Vinyl Pan finally made his way to the Peter Pan corner at Disneyland!
My thimble hanging on a portrait in the Peter Pan corner on Disneylands Main St. Starbucks.
What follows is a blog I wrote for my now-defunct movie blog, about one of my favorite movies. I wrote this partially in response to a review posted by the Nostalgia Critic, because he asked a few plot hole questions that I actually knew the answer to. But there were others that I have heard before. Why do I know these answers? Because I wrote my senior thesis on Peter and Wendy. The amount of notes I have on this book is absolutely ridiculous. Enjoy or not. I love talking about movies and just need to do it more often.
Peter Pan is a staple of children’s fantasy today. The Disney version created much of the common knowledge American audiences have about the canon — a lot of which is inaccurate. But still, the original novel, published in 1911 (turning 100 years old this October), despite being an adaptation, itself, is one of the best written portrayals of childlike wonder in the world. It’s simple, yet sophisticated, whimsical, yet surprisingly dark.
The original novel practically invented the notion of a parallel universe AND the entire “creepy kid” genre in fiction. Silent Hill, Rule of Rose, Interview with the Vampire, Lord of the Flies, and every. creepy. kid. book. or. movie. or. game. owes thanks to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy for kickstarting the fad, and most people who love the original story don’t even pick up on this.
Its views of childlike innocence are complex, spanning a range of themes from the importance of growing up, the dichotomy between children and adults, the morality of innocence (or lack thereof), and even the differing roles of women.
I read this analysis when it was posted back in April 2011, and I agree with most what is said, especially regarding JV Hart -whom I believe knows more about the canon than most Pan writers out there- and their portrait of Captain Hook. Definitely worth a read :)
Always a great read.
The best part of Syfy’s Neverland is when the fairies take away his memories and forgets who he is. This is the Peter i know.
Today is one of those days that I just wanna flyaway to Neverland.
It truly is a wondrous place, where you can imagine anything you desire. Your problems stay far away and they never remotely make it back to your subconscious. You’re free.
Neverland is a true marvel that is so often over looked.