Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
The animation itself though, is vintage Disney. The richness of the textures and the flow of the movements is a thing of wonder that CGI can't and will probably never be able to reproduce. The amount of work that must have gone into the development of a feature like this must've been astounding and the results definitely demonstrate that. Character-wise, Captain Hook steals the show, with his booming voice, sour evil and all around desperation to get his hand (he's got only one) around Peter's neck. Having had his hand chopped off by Peter and fed to a crocodile, he is visibly still quite agitated at this incident and vows revenge. Peter himself is quite the ladies man and seems to have the two main female characters, Wendy and the Pixie Tinkerbell, wrapped tightly around his finger, without really knowing it himself. In fact, it's Tinkerbell's jealousy toward Peter's new friend that starts the ball rolling in terms of trouble and she also becomes a scene-stealing little packet of pixie-dust without ever uttering a word.
Following that is a feature-length commentary. Actually, it's a really interesting concept that I could really learn to enjoy on any type of movie. Hosted by Roy Disney, it's basically a film-length interview of many of the people who were involved in the creation of the film, including voice actors, live-action models, animators and the great Walt Disney himself. Oh yeah, that weenie Maltin also puts in his two bits. This is cool as it avoids you getting bored by a single person giving you a run-down of the film. Anyone who's ever heard a DVD commentary by Tim Burton (i.e. Sleepy Hollow, great movie by the way) will know what I mean by boring commentaries. Next in the lineup is a Peter Pan Still Frame Gallery which covers, through still pictures, some of the earlier drawings of the film, such as abandoned concepts, character development and visual development. It's amazing to think that these guys had to draw and redraw hundreds upon hundreds of sketches to develop the final look for each single character in the picture.
The next three features will certainly make any little kid a very happy camper. It begins with a "Follow the Leader" Sing-Along Song, which they'll enjoy yelling their little lings out at. Unfortunately, the way the lyrics are presented isn't really of any help (all clumped up in one scene). It would have been better to have them scroll at the bottom with a little ball hopping over each word. Next is "Peter's Playful Prank", a storybook in which the kids can either read a story along with Wendy or read it on their own. I guess any kid who's learning to read will love this chance to show off their new skill to their parents. The last of the three kiddy features is the "Pirate Treasure Hunt Game", where kids (and myself) answer questions about the film and advance until they finally reach Captain Hook's pirate ship and take a booty to his fanny. Questions are fairly simple and the answers are illustrated by pictures.
DVD-ROM features are also there but since I can't access them, you'll have to ask your 8-year old to show you how to use the computer and help you figure out what they are. Aside from that, several (and I mean several) sneak peaks at other Disney features are present throughout the DVD.