Return to Never LandFebruary 15, 2002
In London during World War II, this is the story of Wendy's daughter, Jane, who is kidnapped by Captain Hook and Peter Pan must come to the rescue.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 5.6/10 (4,554 voted)
Critic's Score: 49/100
Stars: Blayne Weaver, Harriet Owen, Corey Burton
The classic tale of 'Peter Pan' continues in Disney's sequel 'Return to Never Land'. In 1940 on a world besieged by World War II, Wendy, now grown up, has two children, one of them is her daughter, Jane. She wears her trench coat during the air raid, and later that night, Wendy tries to give her own children hope by telling them of her magical experiences with Peter Pan in Never Land. However, Jane, Wendy's daughter, sees it all as make believe and refuses to believe in the tales. That is, until the villainous Captain Hook mistakes her for Wendy and abducts her to Never Land in an attempt to lure and capture Peter Pan. Peter Pan's quest to return Jane safely home is jeopardized until she can begin to believe in the magic of imagination.
Writers: Temple Mathews, Carter Crocker
Release Date: 15 February 2002
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $15,623,464
(17 February 2002)
(9 June 2002)
Did You Know?
Because most of the original voice cast of the movie had died, including Hans Conried (Hook) and Bobby Driscoll (Peter Pan), an entirely new cast of actors had to be used to film this sequel.
At the end of the movie, after the ship has sunk and the octopus throws Hook in the air, Smee yells, "Look!" When he does, the pirate behind him with the knife in his mouth opens his mouth, and the knife falls out. When we next see the pirate a few seconds later, the knife is back in his mouth, and he didn't have enough time to put it back in.
[Cubby cries very loud because of Tink's light going out]
Ei! Put a cork in!
[Slightly sticks Cubby's club in his mouth to shut him up]
Not a true sequel
Take this review with a grain of salt, because I am a massive fan of
Peter Pan and all things properly based on the James Barrie classic.
This sequel, however, made me cringe. I've enjoyed liberal
interpretations before – Hook and Finding Neverland, for example – but
this movie completely trashed whatever character Peter Pan is supposed
to have. Peter Pan is not a hero – he is a mischievous and often
forgetful boy. He is entirely selfish and entirely charming, and these
are his two flaws. However, in "Return to Neverland," this character of
"Peter Pan" is a mere ghost of the complex Barrie creation. Whatever
beautiful messages Peter Pan has about nostalgia and childhood, "Return
to Neverland" turns them upside down at worst, and simply ignores them
The animation wasn't bad, though.