Book vs Movie

The book by J.M. Barrie (Sir James) and the movie by Walt Disney are quite different... And I have picked apart the differences. (To the bone) I just thought it would be interesting to compare them both and see what I came up with, so enjoy! (Everyone likes to do that with stuff they actually know about! Don't you agree?)

1. In the book, Peter is a lot more cocky than he is in the Disney version. When Wendy sews his shadow on for him, he jumps around, praising himself for the good work. In the Disney, he does something simalure, he doesn't thank her, but proceeds to talk with her.

2. Wendy kisses Peter in the book, telling him that it is a "thimble". Peter finds this facinating, and "thimbles" Wendy, and that's when Tinkerbell yanks Wendy's hair. In the Disney, Wendy still refers to it as a kiss, (the untire kiss/thimble scene was left out) and never gets a chance to show him as Tinkerbell yanks her hair.

3. Tinkerbell's attitude remains the same throughout the book and the movie. Even though circimstances are altered, such as in the book, Tink persuades Toodles to shoot Wendy in the heart, and he does, and in the Disney, they simply shoot at her and Wendy falls towards jagged rocks below. But basically, Tink stayed the same, even in the instance that she would give her life for Peter's.

4. Peter is basically the same as well. He's not quite as cocky as in the book, but Peter is still Peter. There is a major difference, however, with the reasons Peter took the children to Neverland. In the book, Wendy blurts out (in order to keep Peter in the nursery with her) that she knows lots of stories to tell him and the lost boys. Peter, becoming greedy, begins to persuade her to come with him. In the Disney, Wendy tells Peter regretfully that she is to grow up tomorrow, since her father says she must leave the nursery. Peter is shocked at the thought of Wendy having to grow up agaisnt her will, and takes her to Neverland so she would never grow.

5. Tinkerbell dies/goes away in the book. It never actually says what becomes of her, but Wendy comes back for Spring cleaning and Peter doesn't seem to know who Tinkerbell is. Since Tink loved Peter to no end, she couldn't have left him, so she must have died. In the Disney, however, Tinkerbell seems to be immortal or something, since she's there with Peter in both movies. A character summary of Disney's sequal says that Tink is actually 112, or something like that. In the book Peter tells Wendy that faries don't live very long.

6. There is a major time difference in the book and the movie. In the Disney version, Wendy and the boys stay in Neverland for only a day, maybe even less than that. In the book, however, they stay with Peter (playing house, it seems) for a whooping month or more.

7. In the book, Wendy's parents obviously know that they were gone, and were very sad about it for the whole time they were missing. In the Disney, however, they never knew they left, as Wendy and the boys are all back in bed by the time they get back from the party.

8. In the book, the lost boys go with Wendy at the end, because they are eager to have a mother, and they leave Neverland and grow up. In the Disney, they stay with Peter because they didn't think they were ready to grow up, and they wanted to stay with Peter, no doubt, and they even return for the sequal.

9. It isn't accurate to the original context, because in the book, Neverland does not stop you from growing up. Peter is the only boy who does not grow up, and that is because he hates grown ups with a passion. (He even doesn't mind killing them, it seems, as when he's angry, he breaths quickly and rapidly, and it's said that everytime you breath in Neverland a grown up dies) Lost boys come and go, they eventually grow up, and when they do, Peter kicks them out. So, if they kept it to the orginal, going to Neverland would not prevent Wendy from growing up.

10. There's a lot more violence in the book. Well, duh, they aren't about to put tons of violence in a Disney movie, but hey.

11. Hook dies in the book. Peter throws him from his ship and he's eaten by the crocodile. In the Disney, Hook's just chased into the distance by the ol' crock. (Which is funnier in my opinion.) But alas, since the book is a wee bit depressing, the final showdown between Pan and Hook was never meant to be funny. But come on, who DOESN'T want to see Hook skidding across the ocean like a stone, screaming "SMMMEEEEEEEE!!!!" into the sunset? I'm with Disney on that one.

12. Here's an interesting one. In the book, the crocodile is female. You heard me, HE'S A SHE. I dunno why they changed that... Oh well.

13. There is no "Indian Chief" in the book. It says the very first time they introduce her that Tiger Lily is "a princess in her own right." She also seems to be the only female indian, since none others are ever mentioned in the book. (Wendy is called a "squaw" in both versions. What the heck does that mean?!)

The list goes on and on, but these are the ones that stuck out to me the most.