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28 November 2009

Peter Pan

directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske

Perhaps my favorite of all Disney films, this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s everlasting children’s play is one part dreamy, three parts whimsy and nine thousand parts amazing. To love Disney films is to love the vastness of the child’s mind, the endless realms of possibilities that exist there, before it is slowly killed by responsibility, work, and the general whittling away of the human spirit by adulthood. That may sound cynical, but it doesn’t make it any less true. It’s a good thing that a fair few of us can rage against the dying of that light (Walt Disney, Roald Dahl, J.M. Barrie, and Charles Schulz, to name a few) and keep the set of eyes necessary to see the magic of adolescence. Peter Pan is the ultimate expression of youth, a boy who essentially willed his eternal childhood into existence, rounding up a gang of other youngsters to traipse through the forest with and find adventure. But when he chases his shadow into the Darling household one fateful eve, the three siblings are forever changed. Peter takes them to Neverland where they encounter The Lost Boys and get into it with Captain Hook. It is fun at its purest level, and if possible, watch the film with a niece, nephew, young sibling, grandkid, anyone who will help bridge that gap and find the Peter Pan hiding in all of us.

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