Wendy made her Disney debut in 1953. Walt Disney knew that his first full length animated feature should be based on a fairy tale. But he always had his eyes set on Peter Pan, Disney originally wanted the classic tale as his second feature but due to copyright laws he was forced to push the film back. Then during the war years it had to be pushed back even further along with other projects. This gave Disney and the production team enough time to plan out the plot. One of the original ideas was making John was serious like his father. He would stay back in the nursery while Wendy and Michael go to Neverland. Another idea was to have Nana go to Neverland with the children and have the story told through her eyes. (I don’t know about you, but I always wished Nana went with them.)
Wendy Moira Angela Darling is quite the name, in fact the name came from a dear friend of novelist, playwright and creator of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie. Margaret Henley was a five year old girl who would refer to Barrie as her friendy, which she pronounced a fwendy. Sadly, Margaret passed away early in life, but Barrie always remembered her. Wendy has made several Disney appearances alongside Peter Pan. Her debut came with Walt Disney’s 8th film. The 2002 sequel, Return to Neverland, the TV shows House of Mouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the 2008 direct to video, Tinker Bell. Wendy had a rather large role in the first Kingdom Hearts, at first she was mistaken for a Princess and kidnapped by Captain Hook.
Most fans consider Wendy and Peter to be an official Disney couple. However, Peter is too young to have much interest in Wendy in that way, and Wendy, being a bit of a romantic, only tries to kiss Peter once. Years later, well after their years in Never Land, Wendy is all grown up, married to a man named, Edward, with children of her own, Jane and Danny. Voice actress and Disney darling Kathryn Beaumont, who had voiced Wendy in 1953, did recordings for adult Wendy in 2002, but for an unknown reason her work was rerecorded by Kath Soucie. Kathryn Beaumont was also the voice for Alice in Alice in Wonderland, as well as the live action reference for the animators.
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