Peter Pan and the Pirates

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FOX (ended 1991)

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Peter Pan and the Pirates

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In 1904, author and playwright J.M. Barrie created a character destined to be beloved by generations of theater and filmgoers: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. The well-known story depicts how Peter – using happy thoughts and Tinker Bell's magic fairy dust – teaches the Darling children to fly and brings them to Neverland so that they can stay young forever. Wendy, John, and Michael Darling have exciting adventures with Peter, his loyal band of Lost Boys, and the island's Indian tribe. It all culminates in a climactic battle against Captain James Hook, the notorious pirate whose right hand was cut off by Peter and fed to a crocodile long ago. After Hook is defeated once and for all, the Darling children return home to grow up and their family adopts the Lost Boys. Only Peter Pan remains in Neverland with Tink in order to continue his carefree existence as the personification of youth.

That's the basic story from the play that has been retold in books, musicals, and movies. Yet it's really only the beginning and the end. What about the middle of the story? What adventures do Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Nibs, Slightly, Curly, Tootles, the Twins, and Tinker Bell have while the Darlings live in Neverland? That is the premise behind the early 90s cartoon Fox's Peter Pan and the Pirates. This series fleshes out J.M. Barrie's c characters and explores the legends, dangers, and wonders of Neverland with great imagination. The Darlings, Lost Boys, and Indians (which include Tiger Lily, her brother Hard-to-Hit, and leader Great Big Little Panther) all get their time in the heroic spotlight without ever diminishing Peter's status as leader and "ruler" of Neverland.

As the title indicates, this TV show focuses as much on the pirates as it does on Peter Pan. Captain Hook and Mr. Smee traditionally are the only pirates who receive any attention in the story. Yet here, the other crewmembers of the Jolly Roger (Mullins, Mason, Starkey, Billy Jukes, and Cookson) are given distinct personalities and character development. But none could ever hope to overshadow their menacing captain. A real force to be reckoned with, Hook is a powerful, temperamental, cultured, intelligent, and charming pirate with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. Excellent writing and fantastic acting on the part of voice actor Tim Curry (who won a well-deserved Emmy for his remarkable work) make Hook such a cool villain that Peter Pan becomes even more amazing for defeating him time and again.

"Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning" . . . adventure can be found every day in Neverland, especially as envisioned by Fox's Peter Pan and the Pirates!

(Of partiicular note: The Walt Disney Company unsuccessfully attempted to sue Fox in preventing this show to be made, claiming the Peter Pan story, which they made into a movie in 1953, as their intellectual property. Disney filed a similar suit in 1987 trying to prevent Fillmation's Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night theatrical feature from being released.)moreless
Chris M. Allport

Chris M. Allport

Voice of Tootles

Christina Lange

Christina Lange

Voice of Wendy Darling

Aaron Lohr

Aaron Lohr

Voices of the taller Twin & Hard-to-Hit

Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Voice of Alf Mason

Michael Bacall

Michael Bacall

Voice of the smaller Twin

Whitby Hertford

Whitby Hertford

Voice of Michael Darling

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • So Happy I'm not the only one who remembers this!

    9.0
    I thought this was a fantastic show. In the recesses of my memory I can still hear Tim Curry's Hook and James Marsden's Peter - little bits and pieces of dialogue. The final episodes with Peter growing up and Neverland dying around them were superbly done and one of the few I remember. I would love love love to see this again and I'd urge people to vote for it on tvshowsondvd.com if they can. Too many great shows are just fading away. This is one of them.moreless
  • Very few people remember this show. That's really too bad, considering that it was a very creative take on a familiar story.

    10
    The great thing about Peter Pan and the Pirates was that it wasn't afraid to explore new territory. Not to say that it was ground-breaking television - this was your standard adventure cartoon for children. However, it did manage to take a very well-known story and breathe new life into it.



    We get an extended look at Neverland and all the wonders and dangers it entails. We get to know the Lost Boys, Indians, and pirates individually. Peter's flaws are more explicit in this show: he's cocky, selfish, and reckless, yet still sympathetic and undeniably heroic. And Hook is not a mustache-twirling buffoon that would only scare children: he's a formidable adversary, a real threat to Peter. We get a great deal of complexity in the relationship between Peter Pan and Captain James Hook. There are times when the two are forced to team up or when Hook inadvertantly shows affection for his arch nemesis. But then the duplicitous pirate immediately turns around and tried to dig his hook in Peter's back. All of these events seem natural because they come out of well-defined characters.



    Not many people remember this show or give it the respect it deserves. Neverland and all its inhabitants really came alive for me through this cartoon. I guess animation is the only medium that can really do Peter Pan justice - the flying and the magic spells seem more real here (and in the Disney movie) than in any other production I've seen.moreless
  • What Is Perhaps The Best And Most Impressive Adaptation OF J.M. Barries' Original Tale, A Rare And Underrated Gem.

    10
    I remember this being one of the very first shows to premiere on Fox Kids that I watched when I was little. Can't believe how rare this show really is, but then I haven't seen it again in years till I checked out the 4 episodes available at Veoh. This is a brilliant, top-notch animation series that needs either to return to the airwaves on another channel or be brought to DVD already. I recommend this show because it's got exciting adventures that will keep anyone hooked. I believe one reason why it's my most favorite out of all the Fox Kids shows is because it's not one of those shows that disappoints and it makes for great thrilling escapism. It doesn't deserve to be overlooked or neglected, considering it's been such a long-time since it last hit the airwaves. There isn't a single thing to dislike about this cartoon: The plots of the stories, the animation, the characters, everything is just perfect. Definitely not a series to be missed. So everyone, just let your imagination run away with y'all and fly away to Neverland with Peter and his friends. I also find this to be among the most interesting. Very well put together. There's nothing to complain about here. It's a grade A+ series and deserves, and is worthy of so much more attention than it's received.moreless
  • Understated

    7.8
    This was an amazing show. I was so hooked on it. It was my favorite after-school show, and I was very upset when it was taken off the air. This show captured the imagination and left me captivated and thinking and drawing my own versions of the stories. I wish this show would come back, I would gladly watch the reruns over and over.
  • Wrong Airdates And Episode Order
    After an airing on Saturday, September 8, 1990, this series was moved to WEEKDAYS only, not Saturdays. It was not shown weekly on ...
    11/15/12
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  • peter pan
    hey , any other Peter pan fans out there ?????? [IMG]http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o257/DREAMERanime/peterpan6.gif[/IMG]
    03/22/09
    3
  • DVD Release?
    Any news of a DVD release of the series? I heard a rumor that there will be. And with all of the old shows eventually making their...
    03/22/09
    2
  • Submission Guidelines
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    04/11/07
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