Peter Pan may be forever young in Neverland, but it's been 54 years since the Disney version of his story first came to life. Now the Disney classic is getting a rebirth, in a spandy-new two-disc Peter Pan Platinum Edition, which comes out today. You know the basic storyline: the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, go off to Neverland with Peter Pan, that boy who won't grow up. In Neverland, the Darling siblings meet the Lost Boys, see mermaids, fight with Indians and pirates, get captured by Captain Hook, and have all sorts of wonderful adventures.
The appeal of the story still holds all these years after J.M. Barrie penned first a play, and then a novel adaptation of the tale. Peter Pan has long been one of the Disney films that my kids ask to watch over and over again. The film was made in 1953, before there was such a thing as "political correctness," and the Indian scene seems remarkably dated in 2007 -- they're drawn in the most stereotypical way imaginable, and the song "What Makes a Red Man Red" makes me cringe -- but the rest of the film appeals to me as much as it did when I was a kid. Who wouldn't want to fly off to Neverland with Peter Pan?