Parents' Guide to

Return to Never Land

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Pleasant but forgettable sequel to Disney classic.

Movie G 2002 73 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

age 3+

Terrible

Got rid if the crocodile and added an octopus...hook mentions he "got rid of it". The octopus even uses its suckers to make the tic tok rythem. Make that make sense. Peterpan has lost any dignity he had in the first one. Him and the lost boys became so disgusting I know it's because "stupid, gross male" agenda disney pushes. This was a movie grandma got the kids because they liked the first one so much and albeit the boys do enjoy this movie a lot, they are also 3 and 4. They just like captain hook. Jane is a grew up too fast character whom has no time for silly games. Understandably her home situation is the reason. They even gave her the speak to your manager hair cut. The beginning tells us London is in the middle if a war where children are separated from their families. It's dark. But why does Jane and her brother stay? Meeting jane for the first time has her rushing home as bombs are dropping meanwhile wendy and her brother are in the bunker. And why is their dog "nana 2"? Come on... the only decent role model or anything of value would be Jane's personality of discipline.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This pleasant but forgettable sequel can't compare to the original. While it manages a couple of magical moments (especially the opening credit sequence and Captain Hook's pirate ship flying through London), the music, performances, animation, and story are strictly at the straight-to-video level.

For a story about the power of imagination, RETURN TO NEVER LAND is especially lackluster. The original story's crocodile has been replaced by an octopus for no particular reason, and the action sequences are replays of the first version. The sexism and racism of the original are excised (Jane rescues Peter in this one). But that is not enough to make up for a script that even at under 90 minutes, is just too long.

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