Enjoy the Classic ‘Peter Pan’ With Your Family
During the winter months it is good to have some great family movies lined up that you can enjoy together during those nights when it is too cold to go out, and when you do not want to watch something on TV that is not right for the entire family. Finding new movies can be a challenge because only so many movies are released each year, which is why it is good to consider classics from years past. Your children may not have seen some of these classic movies, even ones rereleased just a decade or so ago, and you may enjoy seeing them all over again. One such classic you might enjoy with your family is the original animated ‘Peter Pan,’ released by Disney in 1953.
The story of Peter Pan is quite well known; a boy who refuses to grow up takes John and Michael and their older sister Wendy on adventures to fight the nefarious Captain Hook and discover Never Land, where children never need to grow up. Peter and his ‘lost boys’ hide out in Never Land where they have adventures and face dangers. Wendy is almost killed by a jealous fairy named Tinker Bell and almost drowned by mermaids, and the boys are captured by Captain Hook and forced to walk the plank. All of these exciting events take place over the course of one evening while their parents are away, and the grownups have no idea of their escapades.
Many consider ‘Peter Pan’ to be a classic and the movie has been rereleased in restored color, and a new Blu-Ray high definition packet of the film with many extras is set to be released in early 2013. This gives you a chance to enjoy it with your children from the beginning, for the very first time. They may love to see the adventures of a magical boy who learns how to fly and who takes on someone as evil and bold as Captain Hook.
There is some controversy that surrounds the movie that you may want to prepare for as a parent. In the film, Native Americans are called ‘Indians’ and are seen as being savage and tribal and violent. In one point of the film they consider how they got their red skin and discuss it being a punishment for pursuing ‘Indian’ women. Many have found this content and their portrayal to be stereotypical and insulting, and something you may want to discuss with your children before or after the movie, so they know this is no how Native Americans lived and not how they should be viewed. Other than this part, your entire family may enjoy ‘Peter Pan’ and his adventures all over again.