“Peter Pan” is a recent film version of the story that continues to mesmerize viewers of all ages. This film is about the clash between good-looking and good-hearted children and the ugly and evil adults – not-evil adults in the movie are just stupid and laughable. Children among viewers identify with their victorious peers on the bright-colored screen while adult viewers don’t identify with Pirate Captain Hook – the villain and monster: they don’t understand that Hook is the embodiment of adults how they‘re perceived by children’s unconscious, and the child inside them easily overrides their adultness – the film makes them forget their age.

The film is about the imaginary victory of childish idealism over the Capt. Hooky reality of the power of adults (armed in real life not only with physical strength, authority, money and weapon but with justifications for their power and, sometimes, cruelty). The film as a part of today’s mass culture (created by adults making money on infantile tastes through consumerism and entertainment) is an incarnation of an artificial world which children and teenagers in their Peter-Panness are enjoying so much.
Mass culture is the creation of Pirates Hooks. And in real life Pirates do intervene in children’s mass cultural paradise (with invented wars, financial meltdowns, toxic pollutants released into the natural environment, firing (children’s) fathers and mothers to make profit on foreign labor. This intervention can be prevented (or at least met with resistance) only if our children will learn about the real life, the world of adults. This effective learning is impossible if children are not interested in real life – if they don’t like it more than items for consumption.
Movies like PP prevent the growing children from learning how to analyze life because they radically distract kids from being interested in real adulthood, in human life in society and history. In life Captains Hooks look like children’s admired role models, for example like generals, athletes and the rich financial leaders. PP is a masterful combination of child abuse (abuse of children audience) and exploitation of recent cinematic technology with its irresistible gimmicks and special effects which make the movie more real and more pleasant than reality. The producers and director want us to be hooked on their movie like on drug in order to return to it again and again (with more money).
The basic idea of PP is that children’s ability to dream makes them superior to adults. And its basic metaphor is the ability to fly (personified by Peter Pan). The ability of dreamers to fly is transformed by the film into viewers’ virtual experience of flying through the use of special effects. After encounter with the movie kids will never forgive the boring reality outside for being so prosaic and dull. It is a task for the responsible movies for children to make real life entertaining.
For the commercial success of movies like PP whole society already has started to pay the price in the form of unwillingness and inability of especially the young people to like and to understand real human life. Commercially entertaining cinema industry feeds on our beliefs/prejudices, impulsive emotional reactions, paranoid and phobic feelings and nurtures them in viewers. In contrast, there are films that are dedicated to helping children-viewers to understand the nature of the adulthood and childhood, to appreciate entertaining element real life is full of, and to enjoy the knowledge of what life in a society is really about. Among these films: “My Life as a Dog” by Lasse Hallstrom, “Slingshot” by Ake Sandgren, “Butterfly” by Jose Luis Cuerda, “Twist and Shout” by Bille August, and “L’Effrontee” by Claude Miller.