The kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love to an underground music club and sets off to a daring adventure to bring restoration of music back to Atlantica.
Samuel E. Wright,
The classic tale of 'Peter Pan' continues in Disney's sequel 'Return to Never Land'. In 1940 on a world besieged by World War II, Wendy, now grown up, has two children, one of them is her daughter, Jane. She wears her trench coat during the air raid, and later that night, Wendy tries to give her own children hope by telling them of her magical experiences with Peter Pan in Never Land. However, Jane, Wendy's daughter, sees it all as make believe and refuses to believe in the tales. That is, until the villainous Captain Hook mistakes her for Wendy and abducts her to Never Land in an attempt to lure and capture Peter Pan. Peter Pan's quest to return Jane safely home is jeopardized until she can begin to believe in the magic of imagination. Written by
Jeff Bennett replaced Corey Burton as Mr. Smee part way through production, with Burton solely focusing on Hook in the final film. Bennett would then remain the consistent voice of Mr. Smee and take on the roles of the other characters who'd been originally voiced by the Late Bill Thompson (like The White Rabbit and King Hubert) in the years to come. See more »
The voice of Cubby (the Lost Boy in the bear suit) is very different from the one he had in Peter Pan. In the first film he had a deep "bumpkin" voice, in this one he speaks with a much higher pitch. See more »
You're a traitor, Jane. You lied to me! And because you don't believe in fairies, Tink's light is going out!
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There are no opening credits beyond the production logo and the movie's title. See more »
"Peter Pan In Return To Never Land" is Disneys animated sequel to their truly classic 1953 adaptation of J.M. Barries beloved childrens story. Times moved on since the first movie and although Peter Pan never grew up, Wendy did. Its now World War Two and an adult Wendy is living in London, still telling tales of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and all the other inhabitants of Never Land to her two children; Danny, an awe struck little boy and Jane, a more cynical, pragmatic older girl who has no time for fairytales. However when Hook flies his sailing ship to London, kidnaps Jane and takes her to Never Land, she soon wishes she has paid more attention to her mothers stories.
With a budget of a mere $20M the film was produced by Disneys TV animation department (who have previously toiled over straight to video/DVD sequels for other Disney movies including "Cinderella," "The Lady And The Tramp," "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid"), but this was apparently always planned as a cinematic release. The film succeeds in combining the traditional feel of the original 50s animation with a more contemporary look, particularly for the intrepid young heroine Jane (whose modern looking bobbed haircut was actually highly fashionable during World War Two!). The use of computer generated animation does successfully enhance certain scenes, sometimes so subtly you dont even notice, and sometimes in the case of Tinkerbells magical pixie dust to spectacular effect. However Hooks computer generated ship, while certainly impressive, unfortunately stands out uncomfortably from the traditionally animated environments that surround it. Overall though "Peter Pan In Return To Never Land" only the second sequel to a Disney feature to be released on the big screen more than deserves a cinematic outing, and will no doubt go down well with the latest generation of Disney fans, who have grown up with a VHS copy of the original at home.
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