When his young children are abducted by his old nemesis Captain Hook, middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning returns to his magical origins as Peter Pan.
With 200,000 accumulated work hours, the film is only second to Return of the Jedi for the most time-intensive ILM production in the company’s first 15 years of business.
Tinkerbell’s fluttering wings were nine-inch plastic devices built by the ILM Model Shop and photographed separately. Go-Motion animation created their flapping effects.
Incredible vistas created in the form of matte paintings were used to construct the magical landscape of Neverland.
The film is notable for featuring the first-ever dimensional matte painting — where a traditional matte painting was mapped onto 3D geometry, allowing for camera parallax and resulting in a truly spectacular shot of Pan flying towards Neverland.