George and Mary Darling
George Darling is the husband of Mary Darling and the father of Wendy, Michael, and John. He is also a bank/office worker, and can be quite loud and boisterous, as well as pompous and self-important. He seeks to attract attention, from his co-workers to his wife and children. However, deep inside, he is actually a kind-hearted person that just wants what's best for his family, especially his children. In the Disney variant, he is introduced in the prologue of the film as a "practical man". He believes the stories (told by his daughter in this version and not by his wife) to be a "lot of silly stories" and "poppycock", even though he could be stressing from finding out that he might lose his job. The 2003 movie also has George Darling as pompous and angry; he states that he must become a man "that children fear and adults respect", and he again barks at Wendy for her to grow up, here scheduling formal instruction for his daughter the following morning with his sister Millicent instead of just kicking her out of the nursery.
In the Disney adaptation of the story, he was modelled after and voiced by Hans Conried, who is also the model and voice for the villainous Captain Hook. In many productions of the play, they are sometimes played by the same actor. However, when cooled down in the end of the film, he changes his mind about Wendy's "crazy stories". He later remarks having seen a pirate ship such as Peter Pan's when he was very young himself. In contrast to his moody outbursts, he is gentle at heart - when he punishes the children by taking Nana the dog outside, he feels sorry for her and soothes her to comfort her.
In the book Peter and the Shadow Thieves, it states that he and Molly were childhood friends in their neighborhood of Kensington Gardens, and it is hinted in that story that he had a crush on her. Since Molly is a nickname for Mary, who would later be listed as his wife in the book, "Peter Pan," it is assumed that Molly later married George Darling and gave birth to Wendy, John, and Michael.
He is named after George Llewelyn Davies.
Mary Darling is the wife of George Darling and the mother of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, who travel with Peter to Neverland. She shares a first name with Barrie's wife.
Mrs. Darling (as she is commonly referred) is a loving wife and mother, but not demonstratively so. She is said to have a kiss that she holds in the right corner of her mouth, which is reserved for one person, who is neither her husband nor any of her three children. It is later said that her kiss looks very much like Peter Pan. Mrs. Darling's story is played in Peter and the Starcatchers, where her name is changed to Molly, which was a nickname for Mary in her day.
In the Disney version of the tale, she is voiced by Heather Angel.
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