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Was Peter Pan Disney's Dream Job?

by Stefan Alijevikj on 18th February, 2016 at 5:12 PM CEST

Have found myself amused when I found out an old notebook from childhood, where I have tracked down statistically all of the books I had actually read as a child. Sort of that was an idea of our teacher and I bet now that it was a good one. I was a very tidy student, so I would always put down all information about the books: its number, title, author, number of pages, date when I was finished reading, short summary, short description of main characters...

The list begins with Russian folklore stories, the very first submissions, but I remember that somebody sit me down to read as I refused to read. I can never be sure what was the child intuition that made me choose the second book, “Peter Pan”, out of the shelves; it was never a favourite story to me, but it still the first book I have chosen to read.

This random thoughts on my first readings ever just ignited me and made me curious of why Peter Pan. Then Disney…. I didn’t like the animation either, but it’s fun to go through the story once again. Have actually found, after a short research, that Disney has sort of some even call it intimate relationship with the story of Peter Pan. The story about the boy who lives in Neverland, talks to mermaids, Native Americans and pirates, and, who less often communicates with children outside his imaginary land, has certainly locked in the heart of Disney.


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Some fast facts on that matter:

Did you know that Disney wanted Peter Pan to be his second movie only after the he has created Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the early 30s?

Also, it took him more than a decade to complete everything about the movie: from development of the story and character design.

By the time he finished Peter Pan, his studio had already created Pinocchio, Bambi and Snow White. Peter Pan made his fifth work.

Disney needed 4 years to get the rights to work on the story after final agreement with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, to whom Barrie Has bequeathed the rights of the play.

Questions to think about in this weekly hot topic

Was Disney so determined to create Peter Pan? I am sure back in the day less often framed as a society what was to be a “dream job”. Was this movie the dream job of Peter Pan? Was the theme of childhood the crucial theme to ignite force for Disney and team?

Of course it’s more than a sweet story when you contemplate on Peter Pan once again. We are in awe when we recall pure moments of childhood’s innocence, the delights of its imagination, the playfulness and the inner wish to never grow old. It’s certainly the “alchera” age of each human being. Or as Peter Pan would put it himself in the narrative: “When there’s a smile in your heart, there’s no better time to start.”

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