Return to Never Land (2002) 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… 2002-02-15 G PT72M Action/Adventure Animation Harriet Owen Blayne Weaver Buena Vista Pictures
Movie Review

Return to Never Land (2002)

MPAA Rating: G
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Feb 15, 2002; Rated: G; Length: 72 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Animation; With: Harriet Owen and Blayne Weaver; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

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+

Originally posted Aug 13, 2002 Published in issue #642 Mar 01, 2002 Order article reprints