Announcing: Lost Boy: The Bobby Driscoll Story Documentary
(December 4, 2012) Jordan Allender wants to tell Bobby Driscoll’s story. When asked why, the young filmmaker stated, “I grew up a huge fan of Disney and Bobby Driscoll's films. ‘So Dear To My Heart’ is one of my favorites along with ‘Peter Pan.’ When I was 18 years old I did some reading about him to find out where this talented actor disappeared to and was shocked by his story and the tragedy of it all.”
Most film fans are aware of Driscoll’s major films, which spanned about a ten year time period starting in 1943. Disney fans remember him fondly for his appearances in “So Dear to My Heart,” “Treasure Island,” “Song of the South,” and as the voice of the boy who wouldn’t grow up in the animated “Peter Pan.”
But Driscoll’s story didn’t end there. “When I did more research on Bobby's life, I realized there is a lot of conflicting material on his story,” Allender explains. “As I kept reading about him I realized what an intriguing life he led and how he was so lost in this world and really was a ‘Lost Boy.’”
It is this aspect of Driscoll’s life that may form a great part of a new documentary. Allender, with producers Ben Goldberg and Evan Pleskus, has done extensive research into the life of Bobby Driscoll, and is prepared to share his story in the documentary, to be entitled "Lost Boy: The Bobby Driscoll Story." Covering not only the well known aspects of Driscoll’s life, the film will look at his later years, and his untimely death at 31 due to complications of drug abuse.
Fans of Driscoll will be intrigued to learn about his efforts to maintain a career in the early days of television, his friendship with other child stars of the day, and his later work in the realm of fine arts. Driscoll’s final work was done with Andy Warhol in New York City. According to Allender, “Just the fact that he played such a major part in classic Disney films and then wound up as part of the legendary New York art scene of the 1960s, to be a part of two major pieces of American pop culture history, is intriguing.” Finally, the film will examine the heartbreaking revelation that near the end of his short life, Bobby Driscoll was struggling to overcome the demons that eventually destroyed him.
Making this project is a labor of love. The producers are calling on the fan community for their help. Interviews have been conducted, original material has been unearthed, and there is a wealth of filmed performances by the talented Bobby Driscoll. But there is more to be done, and it does require funding. Equipment must be secured, travel costs covered, and the rights to various performances must be acquired. The producers of "Lost Boy: The Bobby Driscoll Story" have set up a Kickstarter project, in which any donation, large or small, can help set this all in motion.
“This project is still in the early phases of production,” Allender explains. “All the research has been done, it just comes down to making the film and it is not possible to make this film with the highest quality that it deserves without help from the Disney community of fans.”
- Posted December 4, 2012