“OFF to Neverland!” Here we go with another wonderful soundtrack. This one is from 1969 by Disneyland Records and the Walt Disney Music of Canada production company. It contains an abridged version of the story along with the key songs from the animated movie. And as a bonus, we get 11 pages of illustrations!
Twelve, if you count the Title Page.
Being as this is representing an animated classic, the artwork is painted. Live Action films may have painted or photography as the medium of choice. The cover for this LP is a composite showing all of the main characters in a shot that would not be from the source material.
I love the style of artwork on the Title Page:
Although not as fully rendered as the rest of the artwork, this image stands out for its playfulness and simplicity. On the right (above) we start our story with the reattachment of Peter’s shadow.
Pages 2 and 3 start us off on our journey over London, past the second star to the right, and onward to Neverland!
On Page 4 we are already in ‘real trouble’! If Tiger Lily isn’t found and returned by sundown, its the end for our intrepid troop. But not to worry, on Page 5, Peter is already in pitched battle with Captain Hook to save the young maiden.
Yea! On Page 6 we see that Peter has won and the ol’ Captain must swim for his life, or give more of himself to the crocodile! Back at the Indian camp, Page 7 shows a celebration is being had with Peter honored with the new name of “Flying Eagle”.
Page 8 has us skipping a goodly chunk of the plot as we jump ahead to the capture of Tinker Bell and subsequently, the capture of Wendy and the boys. Page 9 brings us to Peter’s rescue of Wendy. And we presume the rest of the boys.
The last two-page spread (Pages 10 & 11) wrap up things with the children being returned safely home and Peter heading back to Neverland aboard the Jolly Roger.
Extra plot details are included via text if not shown in the drawings. You can enlarge the images for the full story.
The back cover gives us a list of the songs contained on the album. ‘You Can Fly’ is an obvious inclusion. ‘A Pirate’s Life’ and ‘Following the Leader’ are also on Side One. Side Two has the wildly inappropriate ‘What Made the Red Man Red?’, the sweet ‘Your Mother and Mine’, and the one I don’t remember: ‘The Elegant Captain Hook’. A reprise of ‘You Can Fly’ provides a nice Finale.
Most of us remember the song ‘What Made the Red Man Red?’ but not so much of the lyrics. Below are reprinted the words from the third verse that answers the title question:
What made the red man red?
What made the red man red?
Let’s go back a million years
To the very first Injun prince
He kissed a maid and start to blush
And we’ve all been blushin’ since
To make the song even more cringe-worthy, the two previous verses give dubious reasons for why the ‘Injun’ says “How” and “Ugh”. And the use of ‘Injun’. Sigh.
A modern-day performer reworked the controversial song and gave his own answer to the question of what made the Red Man red. Take a look at the pertinent lyrics:
Tell me why you think the red man is red
Stained with the blood from the land you bled
You made me red when you killed my people
Made me red when you bled my tribe
Made me red when you killed my people
(Like savages/ Like savages)
This version was released by Frank Waln (or Oyate Teca Obmani = “Walks With Young People”) on December 29th, 2015. He is a Sicangu Lakota rapper. Waln grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and first began listening to hip-hop as a teenager. He later graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Audio Arts and Acoustics.
Many Disney classics are being reworked and edited to make them more culturally sensitive. Peter Pan is definitely one of the movies revisited for this purpose. Although we do not condone any form of discrimination on this site, we do present vintage material as produced in an attempt to preserve history so that we may all learn from it.