The following comes from a Buena Vista Home Entertainment press release touting upcoming Disney DVD releases. The bold text was done by me.
3/6 PETER PAN: Platinum Edition (Rated: G) Walt Disney’s original classic Peter Pan, filled with fantasy and the original Pixie Dust, defines the meaning of magic and teaches us to believe, making it the essence and fabric of the Disney brand. Peter Pan soars to new heights for the first time ever in a 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD. This classic film has undergone an extensive digital restoration and features a new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix. Join the Darling children – Wendy, John and Michael as they fly with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land. Their exciting adventures introduce them to unforgettable characters including The Lost Boys, Captain Hook (the Original Jack Sparrow) and his ship filled with swashbuckling pirates, and “Tic Toc” Croc. Walt Disney’s Peter Pan Platinum Edition 2-disc DVD is filled with high-flying bonus features for all ages including “Camp Never Land” - explore the world of Never Land with three all-new multi-level games, a never-before-seen alternate opening beginning in Never Land instead of the Darling’s home, a deleted song, “In Walt’s Words” – A new discovery! Walt Disney reveals in his own words “Why I made Peter Pan”, “You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan” an exciting journey to discover how the film was made, a sneak peek at the all-new Tinker Bell movie, and much more.
While I'm glad Peter Pan is getting the platinum treatment, I thought the Hook/Jack Sparrow comparison was a bit of a stretch. Aside from the pirate thing, they couldn't be further apart character-wise. I'd even go so far to say that comparing the two is an insult to Jack Sparrow, who is such a unique and original character. Don't get me wrong--I love Captain Hook. He's just more firmly rooted in the old school Hollywood (and Disney) version of what a pirate captain should be.
What are your thoughts? Is the comparison valid? Or is this just a cheesy marketing ploy by Disney to make Peter Pan more relevant to modern audiences?