Peter Pan (2003 Version) – Calluna

Another Patreon request! I take a look at the 2003 live action film of Peter Pan, which markets itself as “the REAL Peter Pan story.” If that’s the case, why does no one remember it?

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One of the newest producers for Channel Awesome. I take a look at everything: movies, tv, video games, etc. Wearer of many hats.

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22 Comments on "Peter Pan (2003 Version) – Calluna"

A_Wizard_Am_I
Guest

Decent movie, but the best version is still Peter Pan & the Pirates. Tim Curry as Hook is hard to beat.

AmbrosiusAurelianus
Guest

Still haven’t gotten to see that yet. Too bad Disney doesn’t seem to want to release a DVD set. Although funnily enough, back when I was a kid in the 90s I actually had an action figure from that TV show. Didn’t know the show existed back then; I just assumed they’d messed up Peter Pan’s colors.

MightyDavidson
Guest

Pretty sure Peter Pan and the Pirates isn’t Disney. It was made by Fox as I recall. Remember, Disney might have their own version of Peter Pan but that doesn’t mean they own the character.

AmbrosiusAurelianus
Guest

Peter Pan as a property for adaptation is, best as I understand, in the public domain, so no one can own the story, just the things they add to it. I learned of the show from a Nostalgia Critic video, where I seem to remember him saying that Disney acquired the show after the fact and essentially buried it so it wouldn’t compete with their property. Can anyone confirm if this is true? There’s no DVD-set for it that I could find, only used VHS copies being sold online.

Le Messor
Guest

I’m not sure it is public domain. J.M. Barry left the rights to a London children’s hospital (or maybe The London Children’s Hospital), and any adaptations are up to them. BUT I think it might’ve gone P.D. in the US in the last decade.

AmbrosiusAurelianus
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Congrats! You got me to make an account just so I could answer your closing question. 🙂 Thanks for the review. I’ve been singing the praises of this movie for years and am always sad at how it gets overlooked. Hopefully your video will get more people to enjoy it! Personally I think it’s the best Peter Pan adaptation on film. Even the elements that you found odd or random seemed, to me, to fit strongly into the themes, approach, and aesthetic the filmmakers wanted. For example, I think the film builds really well on the book’s presentation as a… Read more »
Le Messor
Guest

“A final point about the special effects: I like them a lot… they don’t try to be realistic, but are purposefully stagy and representative of a child’s imagination.”

The trouble with that is, the Blue Filter (orange and teal! Stop the Madness!) that Calluna mentions. A child’s imagination is usually in colour – bright colour, and lots of it.

Though I’d agree with most of your other points.

EJade
Guest

I think no one remembers it is because not many actually saw it, myself included. I do however remember seeing a trailer for it on tv and thought it was going to be boring.Which is why I never bothered to see it in the first place.

Brad1ey Shaw
Guest
Great review. You brought up a lot of ideas and other things from the story I had never heard of before. For those that haven’t seen it, I think that if anyone remembers this movie it’s because of the trailer and Jason Isaacs. I know those are the only reasons why I remember that it even exists. All I ever saw of it was the trailer and if it weren’t for Isaacs I wouldn’t have recognized anyone in it. Everyone in it seems to either be British or have a vaguely identifiable English-type accent. (I’m not looking it up.) ‘Hook’… Read more »
Gruagach
Guest
As Ambrosius says, Peter Pan is not just a boy who won’t grow up, but a nature spirit, akin to Jack in the Green. When he leaves, winter sets in. Another way to look at it is that he’s a boy playing make-believe, and all of Neverland is his projection. There are hints in the book that he and Hook are two aspects of the same person, like a boy playing make-believe by himself and inventing all the characters. I also agree that the kisses are significant. When you’re 12 (as I was 48 years ago) you wonder what a… Read more »
EssayM
Guest

I think this film is pretty decent, but the decision to release around the same time as Return of the King was pretty much asking for it to bomb, especially since the film itself was only okay. It’d be like releasing a quiet sci-fi movie the same weekend as The Force Awakens.

Anubissan
Guest

The Tiger Lilly kiss scene was a good addition.

It shows that kisses-superpowers are part of how the Netherlands works (you know the world that allows you to fly if you have fairy dust and happy thoughts).

It would have been weirder if Peter was the only one who got powers from a kiss, he is just better at channeling emotion-powers that Netherlands grant since he has been living in it for years if not decades.

AmbrosiusAurelianus
Guest

Kisses in the Netherlands give you powers? Maybe I should find a Dutch girlfriend! :p

(Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Orastella
Guest

I think of the Mary Martin version, thanks to a much-watched VHS taping off PBS.

Talvrae
Guest

I don’t even remember even hearing about this movie, maybe did not had any interest since I was in college back then

CJ-1
Guest

I DO “remember” this film. Seeing it? Never have. But the trailers did look interesting. And I have heard some of the soundtrack. It got me curious to see the film, though I still haven’t seen it yet. But I at least do know it exists.

Le Messor
Guest
I’ll start with your final question: Does anyone remember this movie? Apart from the below commenters, clearly your patreon patron does. 🙂 I remember it exists, but the only thing I remember about it, from the one time I saw it, is that it makes nods to the way Peter, in the book, constantly forgets everything around him. Also: “at least this movie made sure to cast an actual native American actress” as Tiger Lily. For bonus points, wasn’t this movie filmed in Australia? She would’ve been very hard to find here. Actual, mythical mermaids are a lot like sirens… Read more »
turkeypedal
Guest

Well, obviously there’s a patron who remembers this movie.

Me? Not at all. Maybe it played on TV, but I don’t remember it.

CaptainRoland
Guest

Is this turning into Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita?

CaptainRoland
Guest
Peter Pan as a story or plot device might have been some of the inspiration for the novel Lolita by this Russian-American writer in the 1950’s in the exchanges of “join the pirates” temptation dialogue between Hook and Wendy, eww, pedaph-eww. And the Lost Boy characters I think are practically independent male group Soviet Communist Pioneer campers or might have served as a possible inspiration for Communist Youth camper groups around the world especially in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics led by Russia. Although there is no evidence and my grandparents highly doubt that Vladimir Illich Lenin or… Read more »
neytari
Guest

Oh yeah, of course I remember this film. Isaacs is the best, yes, but the strength of the cast in general keeps the film worth watching. The sets and costumes are great, even though I agree with you about the filter and how some of the effects don’t hold up. For me, it is the definitive Peter Pan adaptation, and I like to watch it in connection with “Hook.” It’s not one of my favorites or anything (“Hook,” for example, is a much better movie), but it’s not one I forget.

jessalinaj
Guest

I definitely remember and love this movie! I grew up reading the book and loved anything fantasy or mythology related. I enjoyed this way more then the disney version or hook and still watch it now. The cgi is not the best but the overall story acting and how much i enjoy it makes me overlook it.

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