Return to Never Land

"Excellent"

Return to Never Land Review


Nothing against Disney, but I find it sad that Return to Never Land ranks among the best movies released in 2002 thus far. Every year I hope Hollywood will break tradition and release quality movies during the first few months of the new year. But every year, January and February roll around, and every year, the same putrid junk finds a home at the multiplexes.

This year is no exception. Given the competition, Return to Never Land, sequel to the classic Peter Pan, is more worthy of your precious time than most of what's showing on the big screen this month.

Years have passed since the original Peter Pan took place. Wendy is now an adult and has two children and a husband. As the movie opens, Wendy's husband is called to war. Despite her youth, Wendy's oldest daughter, Jane, adapts to the war and becomes a young adult. She forgets her mother's magical stories of Peter Pan and Never Land. She even insults her younger sibling for believing in such nonsense.

But soon enough, Captain Hook appears and steals Jane right from her own bedroom. He sails her to Never Land on his flying ship, thinking she's Wendy, whom he can use as bait for Pan. When Peter Pan rescues her, however, he immediately realizes this isn't his old friend, but he befriends her nonetheless. But Jane doesn't welcome Pan's childish games, she just wants to get home and set things right with her family, since she pitched a fight before the kidnapping took place.

It's unique for a Disney cartoon to contain so few scenes in which the characters sing. Songs appear more often on the film's soundtrack as commentaries or parallels to the characters' thoughts. More importantly than music, however, Return to Never Land has a lot of fun, and therefore, so do we.

There's a lot of funny material here, too. Captain Hook is a riot. During a scene in which he receives a massage from his assistant Smee, both the humorous dialogue and zany actions warrant heavy laughs. Quite frankly, it's hilarious compared to junk like Slackers.

Return to Never Land is not a Disney masterpiece--they never are anymore. But it does know how to entertain kids (and kids at heart). It delivers laughs, spirit, energy, and shows us that anything is possible through faith, trust, and, of course, a little pixie dust.

On DVD, Return to Never Land proves a compelling disc, with excellent production values and superb surround sound (THX-certified). Extras include deleted scenes and a kid's game.

Disney shoots down the competition.



Return to Never Land

Facts and Figures

Run time: 72 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th February 2002

Box Office USA: $48.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $109.9M

Budget: $20M

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

Production compaines: Walt Disney Television Animation, DisneyToon Studios, Walt Disney Animation Australia, Walt Disney Animation Canada, Walt Disney Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Fresh: 42 Rotten: 52

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: , Donovan Cook

Starring: as Jane / Young Wendy (Voice), as Peter Pan (Voice), as Smee (Voice), as Wendy Darling (voice), as Captain Hook (voice), as Wendy Darling (voice), Andrew McDonough as Danny (voice), as Edward (voice), as Cubby (voice), as Nibs (voice), Quinn Beswick as Slightly (voice), Aaron Spann as Twins (voice)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.