The latest addition to the long list of Peter Pan adaptations, The New Adventures of Peter Pan is the first television show to feature the day to day adventures of Peter, the Darlings, the Lost Kids and the Pirates since Peter Pan & the Pirates aired over 20 years ago.
Set in the 21st Century, the story revolves around a more modern incarnation of the Darling family (smart phones and laptops both make appearances in the London segments). The story alternates between modern London and the ageless Neverland, and the Darlings travelling back and forth between the two.
In many ways, the show can be seen as a more lighthearted spiritual successor to Fox's Peter Pan, with both focusing on the day to day interactions and adventures of the cast as opposed to retelling the Peter Pan story or trying to serve as an origin story.
The New Adventures of Peter Pan contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Aside from Wendy and Tiger Lily who definitely qualify, there is also Meera (The girl with cornrows), Cynthia (The girl with blonde hair) and Maia (The brunette with feathers in her hair) who are the Lost Girls of the Lost Kids.
- All Just a Dream: John thinks the plot of The Secret of Long John Pepper is this. Michael proves him wrong.
- Animation Bump: Some of the episodes have notably smoother and more varied shots, as well as better animation of hair and fabric.
- Apocalypse How: Never Land is almost frozen in "Big Danger" when Michael gives away his teddy bear.
- Band of Brothers: And Sisters! Cynthia, Meera, Maia, Chubs, Baby and Stringbean are Peter's Lost Kids in this adaption.
- Baleful Polymorph: In "Sulk City" Hook gains the head of a mule.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Smee and Micheal learn this the hard way in "Sulk City".
- Big Sister Instinct: Wendy is revealed to have this in the episode "Squeaky Clean", she even goes as far to blame Peter for the fact that her brothers were captured by Hook's crew. At the end of the episode when Wendy goes to apologise to Peter, he good-naturedly pushes her attempt aside to point out the fact that she was simply trying to protect her brothers.
- Continuity Nod: At the end of the first episode Wendy is seen reading from the "Peter Pan" book; in "The Wild Melodies" while watching John perform the piano in Kensington Gardens, Peter is seen hiding behind the statue of himself; The Lost Kids (Called that because there are girls, not just boys) aren't Nibs, the Twins, Cubby, Tootles, Slightly, they're Cynthia, Meera, Maia, Chubs, Baby and Stringbean; and in the episode "Origins" its revealed that John, Michael and Wendy's Grandmother knew Peter when she was a little girl and that the Darling children seen in the series are the descendants of the original Wendy Darling herself.
- Dirty Coward: Hook.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Tinkerbell wears leaves around her ankles, but goes barefoot. Since she's nearly always in the air, she doesn't really need to wear shoes.
- Easy Amnesia: Hook in "Lost Hook".
- Evil Twin: Smee and Michael accidentally create them of Hook and Wendy in "Sulk City".
- Eyes of Gold: Micheal.
- Glad I Thought of It: Hook to Smee all the time.
- Growing Up Sucks: Wendy in "Lost Hook".
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Peter states that he has have chosen to remain young in "Peter's Birthday."
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Peter can't have a birthday, or a birthday party, or he will grow up.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Asbjorn to Hook in "Treasure Hunt".
- Older Than They Look: Peter, confirmed to be this multiple times by the fact that Wendy has several different versions of the "Peter Pan" stories, the statue of him shown in "The Wild Melodies", and in the episode "Origins" it's revealed that Peter has been befriending multiple generations of the Darling family for over a century by the Darling children's grandmother (Also called Wendy) and the fact that their Great-Great-Grandmother is the original Wendy Darling herself.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: Actually averted. The Darling children are depicted in regular day clothing when Peter comes to take them to Neverland each night.
- Really 700 Years Old: Peter is confirmed to be this by the statue of him in Kensington Gardens shown in the episode "The Wild Melodies".
- Recursive Canon: Wendy is shown to have a copy of the "Peter Pan" book and the show features the statue of him in the Kensington Gardens in the episode "The Wild Melodies", the episode "Origins" reveals that the Darling children shown in the show are the descendants of the original Wendy Darling, giving off the impression that just like Hook, the implication given is that J.M. Barrie's play and eventual novel is a sensationalized account of true events.
- Setting Update: As mentioned above, the real world portions are set in 21st Century London. Also averted by the fact that Wendy, John and Michael aren't the actual Wendy, John and Michael shown in the "Peter Pan" stories; they're actually the original Wendy Darling's descendants, which is a clever nod to the original book.
- Ship Tease: Peter and Wendy; he even kisses her on the cheek (Much to Tinkerbell's dismay) in the episode "Global Warming" before being dragged out the window by Tinkerbell.
- Shout-Out: Asbjorn, one of Hook's pirates, is sometimes shown wearing an helmet identical to Grendizer's head.
- Spiritual Successor: To Peter Pan & the Pirates.
- Snipe Hunt: Peter is sent on one by Wendy and Tiger Lily in "Peter's Birthday".