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The Lost Boys try to pull an old stave out of a rock that it is stuck into. Only Tootles has the patience to stick with it until it comes out, but the pestilence that is unleashed when the stave comes out is a fire breathing dragon that is flying around scorching Neverland. Only Tootles has the power to put the stave back into the dragon's locket. But will he have the courage to do it? Written by CMAllport

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Dragon trouble with Peter Pan
23 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Peter Pan and the Pirates' very quickly not only became one of my favourite animated shows but also one of my favourites ever. Of all the adaptations of 'Peter Pan', it's also my personal favourite.

All the characters are not only interesting but remarkably complex, especially Hook, even when not looking like Barrie's Hook all the character traits of the character are fully explored and expanded upon. The show is advantaged furthermore by good animation (with some exceptions here and there). Great music particularly the theme tune, one of the best of any animated 90s show. Remarkably good writing that had real maturity and a wide range of emotions rare in animated shows today. Gripping and imaginative stories that maintain the spirit of Barrie's source material while expanding on the themes, events and characterisation. And really excellent voice acting, for one of the most talented voice actors in the business and near-unequalled in villain roles Captain Hook contains some of the best work Tim Curry has ever done.

"Tootles and the Dragon" is another episode that is demonstrative of why 'Peter Pan and the Pirates' is one of my favourites. It's not quite one the best-looking episodes of the show, but it is still very well crafted visually. There are some beautiful colours, well drawn characters (showing a pretty nuanced character design for Hook), meticulous and imaginative backgrounds and one is really immersed in the Neverland setting. The music is a great mix of lively, haunting and lush, the theme tune immediately sticks in one's head and never leaves it.

Writing is as mature, intelligent and emotionally complex as one would expect, never feeling dumbed down for adults or too complicated for children. It does contain one of Hook's best lines, quite a feat for a show where many of its best lines belong to him, in one of his greatest insults to Smee "Make your point Smee, before I make mine in your solar plexus". The story draws one right in and never lets go, capturing the excitement and danger of the quest completely naturally. The characters have both flaws and strengths, nothing one-dimensional here and the chemistry and conflicts are so well written. Only the too easily resolved ending disappoints a little but it was not enough to bring things down.

Love that Peter is portrayed with a mix of likable traits and less likable ones (including grinning when given dire news regarding the dragon's fire), the pirates and the lost boys that there is much more to them than just one personality, the Darlings never become too cloying (Michael comes close but the episode and the show generally just about avoids making it overt) and the episode shows perfectly why Hook is my favourite character and everything that makes him so interesting. Can't fault the voice acting, Jason Marsden and especially Tim Curry being the standouts.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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