Friday, November 16, 2007
Still in a Disney daze
So there I am assigned to photograph a group of 4th graders putting on a play and I know something is wrong. There was that strange smell in the air. Faint but sickening sweet, and unmistakable. Disney. Dang, another Disney assignment.
I was covering the play Peter Pan and amid the colorful costumes and catchy dialogue the Disney was seeping into the room. How do I know? Because I had no idea of what was going on.
A quick check on the Wikipedia site had the following info:
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up is a play written by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860–1937), and first presented on the stage at the Duke of York's Theatre on 27 December 1904. In 1911, Barrie adapted the play into a book, Peter Pan and Wendy.
It had a listing of characters and some of the copyright issues but nothing on the details that mystified me. What is up with this crocodile, what is this tick tock deal, what airline did they fly to Neverland.
So what about the Disney connection? A quick Google search found the official site of the Disney film that was made in 1954, 11 years before I was born. I have never seen the movie and only know the main character names, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Wendy. Anything beyond that I am lost. Nothing like feeling clueless surround by 4th graders.
I am still waiting for the assignment to cover “Reservoir Dogs, the Musical” but I just don’t think it is coming soon.