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Five for Families: Films recount familiar Peter Pan story
Levi Miller as Peter "Pan. - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider, as recommended by Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

The story of Peter Pan, "the boy who wouldn't grow up," has captivated families for more than a century with its fairies, flying and fighting pirates. Originally told in a play by J.M. Barrie in 1904, the story is one that has been visited in film multiple times through the years, including the recently released "Pan." Here are five films that each take a different spin on the tale:

In theaters: 'Pan'

Pan is an origin story that tells of a 12-year-old orphan named Peter who is whisked away to Neverland, where he discovers his destiny to become Peter Pan. calls the recently released film an exciting adventure and emphasizes the films stunning, exciting, spectacular images (that change) from darker colors to lighter, brighter, joyous colors as Peter find his purpose. The website cautions, however, that some scary moments may be too much for younger children. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Netflix: 'Hook'

The late Robin Williams stars as an adult Peter Pan who returns to Neverland to rescue his children after theyve been kidnapped by Captain Hook. The film is rated PG, but Common Sense Media warns that it contains mentions of suicide and some frightening situations. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: 'Peter Pan' (2003)

This live-action film stays close to J.M. Barries original play as the Darling children follow Peter Pan to Neverland. The Dove Foundation praised the films traditional family values as the Darling children learn the adventures of Neverland are not worth giving up the love of family. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Netflix: 'Finding Neverland'

Author J.M. Barrie befriends a widow and her four young sons and finds inspiration for his now-beloved character Peter Pan. refers to the film as loosely biographical and praises its nuanced attention to the way small decisions can so radically change your life." recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

DVD: 'Peter Pan' (1953)

Disneys animated Peter Pan is recognized by audiences young and old. Parent Previews attributes the films enduring ability to hook fans to the animated magic and enchanting music, or maybe its the classic tales reminder of youths simple pleasures. recommends the film for viewers ages 3 and older.