How well do you know Peter Pan?
Once upon a time, before Disney and television, there was a story of a little boy that made children wish they could fly.
The tales of Peter Pan were originally written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. He first appeared in the 1902 novel The Little White Bird, but went on the adventure we all know and love in the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.
Today, most of us know about the boy who wouldn't grow up from the musical (coming to NBC on Dec. 4), the Disney animated film and its spin-offs, or other films, like Hook. Children continue to fall in love with the adventure featuring pirates, Native Americans, mermaids and fairies.
But, have you forgotten as much as Peter Banning did or are you an expert like Wendy? Take the quiz, then check out some extra information below.
Did you know?
Barrie was inspired to write the story of Peter Pan by the Llewelyn Davies family. He used the tales to entertain the five boys- George, John, Peter, Michael and Nicholas. Peter was only a baby when he first met the family, and Barrie would tell George and John that babies could fly. Eventually, this became the story of a baby who flew away.
After both parents died, Barrie was named guardian of the boys. In 1929, eight years before his death, Barrie gave the rights to the play to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. But, who owns Peter Pan today? Here are some answers.
Disney is well-known for its princesses, but Peter Pan inspired Disney's Fairies. Did you know there is a princess in the Peter Pan story? Here's more about the princess. By the way, Disney changed Hook's missing hand to the left hand.
Barrie's play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, is available to read online. The movie Hook has several references to it, and even flips Peter's line. Those of you who got the big adventure question wrong, probably have seen Hook a lot.
And, if you want to know more about the real Captain Hook, read this account.
© 2014 Samantha Sinclair
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