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HEAR BOBBY DRISCOLL SPEAK FROM BEYOND
on February 15, 2002
"PETER PAN" a Disney favorite from 1953 has been resurrected, remastered and restored for its premier digital transfer. The Technicolor animation is once again pristine and the sound is crystal clear.
Although the animation style is far-removed from the detailed, classic, illustrator style of "Snow White" and "Pinnochio," it is still fluid, with nicely framed compositions that have a rougher, more spontaneous, almost sketchy look that ushered in a modernistic wave of Disney animation.
The bonus material is significant, especially the fabulous commentary track hosted by Roy Disney (Walt's nephew) and the making-of documentary with always affable and informed Leonard Maltin and old time animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson and the voice of Wendy, Kathryn Beaumont. There's a preview of the new big screen feature "Return to Neverland" among other extras.
There's a notorious element to this movie in the haunting presence of the late, brilliant and beautiful child star Bobby Driscoll (the voice of Peter Pan). He was discovered dead of a drug overdose in a condemned New York tenement in 1968 and buried in a pauper's grave. More than a year later he was finally identified through fingerprints. "Peter Pan" is a fitting tribute to Driscoll's remarkable, natural, talents. And the genius of Walt Disney in visualizing the darker elements barely, if even, hinted at in the original fantasy.