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Old 11 March 2008, 04:48 PM
Elkhound Elkhound is offline
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Originally Posted by Christie View Post
Mr Darling is depicted, in the book, play and Disney movie as being pretty clueless about his kids and in some ways is seen as the bad guy in some of his actions. Which makes it less than coincidental that the same actor almost invariably plays Captain Hook (not in the Disney cartoon of course!) -- it may, of course, be to have a smaller cast -- but I've always believed there was a deeper message at work there. Mothers are warm and nurturing - fathers will make you walk the plank .
I have always thought that the double-casting of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook was to make the point that, while Peter never grows up, most boys do grow up to be men--and what kind of men? Does he grow up to be a responsible provider like Mr. Darling, or a greedy, rapacious, piratical parasite like Hook?
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