Return to Never Land

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +2

The magic is still there in this colorful animated sequel to the 1953 Disney classic fantasy adventure PETER PAN. And the same characters join in on the fun, although the little British girl Wendy has grown up and has a family of her own in London town. World War II is under way, and Wendys husband is off to war while Wendy (voiced by Kath Soucie) watches over her two children, Jane (Harriet Owen) and Daniel (Andrew McDonough). Twelve-year-old Jane has grown up fast and become very pragmatic, much to the dismay of her mother who still believes in fairies and magic, particularly Peter Pan (Blayne Weaver) and Tinkerbell whom she visited in Never Land when she was a girl. But Jane gets a big dose of her mother's fantasyland when she is mysteriously kidnapped and taken to Never Land by the notorious pirate, Captain Hook (Corey Burton), and his band of henchmen. But the diminutive Peter Pan and his tiny fairy companion, Tinkerbell, are determined to get her back and embark on an action packed adventure to rescue her from Captain Hook. They manage to survive many a harrowing chase and battle with Hook and his pirate crew. And along the way, Jane comes to believe in fairies and magic, even learning to soar through the sky on her own. Children ages 2 to 102 will enjoy the action, musical numbers and colorful sights in this delightful, but intense fairy tale. And viewers will also get some laughs out of the brief, humorous cartoon featuring Mickey's dog Pluto preceding the main feature.

When Peter Pan and Jane take on Captain Hook and his men, the battles and chases become rather intense, and may be too much for sensitive, younger children. The sword fights are sometimes ferocious, and the dramatic, intense music makes the films conflicts even more harrowing. But none of the fights result in serious injuries and often are couched in a humorous style. Children six and over will probably not be scared by the humorous violence, but younger ones might. And younger children may also be somewhat confused by the supernatural magic of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell if they are familiar with the miracles of the Bible. And although Jane comes to believe in fantasy magic, young film viewers should be able to discern what is animated fantasy and what's reality. Parents may still want to discuss the difference with their children. At the same time, the film carries the message that young people should have faith and trust in their own abilities. And, of course, Peter Pan wins out over the evil Hook. Parents with sensitive young children may want to evaluate this rather intense fantasy before taking youngsters, but the film offers a good opportunity for parents to discuss the difference between real supernatural powers and fantasy.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Pictures (Disney Co.), 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91521

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times Moderate Slapstick/Comical (Frightening bombing raid and explosions in wartime London, pirates roughly kidnap girl and Peter Pan, many hand/ knife and sword fights with pirates, octopus attack, striking on head, rough treatment, falls from heights to floor or ground, threatening chases)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Frequent fantasy magic - including people and ships which fly through the air, fairy miraculously restored to health, fantasy not portrayed as real - although girl comes to believe in fairies and magic, children encouraged to believe in themselves

Running Time: 83 minutes
Intended Audience: Family, particularly children ages 2-10

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