Hopefully, you’re thinking about Peter Pan because he is the inspiration for today’s post. Well, him and his animated classic.
Yea, this is the demon film that spawned the countless hundreds of Disney Fairy spin-offs, but it’s also the final Disney film in which all of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators.
And it’s pretty fantastic.
This letterhead was used to promote the picture throughout the early 1950s. I love it because it shows you exactly what you’re going to get if you watch this film: lots of high flying fun and swashbuckling sword fighting.
And a very sad, surprised Nana. God, I love that Saint Bernard.
What I don’t love about the illustrations is how flat they feel. Peter Pan is so full of rich, realistic and fantastic colors, shadows and texture. It’s a beautiful film, and this letterhead really doesn’t reflect that.
Luckily, these amazing pieces of fan art do:
Home of the Lost Boys. Digital illustration inspired by Mary Blair. Created by Deviant Artist Shaoe.
This really organic, earthy interpretation of the Lost Boys’ home in Neverland has such lovely colors and details. I kind of want to live there, but I guess that’s the point.
Peter Pan Chibis. Illustration created by David Gilson.
Usually, the chibi style of art creeps me out, but it feels really appropriate and kind of adorable used on characters who are actually children. John Darling is just too cute.
Peter and Tiger Lily. Painting by Becky Dreistadt.
One of the sweetest scenes from the film is depicted here in really lovely pastels, but the background and ground are in such contrast with that, tea-stained and rough.
Peter Pan. Acrylic painting by Deviant Artist The Heroine.
Ethereal and energetic, the shadows and light create movement and depth in this original painting. I love the hint of Tinkerbell and the promise implied on the other side of the window.
Peter Pan. Drawing by Deviant Artist Pinkie Perfect.
It looks so child-like but there are some really awesome little details on the clock tower and in the hair. It’s a simple, kinetic tribute to the most famous scene in Peter Pan.
Who’s your favorite Peter Pan ship: Peter and Wendy? Peter and Tiger Lily? Let us know in the comments!