I grew up watching a very, very old version of Peter Pan – I couldn’t even find it on Wikipedia! It was not the silent version, but one very soon after that starring a woman as Peter Pan (I remember giggling with my sister, going “Look! You can even see the black string holding her up!”) and Tigerlilly was… blond?
And then when I was about six, I first saw the Disney animated version of Peter Pan – and I was… well, Hooked!
After that, my sister found a version of Cathy Rigby’s portrayal of Peter Pan at the library. I thought “Oh, joy… do we HAVE to!?” And she went “Yes!” So I forced myself to watch it and actually laughed a LOT in it! She was amazingly agile, tumbling, doing gymnastics… ah, bliss…
And then came the sequel to the Disney Peter Pan – Return to Neverland!
I remember thinking “Well… Jane’s a brat, but… it’s still fun!” And the octopus was great… 🙂 And then we gooootttt…
The way we got to watch this is actually rather humorous – this was when we still enjoyed the Cathy Rigby version. One day, Mom and Dad were asleep, but my sister and I had ants in our pants, wanting to watch the “new Peter Pan!!!!” so we woke Dad up and said “Dad! Can we watch the human Peter Pan?” Of course, he thought we meant the Cathy Rigby version and said “Sure…” so we watched the new version! Mom came out and said “Wha… who said you could watch that!?” (I personally had never seen a man get run through with a hook before, and was thinking it was all rather gory to my young eyes, but was really enjoying it) and we said “YOU did!!”
So after everything got (reasonably) straightened out, we watched it again… and again… it’s definitely my favorite version, although a romance between two thirteen-year-olds is a little ridiculous =)
It wasn’t until about a year ago that I watched HOOK for the first time!
I remember going “…uh, Mom, it’s Robin Williams.” Once again, I thought “Oh, brother” as we started it. But I actually really ended up enjoying it – “Bangarang!” is a very frequently used word in this house =) And sometimes, to make my sister laugh, I’ll say in this really over-the-top voice, “What fun, what laughs, what GREAT TIMES!!!!”
Once, actually, I was in church and was sitting next to one my older friends, Sarah. Her brother, Jake, was on her other side, and we were having an insult war on sheets of paper, passing them back and forth. And um *cough* I, very innocently, called him a “Math tutor.” For some reason, he started laughing (quietly, we were in Church – and yes, I did get talked to for doing this in church) and I was like “What!?” and he showed it to Sarah, who stared at me in a funny way and said “I’m a math tutor!” and we all three were pretty much hysterical… so, anyway…
Good times =)
Which is your favorite version?