“Let’s talk about me! Cue: Drumroll! Cue: Lights! Cue: My finest hour!” (Rupert Grint in Happy Birthday, Peter Pan)
Directed by Roy Ackerman and Mary Dickinson, Happy Birthday, Peter Pan stars Rupert Grint as the voice of Peter Pan alongside Jane Horrocks as Tinkerbell. A BBC production shown on 2 January 2005, Happy Birthday, Peter Pan was a documentary to celebrate the 100th birthday of J.M Barrie’s story.
Happy Birthday Peter Pan is a documentary about the history of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, from its creation to the various theatre productions and the film made for Peter Pan’s 100th birthday. Interviews with actors and actresses who starred in various Peter Pan productions are included in the documentary, which is set up as a discussion between Peter Pan and Tinkerbell about the past 100 years.
Peter Pan is a mischievous boy who lives with his best friend, a pixie called Tinkerbell, and the “Lost Boys” on the small island Neverland. Not wanting to grow up, he can fly without the help of fairy dust and occasionally brings children from the world outside to Neverland and takes them on adventures. The only thing Peter is afraid of are women.
- Peter Pan refers to J.M. Barrie as “the Inky Man”, as he wrote the books in pen and ink.
- Throughout the audio, clips from various Peter Pan productions can be heard. Among them are scenes from “Finding Neverland” starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
- The production tells the story about the development of the Peter Pan phenomenon alongside the events in the lives of J.M. Barrie and the Llewellyn Davis children.
- Rupert adapts his voice to the different situations, going from very deep (the “SuperPan” sequence) to very high (when he gets lost in the computer play).
Behind the Scenes
- The first mention of Peter Pan is in the 1902 novel “The Little White Bird”.
- In unawareness of the tragedy of death, Peter says in Barrie’s book “To die will be an awfully big adventure”. In the Harry Potter books, Professor Dumbledore tells Harry “To the great mind, death is nothing but the next great adventure”.
- Barrie gave the copyrights of the Peter Pan story to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Rupert Grint supported the hospital in the past, too.
Rupert Grint (Peter Pan – voice)
Jane Horrocks (Tinkerbell – voice)
Cat Deeley (Herself)
Johnny Depp (Himself)
Sébastien Gonzalez (Himself)
Dustin Hoffman (Himself)
Jason Isaacs (Himself)
Paul Nicholas (Himself)
Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan (archive footage))
Kate Winslet (Herself)
Directors: Roy Ackerman, Mary Dickinson
Editor: Paul Bates
Producer: Diverse Productions
Runtime: 60 min
Broadcast: 2 January 2005
Distributor: British Broadcasting Corporation
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Peter: I’ve been the busiest super-hero ever!
Peter: I was in a play all on my own. Peter Pan…
Tinkerbell: … the boy who wouldn’t grow up…
Peter: …and rule the kingdom of Neverland!
Peter: I was a huge success! The fanmail kept pouring in!
Peter: I think my fans are just sooo wonderful!
Peter: Second to the right and straight on till morning!
Peter: Make-believe is what’s real to us, the kids.
Peter: I was sweet sixteen and still as immature as ever.
Peter: There were ice cream men…
Peter: In your dreams, you worn-out piece of cutlery!
Peter: Superhero? Hmmm… I like that.
Tinkerbell: Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
Peter: No, it’s Super-Pan!
Tinkerbell: …and Tinkerbell!
Peter: Tink looked real tasty that afternoon…
Tinkerbell: My superhero!
Peter: You can count on me, Tink. It’s all in a day’s work for Super-Pan.
Peter: ‘Weed’ wasn’t a flower, ‘Weed’ was a weed! Anyway, forget about the flower bit, Tink. Let’s talk about me! Cue: Drumroll! Cue: Lights! Cue: My finest hour!
Peter: Gown-ups acting not grown-up was groovy, fat and far-out! My influence again…
Peter: My ambitions are global domination!
Peter: A one-boy bonanza, that’s me!
Rupert about Happy Birthday, Peter Pan
I have also voiced Peter Pan for a documentary film. And my sister has said that it was the most realistic Peter Pan of all known to her. That’s the best compliment I have ever received!
(Elle Girl Russia, 2009)