This week I decided to explore the namesake of this weekly feature, as the title “Straight on Till Morning” is a quote from the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and Disney created an animated film in 1953, based on the play and subsequent novels. The film follows the adventures of Wendy and her two brothers, John and Michael. Wendy often told her brothers fantasy stories before bed, and the all find themselves dragged into a fantasy story of their own, accompanying Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and his fairy friend Tinker Bell, to Neverland, where they meet the lost boys, the island’s Indians, mermaids and the pirates, led by Captain Hook. Hook is Peter Pan’s worst enemy and seeks to kill him for feeding one of his hands to a crocodile, and giving him his name. At the end of the film, Hook and his crew are chased off by the crocodile and Peter returns Wendy and her two brothers home.
However, despite these controversies, Peter Pan sill has a massive impact on our younger selves and the children of today. It has a creative plot, it is exciting and engrossing, it highlights the positives of imagination and creativity and urges us to stop being so serious and enjoy ourselves a bit more. No matter what version of this story you watch, Peter Pan and its original author have contributed a lot to society.