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Peter Pan - Return to Neverland [VHS]

Harriet Owen|Kath Soucie|Corey Burton|Jeff Bennett , Robin Budd    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Harriet Owen|Kath Soucie|Corey Burton|Jeff Bennett
  • Directors: Robin Budd
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDQT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disney's sequel to its animated classic 'Peter Pan'. Wendy, the heroine of the first film, is now a grown-up woman with a 12-year-old daughter of her own; but the daughter, Jane, no longer believes her mother's tales about Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, thinking herself too old for stories of fairies and magical lands. So when Captain Hook's pirate ship appears in the sky above London and swoops down to kidnap the cynical young lady, it's fair to say that she has to reconsider her worldview. Held captive in Never Land, Jane discovers that Hook is still out to get Peter Pan - but can she find a way to help Peter avoid the pirate's trap?

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Unlike Disney's other sequels to their classic films, this follow-up to the 1953 version of Peter Pan debuted in cinemas. In Peter Pan - Return to Never Land 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 London is crumbling. Hook kidnaps Jane (thinking she's Wendy) and returns to "the second star to the right" to foil Pan. Alas, the film doesn't build on this new storyline (the London scenes have the most emotional impact) and what follows is a thin reworking of the original. On the plus side, a clever octopus takes over from that old crocodile, and Jane turns out to be a solid--and modern--role model. Those from ages 4 to 9 who have been brought up on the original should enjoy these adventures, even if the story, like Peter himself, "hasn't grown up." The 72-minute film is shown with the delightful 1948 short "Pluto's Fledgling." --Doug Thomas

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the laughter! 12 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
This may not be the best film ever made, or event the best Disney film ever made, but my 4 (almost 5) year old son loves it, possibly more than the original ("a tiny winy better" apparently!).

In essence the story is about Wendy's daughter, Jane, who is growing up during the Blitz, having been asked by her father (who has gone off to war) to look after her mummy and little brother Danny. Wendy takes this very seriously and forgets how to be a child, insisting that Peter Pan and Never Land don't exist. So, to cut a long story short this film is about learning to be a child again, and learning to believe.

I could watch my son watching this film for ever. He giggles for at least half of the film, totally entranced by the antics of the "Lost Boys" and Peter Pan getting one over on Captain Hook. It is one of the most enchanting sights I have ever seen. So, I guess what I'm saying is I don't mind if this doesn't live up to the original. I'm not watching it to see the film, but to bask in my son's enjoyment of it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The title of this review says it all. I think Return to Neverland is an enchanting and magical sequel to Disney's original Peter Pan, but it definitely wasn't perfect.
The biggest problem with it is that the plot is entirely predictable. Wendy grows up and has two children: a girl, Jane, and a boy, Danny. World War II causes Jane, the eldest, to forget about "childish things" such as Peter Pan and Neverland, but her brother still believes. Then one night, Captain Hook arrives and captures Jane, mistaking her for Wendy, and takes her back to Neverland. There's more to the story, but the ending is typical: Jane believes in Peter Pan once again. (But really, what other plot could Disney use for a Peter Pan sequel?) I thought that the original was better plot-wise because it was based on the original story, though I must admit that the special effects, coloring, and sound used in Return to Neverland somewhat made up for the story.
It looks like Disney used a computer to animate Tinkerbell's pixie dust, making it look more realistic. I also liked how they cast leaf-shadows when the characters were standing under trees and such. It makes them look more life-like. But the animation isn't perfect; I think Disney could have done better. If you pay close attention, you'll notice that some characters appear to be cross-eyed or much more cartoonish than they should. (e.g., Mickey Mouse looks more cartoonish than Snow White because Mickey is a talking mouse in red shorts and Snow White is simply an animated human.) This is another reason why I like the original better: everything might look less 3-D than the sequel, but you can tell the Disney animators spent more time making sure everything was perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good sequel 25 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
I was more than a little wary to buy this very belated sequel to Disney's original classic, Peter Pan. Such a long time had elapsed that I felt sure that it would prove to be nothing more than a poor production aimed to make as much money as possible with minimum effort. But I was wrong...

In Return to Neverland, Wendy is all grown up and has children of her own. She tells them stories of Peter Pan, which delight her son but which her daughter, Jane, comes to resent. On the eve of the children's evacuation to the country (the story is set during the Blitz), Jane finds herself in Neverland and meets all the major characters from the original: Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Smee, and of course, Peter Pan himself. The animation and vocalisations are both excellent and good imitations of the old film.

The story seems to be unconnected to J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, but it is still entertaining and at only 70 mins, it is just the right length of time to keep the little ones enthralled without their losing interest. However, the songs are distinctly out of place, having a modern style that is not consistent with the 1940's context. That said, I would definitely recommend Return to Neverland to any fans of the original Disney movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the laughter! 12 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
This may not be the best film ever made, or event the best Disney film ever made, but my 4 (almost 5) year old son loves it, possibly more than the original ("a tiny winy better" apparently!).

In essence the story is about Wendy's daughter, Jane, who is growing up during the Blitz, having been asked by her father (who has gone off to war) to look after her mummy and little brother Danny. Wendy takes this very seriously and forgets how to be a child, insisting that Peter Pan and Never Land don't exist. So, to cut a long story short this film is about learning to be a child again, and learning to believe.

I could watch my son watching this film for ever. He giggles for at least half of the film, totally entranced by the antics of the "Lost Boys" and Peter Pan getting one over on Captain Hook. It is one of the most enchanting sights I have ever seen. So, I guess what I'm saying is I don't mind if this doesn't live up to the original. I'm not watching it to see the film, but to bask in my son's enjoyment of it.
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