Return to Never Land

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Return to Never Land Movie Poster Image
Pleasant but forgettable sequel to Disney classic.
  • G
  • 2002
  • 73 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Theme that girls are as brave and capable as boys.

Violence & scariness

Mild peril, no one hurt

Sexy stuff




Drinking, drugs & smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this movie is rated G, there is some peril, much comic but some a little scary. Children may want to know more about the Blitz (the movie never tells us who it is that is dropping bombs on London, we briefly see children being sent away from their families by train, and we can't tell from the end if the war is over or not).

User Reviews

Adult Written byAndrea L. May 16, 2017

Great sequel!

This movie is so relatable. So often I have felt like Jane. Life is not always easy. It takes a toll on someone, especially a child. She grew up too fast becaus... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNectaria December 18, 2009
Kid, 11 years old February 28, 2015

Not as Good a #1

Mild violence with Caption Hook. Caption Hook is also creepy at some points. There also is a mean octopus, who is funny but might scare little kids. Peter almos... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this sequel to Disney's Peter Pan, Wendy has grown up, and is married with two children, Jane and Daniel. She loves to tell them stories about Peter Pan and Captain Hook. But World War II is underway, and London is blasted by bombs. Wendy's husband leaves for the war, telling Jane to take care of her mother and brother. Jane is strong and brave in the face of war and she doesn't allow herself to believe in Peter Pan or fairies. Just before Jane and Daniel are going to be sent away to the countryside, where it is safer, Jane is kidnapped by Captain Hook. He thinks that if he captures Wendy, Peter Pan will come to save her. Because he lives in Never Land, he does not realize that Wendy has grown up. But then, neither does Peter, who does come to rescue her, and is just as happy when it turns out to be Jane. But she does not want to stay with the Lost Boys, even when they make her a Lost Girl. Before Jane can go home, though, she will have to learn to believe in "faith, trust, and pixie dust."

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "faith, trust, and pixie dust," and how even children have to be brave and helpful during difficult times. Some children may make a connection between the Blitz and the terrorist attacks.

Movie details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate