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Return to Never Land

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Return to Never Land

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
72 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/15/02
performer:
Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver
director:
Robin Budd
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
author:
Carter Crocker
genre:
Animation, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

The Disney animators don’t make the vulgar mistake of ”contemporizing” the visual spirit of the 1953 Peter Pan in Return to Never Land. They give us Peter the elfin-eared sprite very much as we remember him, and the film, aimed at wee tots, has been animated with as vivid a feeling for movement and perspective, as, say, The Little Mermaid. Which only goes to show that it takes more than technique to make a good children’s picture. In Never Land, Jane, daughter of the grown-up Wendy, enjoys her own set of adventures, earning her stripes as a ”Lost Girl.” There’s always something to look at, but the story is weak tea. C+