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the next awfully big adventure: a farewell to peter banning

I have a fun post lined up featuring a gallery wall that I helped my friend Caroline install, but it would have felt strange to just keep on postin’ in blogland without paying some respects to the wonderful actor who helped give my blog a name. So, first things first.

I’ve had a Tinkerbell/fairy/Peter Pan obsession since before I can remember. Obsession is maybe not even the right word. Preoccupation. But the obsession went beyond Tinkerbell and right on to encompass all things Never Never Land. A land where time stands still to make room for more important things, like stories, pirates, mermaids, and the like.

to live would be an awfully big adventure

I love everything about J.M. Barrie’s tale. If there’s a movie related to Peter Pan, I’ve seen it. If there’s a print of something Peter Pan related, I’ve bought it and framed it. If there’s a quote about fairies that J.M. Barrie wrote, I’ve nerdily posted it as my AIM away status in middle school.

“~*When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies*~ brb at cheer camp xoxo”

Hook is a movie that came out in the middle of all this obsession. To say I love the movie is a complete and total understatement. I adore it. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It makes me nostalgic. And I think that a huge part of that has to do with Robin Williams’ performance. He goes from confused, to joyful, to terrified, to “Pan the Man,” with total ease. Once he remembers that he is Peter Pan, his boyishness and insane laughter make him a no-brainer for the part. He makes you believe that he never wanted to grow up.

You can see his transformation in this clip, one of the best scenes of the movie. “You are a very ill-mannered young man!” just slays me. Later on…”You lewd crude rude bag of pre chewed food dude!” This. This is the anthem of my childhood.

to live will be an awfully big adventure

This quote is mostly misappropriated. As I explain in my About page, the line “To live would be an awfully big adventure” is from the movie, Hook. The original line from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is, “To die would be an awfully big adventure.” Not quite as cheery as the “to live” version, but thinking about death as the next great adventure is oddly comforting. Robin’s just on to the next one.

to die would be an awfully big adventure

I’m thankful to have been so impacted by Robin Williams’ many roles, and I’m sad to not have any more to look forward to. If you feel the same way, feel free to share your favorite quotes, clips, roles, etc. in the comments section.


*If you’re interested in the artwork I shared, I’ve linked to the original sources. I made the last one- feel free to snag it for yourself, fo’ free.



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