Hugh Jackman’s Pan movie is coming to America next month with a reimagined origin of J. M. Barrie’s classic children’s character, Peter Pan. Before Pan’s inevitable Honest Trailer asks why Jackman is playing Blackbeard in that movie, the Honest Trailers team has turned their sights on Disney’s beloved animated Peter Pan film from 1953.
“Beloved” might be too strong of a word when examining Peter Pan from a modern perspective. For the era, the animation quality is quite nice, most of the main characters are memorable, and Captain Hook is still one of Disney’s best villains. But this Honest Trailer pulls no punches when it comes to Peter Pan’s many shortcomings…only after pointing out something that never seemed to occur to us before.
As noted in the video, the Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, look nothing like their father, and quite a bit like Peter Pan, whom Mrs. Darling states her belief in. Barrie actually left some evidence to support this theory, when Peter Pan returns decades later to take Wendy’s daughter, Jane, to Neverland…and Disney made that into the direct-to-DVD animated film Return to Never Land. So, it’s canon that Peter keeps coming back to visit Wendy’s family. Whether that other thing happened, is open to interpretation.
It’s highly doubtful that Walt Disney and his animators ever came together and said, “let’s make sure that Peter Pan is as sexist and racist as possible!” Like most Disney films, Peter Pan is a product of its time. And yet, it really is shocking to see this Honest Trailer throw the spotlight on Peter Pan‘s glaring (to us now anyway) overtones. Not even switching the video to other Disney classics is enough to hide from that!
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