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Peter Pan and the Pirates

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Peter Pan & the Pirates is an animated television series that aired on the Fox network from September 1990 to December 1991. There were a total of 65 half-hour episodes.

The TV show focuses as much on the pirates as it does on Peter Pan. Captain Hook and Mr. Smee traditionally are the only pirates who receive any attention in the story, but here, the other crew members of the Jolly Roger (Robert Mullins, Alf Mason, Starkey, Billy Jukes, and Cookson) are given distinct personalities and character development. A real force to be reckoned with, Hook is a powerful, temperamental, cultured, intelligent, and charming pirate with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. Tim Curry won an Emmy for his portrayal of Hook.

The on-screen title was given as Fox's Peter Pan & the Pirates to emphasize the fact that this was an independent production by Fox's animation division, unrelated to the Disney feature or other previous media incarnations of the Peter Pan property.


Video game

A video game of the same name was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by third party publisher THQ. The game was generally received poorly by critics. In this single player side-scrolling action game, the player controlled Peter Pan, who could collect bags of fairy dust to fly and had a sword that boasted a short range (though to be fair, Peter in the TV show also used a short bladed sword as his main weapon). The player started out in the forest and was required to destroy all the pirates in each level to advance to the next, with the final goal of getting to the pirate ship and battling Captain Hook.

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