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Return to Never Land

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All-Reviews.com Movie Review: Return to Never Land

Starring: Blayne Weaver, Harriet Owen
Director: Robin Budd
Rated: G
RunTime: 70 Minutes
Release Date: February 2002
Genres: Animation, Kids


*Also starring: Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Andrew McDonough, Roger Rees, Dan Castellaneta, Spencer Breslin



Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

Disney's RETURN TO NEVER LAND, the animated sequel to its classic PETER PAN, is direct-to-video material that is being released to the theaters during competition-free February. Everything about it from the bland songs to the colorful but flat drawings is completely serviceable and quickly forgettable. The story itself is such a rehash of the original that it feels more like a remake than a sequel.

Set during the World War II blitz of London, the movie starts with a grownup Wendy (Kath Soucie) about to have to send her kids off to the safety of the country. Captain Hook (Corey Burton) comes back to kidnap Wendy but takes Wendy's daughter Jane (Harriet Owen) by mistake. Once in Never Land with Peter Pan (Blayne Weaver) and the Lost Boys, Jane goes on to have similar adventures to the ones that her mother had a generation earlier. Jane even makes the same mistake about admitting to not believing in fairies, which, again, almost puts Tinker Bell's light out forever.

To be fair, today's kids have never had the treat of seeing PETER PAN on the big screen. Although RETURN TO NEVER LAND is almost an acceptable substitute, a re-release of the original would have been preferable.

RETURN TO NEVER LAND runs 1:12. It is rated G and would be acceptable for all ages.

My son Jeffrey, age 12, gave it ** 1/2. He said that it was okay but wasn't for his age group. My niece Liana, age 5, who watched it quite attentively, said that the movie was "fine" and "funny." My nephew William, age 7, who laughed frequently and loudly, said the movie was "great." Neither William nor Liana wanted to assign stars to their opinions.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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