The Adventures of Peter Pan (Peter Pan No Bouken in Japan; officially titled Peter Pan and Wendy by the animation studio) is an Anime adaptation of Peter Pan produced by Nippon Animation, as a part of the World Masterpiece Theater.
While the story starts out similar to the original book, later episodes have new villains alongside Captain Hook—Sinistra, the Queen of Darkness, and her henchmen. The heroes also gain an ally in Princess Luna, who struggles with her heritage as the granddaughter and heiress of Sinistra.
It was distributed in the U.S. by Saban Entertainment back in the 90's, but good luck finding it on Youtube.
Not to be confused with Peter Pan & the Pirates, which was made shortly afterward.
This anime contains examples of:
- Acrophobic Bird: The characters are unable to fly once they reach Neverland, making it that much easier for the writers to put them in danger. The exception is Peter Pan himself, who completely averts this trope by flying all the time.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime massively expanded on the mythos of Peter Pan with all the characters occasionally getting the focus on them for at least an episode each, plus a bunch of new characters — most importantly with Princess Luna and her evil grandmother Sinistra.
- Adaptation Name Change: Wendy's mother, traditionally named Mary, is here renamed as Elizabeth.
- Affably Evil: Captain Hook, along with the rest of his crew.
- Base on Wheels: After Hook destroys their treehouse, the Lost Boys rebuild their house on Cinderella the Second.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Croc sometimes shows up just in time to save Peter and his friends from Hook, mainly so he can eat Hook.
- Bittersweet Ending: Neverland is saved, Luna is restored, and the Darlings get to return home. Although Wendy and her brothers never see Peter Pan again or return to Neverland, Wendy’s daughter Jane and other children get to join Peter for new adventures.
- The Bus Came Back: The Memory Bird shows up in episode 36 just in time to save Wendy and to take her to the Maze Castle.
- Butt-Monkey: Tootles. Due to him being a screw-up, Peter, Tink, and the other Lost Boys tend to pick on him a lot.
- Canon Foreigner:
- The Cameo: Rascal the Raccoon appears in several episodes.
- Damsel out of Distress: The Wendy of this adaptation is more Hot-Blooded than the standard portrayal. She yells at Hook when he has her prisoner, almost manages to go Talking the Monster to Death on him (only stepping on the wrong spot at the worst time possible interrupts her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him), befriends Princess Luna in spite of her origins, and ultimately it's thanks to her Heroic Sacrifice that Luna turns back to the side of good.
- Dark Magical Girl: Princess Luna. Considering that she was raised by her grandmother Sinistra to become a Princess of Darkness, can you blame her?.
- Dark Is Evil: Sinistra and her followers have a black motif, are associated with darkness, and become the show’s main villains.
- Fake Defector: Cecco, for a short time. He pretends to be defecting from Hook after being subjected to a cruel punishment, but is actually trying to help Hook infiltrate Peter’s cottage.
- Demonic Possession: Wendy suffers from this in Episode 28 due to the bracelet that is meant for Princess Luna. Fortunately, she returns to normal.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Captain Hook, despite his efforts to kill Peter and his friends, loves his deceased mother. He celebrates the anniversary of her death as her son rather than as a pirate captain and he has several of her trinkets in his cabin.
- Starkey, one of Hook’s crewmen, has a younger sister whom he misses and loves very much. He reads her letters and has a pendant, which contains her picture.
- Luna’s grandmother, who takes over the role as the central villain, has some love in her heart for Luna. Luna, who isn’t evil, in return cares about her grandmother and hopes to find the White Mirror and restore her grandmother’s heart.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hook’s crew talks about how despicable Tink was to sell out her friends to Hook and that she’s the second worst person they know with the first being Hook himself.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Like in the other continuities, Tinkerbell. With a twist, though: it's via using up all of her fairy Life Energy to destroy a Death Trap that is about to kill Peter, collapsing almost dead in his hands. When Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys step in, Peter hands the almost dead Tinkerbell to Tiger Lily and asks her to save her, before going to rescue Wendy; Lily takes Tinkerbell to the Fairy Realm and gets her cured.
- Hidden Depths: Hook's crew of pirates is much smaller in numbers in this version, leaving room for each of them to have more personality and development than most adaptations. One good example is the letter Starkey got from his sister, which Wendy actually reads to him.
- Hooks and Crooks: Starkey has a hook shaped sword.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Wendy, towards the Face Heel Turned Luna. She almost dies when Luna stabs her in the middle of it, but it ultimately works.
- Light Is Good: The White Mirror is the only thing that can restore Neverland.
- Lima Syndrome: When Starkey and Alf captured Wendy to appease Hook, Starkey started to care about Wendy. He yelled at Alf when the latter stated their concern for Wendy’s safety was only because she was hostage and he eagerly wanted to hear her rendition of “Snow White”.
- Magic Mirror: Wendy gets thrown into one during the Grand Finale, and by Hook of all people. Then she finds Princess Luna inside that mirror world...
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: John (Shrinking Violet) and Tiger Lily (Action Girl).
- Minion with an F in Evil: Smee, as always. The rest of Hook's crew also becomes this when they're drunk.
- Mushroom Samba: Peter Pan and John eat cursed ruby flowers that caused them to think negative thoughts. They returned to normal when Wendy discovered some real ruby flowers underground.
- Non-Indicative Name: Luna's a princess of light, not darkness.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The big advantage Peter has over Hook's crew is that he can fly. Anyone who can't has more than enough of a reason to fear them.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: Actually averted. The Darling siblings are almost always depicted as this, but in this particular adaptation they manage to get their normal clothes before being whisked away by Peter.
- Perilous Old Fool: The main characters are visited by none other than Don Quixote himself who claims that he defeated Hook all by himself. This is later proven to be a tall tale and the old “knight” struggles to properly fight Hook or his crew. He also gives John unusual tips on how to fight, further proving that he lacks any fighting skills and thinks he’s the greatest knight ever.
- Sick Episode: Episode 14 focuses on both Wendy and Captain Hook being sick. Michael and two of Hook’s pirates go to the Snow Mountain to retrieve ice to cool their fevers.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Luna's evil side fully takes over the girl after Sinistra is killed. It takes Wendy's Heroic Sacrifice to make her return to normal.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Jane, Wendy’s daughter, has her mother’s blonde hair, red hair ribbons, and blue eyes. Peter and Tink initially mistake her for Wendy before she introduces herself as Wendy’s daughter.
- Tiger Lily is a Type A. Specially towards John. There was a whole episode dedicated to their first date, with John trying to be a gentleman to her — only to either misfortune to happen or to have Lily utterly tsuntsun at him.
- Wendy is very much a Type B. She's the most maternal and sweet girl, like any other of her incarnations, but this one also gives her a Hot-Blooded side that makes her downright scary when she gets mad.