There are few stories as magical as Peter Pan, originally written by J.M. Barrie in 1911. Who wouldn’t want to be able to fly and visit a beautiful island full of magic and adventure? We sure do. But if you’re looking for Peter Pan content beyond the Disney animated film, we have you covered. Here are four Peter Pan adaptations and retellings that will have you wishing you could fly away to Neverland.
1. Hook (1991)
This movie holds a special place in so many hearts. If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? Robin Williams stars in this fun, goofy, feel-good film. Williams plays a Peter Pan who’s all grown up. When Hook returns to our world to get his revenge, he kidnaps Peter’s young children. What follows is a heartwarming, hilarious film full of magic. This film is great for a family movie night, or just a relaxing night in.
2. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
This book will remind you that magic is real and that pirate ships are DOPE. Starcatchers is a Peter Pan origin story unlike any other, seamlessly weaving the beloved old tale into a brand new MG masterpiece. From stardust to stowaways, this book will have you hooked, pun intended, from beginning to end.
3. Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (2002)
This movie is EVERYTHING. Wendy is all grown up, and Hook has returned to our world to kidnap her daughter, Jane. What follows is what we can only describe as an enemies to friends (and to lovers, eventually, if this was a different movie). Come on. Who didn’t get happy heart palpitations when Peter rescued Jane from the mermaids or when Jane unhooked him from that anchor!? Jane and Peter was our OTP before we knew what an OTP was…
4. Finding Neverland the musical
Fair warning: This one will tug on your heartstrings. This beautifully written and performed musical details J.M. Barrie’s life as he found the magic and inspiration behind Peter Pan. This musical isn’t just about the magic of Peter Pan, but the magic of real life, too.
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