Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning

Peter Pan ship concept art by Mary Blair

“There it is, Wendy! Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

Peter Pan

Today is the birthday of the Disney classic, Peter Pan, released February 5th, 1953. The Disney classic is an enduring and beloved work of animation that has captured the hearts of many across several generations. This enchanting adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s original play and novel manages to encapsulate the magic, adventure, and innocent joy of childhood in a way that is unique and unforgettable.

Peter Pan, the titular character, is a young boy who refuses to grow up. He resides in Neverland, a mythical island where children can remain children forever. His adventures with his friends, the Lost Boys, and his encounters with pirates, led by the dastardly Captain Hook, form the crux of the story. Peter Pan’s escapades are filled with excitement and danger, but they also hint at the poignant truth that childhood is a fleeting phase, a sentiment that resonates deeply with audiences.

Disney’s adaptation of Peter Pan stands as a testament to the company’s ability to take a literary classic and make it accessible and enjoyable for children and adults alike. The film’s animation, filled with vibrant colors and fluid movements, brings J. M. Barrie’s imaginative world to life. The score, featuring memorable songs like “You Can Fly” and “Never Smile at a Crocodile,” adds an extra layer of charm to this delightful movie.

Peter Pan serves as a prominent figure in Disney’s pantheon of characters. His image graces merchandise, theme parks, and even forms part of the company’s logo. It’s a testament to the enduring appeal of Peter Pan and his story, a tale that encourages us to hold onto the joy and wonder of our youth.

Disney’s adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is more than just an animated film; it’s a cultural touchstone that continues to enchant audiences worldwide with its timeless themes and captivating storytelling.

Peter Pan Poster (1953) | Sotheby’s

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”

-J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Curated by Jennifer