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The Most Powerful Life Lessons From Peter Pan

It’s PIXIE DUST week, loves! PETER PAN turns 65! 

I started celebrating the 65th anniversary of PETER PAN and the IN-HOME release of the new Peter Pan Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition (Digital 5/29 and Blu-ray™ on 6/5) during the Han Solo Press Event when I participated in a Peter Pan inspired Scavenger Hunt throughout the Walt Disney Studios Lot!

Walt Disney Peter Pan Scavenger Hunt

I also had the rare and exclusive opportunity to tour the Disney Animation Research Library and see original artwork used to create this timeless classic!

Peter Pan Animation Drawing“Peter Pan” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

Today you can get your hands on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features.

Peter Pan in home release

In “Peter Pan,” fantastic adventures await the Darling children—Wendy, John and Michael—when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land.  After flying with Peter and the delightfully impish Tinker Bell past the “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” they explore the enchanted island and Peter’s secret hideout with the Lost Boys, and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous villain Captain Hook.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of “Peter Pan” invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney’s golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release.

Life Lessons from Peter Pan ~ #1 Think POSITIVELY!

Peter Pan tells the Darling kids “Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings.” They exercise their gratitude (thinking of happy things that already happened) and their imagination (thinking of happy things that they’d like to see, feel, and experience). When we think of happy and positive things, we can fly without wings (shameless plug to Westlife).

Life Lessons from Peter Pan ~ #2 Always Keep Your Word

Peter teaches Wendy a valuable lesson when he says “I gave my word.” It makes me sad that, unfortunately, it can be hard to find someone who keeps their word and it’s even harder for me to deal with it. I strive to be like Peter Pan and even when it’s excruciatingly hard – almost impossible-  always keep my word, and teach my daughters the value of integrity.

Life Lessons from Peter Pan ~ #3 A Real Mother Loves And Cares

There are so many things I didn’t do as a kid, so I didn’t get to watch Peter Pan until I was already “adulting.” Because I didn’t have a “real” mother, I remember crying when Wendy says:

Well, a mother, a real mother, is the most wonderful person in the world. She’s the angel voice that bids you goodnight, kisses your cheek, whispers ‘sleep tight.’

And she further teaches us that “a mother’s someone who loves and cares for you and tells you stories.

Being a positive mom requires nurturing your children in their individual Love Languages, and you can mother other people and yourself, too!

Life Lessons from Peter Pan ~ #4 Have Faith and Trust

We all have dreams and dreams can come true. The Bible says “ASK – BELIEVE – and RECEIVE.” We all do an okay job asking and would definitely be happy receiving, but not all of us REALLY trust and believe. You can’t get the PIXIE DUST unless you trust and believe that it will come!

Life Lessons from Peter Pan ~ #5 Find the Magic Around You

I didn’t really have a childhood so I’m a bit of a “lost girl.” The magic, the innocence, and the wonder of childhood is unique to those tender years.

Once you’re grown up, you can never come back.

You can’t just see the magic around you, you’ve got to be intentional and seek it, you’ve got to be willing and open to let your inner child find it. Being a mom gives us that chance to see life in the eyes of a child again, and Peter Pan is a timeless tale that can help us do just that.

Your imagination is a wonderful gift that can help you cope, heal, problem-solve, explore, and create. In fact, Albert Einstein once said that “imagination is more important than knowledge!”

The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office,” which explores Walt’s love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion between Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John); and new “Oke” renditions of the classic song “You Can Fly” and deleted song “Never Smile at a Crocodile” accompanied by on-screen lyrics and the film’s unforgettable animated characters.

Peter Pan Captain Hook original drawing disney ARL

Peter Pan  BLU-RAY & DIGITAL* Bonus Features:

New Peter Pan Signature Collection Bonus

  • Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight – “Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings”. One thing you’ll notice inside Walt Disney’s office are all of the models and pictures of airplanes. Walt loved planes and was an aficionado of flying. As a continuation of the “Stories from Walt’s Office” series, we’ll soar into the world of one of Walt’s favorite pastimes and look at the history behind the company airplane he used to scout Central Florida looking for the perfect place to build his second theme park.  
  • A “Darling” Conversation with Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul Collins – Join Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John) as they reunite for the first time in many years to reminisce and discuss their experiences working on Peter Pan, meeting Walt Disney and learning to fly … literally.
  • You Can Fly” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the classic Disney song, “You Can Fly,” with fun lyrics on screen and lots of your favorite “Peter Pan” characters.
  • “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the deleted song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile”, with fun lyrics on screen and highlighting the relationship between Captain Hook and Tick- Tock the Crocodile.

Peter Pan  BLU-RAY & DIGITAL* Bonus Features:

New Peter Pan Legacy/Classic Bonus

  • DisneyView
  • Sing-along Version of the film: Sing along with your favorite songs from the movie.
  • Growing Up with Nine Old Men – “Peter Pan” is both a story of living with a child’s sense of openness to the world and an acknowledgement that the path to adulthood most often leads away from those qualities. A parallel of sorts to that duality can be found in Walt Disney and his core group of animators, the Nine Old Men, in their lives and in their work. Our short film will look at who they were and the parts they played in one of the most remarkable team of artists that ever worked together.
  • Deleted Song: “The Pirate’s Song” – Original demo recording of the song played over concept art.
  • Deleted Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – With music played over static concept art of the crocodile from Pater Pan.
    • Deleted Song: “The Boatswain Song” – With music played over static concept art of Captain Hook and his crew.
    • Deleted Scene: “The Journey Home” – A proposed alternate ending where Peter asks the Lost Boys to return home with Wendy and the other children.
    • Deleted Scene: “Alternate Arrival” – A deleted scene where Wendy and the children are initially attacked by the Lost Boys because Tinker Bell tells them that Wendy is holding Peter captive. We also see in this version of the story that Nana the dog travels to Never Land with Wendy and the children.
    • Disney Song Select – Simply play the clip from the movie with subtitles underneath it.
      • “The Second Star to the Right”
      • “You Can Fly”
      • “A Pirate’s Life”
      • “Following the Leader”
      • “Your Mother and Mine”
    • Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney – Audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney, but carried on by several other people.  
  • Music and More
  • ”Never Land”: The Lost Song – A bonus piece that sets up the backstory of where this lost song was found and how Richard Sherman recomposed it.
  • Music Video: “Never Land” – Music Performed by Paige O’Hara – A music video of the song “Never Land”
  • Music Video: “The Second Star to the Right” – Music Performed by T-Squad – A music video of the song “The Second Star to the Right” performed by T-Squad.
  • Backstage Disney
    • You Can Fly: The Making of ‘Peter Pan’ – A making-of video of the 1953 Disney classic, “Peter Pan.”
    • In Walt’s Words: “Why I Made ‘Peter Pan’” – Based upon an article written by Walt Disney retold as a dramatic recreation.
    • Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale – An introspective video on the creation, history and personality of the one and only “Tink.”
    • The Peter Pan That Almost Was – Hosted by Ron Clements and John Musker, we take a look at the storyboards and early concepts of a version of the “Peter Pan” film that never saw the light of day.
    • The “Peter Pan” Story – An original featurette for the film created in 1952.

*Peter Pan bonus features may vary by retailer

Peter Pan is rated G in U.S. and Canada (Peter Pan bonus material is not rated) can be seen on Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD, all available in French and Spanish, with subtitles in English SDH, French & Spanish and closed captions in English (DVD & Digital). Run time is approximately 77 minutes.

I’m so excited for all you positive moms to relive the magic and wonder of Peter Pan and share it with your children. My daughters and I surely enjoyed spending time with John, Michael, Nana, Wendy, and Mary and George Darling, Captain Hook, Smee, and The Lost Boys, as well as the entertaining, educational, and emotional bonus features.

Peter Pan is the ultimate fantasy movie, a story filled with adventures, mermaids, pirates, fairies, and pixie dust… and it brings out the child in each of us, reminding us to try new things (like painting), take risks, and leave our comfort zone, as well as have fun in whatever journey you embark on!

What lessons did you learn from Peter Pan? Share your favorite quote, scene, or life lesson from Peter Pan and which ones you are committed to teaching to your kids!

For more information, visit the Peter Pan page on the Movies Anywhere website and the Disney Movies YouTube channel, Like the Peter Pan Facebook page and Tinker Bell on Facebook, and follow Disney Animation on Instagram. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #PeterPanBluRay.        


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