From silent films to classic animation to the new big-budget prequel, something about author J.M. Barrie’s famous Boy Who Never Grew Up keeps drawing Hollywood back again and again to adapt the ‘Peter Pan’ story. Some of these movies and TV programs work out better than others. Which are your favorites?
Judging by this weekend’s box office results (not to mention the mostly poor reviews), it looks like director Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’ has not struck much of a chord with either audiences or critics. Is this just a matter of the story being told too often that not even a prequel spin could hook viewers? We just had NBC’s live TV musical less than a year ago, and characters from the story continually show up in all sorts of pop culture places.
Although many of the movies on the below list have not been terribly successful, a few have hit big enough to leave a lasting impact. Disney’s animated ‘Peter Pan‘ from 1953 is likely still the first image that comes to mind when most people hear the character’s name. Steven Spielberg had a pretty big hit in 1991 with his exhausting, overstuffed ‘Hook‘, and the 2005 J.M. Barrie bio-pic ‘Finding Neverland‘ scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and star Johnny Depp as Best Actor.
I’ve made a list of the most famous movie and TV programs based on or around ‘Peter Pan’. I’m sure I’ve missed some, and this doesn’t account for the various novels and comics and videogames and stage plays.
Which of these have you seen? Which did you think were pretty good, and which didn’t work for you?