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NANA (NAH-nuh)

Nana is a Newfoundland dog who is employed as a nanny by the Darling family
Common clues: Snatcher of Peter Pan's shadow; Wendy's dog; Dog in “Peter Pan”;
Darling dog; “Peter Pan” pooch
Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year
Frequency in English language: 20461 / 86800
Video:
Peter Pan trailer


You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you, Peter Pan. That's where I'll be waiting. ~ Tinkerbell


Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and Peter and Wendy are the stage play and novel (respectively) which tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook. The story was written by Scottish playwright and novelist J. M. Barrie, inspired by his friendship with the Llewelyn-Davies family.



Nana, at the Premiere of “Peter Pan,” presented by Universal Pictures.


Nana is a Newfoundland dog who is employed as a nanny by the Darling family in Kensington Gardens. Nana does not speak or do anything beyond the physical capabilities of a large dog, but acts with apparent understanding of her responsibilities. The character is played in stage productions by an actor in a dog costume. Barrie based the character of Nana, though not the breed, on his dog "Porthos", a Saint Bernard.


The Disney film version was the first time in which Nana and the Crocodile (named Tick-Tock the Croc in comics published later) were shown as animal characters rather than played by actors - sometimes the same one - as in the stage play. In the original 1911 novel, Nana was a Newfoundland, instead of a St. Bernard as she is in the 1953 movie.



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