On her last night in the nursery, Wendy Darling, along with brothers John and Michael, is whisked away by spirit-of-youth Peter Pan to Never Land, a magical place where no one is forced to grow up.
Walt Disney brought J.M Barrie's classic story to the big screen back in 1953, and this animated adventure has continued to be a childhood rite of passage for every generation since. Although certain scenes have become politically incorrect over time (one song is called "What Made the Red Man Red"), they're worth discussing with your children, who will be captivated by the "let's pretend" world of Never Land. Mr. Darling may insist that everyone gets old, but in the more than 50 years since its original release, the movie never has.
This movie is intended for older children.
With a metal claw in place of a hand, Captain Hook may terrify preschoolers, as will the chomping crocodile who's determined to eat the rest of him as well. Three- to five-year-olds, who can't wait to be big kids, probably won't understand Peter's determination not to grow up and will end up missing the core of the story. Pretending to be pirates, though, is a favorite pastime of many preschoolers, who won't need any encouragement to join in the swashbuckling. They're likely to get so involved, you just may have to restrain them from thinking "any happy little thought" and trying to fly.
The colorful characters, from the exuberant Peter to Cook's absent-minded sidekick Smee, will whet the imaginations of kids in this age group. Because girls are represented so stereotypically--Wendy is the mother/nurturer, TinkerBell is the scantily clad pixie who flits around, catering to Peter's every whim--you may want to discuss that point with young viewers, especially when Peter says to Wendy, "Girls talk too much," and tells her to "get on with" sewing his shadow back on to him.
Most tweens have outgrown the movie and realize that unfortunately they can't really spend their days just playing any more. They may still believe--or want to believe--in magic, and will watch this fantasy for old times' sake.
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes an introduction by Diane Disney Miller and “Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale.” The Blu-ray adds a never-before-seen deleted scene and alternate ending, two deleted songs and “Growing Up With Nine Old Men” It also has a special Storybook App with coloring pages, puzzles and games, plus a Disney Intermission feature that offers extra activities when viewers press the “pause” button.