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Return to Never Land (Pixie-Powered Edition) (2002)

1 rating: 3.0
Action & Adventure and Kids & Family movie directed by Donovan Cook and Robin Budd

Unlike Disney's other sequels to their classic films, this follow-up to the 1953 version ofPeter Pandebuted in theaters. World War II has turned Wendy's preteen daughter, Jane, into a realist, a girl who insists there's no need for stories and fun while … see full wiki

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Faith, Trust and...Ah, You Know How It Goes

  • May 26, 2008
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+3
Walt Disney's production of J.M. Barrie's wonderful "Peter Pan" gets a whole new chapter with "Return To Neverland." In this tale, a grown-up Wendy and her husband (who's been shipped off to war) are raising two young children in WWII London. As she promised him in the original film, Wendy has never forgotten Peter Pan and she tells her children of his many adventures. Young Daniel finds comfort in these tales as London is being bombed through the night. Jane thinks such stories are rubbish and only for little kids. She does not believe.

In an attempt to catch Peter once and for all, Captain Hook shows up in London the night before Jane and Daniel are to be sent to the country for protection and steals Jane mistaking her for Wendy. When Jane arrives in Neverland, she must come to terms with this fantasy-turned-reality in order to save herself, the Lost Boys and little Tinkerbell.

Diehard fans of the first film (adults in particular) will likely pick this film apart for any and every imperfection or diversion from the original tale. Fear not, faithful fans, this film doesn't try to remake the original. It's a good story in its own right. The animation is excellent, although the CG animation stands out a bit too much at moments. There's little in the way of songs and there are no Indians or crocs to be seen. Still, this is a fun tale that I'm sure the whole family will enjoy.

The DVD is very good. As always, Disney has loaded this disc up with plenty of previews,as well as a Tinker Bell game, deleted scenes and a preview of the Disney "Fairies" collection.

This is a nice sequel. It doesn't quite measure up to "Cinderella Three: A Twist In Time," but it is one of the better sequels that Disney has produced. It's always tough to top the original of any film series, and especially a Disney original. With that said, I give "Return To Neverland" a solid recommendation.

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