Peter Pan - Return to Neverland

Peter Pan - Return to Neverland

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Director: Robin Budd, Donovan Cook, Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver

Cast: Robin Budd, Donovan Cook, Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver

     
 

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Buena Vista's DVD release of Peter Pan in Return to Neverland presents the film with striking, digital quality and crisp, high-tech sound. The picture quality is absolutely stunning. Buena Vista Home Entertainment created a superb-looking disc, with Dolby Digital 5:1 Surround Sound and a family-friendly 1:66:1 widescreen digital transfer. The family-friendly

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Buena Vista's DVD release of Peter Pan in Return to Neverland presents the film with striking, digital quality and crisp, high-tech sound. The picture quality is absolutely stunning. Buena Vista Home Entertainment created a superb-looking disc, with Dolby Digital 5:1 Surround Sound and a family-friendly 1:66:1 widescreen digital transfer. The family-friendly extras include a fantastic "Rescue the Lost Boys" game, two deleted scenes with storyboards and producer commentary, some DVD-ROM weblinks, a music video by Jonatha Brooke and the story "Never Land's New Hero."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
This enchanting sequel to Disney's 1953 animated feature sparkles with "faith, trust, and pixie dust." Eternally youthful Peter Pan remains a plucky, impudent rascal, Captain Hook's still "brazen and bold," and Tinker Bell is, if possible, even more fetching. Wendy, now a wife and mother, regales her children, Jane and Danny, with tales of Pan, Hook, and the Lost Boys. But the world is at war, and Wendy's husband has been called into service, so Jane and Danny are to be sent along with the rest of England's children to safe haven in the country. In Jane's disillusioned eyes, tales of Peter are now "poppycock," as she declares that story time is over. But hers is just beginning. On the night before her evacuation, a titanic pirate ship (a nifty bit of computer animation) descends from the clouds, and whom should Jane find in her room but Hook himself! Thinking that she is Wendy, he carries her off to Never Land as bait to catch Peter once and for all. Never Land is a welcome return to J. M. Barrie's timeless story. While the animation does not soar to the heights of the original film, wondrous sequences dazzle the eye. A climactic reunion between Peter and the grown-up Wendy is moving, and Jane is a spirited addition to Disney's gallery of self-reliant heroines. This film really takes off when Never Land works its magic on the doubtful Jane, such as when she takes her first flight -- a true treat for second-generation Pan fans.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Peter Pan is a film that doesn't really require a sequel, which fact harms Return to Neverland. Clearly, the impetus behind the film's creation was monetary rather than artistic. That said, Return is not a bad film, but it is in no way an A-level effort from the Disney studios. The vocal talent is not to blame: Blayne Weaver and Corey Burton do an admirable job of imitating the original Bobby Driscoll and Hans Conried without being slavish, and Harriet Owen plays Jane with appropriate fire and gusto. The animation is more than acceptable, but also a bit mechanical. It's smooth and professional but lacks real spark. The larger problem is with the script and direction, both of which are too artificial, as if the directors and writers put their minds but not their hearts into the project. And attempts to subtly modernize the story -- from Jane's occasional too-contemporary reactions and phrases to the "cartoonification" of the Lost Boys to the unmemorable song contributed by Jonatha Brooke -- are annoying. Still, there's enough here to entertain the children at whom it is squarely aimed, as well as adults who are willing to let things slide for another trip with the boy who wouldn't grow up.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
UPC:
0786936174380
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:13:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Lost Treasures: deleted scenes; Rescue the Lost Boys adventure game; Disney's StoryTime: Never Land's New Hero; DVD-ROM weblinks; DVD-ROM sampler of "You Can Fly!"; Digital-to-digital transfer; THX-certified; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Family-friendly widescreen (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Language tracks: English, French, and Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harriet Owen Jane,Young Wendy
Blayne Weaver Peter Pan
Corey Burton Captain Hook
Jeff Bennett Smee
Kath Soucie Wendy
Andrew McDonough Danny
Roger Rees Edward
Spencer Breslin Cubby
Bradley Pierce Nibs
Quinn Beswick Slightly
Jim Cummings Turk
Frank Welker Dog/Fish/Nanatwo
Rob Paulsen Jukes
Aaron Span Twins

Technical Credits
Robin Budd Director
Donovan Cook Director
Christopher Chase Producer
Jeanette Cremarosa Sound/Sound Designer
Carter Crocker Screenwriter
Chris Henderson Associate Producer
Wendell Luebbe Art Director
Temple Mathews Screenwriter
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Judy Nord Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Robinson Producer
Anthony F. Rocco Editor
Dan Rounds Producer
They Might Be Giants Songwriter
Jamie Thomason Casting
Lizabeth Velasco Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/"Second Star to the Right" [3:12]
2. Difficult Times [6:28]
3. Silly Stories [2:45]
4. "I'll Try" [2:12]
5. Kidnapped! [3:07]
6. Bait [4:52]
7. Jane Meets Peter Pan [:45]
8. Flight Through Never Land [4:14]
9. Hook's Obsession [2:35]
10. Duty Calls [3:10]
11. Learning to Fly [2:18]
12. "I Don't Believe" [1:39]
13. Homesick [1:35]
14. Helping Tinker Bell [1:17]
15. The Only Way Home [3:28]
16. Looking for Jane [:43]
17. "So to Be One of Us" [2:23]
18. The Very First Lost Girl [2:03]
19. Pirates! [1:45]
20. Learning to Believe [5:16]
21. Hope, Trust, and Pixie Dust [1:26]
22. The Upper Hook [1:47]
23. The One and Only Lost Girl [2:09]
24. Flight Home [1:18]
25. Old Friends [2:15]
26. End Credits/"Do You Believe in Magic" [7:35]

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Peter Pan - Return to Neverland 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD Was Great! My kids loved it! It was amazing. Great Family night movie for kids and adults!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. Although not quite as magical as Peter Pan it is still a fun movie to watch. People of all ages will love this movie too if they are willing to take another trip to Neveland.