The Adventures of Peter Pan
|Original title: Peter Pan|
Characters: Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell / Tinkerbell, Gianni Darling, Michele Darling, Captain Hook, Agenore Darling, Sponge, Mary Darling, Standing Bull Leader, Denteduro
Production: Walt Disney Studios
Regia: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimo, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney
Gender: Adventure / Fantastic animated film
duration: 77 minutes
Recommended age: All
The character of Peter Pan was born from the play by the Scottish novelist James Matthew Barrie written in 1904, entitled "Peter Pan the boy who did not want to grow up" and in 1911 with the title "Peter and Wendy" it became a very successful book. Actually Peter Pan makes his first appearance as early as 1902 in the novel "The Adventures in Kensington Gardens" (also known as "The White Bird") also by James Barrie. It was one of Walt Disney's favorite fairy tales, which contributed greatly to the construction of his fantastic imagery, so much so that as a child, he played the role of Peter Pan in a school play. The project to make an animated feature film about Peter Pan, he had already after the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but due to the Second World War, he had to suspend the work which he resumed after the end of the conflict. The film was made in 1953 under the title "The Adventures of Peter Pan" and immediately became a worldwide success. Produced by Walt Disney who followed every part of its realization, it was directed by Clyde Geronimo, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske for a duration of 76 minutes, while the splendid soundtrack is due to Frank Churchill, Sammy Fain, Ted Sears, Oliver Wallace and Jack Lawrence. Walt Disney wanted to faithfully reproduce the character of James Matthew Barrie, who until then (see the 1924 Peter Pan film) had been played by actresses. Thanks to the innovative animation techniques of the time, Walt Disney gave Peter Pan back all the characteristics of the original character: a rebellious child, who moves as light as air.
The story begins one evening, in a London apartment, when the Darlings get ready to go to an important dinner, but Agemine doesn't find her cufflinks and shirt. Meanwhile, in the upper rooms, the children Gianni and Michele play in reliving the exploits of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, the characters of their favorite fairy tale, which their older sister Wendy tells them every night before falling asleep. The three children are cared for by their nurse Nana, who despite being a dog, takes care of them by tidying up the bedroom and preparing the syrup that they must take every evening. Regardless of all this, Agemon Darling enters the room like a fury, looking for his cufflinks and the shirt, which he finds completely messed up and transformed into a map of Peter Pan's treasure island. Agemone orders Wendy not to tell her little brothers that fairy tale anymore and to move to the other room from tomorrow, as she was no longer a child, having now reached the age of 12. Nana also took up the role of guard dog and was tied up in the courtyard. However, Wendy believed in the real existence of Peter Pan, to the point that she believed that she had stolen her shadow from her, after being snatched from her by Nana and that therefore one day he would return to take it back. That same night, when the children were sleeping alone, without Nana's protection, Peter Pan arrived in the company of the inseparable fairy Tinker Bell, who entered through the window and searched the room desperately for her shadow. She was found by Tinker Bell in a drawer, but being as rebellious as her master, the shadow didn't want to be caught.
That noise wakes up Wendy, who, happy with that meeting, does all she can to mend Peter Pan's shadow. Wendy confides in Peter Pan that from tomorrow she will no longer be able to tell fairy tales, as she has to become an adult. Peter Pan is terrified of growing up, so he invites Wendy to leave with him to "Neverland" to tell tales to lost children. Wendy is so happy that she tries to kiss Peter Pan, but is stopped by the jealous Tinker Bell, who pulls her hair and grabs her by the tail. Meanwhile, Gianni and Michele also wake up, they too eager to leave for the island of their fantasies. The only problem is to be able to fly, but despite all their efforts they are unable to take flight. Thanks to the fairy dust, which Peter Pan spreads on them through Tinker Bell, the three children can finally soar in the air and take flight from the window of their bedroom, towards Neverland, crossing the splendid night city of London. The direction is simple: second star on the right and then straight until morning. Once on the island, the boys can see the island from above and identify the places told by Wendy's fairy tale: the gulf of the sirens, the camp of the Indians and the pirate ship of Captain Hook, who unceremoniously takes them to cannon fire. Peter Pan orders Tinker Bell to take Wendy, Gianni and Michele to safety as he will have to contend with Captain Hook. He is obsessed with the idea of taking revenge on Peter Pan, as during a fight the boy cut off his hand, which ended up being fed to a terrible crocodile. Since that day the crocodile has followed him everywhere, hoping to devour Captain Hook entirely. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell disobeys Peter Pan and is the first to arrive at the Lost Child Shelter, to say to take down Wendy, as she is a threatening bird.
The children throw all their weapons at the girl and she falls to the ground. Luckily she is taken in flight by Peter Pan who saves her life and berates the children for what happened. These clear themselves, saying that they had received the order from Tinker Bell. Peter Pan banishes Tinker Bell from his kingdom for a week and takes Wendy to discover the island towards the mermaid bay, while Gianni and Michele, together with the lost children, head to Indian territory. However, they are captured by the Indians and tied to the torture stake, but the lost children do not seem worried as the fight with the Indians is nothing more than a game. Capo Toro on his feet is serious this time, as he accuses the boys of having kidnapped his daughter Giglio Tigrato and threatens to skin them. Meanwhile, Peter Pan and Wendy, after meeting the mermaids, see Captain Hook and the inseparable sailor Sponge, who are heading with a boat to the rock of the skull, after having kidnapped Tiger Lily. Inside the cave Captain Hook tries to make the young squaw reveal where Peter Pan's hiding place is, otherwise he will drown as the sea rises caused by the high tide. To his aid comes Peter Pan who faces Captain Hook in a duel, after making fun of him. During the fight, Peter Pan wins and Captain Hook has to run away, chased by the hungry crocodile and begging for the help of his faithful Sponge.
After bringing Tiger Lily back to his camp, Chief Toro in Piedi organizes a thanksgiving party for Peter Pan and his friends, to whom he gives an Indian headdress and names him a Flying Eagle. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell who was standing on the sidelines, looking into the distance at the festivities in the Indian camp, is captured by Sponge and carried by Captain Hook. Upon learning of Tinker Bell's jealousy towards Wendy, Captain Hook tries to use the fairy to learn about Peter Pan's refuge, so he asks him to help him kidnap Wendy. Tinker Bell, falls into the trap and reveals that Peter Pan is in the Hangman Tree. Inside the shelter, we find Wendy who makes lost children understand what it means to have a real mom. The disconsolate children want to go home to see their mothers, but Peter Pan goes on a rampage. Waiting for them outside are Captain Hook and his pirates, who kidnap them and send a gift package to Peter Pan containing a time bomb. After a series of vicissitudes, adventures and breathtaking fights, the three boys aboard a magical ship will return to their bedroom, just in time for the return of their parents, who will find Wendy asleep by the window.
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