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We chat with the original Wendy for the 65th anniversary of Peter Pan

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May 30, 2018

The DVD and Blu-ray release of Peter Pan in honor of the film’s 65th anniversary happens on June 5. In honor of this milestone, SYFY FANGRRLS spoke to Kathryn Beaumont, the voice and live-action model for Wendy, and Mindy Johnson, author and Disney historian.

Kathryn Beaumont was just 12 years old when she was chosen by Walt Disney to be the voice of Wendy. (She had previously done modeling for Alice in 1951's Alice in Wonderland.) Beaumont told us all about what it was like to do the flying scenes, considering her fear of heights, as well as her opinions of the other versions of Wendy.

Mindy Johnson is the author of the book Ink & Paint - The Women of Walt Disney's Animation and talked about the largely unsung female heroes in Disney’s history. She also wrote "Tinker Bell - An Evolution" and gave us some history on the little yet fierce fairy from the film.

We also got a glimpse of the Disney archives around the film, including the publicity pics showing Kathryn, a letter from Cecil B. DeMille congratulating Walt Disney on the film, a ticket to the premiere, along with also some creepy dolls that might upset your sleep, some gorgeous original cells, and a version of Walt's "Why I Made Peter Pan."

The digital and home video releases of Peter Pan (1953) include over two hours of classic bonus features and never-before-seen extras including the latest installment of "Stories from Walt's Office," talking about Walt's love of flying and the company planes. You'll also see a reunion between Beaumont and Paul Collins (the voice of John) and the new "Oke" renditions of the classic song "You Can Fly" and deleted song "Never Smile at a Crocodile."