Peter Pan (1953 film)

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Peter Pan is an animated film based on J. M. Barrie's play of the same name, first released in February 1953 by the Disney Studios. It follows the Darling children as they encounter Peter Pan, the main character of one of their favorite bedtime stories, and the adventures they have when he takes them to his magical home: Neverland.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske. Written by Milt Banta, J.M. Barrie (play), William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright
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Peter Pan[edit]

  • Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

Captain Hook[edit]

  • [to Tinkerbell] Captain Hook gives his word not to lay a finger, or a hook, on Peter Pan.

The Narrator[edit]

  • All this has happened before, and it will all happen again. But this time, it happened in London. It happened on a quiet street in Bloomsbury. That corner house over there is the home of the Darling family. And Peter Pan chose this particular house, because there were people here who believed in him. There was Mrs. Darling. Mrs. Darling believed that Peter Pan was the spirit of youth. But Mr. Darling... Well, Mr. Darling was a practical man. The boys, however, John and Michael, believed Peter Pan was a real person, and made him the hero of all their nursery games. Wendy, the eldest, not only believed. She was the supreme authority on Peter Pan and all his marvelous adventures. Nana, the nursemaid, being a dog, kept her opinions to herself, and viewed the whole affair with a certain tolerance.


Mary: But, George, do you think the children will be safe without Nana?
George: Safe? Of course they'll be safe. Why not?
Mary: Well, Wendy said something about a shadow, and I...
George: Shadow? Whose shadow?
Mary: Peter Pan's.
George: Oh, Peter Pan...Peter Pan?! You don't say! [high, mocking voice] Goodness gracious! Whatever shall we do?!
Mary: But, George...
George: [normal voice] Sound the alarm!
Mary: Really, I...
George: Call Scotland Yard!

Wendy: I'm so glad you came back tonight. I might never have seen you.
Peter: Why?
Wendy: Because I have to grow up tomorrow.
Peter: Grow up?!
Wendy: Tonight's my last night in the nursery.
Peter: But that means no more stories!
Wendy: Mm-hmm.
Peter: No! I won't have it! Come on!

Smee: Oh, dear, dear, dear, Captain Hook. Shooting a man in the middle of his cadenza? That ain't good form, you know.
Hook: "Good form," Mr. Smee? Blast good form! [waves his hook in front of Smee] Did Pan show good form when he did this to me?!
Smee: Why, Captain, cutting your hand off was only a childish prank, you might say.
Hook: Aye! But throwing it to that crocodile! That cursed beast liked the taste of me so well he's followed me ever since, licking his chops for the rest of me.

Indian Chief: [comes forward] how!
Lost Boys: (Cubby) uh how! (Slightly) how chief!
Indian Chief: For many moons red man fight paleface Lost Boys.
Lost Boys: Ugh?
Indian Chief: Sometimes you win, sometimes we win.
Cubby: Okay, Chief. Uh, you win this time. Now turn us loose.
John Darling: Turn us loose? You mean this is only a game?
Slightly: Sure. When we win we turn them loose.
Twin #1: And when they win, they turn us loose.
Twin #2: They turn us loose.
Chief: This time no turn em loose.
Lost Boys: Huh?
Slightly: The chief's a great spoofer.
Chief: Me no spoofum! Where you hide Princess Tiger Lily?!
Cubby: uh, Tiger Lily?
Slightly: We ain't got your ol' princess!
John: I've certainly never seen her.
Lost Boys: (agreeing) (Cubby) me neither (the twins) honestly don't
Chief: Heap big lie. If Tiger Lily not back by sunset, burnum at stake!

Smee: Well, at last, Captain Hook's comin' to his senses.
Hook: [surprised] Odd's fish!
Smee: [to Tiger Lily] I told him all along you Indians wouldn't betray Peter Pan.
Hook: [kindly] And just what do you think you are doing, Mr. Smee?
[he stops the rowboat from moving by placing his foot on it]
Smee: Just what you told me, Captain: carrying out your orders.
Hook: My orders?
Smee: Why, yes, Captain. Didn't you just say to go...
Hook: [shoves the boat back into Skull Rock] Put her back, you blithering idiot! [to himself] My orders. Of all the bumbling...

Peter: [impersonates Hook] Mr. Smee! Just exactly what do you think you are doing?
Smee: Putting her back like you said, Captain.
Peter: I said nothing of the sort!
Smee: [stammers] But captain...!
Peter: [whilst the real Hook creeps up to him unbeknownst] For the last time, Mr. Smee, take the princess back to her people! UNDERSTAND!? [echoes]
Smee: Aye-aye, sir.
Peter: Oh, and one more thing: When you return to the ship, tell the whole crew to help themselves to me best rum.

[Wendy has walked the plank, and Peter saves her, unbeknownst to Hook and his pirates]
Mr. Starkey: No splash, Captain.
Hook: So, you want a splash, Mr. Starkey? I'll give you a splash! [throws Starkey overboard] Who's next?!
Peter: You're next, Hook! This time you've gone too far!

Hook: Fly! Fly! Fly! You coward!
Peter: Coward?! Me?
Hook: Ha-ha-ha! You wouldn't dare fight old Hook man-to-man. You'd fly away like a cowardly sparrow!
Peter: Nobody calls Pan a coward and lives! I'll fight you man-to-man, with one hand behind my back.
Hook: You mean you won't fly?
Wendy: No, don't, Peter! It's a trick!
Peter: I give my word, Hook.
Hook: Good! Then let's have at it!

Hook: You wouldn't do old Hook in now, would you, lad? I'll go away forever. [cries] I'll do anything you say!
Peter: Well, all right. If ya... Say you're a codfish.
Hook: [gulp] I'm a codfish.
Peter: Louder!
Hook: (wailing) I'M A CODFISH!
Wendy and the boys: HOORAY! [all sing] Hook is a codfish!
A codfish.
A codfish.
Hook is a codfish!
A codfish.
A codfish.
Peter: All right, Hook. You're free to go and never return.

Peter: Well, well! A codfish on a hook!
Hook: I'll get you for this, Pan, if it's the last thing I do!


  • It will live in your heart forever!

About Peter Pan (1953 film)[edit]

  • I had a particularly bad time getting started on Captain Hook. It was one of the low points of my life. These are the first scenes of him where he's walking, pacing the deck, saying, 'That Peter Pan! If I get my hook on him!,' or whatever. He was neither menacing nor foppish. This was because of the confusion in the minds of the director and story people. In story, Ed Penner had always seen Hook as a very foppish, not strong, dandy-type of guy, who loved all the finery. Gerry Geronimi, who was the director, saw him as an Ernest Torrence, a mean, heavy sort of character who used his hook menacingly.
Well, Walt could see something in both approaches, and I think he delighted in thinking, 'I wonder what the hell Thomas is going to do when he gets this.' If Walt would ever say, 'Aw, I don't know,' fifty people would jump up thinking, 'Here's my chance to impress Walt.' They'd say, 'I think his head's too big. I think his feet are too small. I think he's too this. I think he's too that,' hoping Walt would say, 'Yeah, I think you're right.' This time Walt came to my aid, fortunately. He said, 'Well, that last scene has something I like. I think you're beginning to get him. I think we better wait and let Frank go on a little further.'


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