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'Peter Pan' Flies to DVD

7 Feb, 2007 By: Angelique Flores

(L-R): Kathryn Beaumont, voice of Wendy; Margaret Kerry, Tinker Bell model; Disney chief animator Eric Goldberg; and June Foray, character model and voice, attended a screening of Peter Pan.

Walt Disney Home Entertainment has sprinkled a little fairy dust on its classic animated film Peter Pan.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment March 6 brings the film to DVD as a two-disc Platinum Edition ($29.99) for a limited time.

Peter Pan is one of three animated classics to feature all nine of Walt Disney's famous “Nine Old Men” as directing animators, two of which were Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. The two animated Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.

They were good friends and neighbors, and the friendship between Hook and Smee spoke of the friendship between Frank and Ollie, Disney chief animator Eric Goldberg (Aladdin, Hercules) said at a special screening of Peter Pan in Hollywood.

Like all of Buena Vista's Platinum Edition releases, the title comes packed with extras: “Camp Never Land” multi-level games; “Peter's Playful Prank” DVD story book; an alternate opening that begins in Never Land instead of the Darling household; “In Walt's Words,” a featurette in which Walt Disney shares why he made Peter Pan; the featurette “You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan”; “Magical Environment,” in which viewers can take flight with Peter Pan above the London skyline in their own homes; deleted songs; and a sneak peek at the upcoming Tinker Bell movie.

The 1953 film has been digitally restorated for DVD with a new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater mix.

Among the bonus features on the DVD is a song written by Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). The composer was given a lyric that was written in 1939 for a version of the film never made. The now-yellowed old piece of paper read: “There never was another land like the Never Land.”

Thinking the lyric was “rather charming,” Sherman took it home and tacked it on his piano. Once he changed the words to “There never never was another land, like Never Never Land,” he was inspired to write “Neverland.” With Paige O'Hara (Belle of Beauty and the Beast) singing the new song in a room modeled after the Darling children's room, the new video appears on the DVD.

“We never found out who the original lyricist was, so I get all the credit,” Sherman said.

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