Anyone who knows me knows that I have an embarrassingly deep love for all things Peter Pan. When I was little I only wore floral, frilly nightgowns and kept my slippers next to the bed at all times just so I would always be prepared if Peter came one to whisk me away. No matter how old I get I will always ride “Peter Pan’s Flight” at Disney, and will cry at any movie with the general theme of growing up / loss of childhood innocence. And I mean CRY.
According to my copious research the thing that separates humans from animals is rational thought, or the ability to control one’s instincts. I suppose I buy that. I mean, a lemming doesn’t elect to plunge off a cliff to it’s watery doom with rest of it’s kind. Nor does a dog decide what tree to pee on based on what’s the most popular poplar. No, those animals make decisions purely based on instinct and survival. It is only we humans with the gift of judgement. We can choose to follow the same trends as our peers, pee on the biggest and best tree we want to, and chase unattainable men/women until they destroy us. So three cheers for reason and logic – let’s all head to the Cabo Cantina and celebrate the superiority of our species over 10 tequila shots.
And honestly it’s hard for me to articulate why this particular video came to mind for “humans.” It’s definitely not a kids movie. It’s not conventional. But it is about the evolution of a very distinctly human quality – the ability to love. And it’s a heartbreakingly human film and theatrical production.