Clyde Geromini, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske and Jack Kinney directed the Disney version of "Peter Pan," released in 1953. Based on "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" by J.M Barrie, this was the second adaptation, following a 1924 silent film.Continue Reading
Disney's "Peter Pan" begins as the original story does, with Wendy, John and Michael Darling whisked off to Neverland in the middle of the night by Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. The story then involves the Darling children assisting the children of Neverland in ending Captain Hook's reign of terror. The adaptation differs from its source material in its treatment of the title character. In the original story by Barrie, Peter Pan is more sinister and cruel to the children of Neverland, as opposed to his role of their caretaker in the Disney adaptation.
"Peter Pan" was very successful at the box office, grossing over $87 million on a $4 million budget. People have accused the film of being racist for is depiction of Native Americans as aggressive savages. A sequel, "Return to Never Land," was released in 2002. Another adaptation of the story, simply titled "Pan," was released in Sept. 2015, to negative reviews and underwhelming box office results.Learn more about Art & Literature