Plot: What’s it about?
Youngsters are often told bed times stories to help them sleep, tales of adventure and fantasy that carry them off to a new realm once they’re asleep. One such story is the legend of Peter Pan, the young man who refuses to grow up, and lives with his Lost Boys in a magical place called Never Land. Wendy, John, and Michael all hear that tale, many times over, before settling down in bed, so many times that they had the story memorized. They would act out the tale, playing different roles, trying to bring the legend to life, if only in their bedroom. One night, the legend would truly come to life, as Peter Pan pays a visit to their home, and offers to sweep them away to Never Land to enjoy all the fun that awaits there. With a little sprinkle of pixie dust and a happy thought, Peter and his sidekick, Tinkerbell, have the kids flying out the window, on their way to Never Land. But not everything in Never Land is fun…the nefarious Captain Hook and his water logged crew are there, with intentions of evening the score with both Peter Pan, and the “tick tock”ing crocodile that forced him to have a hook instead of a hand. Can Peter and his friends rescue Never Land from the pirates or will Hook have his revenge and rule Never Land?
This film is another in the long line of true animated masterpieces by Disney. The animation is superb, with great attention to detail, fluid movements, and a nice cast of characters. This movie has put some indelible faces to the myth of Peter Pan, the foremost being Captain Hook. Anytime I hear the story or even a mention of it, I think of the cartoon version of the Captain, who still looks as nasty as ever. Disney’s visual replication of Peter has also stood the test of time, and is the image many conjure up when thinking of Pan. And let’s not forget Tinkerbell, she’s a symbol of Disney’s history as well. Now, I like Julia Roberts in Hook, but this animated Tinkerbell is tops with me. The idea of this film is that no matter how old we are, we are always as young as we are in our hearts. Just because you are old does not mean you have to feel old, you can feel as young as you wish, as long as you have your dreams. This is one my favorite Disney films because of the deep, rich tapestry this story weaves, and how well Disney set the legend to this picture.
Of course, I am biased about this film, because I love all things swashbuckling, pirates and swordfights, you name it. The action in Peter Pan is fast and fun, with Hook stopping at nothing to gain his revenge, and Peter trying hard to make the Captain look as foolish as possible. This is a great, fun adventure movie for the whole family, with a little something packed in there for everyone. The antics of Tinkerbell are worth the price of the disc to me, as she brings some unique comedy to the feature. As with all the recent Disney animated releases, the price tag is high, but this disc is worth the money. One of Disney’s all time best, it warrants a place in the collection of all fans of Disney and adventure fans as well. I’m not sure how the new Disney moratorium works for these initial releases, but the original plan was to release them for sixty days, then pull them for ten years. In any case, it might be able before this title is available again, so I suggest you pick up a copy to enjoy.
Video: How does it look?
This disc is stunning. Peter Pan has never looked this smooth and rich. I was suprised, because this is an older Disney movie, yet it shows no sign of age at all. The colors, especially during the flight scenes, is breathtaking, blues are deep and full, a truly beautiful transfer. Black levels are perfect as well, with no shadow problems. The transfer of the animation is also great, and it loses nothing making the jump to this disc. A wonderful transfer!
Audio: How does it sound?
Not much here, aside from a few musical numbers. The dialogue is nice and clear, and the effects sound good as well. This movie is just that audio driven, but it still sounds good.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Nothing. No really, nothing.