Back in 1991, Robin Williams donned a rather fetching pair of green shorts and flew off to Neverland to rescue his children from the evil, hooked, Dustin Hoffman. And so began Steven Spielberg's brilliant reimagining of Peter Pan, the story of a Lost Boy who must recapture his youth in order to challenge his enemy.
If you haven't seen this classic family movie in a while, here's a list of fun film facts that may re-hook your interest...
1. David Bowie turned down the role of Captain James Hook
2. And Tom Hanks was considered for Peter Pan!
3. "Bangarang," the word sung by the Lost Boys, is actually Jamaican slang and means uproar, disorder, or disturbance
4. Because Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell was flying around so much, she had an assistant whose sole — pun intended — purpose was to clean the bottom of her feet
5. The pilot's voice when the Bannings are in a plane flying to England is actually Dustin Hoffman's: "This is your captain speaking..."
6. Peter Pan's kids are called Jack and Maggie. These names are English translations of Hansel and Gretel
7. Hook was Gwyneth Paltrow's first film. She played the young Wendy...
8. ...and remember the pirate that's trapped in the 'Boo Box' with a scorpion? That was Glenn Close
9. When Granny Wendy is reminiscing about the good old days with Peter, she's holding one of the original 1911 printings of the book
10. Julia Roberts was given the nickname 'Tinkerhell' on set because she was so difficult to deal with
11. Dustin's son, Max Hoffman, plays the young Peter Pan
12. During filming, Julia Roberts was admitted to hospital for nervous exhaustion. As a kind gesture, Spielberg gave her Peter Pan's childhood bear to cheer her up. Unfortunately, Spielberg forgot they were to shoot the bear scene the next day, so the prop department had to rustle up a duplicate in a few hours
13. Phil Collins had a cameo!
And lastly, here are some behind-the-scenes pics of the gang on set, just because we love them!
Dustin Hoffman, Dante Basco (Rufi-ooooooooo) and Robin Williams.
Spielberg and Hoffman with awesome headwear.
Julia Roberts, Spielberg, Spielberg's shirt and Robin Williams.