Christopher Walken (and his dancing skills). Alternately, many were upset at Pan for casting a white actress as Tiger Lily, and tuned in to support NBC's choice to make her Native American, and the song she sings in her language accurate to real Native American culture.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm: The 2014 live film asking the viewers to save Tinkerbell via Twitter. At least they didn't go so far as having Peter actually say it, but that hashtag pulls you right out of the moment. Fortunately but unsurprisingly, home video prints don't include such a caption.
  • Never Live It Down: Allison Williams preemptively lecturing people about "hate watching" the 2014 live show. Many resented feeling like they were being told they needed her permission to snark at it, with predictable results.
  • Sophomore Slump: Among NBC's first three musicals of The New '10s (The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz), Peter Pan received by far the worst premiere night ratingsnote , and also became the only one of the three to receive zero Emmy Awards.
  • Special Effect Failure: The HD cameras used for the 2014 performance made it rather hard to hide the actors' wires, and sometimes even the overhead lighting.
  • Values Dissonance: A ceremony the Indians hold for Peter consists mainly of singing gibberish meant to sound like a native language. Averted with the December 2014 live-action TV adaption, which not only specifically cast a Native American actress as Tiger Lily, but replaced the gibberish with actual Native American dialogue, in an effort to be more respectful. For some, this was not a substantial-enough change.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Many observers' reaction to the decision to cast Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, since Walken looks nothing like the character out of makeup. Another main criticism was that Alison Williams looks too feminine for the role, looking more like a Tomboy or Butch Lesbian than a boy.

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