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(2003)

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Jeremy Sumpter went from 5 feet tall to 5' 8" during filming. The window of the nursery had to be rebuilt 4 times because the actor kept hitting his head on it.
Following tradition (in both theatre and film), the actor portraying Captain Hook is the same actor portraying Mr. Darling (Wendy's father). In this case, it's Jason Isaacs.
Both Rachel Hurd-Wood and Jeremy Sumpter had to be hospitalized at different points in filming due to injury and exhaustion.
During filming of the flying scenes Jason Isaacs fell out of the support harness and was left dangling, upside-down, by his ankles.
When Captain Hook is dressing in his cabin, the tattoo on his left shoulder is the crest of Eton College, where Hook went to school.
"Nana" was a Newfoundland, a breed particularly good with children, not a St. Bernard as used in the film. J.M. Barrie modeled Nana after his own dog, a Landseer Newfoundland. These dogs were very popular in Victorian England and were actually used to supervise children.
"Jas." is a standard abbreviation for the name James which is why the sign on Captain Hook's cabin door reads "Capt. Jas. Hook". This is taken directly from the book. It is not, as many viewers assume, a reference to Jason Isaacs.
According to Carsen Gray, when she's speaking to Hook, what she's saying is Iroquois for "You are the life-stealer. You are evil. You smell bad. You smell of bear-poop. You are many moons old and ugly."
Originally considered to be a prequel to Hook (1991).
With the exception of the Russian version, Piter Pen (1987), this is the first live action adaptation of J.M. Barrie's story to feature a male in the role of Peter.
Liam Aiken supposedly was set for an audition for the role of Peter Pan, however a few days before the audition producers found out that Aiken was only 12 at the time. The producers were looking for a young actor aged between 14-17.
The final budget for the film was kept silent, as the film went severely over budget, mostly due to the art department.
This is the first live-action sound film version of the story released to movie theatres. The Mary Martin versions Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1955), Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1956), and Peter Pan (1960) were preserved on kinescope and videotape, all for television, and the Mia Farrow version of Peter Pan (1976) was also shown on television in videotape format; though it features the same characters and setting, Hook (1991) was not considered a version of "Peter Pan".
The film is dedicated In Memory of Dodi Fayed, the son of executive producer Mohamed Al-Fayed. The younger Al-Fayed was executive producer of Hook (1991).
An alternate, extended ending based on Barrie's epilogue is featured on the DVD, but with unfinished special effects and no music. In this version, Peter returns to the London house years later, finding an adult Wendy. He is deeply hurt when she tells him she has grown up, and walks over to her own daughter, asleep in bed. His sobbing awakes the little girl, and she introduces herself as Jane. Peter grins excitedly at Wendy, and with her mother's permission, Jane flies away with Peter to Neverland as Wendy watches them through the window.
The three dogs that play "Nana" are all male.
Brie Larson auditioned for the role of Wendy.
The film suffered at the box office, because it faced competition from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
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The book Aunt Millicent is reading is "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells.
Rupert Everett, Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman were considered for Captain Hook.
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Jason Issac's favorite of his own films.
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Nearly all of James Newton Howard's score is in some form of triple meter, mostly 6/8 and 12/8.
The song Mr. Darling and the children sing is "When I Was A Lad" from Sir W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore".
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According to Jason Isaacs, the filmmakers were impressed with Ludivine Sagnier's performance and decided to abandon their plans to make Tinker Bell entirely computer animated.
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After the script was written, Stephen Cox, Chief Press Officer for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, gave the hospital's approval, saying, "We have read the script by P.J. Hogan and Michael Goldenberg and are delighted to report that we feel that it is in keeping with the original work whilst communicating to an audience with modern sensibilities."
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Finding Neverland (2004), a film about J. M. Barrie and the creation of Peter Pan, was originally scheduled to be released in 2003, but the producers of this film - who held the screen rights to the story - refused permission for that film to use scenes from the play unless its release was delayed until the following year.
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According to Lucy Fisher, the decision to shoot in Australia was based on the low value of the Australian dollar at that time.
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A complex harness was built to send the live-action actors rotating and gliding through the air for the flight sequences. They were then composited into the shots of London and Never Land, although they are sometimes replaced with computer-generated figures.
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P.J. Hogan had originally planned on filming in a variety of locations such as Tahiti, New Zealand, and London but abandoned this idea after scouting some of the locations.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

An alternate, yet unfinished, ending was shot to match the one in the book in which Peter meets the adult Wendy (played by the narrator, Saffron Burrows) and her little daughter Jane.
WILHELM SCREAM: When the bubbly-faced pirate is shot by Smee and plummets into the ocean, immediately after Tinkerbell is discovered holding the crocodile in mid-air.

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