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This article focuses on the Disney movie, "Peter Pan".
For the classic story, see "Peter and Wendy".
For the Neverland character, see Peter Pan.

Peter Pan is a Disney animated film featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears and Ralph Wright; and directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske. It was released on February 5, 1953.

Peter Pan is based on "Peter Pan", a play and novel written by J. M. Barrie.


As the narrator tells the viewing audience, the action about to take place "has happened before, and will all happen again", only now it will happen in Edwardian London, in the neighborhood of Bloomsbury, where George and Mary Darling's preparations to attend a party are disrupted by the antics of the boys, John and Michael, acting out a story about Peter Pan and the pirates, which was told to them by their older sister, Wendy. Their father, who is fed up with the stories that have made his children less practical, angrily declares that Wendy has gotten too old to continue staying in the nursery with them, and it's time for her to grow up and have a room of her own. That night, they are visited in the nursery by Peter Pan himself, who teaches them to fly with the help of his pixie friend, Tinker Bell, and takes them with him to the island of Never Land.

A ship of pirates is anchored off Never Land, commanded by Captain Hook with his sidekick, Mr. Smee. Hook boldly plots to take revenge upon Peter Pan for cutting off his hand, but he trembles when the crocodile that ate it arrives; it now stalks him, hoping to taste more. Hook also forms a plan to find Peter's hideout using the knowledge of Tiger Lily. The crew's restlessness is interrupted by the arrival of Peter and the Darlings. The children easily evade them, and, despite a trick by jealous Tinker Bell to have Wendy killed, they meet up with the Lost Boys: six lads in animal-costume pajamas, who look to Peter as their leader. Tinker Bell's treachery is soon found out, and Peter banishes her "forever" (though she is eventually forgiven). John and Michael set off with the Lost Boys to find the island's Indians, who instead capture them, believing them to be the ones responsible for taking the chief's daughter, Tiger Lily. Big Chief, the Indian chieftain and Tiger Lily's father, warns them that if Tiger Lily is not back by sunset, the Lost Boys (along with John and Michael) will be burned at the stake.

Meanwhile, Peter takes Wendy to see the mermaids. Wendy is considering leaving when the mermaids try to drown her, but things change when the mermaids flee in terror at the sight of Hook. Peter and Wendy (who quickly spy on Hook) see that he and Smee have captured Tiger Lily, so that they might coerce her into revealing Peter's hideout. Peter and Wendy free her, and Peter is honored by the tribe. Hook then plots to take advantage of Tinker Bell's jealousy of Wendy, tricking her into revealing the location of Peter's lair. However, his plan to kill Peter becomes a bit compromised when Tinker Bell makes him promise "not to lay a finger, or a hook, on Peter Pan". He agrees, and then locks Tinker Bell in a lantern as a makeshift jail cell. Wendy and her brothers eventually grow homesick and plan to return home. They invite Peter and the Lost Boys to return to London and be adopted by the Darling parents. The Lost Boys agree, but Peter is so set against growing up that he refuses, presumptuously assuming that all of them will return shortly. The pirates lie in wait and capture the Lost Boys and the Darlings as they exit, leaving behind a time bomb to kill Peter. Tinker Bell learns of the plot just in time to snatch the bomb from Peter as it explodes.

Peter rescues Tinker Bell from the rubble and together they confront the pirates, releasing the children before they can be forced to walk the plank. Peter engages Hook in single combat as the children fight off the crew, and finally succeeds in humiliating the captain. Hook and his crew flee, with the crocodile in hot pursuit. Peter gallantly commandeers the deserted ship, and with the aid of Tinker Bell's pixie dust, flies it to London with the children aboard. However, the Lost Boys decide to return to Never Land rather than be adopted in London.

Mr. and Mrs. Darling return home from the party to find Wendy not in her bed, but sleeping at the open window; John and Michael are asleep in their beds. The parents have no idea that the children have even been anywhere. Wendy wakes and excitedly tells about their adventures. The parents look out the window and see what appears to be a pirate ship in the clouds. Mr. Darling, who has softened his position about Wendy staying in the nursery, recognizes it from his own childhood, as it breaks up into clouds itself.

Show Adaptation

  • Peter Pan was once an adult, but he reverted to a younger form after abandoning his son. Unlike his Disney incarnation, this Peter Pan is far more sinister, cruel and manipulative.
  • Tinker Bell is no longer a fairy since losing her wings long ago.
  • Hook does not lose his hand due to Peter Pan, but because of another nemesis.
  • Wendy is taken to Neverland by a shadow, and then imprisoned by Peter Pan, who forces her brothers, John and Michael, to work for him so she remains unharmed. While imprisoned, Wendy remains ageless for a century long. Her brothers grow into adulthood, but are kept from aging any further during a whole century as they carry out Peter Pan's missions. After Peter Pan is defeated, the Darling siblings reunite and go home to London.
  • The Lost Boys finally leave Neverland for Storybrooke after being freed from Peter Pan's manipulations.
  • The Disney film was mentioned by Henry and he recalls seeing the movie "a million times".
    • Additionally, Emma references Hook's unsavory physical appearance in the Disney film adaptation, in which his character incarnation dons a "waxed mustache and a perm".

Characters Featured

Original Character Adapted as First Featured in
Wendy Darling Wendy Darling "Second Star to the Right"
John Darling John Darling "Second Star to the Right"
Michael Darling Michael Darling "Second Star to the Right"
Nana Nana "Second Star to the Right"
Mary Darling Mary Darling "Second Star to the Right"
George Darling George Darling "Second Star to the Right"
Peter Pan Peter Pan "The Heart of the Truest Believer
Hook Hook "The Crocodile"
The Crocodile Rumplestiltskin "The Crocodile"
Mermaids Mermaids "The Heart of the Truest Believer"
Peter Pan's Shadow Pan's Shadow "Second Star to the Right"
Tiger Lily Tiger Lily "Awake"
Tinker Bell Tinker Bell "Quite a Common Fairy"
Smee William Smee "The Crocodile"

Groups Featured

Original Group Adapted as First Featured in
Hook's pirate crew Hook's pirate crew "The Crocodile"
Lost Boys Lost Boys "And Straight On 'Til Morning"

Episodes Featured

Locations Featured

Original Location Adapted as First Featured in
Jolly Roger Jolly Roger "The Crocodile"
London, England London "Second Star to the Right"
Neverland Neverland "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
Kensington Gardens Kensington Gardens "Second Star to the Right"
Darling House Darling House "Second Star to the Right"
Marooners' Rock Skull Rock "Dark Hollow"
Lost Boys' Hideout Pan's Campsite "The Heart of the Truest Believer"
Wendy's House Wendy's Cave "Dark Hollow"

Items Featured

Original Item Adapted as First Featured in
Captain Hook's hook Captain Hook's hook "The Crocodile"
Pixie Dust Pixie Dust "The Heart of the Truest Believer"


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