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Featured Artist - Bobby Driscoll

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 3, 2013, 12:43 PM

Best known to Disney fans as the voice of Peter Pan!

Bobby Driscoll lived a very short, rollercoaster life.

He was discovered as a natural actor in a barbershop at the very young age of five-and-a-half! And, he was the first actor to sign a long term contract with the Walt Disney animation department.

At the age of 12, he was given an Oscar for outstanding juvenile actor for his performances in So Dear to my Heart (A Disney Movie) and The Window (RKO Picture).

At about the age of 16, Bobby Driscoll played his most famous roll - Peter Pan. He acted out all the parts himself before they were animated onto film. He was also the first boy ever to play Peter Pan (traditionally, Peter Pan is played by a girl.)
Here are some production pictures for y'all!

Unfortunately, life doesn't always have a fairytale ending for us like in the magical world of Disney. ;_;

Bobby Driscoll was introduced to drugs at the age of seventeen, had several run-ins with the law, and was sentenced as a drug addict in 1961.

On his drug addiction:
"I had everything. I was earning more than $50,000 a year, working steadily with good parts. Then I started putting all my spare time in my arm. I'm not really sure why I started using narcotics. I was 17 when I first experimented with the stuff. In no time at all I was using whatever was available, mostly heroin, because I had the money to pay for it."

He managed to get rehabilitated by 1962, but Hollywood back in the day was less than forgiving. Because of his record as a convict and a drug addict, nobody would work with him. Dispirited and alone, he eventually died fundless in New York at the age of 31 - two children found his body in an abandoned tenement, and was buried as a "john doe" in a pauper's grave on Hart Island. His identity was discovered later on by fingerprinting.

"I have found that memories are not very useful. I was carried on a silver platter and then dumped into the garbage can."~ Bobby Driscoll, on his rise and fall in Hollywood.

Though his story had a less than happy ending, his life definitely had an impact on us. He brought joy and warmth to the screen whenever he was on it - animated or not. And, it serves us a valuable life lesson; don't become a slave to drugs, and if you know someone who has, don't give up on them.  

"A child lives in a world of its own, so, logically, a successful story for children must strike a chord in that world; possibly involve something he would like to do if he had the chance, like fly with his own wings or go down a rabbit hole, but above all, it must be something he can understand. Anything a child understands, chances are he will enjoy. However, everyone seems to enjoy these successful, so-called children's stories. For instance, you'll never meet a truthful person who says he doesn't like movie cartoons."~ Bobby Driscoll

:star: Artwork feature!

Peter Pan by MistyTang Peter Pan by AMSBT 50 Chibis Disney : Peter Pan by princekido Disney Prom- Peter Pan by spicysteweddemon
Peter Pan by jill-calico Peter Pan and the Mermaids by Terrauh Bobby Driscoll as Jim Hawkins by ratscout Jim Hawkins by MistyTang
Disney Peter Pan by joaquimbundo Peter and Wendy by spicysteweddemon Peter Pan and the Lost Boys by BOiKEM Peter Pan and Thinkerbell by spiderguga

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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist
:( oh my

a sad story...
but we'll remeber him, for the good
SirFranPan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, a belated Happy Birthday! What a sad end, but at least he had an enjoyable and fulfilled childhood.

I do like how this group acknowledges all these kinds of things that might not get the Disney recognition otherwise. :)
Zimeta Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, I'm glad you like it!
hiddenbrokenheart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
:'( I never knew who played the character I loved so much. I wish he lived long enough to know what an impact he made on us all. His roles will always have a place in my heart
TheCrazyOneOfTheGang Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Filmographer
I knew him from Song of the South and So Dear to my Heart, but I never knew he played Peter Pan, a character so dear to MY heart. Such a tragic way to go too, may he rest in peace in Never-Never-Land.
AmirKameron Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice hope we see one for Katheryn Beaumont too.
Snipetracker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
A tragic tale that encapsulates the sadness and darkness that comes with fame and fortune, especially at an early age. We all should aim for success, dearhearts, but don't fall into these traps.
eebharas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
How sad. I didn't know any of that! I didn't even know who did the voice. Admittedly, Peter Pan wasn't ever my favorite Disney movie or even in my top 10, but I've still watched it several times.
rkerekes13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
PoorAestheticSouls Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Ironic much? We just had a peterpan shoot yesterday!
Zimeta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hooray for coincidences! :D
SciFiBeatlesGleek Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
woah that was really interesting. I like how he acted peter pan out :D
L1V1D Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
He even kind of looks like Disney's animated Peter Pan, in a way. Happy Birthday.
Zimeta Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! That's no coincidence. Disney usually (and still most of the time do) caricatured their voice actors.
My-Anne Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a shame about Bobby...
But even though he had a unsteady life, he has been a great inspiration to me. I love Peter Pan, it's my favourite fairytale ever!
superkim111 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thanks for my childhood Bobby!
naruto32 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Oo i didn't know he died from drugs dang you learn something every day eh
Kelliechan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG Happy Birthday Bobby!!!:iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconbunnyglompplz:
Axeliloveyou201 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
bobby, thanks for the first male peter, and in heaven you'll never gain grow up sorry for your life
ChipmunkRaccoonOz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for being the first boy to play Peter Pan. ;)
Foreveryoung8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I loved him in Song of the south <3
And of course brilliant Peter Pan , so sad he died so young Dx
rkerekes13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Happy Birthday, Bobby! Thank you for being you! :)
Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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