Peter Pan (1953)

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Plot: The three Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael, are visited by Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, who, with the help of his tiny fairy friend Tinkerbell, whisk the children off to Never Land. There, they encounter Indians, mermaids, and a crew of pirates led by Peter's nemesis, the conniving Capt. Hook.

- Disney's Peter Pan was based on the 1904 play Peter and Wendy, also known as Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. The play was released as a novel in 1911. The copyright status of the story of Peter Pan and its characters has been the subject of dispute. In 1929, Barrie gave the copyright of his Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children's hospital in London. The hospital has exercised these rights internationally to help support the work of the institution.

- Peter Pan was Disney's 14th full-length animated feature film and was the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney's Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. After being entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival, Peter Pan was first released in American theaters on February 5, 1953. The film was released as a double feature with the True-Life Adventures documentary short Bear Country

- Disney's film has been criticized in recent decades for its broadly stereotypical treatment of the Indians. In the song "What Made the Red Man Red?", the Native Americans are called "Injuns" and their skin color is attributed to blushing because of being kissed by women. The Native Americans were excluded from the 2002 sequel Return to Never Land. In 2021, the film was one of several that Disney limited to viewers 7 years and older on their streaming service Disney+, citing depictions of Native American characters that were "stereotypical" and not "authentic", and references to them as "redskins".

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