Thursday, May 31, 2018

Peter Pan Celebrates 65 Years With A New Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition Out June 5th

“A timeless classic that brings out the kid in all of us.”
                                                      -Carol Jones,

Experience the Magic of Disney’s Beloved Flight of Fantasy:
“Peter Pan” Soars Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection
on Digital May 29 and on Blu-ray™ June 5

Celebrate the 65th anniversary of the timeless classic and enjoy new and original bonus features!

BURBANK, Calif. — In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Disney’s beloved flight of fantasy, “Peter Pan,” joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, landing in homes on Digital and Movies Anywhere on May 29 and on Blu-ray June 5. With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, every member of the family will let their imagination soar on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of “Peter Pan” invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney’s golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release. The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office,” which explores Walt’s love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion between Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John); and new “Oke” renditions of the classic song “You Can Fly” and deleted song “Never Smile at a Crocodile” accompanied by on-screen lyrics and the film’s unforgettable animated characters.

In “Peter Pan,” fantastic adventures await the Darling children—Wendy, John and Michael—when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land.  After flying with Peter and the delightfully impish Tinker Bell past the “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” they explore the enchanted island and Peter’s secret hideout with the Lost Boys, and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous villain Captain Hook.

“Peter Pan” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

THE 411:

My kids had never seen Peter Pan until last year when our local school put on a production. They loved it and I was able to tell them how the play was different than the movie. They were so eager to watch. They loved it and my daughter has watched it two times since we watched it over Memorial Day. 

My kids are like Peter Pan and know that growing up isn't all it is cracked up to be. They totally related to how Peter didn't want to grow up and believes that kids are better off without parents but understood Wendy too who couldn't wait to go home because everyone needs their mother and she was too young to mother anyone. 

I waited to see if they would pick up on their own any of the 21st Century problems people are finding with the film. The only thing she mentioned was that there was a line in the movie that said "girl's talk too much." Other than that, the see it as an entertaining film about the Darling children, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, The Lost Boys and Tiger Lily and that is what I saw when I was a kid too. Let's not take everything so personal. It doesn't have to be political, prejudiced or what have you.  Let's not forget this movie was made 65 years ago. It was a different time and a winner for Disney.

Bonus Features:
  • New Signature Collection Bonus
    • Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight – “Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings”. One thing you’ll notice inside Walt Disney’s office are all of the models and pictures of airplanes. Walt loved planes and was an aficionado of flying. As a continuation of the “Stories from Walt’s Office” series, we’ll soar into the world of one of Walt’s favorite pastimes and look at the history behind the company airplane he used to scout Central Florida looking for the perfect place to build his second theme park. 
    • A “Darling” Conversation with Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul CollinsJoin Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John) as they reunite for the first time in many years to reminisce and discuss their experiences working on Peter Pan, meeting Walt Disney and learning to fly … literally.
    • You Can Fly” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the classic Disney song, “You Can Fly,” with fun lyrics on screen and lots of your favorite “Peter Pan” characters.
    • “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the deleted song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile”, with fun lyrics on screen and highlighting the relationship between Captain Hook and Tick- Tock the Crocodile.
  • Legacy/Classic Bonus
    • DisneyView
    • Sing-along Version of the film: Sing along with your favorite songs from the movie.
    • Growing Up with Nine Old Men – “Peter Pan is both a story of living with a child’s sense of openness to the world and an acknowledgement that the path to adulthood most often leads away from those qualities. A parallel of sorts to that duality can be found in Walt Disney and his core group of animators, the Nine Old Men, in their lives and in their work. Our short film will look at who they were and the parts they played in one of the most remarkable team of artists that ever worked together.
    • Deleted Song: “The Pirate’s Song” – Original demo recording of the song played over concept art.
    • Deleted Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – With music played over static concept art of the crocodile from Pater Pan.
    • Deleted Song: “The Boatswain Song” – With music played over static concept art of Captain Hook and his crew.
    • Deleted Scene: “The Journey Home” – A proposed alternate ending where Peter asks the Lost Boys to return home with Wendy and the other children.
    • Deleted Scene: “Alternate Arrival” – A deleted scene where Wendy and the children are initially attacked by the Lost Boys because Tinker Bell tells them that Wendy is holding Peter captive. We also see in this version of the story that Nana the dog travels to Never Land with Wendy and the children.
    • Disney Song Select – Simply play the clip from the movie with subtitles underneath it.
      • “The Second Star to the Right
      • “You Can Fly”
      • “A Pirate’s Life”
      • “Following the Leader”
      • “Your Mother and Mine”
    • Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney – Audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney, but carried on by several other people. 
    • Music and More
      • ”Never Land”: The Lost Song – A bonus piece that sets up the backstory of where this lost song was found and how Richard Sherman recomposed it.
      • Music Video: “Never Land” – Music Performed by Paige O’Hara – A music video of the song “Never Land”
      • Music Video: “The Second Star to the Right” – Music Performed by T-Squad – A music video of the song “The Second Star to the Right” performed by T-Squad. 
    • Backstage Disney
      • You Can Fly: The Making of ‘Peter Pan’ – A making-of video of the 1953 Disney classic, “Peter Pan.”
      • In Walt’s Words: “Why I Made ‘Peter Pan’” – Based upon an article written by Walt Disney retold as a dramatic recreation.
      • Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale – An introspective video on the creation, history and personality of the one and only “Tink.”
      • The Peter Pan That Almost Was – Hosted by Ron Clements and John Musker, we take a look at the storyboards and early concepts of a version of the “Peter Pan” film that never saw the light of day.
      • The “Peter Pan” Story – An original featurette for the film created in 1952.
*Bonus features may vary by retailer

Product SKUs:                            Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD
Feature Run Time:                      Approximately 77 minutes
Rating:                                         G in U.S. and Canada; Bonus Material not rated
Aspect Ratio:                              1.33:1
Audio:                                          Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, 1.0 English Original Theatrical Mix
DVD: English, Spanish, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, 1.0 English Original Theatrical Mix
Digital: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish
Closed Captions:                        English (DVD & Digital)


New “Super Hero” Teen Girl Rebuilds Relationships, Saves the Planet in SKOOTER GIRL

New “Super Hero”
Teen Girl
Rebuilds Relationships, Saves the Planet

A coming of age story of a new female
super hero who uses her wits and her gifts for a
greener planet

Sedona, Arizona -- “I’m just a girl,” would best describe Amber, the spunky new character created by screenwriter Darielle Mac for her new graphic novel Skooter Girl. Dell Barras of Marvel comic book fame has illustrated the book. Mac created this first in a series of graphic novels to introduce her young adult audience to a refreshing new take on strong female protagonists.

“Usually when we see women in film or books, they are portrayed as hard and usually shooting guns. I wanted Amber to be something different. It’s not that we women aren’t powerful, but we don’t have to turn into men and pick up a gun to fight,” says Mac.

“SKOOTER GIRL is an exhilarating new graphic novel ... The title character is Amber, (think Wonder Woman on a robotic motorcycle) who joins a cascade of colorful characters and fantasy situations on her spectacular journey. Sparkling and exciting and insightful on every level! A winner here – entertaining, sensitive, fanciful, and solidly developed thoughts on family and the meaning of relationships.” 

-- Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

Mac brings a lot of her own personal experiences to her story. Having grown up with a scientist father who worked for the World Health Organization, Mac lived around the world and speaks many languages. From her Harvard-educated mother who “teaches teachers to teach,” Mac knows how to present her material in a matter that enlightens as well as entertains, leaving the audience wanting more. Drawing on her years as an environmental activist, her story touches on saving the planet and our resources without being preachy.

This fantasy/adventure story starts off as Amber turns sixteen, which makes her an adult in her culture in the magical island of Tir na Nor. Her father has taught her well since her mother disappeared, and Amber plays the violin, has a healing touch, and is gifted in many ways. “Seashells, enchanted to life, danced behind her as she ran…” But when she is told who she must marry, she leaves home. Riding her magical scooter, and surrounded first by selkies and then a robot, Amber leads readers on a magical adventure with many surprising turns. The story is strong on rebuilding family relationships and refreshingly absent of the sexual undertones that fill most teen stories today.

“I am trying to tell stories of the earth for a global audience and also empowering women and girls to be the leader and heroes in these stories that heal the planet and heal one another,” says Mac, who has worked hard on portraying strong family relationships in the storyline. “In this world right now, we need a little touchy-feely. There’s a lot of anger out there.”

“Fraught with incredible suspense and danger, this debut by Darielle Mac is both highly accessible and wonderfully conjured. “Skooter Girl” is guaranteed to blow your mind and speed you away.”  
-- John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press
Hoping to give women more roles in the Skooter Girl film which is in development, Mac is looking for a female director and also hired a female artist to conceptualize the characters before she published the graphic novel. Mac is an international playwright and screenwriter who has worked with the likes of Rachel Rosenthal, Peter Brook, Tandeusz Kantor and Ping Chong. She cut her teeth in the experimental theatre of New York and then went on to create original works in the Bay area, Europe and southwestern United States.  She brings her experiences and vision to the soon-to-be-released film of Skooter Girl.

Skooter Girl ISBN 978-1457552373, April 2018, Dog Ear Publishing, softcover, $10.99, 80 pages, ebook, $3.99 illustrated, available on Amazon

About Darielle Mac: Darielle Mac has written primarily for theatre and film and worked with many great names in the business. She is also a veteran of La Mama and the Performance Garage in New York. In her “other life” she champions causes for humanity and saving the earth’s resources. Marrying those two passions, she wrote Skooter Girl, a graphic novel and her first book for YA readers. The idea originally emerged as a screenplay and is currently being developed into a feature film. Like her other screenplays, Skooter Girl targets a family demographic, focusing on stories about the Earth. 

The idea for Skooter Girl came from an inventor gifting the author a prototype, electric scooter to ride when she arrived back in the US after traveling around the globe. Her personal adventures scooting roadways, and the country inspired the story. 

When she is not writing, Mac spends her time as a falconer, a gardener, and loves running, biking, sailing and spending time with her dogs. She divides her time between the Southwest United States, France and Los Angeles.