Thursday, March 17, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. [imdb]
Well, here we have a pretty straight-forward telling of Peter Pan. Disney had wanted to do this movie since... well, since his childhood, and it took him a long time before it was realised into film.  Originally, he thought it would be the first animated motion picture, but opted instead for Snow White and was to make Peter Pan after that... Well, eventually it happened, and it's a fine film.

Also the most racist thing I've seen from Disney.  Many people point to The Song of The South as being racist or full of stereotype, but none of that even remotely stacks up to the song "What Made The Red Man Red" by itself.  That aside, it's still a classic.  (Let's hope for a DVD release of The Song of The South someday... If they can release this, there's no logical reason they can't release that.)

Even though this movie is really enjoyable, I don't see the need for the amount of times the full feature appears on the DVD set.  On the first disc, they have the movie, which you can watch with or without commentary and/or subtitles if you want to read along.  Then as an additional feature on the disc one(1), they have a "sing-along" version, allowing you to watch the film with the lyrics of the songs displayed on-screen. (Which are also available in the normal subtitles.)  Then to make matters even worse, they have a "bonus feature" on disc two(2) that's called a "read-along" version, which happens to be, yes... the ENTIRE movie, yet again, with subtitles for both the song lyrics and the dialogue.  The only difference between this and the normal disc one(1) subtitles is that these have pretty artwork bordering the words.  That's it.  I can rant for hours on how redundant that "special feature" is, but I won't.  I will however state that they need to drop that massively from whatever blu-ray release they hopefully will issue in the future.

The commentary was enjoyable, the little featurettes were enjoyable, the deleted songs were nice, and the games sucked worse than anything I've seen on a Disney DVD.  Altogether a good set, but they could do much, much better next time around.

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