Movies vs Novels: Peter Pan, Neverland & Hook

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Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.

J.M. Barry’s tale Peter Pan has inspired many cinema, theater, novel, and even musical adaptations. J. M. Barrie, a Scottish novelist and dramatist, developed the character Peter Pan. Peter Pan is a mischievous young boy with the ability to fly and who never grows up. As the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, he spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the small island of Neverland, mingling with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and occasionally regular children from the outside world. The character has appeared in a variety of media and items, both adapting and expanding on Barrie’s works, in addition to two distinct works by Barrie himself.

As mentioned, there have been several adaptations of the amazing story of Peter Pan and Neverland. Read about NerdiPop’s top four favorite tv and film versions of Peter Pan:

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Peter Pan (2003)

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Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Revolution Studios released the fantasy picture Peter Pan in 2003. After Disney’s 1953 adaptation, it was the first approved and faithful film or television rendition of J.M. Barrie’s play in over half a century. P. J. Hogan directed a film based on J. M. Barrie’s iconic play and novel, which he co-wrote with Michael Goldenberg.

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Captain Hook and George Darling are played by Jason Isaacs, Mrs. Darling is played by Olivia Williams, Peter Pan is played by Jeremy Sumpter, Wendy Darling is played by Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Tinker Bell is played by Ludivine Sagnier. Aunt Millicent, a new character created for the film, is played by Lynn Redgrave. In a departure from usual theater casting, the title role was played by a young boy.

Plot summary:

Wendy Darling enthralls her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the frightening Captain Hook in Edwardian London. When Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars to the lush forests of Neverland, the children become the heroes of an even greater story.
Wendy and her siblings join Peter and the Lost Boys in a thrilling existence free of adult regulations, but they must also face Hook and his murderous pirates.

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Neverland (2011 mini-series)

Neverland is a fantasy miniseries written and directed by Nick Willing that premiered on the Syfy network in the United States on December 4, 5, and Sky Movies in the United Kingdom on December 9, 16, 2011. It’s both a prequel and a retelling of the Peter Pan story.

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Orphaned Peter and his buddies survive on the streets of turn-of-the-century London by their courageous wits as smart young pickpockets. They’ve been brought up by their master Jimmy Hook in order to snare a precious, magical treasure that will transport them to another realm, according to some. Neverland is a world of white jungles and legendary mysteries of endless youth, where newcomers are greeted with both delight and anxiety by unknown friends and enemies taken from time. The Native American Kaw tribe, commanded by a Holy Man, has been protecting the mystery of the tree spirits from Elizabeth Bonny and her crew for decades, and that has meant battle. However, when the fight to save this odd and beautiful realm becomes more crucial, Hook, Peter, and the scallywag lost boys decide if growing up in their new home of Neverland may be more important than growing old someplace else in time.

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Hook (1991)


Hook is a fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo that was released in 1991. Robin Williams portrays Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin Hoffman portrays Captain Hook, Julia Roberts portrays Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins portrays Smee, Maggie Smith portrays Granny Wendy, Caroline Goodall portrays Moira Banning, and Charlie Korsmo portrays Jack Banning. The film is a sequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, and it follows an adult Peter Pan who has lost touch with his youth. He has a wife and two children and is now known as Peter Banning, a successful business lawyer. Hook kidnaps Peter’s children, forcing Peter to return to Neverland and restore his youth in order to face his old foe.

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Plot summary:

Peter Pan (Williams) is now married to Wendy’s granddaughter and works as a ruthless merger and acquisitions lawyer. Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell after Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children (Roberts). He must recall how to be Peter Pan again with the help of her and the Lost Boys in order to save his children by defeating Captain Hook once more.

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Pan (2015)

Joe Wright directed and Jason Fuchs wrote Pan, a 2015 American fantasy film. The film is a precursor to Scottish novelist J. M. Barrie’s 1904 theater adaptation of Peter Pan. Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Amanda Seyfried star in the film, which also features Levi Miller as the title character. It tells the narrative of Peter Pan and Captain Hook in a different way. The film had its international debut on September 20, 2015, in London, England,[5] and was released theatrically in the United States on October 9, 2015, by Warner Bros. Pictures. Pan was a box office flop, grossing $128.4 million on a $150 million budget. Despite unfavorable reviews, it received AACTA Award nominations for Best Visual Effects or Animation, Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Film Score, and Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor (11-13).
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