Pete Docter and Peter Stormare are not alone in calling for Peter Pan to be named a National Treasure
PETER PAN’S PROPOSITION FOR PETE’S NAME ON PETER’S NATIONAL TRUST would make the Disney classic a “treasure” and would also honor Peter Pan’s namesake, according to a petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The petition was released Friday and calls for the name of Peter Pan “to be made a national treasure and the entire world to recognize the contribution of Peter to the nation, and to help him be honored and remembered for all time.”
The petition is part of a wider effort by Disney and other Disney artists and filmmakers to name their works after Peter Pan.
“PETER’s name should be honored as a national monument and not a mere Disney character,” said the petition, which is signed by more than 300 artists and writers.
“Pete’s name is one of our greatest and most enduring heroes, and we must ensure that he is recognized as such.”
Peter Pan, who was voiced by actor Peter O’Toole, has been the subject of a number of controversies over the years, including when a Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, was barred from opening a new exhibit in Beijing.
O’Moretti and Pan’s likenesses have also been disputed, as well as by the United States, which said last year that China should not be allowed to have “official” representation in the United Kingdom and that it had “significant concerns” about China’s control of the U