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A pet project of Walt Disney's since 1939, this animated version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan reached full fruition in 1953. Eschewing much of Barrie's gentle whimsy (not to mention the more sinister aspects of the leading character), Disney and his staff fashioned a cheery, tuneful cartoon extravaganza, which cost $4 million and reaped several times that amount. The straightforward story concerns the Darling family, specifically the children: Wendy, Michael and John. Wendy enjoys telling her younger siblings stories about the mythical Peter Pan, the little boy who never grew up.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Disney's depersonalizing habit of putting different teams in charge of different sections of the story really shows up here."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"I always thought Peter Pan was supposed to be about childhood innocence. Pan and Tinkerbell were not sweet and cuddly, they both came across as selfish, cold and really unlikable bullies."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"Years later it's still a treasure, because of Disney and his artists' talent for creating memorable characters."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Classic Disney, if not authentic Barrie."
‑ , Film4
"The Walt Disney Company has broken the vaults wide open to add a plethora of fascinating historic artifacts to make this new Platinum Edition a must-own for any Disney collector."
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
"Ornamented with some bright and lilting tunes, it is a lively feature-length Technicolor excursion into a world that glows with an exhilarating charm and a gentle joyousness."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"plays as less of a child fantasy of soaring adventure than it does as a retrograde narcissistic adult male fantasy of being desired and pursued by every female in the room"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Stereotypes mar otherwise jaunty Disney adventure."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Definitely a Disney classic but misses out much of the darker side of J.M.Barrie's fantasy tale."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"I have to give a special shout-out to Tinkerbell, a Disney creation that I never fully appreciated as a child."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A feature cartoon of enchanting quality."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Who wants their son taking his cues from this meanspirited "hero"?"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Not an especially mature film, probably the most "kiddie movie" of all the 1950s Disney features."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A wonderful movie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Never Land? More like Never-Gon-Git-It Land."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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