Peter Pan (2003 film)

Peter Pan (2003 film)

Infobox Film
name = Peter Pan

caption =
director = P. J. Hogan
writer = Screenplay:
P. J. Hogan
Michael Goldenberg
Novel & Play:
J. M. Barrie
starring = Jeremy Sumpter
Rachel Hurd-Wood
Jason Isaacs
studio =
producer = Patrick McCormick
distributor = Universal Studios (USA, Canada, UK, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand)
Columbia Pictures (all other areas)
music = nowrap|James Newton Howard
cinematography = Donald McAlpine
editing = Garth Craven
Michael Kahn
budget = US$140,000,000
released = December 25 2003
runtime = 113 minutes
language = English
imdb_id = 0316396

"Peter Pan" is a film released on December 25, 2003, by Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. P. J. Hogan directed a screenplay co-written with Michael Goldenberg which is based on the classic play and novel by J. M. Barrie. Jason Isaacs plays the roles of Captain Hook and George Darling, while Jeremy Sumpter plays Peter Pan, Rachel Hurd-Wood portrays Wendy Darling, and Ludivine Sagnier plays Tinker Bell. Noted actress Lynn Redgrave plays a supporting role as Aunt Millicent, a new character created for the film. It was the first major live-action production of the story (on stage or screen) to feature an actual "boy" in the title role.


This story is a fairly faithful adaptation of the play and novel by J. M. Barrie. In it, the perpetually young Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) from time to time visits his birthplace of London, where he becomes enthralled by the stories he hears being told by Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) to her brothers. Peter invites her to come to Neverland and be a "mother" to his gang of Lost Boys. Wendy asks to bring her brothers John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell), and Peter teaches them all to fly with him.

Out of jealousy, Tinker Bell (Ludivine Sagnier) tricks the Lost Boys into shooting Wendy as she approaches the island, but Wendy survives and the boys ask her to be their mother and tell them stories. Meanwhile Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs) captures John and Michael and holds them as bait for Peter. Wendy and Peter free them, with help from the Amerindian princess Tiger Lily (Haida speaker, Carsen Gray) and the timely arrival of the crocodile that ate Hook's hand.

That night, Peter and Wendy share a "fairy dance", while Hook spies on them, distressed that Peter has "found himself a Wendy". Peter reminds Wendy that "they" are make believe, and Wendy confronts Peter about his feelings about love. Peter becomes angry at her, and tells her to go home if she's not happy. Wendy, in tears, escapes to her little house. Peter returns to the Darling house, and seeing that Wendy's mother is still waiting for the children to come home, he attempts to shut the window (to make Wendy's parents forget about them). But, after a struggle, Wendy's parents manage to reopen the window, refusing to let it be closed.

Hook later finds Wendy and takes her to his ship "Jolly Roger", where he entices her with a job telling stories to the crew, then sends a spy to follow her to the Lost Boys' underground lair. The pirates capture her and the boys by gagging every one of them and carrying them over their shoulders to Hook's ship, but since Hook is unable to reach Peter, he leaves poison for Peter to drink when he wakes up. Tink stops him, poisoning herself in the process; Peter reaches out to the other children sleeping around the world, the Darlings, and even the pirates to sustain her with their belief in fairies.

Peter and Tink save the children from walking the plank, and they all fight the pirates. Hook gets sprinkled with Tink's fairy dust, and duels Peter in the air, weakening him with taunts about Wendy abandoning him and growing up. Peter finally falls, unable to fight anymore and gives in to inevitable death. But with a "thimble"(kiss) from Wendy, Peter recovers and sends Hook above the crocodile. The crocodile takes a jump out of the water and snaps his jaws around Hook. Hook begins to think unhappy thoughts, which drags him down and allows the crocodile to swallow him alive. Wendy decides that she belongs back home, and returns to London with her brothers and the Lost Boys. Peter chooses not to grow up.

In an alternate ending based on Barrie's epilogue, included on the DVD release with unfinished special effects, Peter returns to the London house many years later, finding Wendy as a grown mother. He is briefly dismayed at what has happend to her, then turns to her daughter Jane and takes the girl with him to Neverland.


The visual effects in the film are a mixture of practical and digital. The fairies that appear in the film are actors composited into the movie with some digital enhancements. According to actor Jason Isaacs, the filmmakers were impressed with actress Ludivine Sagnier's performence and decided to abandon their plans to make Tinkerbell entirely computer animated.cite web |url= |title=A Mature Peter Pan |accessdate=2008-09-10 |last=Wloszczyna |first=Susan |coauthors= |date=2003-08-07 |work= |publisher=USA Today ] The film also features a large, computer-generated crocodile. Another character, an animatronic parrot, appears in some scenes on the pirate ship.

A complex harness was built to send the live-action actors rotating and gliding through the air for the flight sequences. They were then composited into the shots of London and Neverland, although they are sometimes replaced with computer-generated figures. Other aspects of bringing the fantastic story to life include the complex sword-fighting sequences, for which the actors were trained. Sumpter said that, "I had to train for five months before the shoot. I had to do harness training to learn how to fly and learn how to swordfight," and that, "I got stabbed a couple of times with a sword."cite web |url= |title= Interview with "Peter Pan" Star, Jeremy Sumpter |accessdate=2008-09-16 |last=Murray |first=Rebecca |coauthors= |date= |work= | ] Hogan says that the flying scenes very difficult to accomplish, but that, "it was tougher on the kids than it was for me. They were up there on the harness 12’ off the ground, having to make it look like flying is easy and fun."cite web |url= |title=Director PJ Hogan Discovers Neverland With "Peter Pan" |accessdate=2008-09-16 |last=Murray |first=Rebecca |coauthors= |date= |work= | ]

Sumpter grew several inches over the course of the film's production, requiring staging tricks to retain Hook's height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Hollywood-based producer Lucy Fisher also said that, ""The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice."

The film is dedicated to Dodi Al-Fayed, who was executive producer of the 1991 film "Hook". Al-Fayed planned to produced a live action version of Peter Pan, and shared his ideas with Princess Diana, who said she "could not wait to see the production once it was underway." Al-Fayed's father, Mohammad Al-Fayed, co-produced the 2003 adaptation of the classic fairy tale after his son died in the car crash which also killed Princess Diana. [ [ 403 Forbidden ] ]

"Finding Neverland", a film about J. M. Barrie and the creation of Peter Pan, was originally scheduled to be released in 2003, but the producers of this film – who held the screen rights to the story – refused permission for that film to use scenes from the play unless its release was delayed until the following year.

Filming, which lasted about twelve months and ended in June of 2003, took place entirely inside sound stages on Australia's Gold Coast and New Zealand. According to Fisher, the decision to shoot in Australia was based on the low value of the Australian dollar at that time.cite web |url= |title=Dark days loom for Aussie film industry |accessdate=2008-09-11 |last=Mitchell |first=Peter |coauthors= |date=2003-12-23 | |publisher=The Age Company Ltd ] Hogan had originally planned on filming in a variety of locations such as Tahiti, New Zealand, and London but abandoned this idea after scouting some of the locations.cite web |url= |title=Latest 'Pan' film lets boys be boys, preserves spirit of classic |accessdate=2008-09-16 |last=Whipp |first=Glenn |coauthors= |date=2003-12-29 |work= |publisher=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ] Filming on sound stages did, however, help "retain some of the theatricality of the original play", something which Hogan thought was important.cite web |url= |title=Peter Pan: Hook, Line and Tinker |accessdate=2004-01-15 |last=Ramshaw |first=Mark |coauthors= |date= |work= VFXWorld |publisher=AWN,Inc. ]


The movie was relatively popular with both critics and viewers. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4. [ [ :: :: Reviews :: Peter Pan (xhtml) ] ] Both critics and visitors on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 76%. [ [ Peter Pan - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes ] ] It has a user rating of 7.1 on a 1-10 scale at the Internet Movie Database. [ [ Peter Pan (2003) ] ]

However, it earned only $48.4 million at the box office in the United States and another $73.5 million outside of the U.S. [ [ Peter Pan at Box Office Mojo] ] It faced competition from the highly-anticipated "" released the week before, and "Cheaper By The Dozen" which opened on the same day.

Jeremy Sumpter won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a younger actor, [cite web |url= |title=Past Saturn Awards |accessdate=2008-09-11 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films ] for which Rachel Hurd-Wood was also nominated. The film was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film. Sumpter also won a 2004 Young Artist Award; Harry Newell, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Carson Gray were all nominated. [cite web |url= |title=Awards for Peter Pan (2003) |accessdate=2008-09-11 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |, Inc. ]

Audiences familiar with only the 1953 Disney animated film may have been disarmed to find the romantic angle of the story so pronounced in this latest film incarnation; although its amorous content consists of little more than a chaste kiss, reviewers at the time made wide mention of the film's romantic tone. The film also contains a scene not in the play in which Peter, still not having formally met Wendy, flies into her house and hovers in flight over her bed, curiously gazing at her; Wendy awakens, and the startled Peter flies away quickly through the open window. Wendy is left believing that she dreamed the incident. The next day, she makes a drawing in school of Peter hovering over her, and the horrified schoolteacher mistakenly assumes it to have a darker meaning. The incident is played in the film as innocent comedy whose supposed double-entendre goes right over the heads of younger viewers, but apparently some audiences were offended by its inclusion.

Another scene not present in the book — and the biggest change from the novel to the screen — was the slightly modified ending involving the legendary duel between Hook and Pan on the pirate ship, whose alteration may have found disappointment among purists. The scene has Hook grab Tinker Bell to thereafter be made able to fly, eventually fighting Peter with his newfound ability. Another minor surprise was that despite the film's mature and bittersweet tone, they did not keep the book's ending where Peter forgets about Wendy only to return years later, when she is a grown-up woman. This ending was filmed and is alluded to during the final battle between Hook and Peter, but was not included in the final cut. The deleted ending is featured as an extra in most releases on the DVD.

ee also

*Peter Pan (1954 musical)
*Peter Pan (1953 film)
*Peter and Wendy


External links

*imdb title|id=0316396|title=Peter Pan

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