Growing up, I loved Disney’s Peter Pan. I mean, what little kid didn’t? There’s flying, fairies, pirates, mermaids, and everything a little kid can dream of! However, there is one line from the end of the movie that stands out in my memory. Granted, I haven’t seen Disney’s Peter Pan in years and have yet to find a way to see it again without purchasing the DVD, but this one line has stood out in my memory and brings me to a conclusion that is about as far fetched as Yandere Tamaki or Sebastian and Claude being childhood friends. Was George Darling a lost boy?
Backing up to the beginning of the movie, there are already links between the Darling family and Peter Pan before Peter himself comes through their window in search of his shadow. George Darling is very non-beliving to Peter Pan to the point of making his home a “no-nonsense” home, in which Peter Pan is nonsense, and his wife (whose name I cannot remember…I think it was Mary, but I’m not sure…I’ll just go with Mary) believes Peter Pan is more of the spirit of childhood and playful youth and the three Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, share and exchange very accurate stories of Peter Pan, even knowing very specific details, like how it was the left hand that was cut from Captain Hook.
Fast forward to the end, once the children return home from Neverland and the Darling parents returned home from their outing. While Peter Pan flies the ship he took from Captain Hook across the sky, George sees the ship, is petrified for a moment, then smiles and says “I think I’ve seen that ship before when I was very young.”
What I think is that he remembered a childhood he’d long forgotten when he saw the ship and said that line; his life as a lost boy. I’d be so bold as to say that he met his wife in Neverland, since George himself wouldn’t pass down the stories, Mary might have passed them down after witnessing the battle between Peter Pan and Captain Hook that lead to the captain’s name to make much more sense first hand (pun intended). Or maybe George left Neverland for whatever reason, and met Mary in London, telling all his stories of his adventures with Peter Pan and the lost boys.
Years later, George grew up and either forgot his childhood altogether or has PTSD from his experience (in which he’d force himself to forget, which is possible), links his PTSD with Peter Pan, and as a result, becomes the Disney version of Mr. Dursley at the very mention of Peter Pan’s name or any reminders of his adventures. Sadly, George Darling doesn’t have enough screen time, nor development aside from being a Disney Dursley for this to be confirmed or denied. However, the line at the end does open the window of speculation and theories.
What do you guys think? I’m almost 100% sure I’m not the only one who thought of something similar to this of the Darlings. Leave your thoughts in the comments, and have a beautiful rest of your day.
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