Make Believe Day 3: The best versions of Peter Pan!

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?


Make Believe Day 2: Tinkerbelle

If you say “Tinkerbelle,” everyone will know who you’re talking about, even if they haven’t seen or read Peter Pan.

She has become as much of a staple to little girls throughout America as the Disney Princesses. But what lots of people don’t know is where she got her name. In the book, Peter tells Wendy that she is named Tinkerbelle because she “mends the pots and pans.” In the new Tinkerbelle movie (which I watched, and sadly found myself laughing throughout the entirety of) she does NOT want to be a tinker… until she finds out that it really is the one thing she’s gifted at.

In Peter Pan movie portrayals, she is somewhat two-faced; angelic to Peter, with whom she is jealously in love, and diabolical to Wendy and her siblings. But after she makes a big mistake, she realizes what she’s done and sets out to save the day.

But still – is this really a good role model for young girls? My oldest niece, several years ago, was even convinced that Tinkerbelle was her guardian angel until it was explained otherwise to her. And look at the way Tink is dressed – what is she, a cute little fairy, or a voluptuous vixen in Fun Size?

I’m not a big fan of Tinkerbelle, and probably never will be. But still, Peter wouldn’t be Peter without his faithful Tinkerbelle (hair-puller or no).

Make Believe: a Peter Pan blog event!!

Ever since I was eight and read Peter Pan, I have been a huge fan. I’ve seen two musical Peter Pans so old that petite women still played Peter, the (of course) animated Disney cartoon, the Robin Williams movie Hook, (Bangarang!!) and my personal favorite, the 2003 version. 

 This absolutely MAGICAL event is being hosted by Wickfield! Click on the picture to go to her blog and read all about it! I’ll post the rules here as well, but I want you to be able to check out her awesome blog!!

Rules: (Copied directly from Wickfield’s blog)

So what’s that love letter all about, anyway? Well, as the title implies, I want bloggers (and LiveJournalists!) from all around the world to celebrate the fun and magic of Peter Pan in Wickfield’s first blog event, Make Believe! Along with having a link pool of Pan-related blog and LJ posts, I also plan on posting some reviews, illustrations, and musings of my own, and I also hope to do a group read-along of the original novel as well as a giveaway!

The event will run for the week (Sunday through Monday) of June 7-13, 2010, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare your posts. There are four categories to post in, below:

Peter Pan-related blog post – have a few things to say about the original book, play, or just the idea of eternal youth? Have you written a review (or rant!) about Peter Pan, its adaptations, or any of the myriad spin-off works? Or have you been lucky enough to see or participate in a production of the play? Your post would go in this category!

Neverland style – Do you have a fashion sense to rival Tinker Bell’s? Could you blend in with the Lost Boys, tromp around with pirates, or make a lovely outfit from an old nightgown? Or would you just like to talk about the costumes from the movies? This is the category for you!

My Own Neverland photoshoot – maybe you live in your own little corner of Neverland – grab a camera and take a photoshoot of you in your dream place, whether its a woodsy forest, a stretch of beach, or just a day having fun and being a kid again.

Dreaming of Peter Pan – Well you may not be J.M. Barrie, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue the adventures of Peter and the rest! Now’s your time to use that imagination to draw your vision of Neverland, its inhabitants, and the Darling children. This is also the category to enter if you have crafted Pan-inspired projects, or if you have penned your own tale.

After the event closes on the 13th, I (and a panel of volunteer judges I have yet to find) will select the best entries from each category, and readers can vote on their favorite posts – the winner in each category will receive a banner and will have their links listed in the sidebar. 🙂