Peter Pan and the Pirates is an abbreviated tale, likely derived from whatever story notes and concepts that had been produced by the studio at that time. In the story, Peter takes the children to Neverland where they meet the Lost Boys and briefly spy on Captain Hook and learn of his connection to the alarm clock ticking crocodile. All but Peter are later captured by Hook. The story ends with Peter's daring rescue of his friends and his final confrontation with Hook.
Initially, Wendy, John and Michael are wholly ignorant of Peter Pan and Neverland. It is Mrs. Darling who first sees Peter Pan in the nursery and tucks his shadow away for safe keeping. This connection between Peter and Mrs. Darling is actually more faithful to Barrie's original story:
"But George . . . last night, Nana's night out, I was drowsing here by the fire, when suddenly I saw that boy . . . in the room! I screamed. Just then, Nana came back. She sprang at him, but too late. The boy leaped for the window and was gone!"
Mr. Darling looked at his watch. "Come, dear, we're late. We haven't time for this foolishness tonight."
"Wait," said Mrs. Darling. "The boy escaped, but his shadow hadn't time to get out. Down came the window and cut it off! I picked it up and and put it there in the bottom drawer." She pointed to the bureau.
Mr. Darling laughed aloud. "Your head is always so full of stories you're beginning to believe them yourself."
Tinker Bell's role had yet to be developed. Her participation in the story is minimal and the key story element of her jealousy of Wendy is completely absent. Even the concept of pixie dust bestowing the power of flight was not yet present.
One strange concept that did not survive to the final film was the toxic nature of Hook's tears:
Hook watched them. The corners of his mouth turned up in a villainous smirk. He knew that the tears from his red spots were poison! "I've got you this time, Peter Pan!" He hissed.
In the original Barrie story, Hook simply dispatches a generic (but virulent) poison into Peter's medicine. Tinker Bell saves Peter by drinking the medicine and is later revived by the worldwide hand-clapping of little children professing their belief in fairies. In the Surprise Package story, Tink simply informs Peter of the poison and he believes her. In the final film, the poison is replaced with a time bomb which very nearly dispatches Tink, but she subsequently revives and without the need of juvenile applause.
Steel blades flashed! It was Peter Pan against Captain Hook! The fight to the death was on! But the fight was short. Peter thrust with blinding, dazzling speed. Hook was no match for him. His sword slipped from his hand. It crashed to the deck.All of the stories in Walt Disney's Surprise Package, including Peter Pan and the Pirates, were adapted by H. Marion Palmer (who was interestingly enough the first wife of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss). The artwork, including the examples reprinted here, were credited simply to the Walt Disney Studio.
Peter stooped down and picked it up. He handed it back to the pirate with a joyous, cocky smile.
This was too much for Captain Hook. He could not face that hated smile! He stalked to the ship's edge. with a last flourish of his hideous claw, he climbed the rail. He jumped. Down splashed Captain Hook into the black lagoon! He did not dream that the crocodile was waiting for him. The beast had given no warning, for the clock inside of him had a last run down.
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