PETER PAN is one of Disney’s most iconic classics and now that it celebrates its 65th anniversary this year it also joins the ranks of the Walt Disney Signature collection. By this point, a lot of people already own this feature so it becomes difficult to really try and make the release a MUST-HAVE if you already own it.
Still, if you’re one to suffer from a major case of FOMO then there’s new goodies here to help you immerse yourself deeper into the lore of the film. There’s two great new additions to the bonus feature lineup and some extras to enjoy here too. Is it worth the jump? Take a look below and see for yourself!
Blu-ray and Digital
Bonus features may vary by retailer.
- Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight is really quite a wonderful piece although regretfully so short. There’s probably not a WHOLE lot done to actually make it longer but it’s one of those features that you wish you could keep watching longer when its over. As Disney continues to release their classic titles home releases, you start to wonder how much more that they can keep coming up for Bonus Features but this wonderful piece that presents new light into the legacy film of the film and of Walt Disney, himself. They used reference of Walt’s recently-recreated office as inspiration to talk about the plane models in his office and used that to bridge into a conversation about Walt’s love of flying and how that fascination was referenced over and again over his career including in Peter Pan. This featurette is a series in itself as the “Stories from Walt’s Office” is also used to discuss bonus features in other releases too.
- A “Darling” Conversation with Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul Collins is a delightful piece featuring Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (voice of John) as they reunite for the first time in many years to reminisce and discuss their experiences working on Peter Pan. Such a delight to be able to hear from the actual people involved with the project surrounded by photos of their time working on the project.
- The “Oke” videos are not terribly noteworthy. The “oke” refers to “karaoke” and the two videos (“You Can Fly” and “Never Smile at a Crocodile”) are basically lyric videos created fun fun and engaging animations.
The remaining features included have been seen before on previous releases. For the completists, this makes this version of the film the penultimate version to own. The Blu-ray makes these features very tedious to consume, trapping them within a small menu bar that runs across the bottom of the screen. Toggling through the list is quite frustrating but good things come to those who wait and if you can get past the clunky navigation system on your Blu-ray player then you will be rewarded nicely. It’s really almost as if Disney is trying to enourage Digital consumption here where this material is much easier to access and consume.
- Sing-along Version of the film: Sing along with your favorite songs from the movie.
- Growing Up with Nine Old Men – “Peter Pan” is both a story of living with a child’s sense of openness to the world and an acknowledgement that the path to adulthood most often leads away from those qualities. A parallel of sorts to that duality can be found in Walt Disney and his core group of animators, the Nine Old Men, in their lives and in their work. Our short film will look at who they were and the parts they played in one of the most remarkable team of artists that ever worked together.
- Deleted Materials
- Deleted Song: “The Pirate’s Song” – Original demo recording of the song played over concept art.
- Deleted Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – With music played over static concept art of the crocodile from Pater Pan.
- Deleted Song: “The Boatswain Song” – With music played over static concept art of Captain Hook and his crew.
- Deleted Scene: “The Journey Home” – A proposed alternate ending where Peter asks the Lost Boys to return home with Wendy and the other children.
- Deleted Scene: “Alternate Arrival” – A deleted scene where Wendy and the children are initially attacked by the Lost Boys because Tinker Bell tells them that Wendy is holding Peter captive. We also see in this version of the story that Nana the dog travels to Never Land with Wendy and the children.
- Disney Song Select – Simply play the clip from the movie with subtitles underneath it.
- “The Second Star to the Right”
- “You Can Fly”
- “A Pirate’s Life”
- “Following the Leader”
- “Your Mother and Mine”
- Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney – Audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney, but carried on by several other people.
- Music and More
- ”Never Land”: The Lost Song – A bonus piece that sets up the backstory of where this lost song was found and how Richard Sherman recomposed it.
- Music Video: “Never Land” – Music Performed by Paige O’Hara – A music video of the song “Never Land”
- Music Video: “The Second Star to the Right” – Music Performed by T-Squad – A music video of the song “The Second Star to the Right” performed by T-Squad.
- Backstage Disney
- You Can Fly: The Making of ‘Peter Pan’ – A making-of video of the 1953 Disney classic, “Peter Pan.”
- In Walt’s Words: “Why I Made ‘Peter Pan’” – Based upon an article written by Walt Disney retold as a dramatic recreation.
- Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale – An introspective video on the creation, history and personality of the one and only “Tink.”
- The Peter Pan That Almost Was – Hosted by Ron Clements and John Musker, we take a look at the storyboards and early concepts of a version of the “Peter Pan” film that never saw the light of day.
- The “Peter Pan” Story – An original featurette for the film created in 1952.
PETER PAN on Digital and Movies Anywhere on available now and becomes available on Blu-ray June 5.