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Return to Never Land

Promotional poster for Return to Neverland.
Directed by Robin Budd
Donovan Cook (co-director)
Produced by Cheryl Abood
Christopher Chase
Dan Rounds
Written by Temple Matthews (screenwriter)
Carter Crocker (additional material)
(based on J.M. Barrie's characters and Walt Disney's 1953 film
Starring Harriet Owen
Blayne Weaver
Corey Burton
Jeff Bennett
Kath Soucie
Spencer Breslin
Jim Cummings
Frank Welker
Dan Castellaneta
Rob Paulsen
Music by Joel McNeely
Editing by Antonio F. Rocco
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) February 15, 2002
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States/Canada/Australia
Language English
Budget $20 million
Preceded by Peter Pan (1953)
IMDb profile

Return to Never Land (also known as Peter Pan: Return to Never Land) is a 2002 animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. It was originally produced as a direct-to-video sequel to Walt Disney's 1953 film Peter Pan, but was released theatrically first. It included digitally animated sequences and an all-new voice cast. Image File history File links PeterPanPoster2. ... Donovan Cook is an American animator and cartoonist, and probably most well-known for the short-lived animated television series 2 Stupid Dogs and Nightmare Ned, both of which he created. ... Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet, Scottish author Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet (May 9, 1860 - June 19, 1937), more commonly known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish novelist and dramatist. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... See also: 1952 in film 1953 1954 in film 1950s in film years in film film Events September 16 - The Robe debuts as the first anamorphic, widescreen CinemaScope film. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Harriet Owen is an American actress who does the voice of Wendys daughter Jane in the 2002 Disney direct-to-video animated film Return to Never Land. ... Blayne Weaver (born 1976) is an American actor and writer and was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. ... Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955), is a voice actor. ... Jeffrey Glenn Bennett (born 1962) is a well-known voice actor in cartoons, movies and games. ... Kath Soucie Kath Soucie (born February 20, 1967) (sometimes credited as Souci) is a prolific American voice actress, perhaps best known for her work as the voice of the twins Phil and Lil DeVille in the popular animated series Rugrats (and its subsequent spinoff All Grown Up!), her voicing of... Spencer Breslin (born May 18, 1992 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American child actor. ... James Jonah Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor and has often been considered to be a successor to the voice acting legend Mel Blanc. ... Frank Welker Franklin W. Welker (born February 16, 1945) is an American voice actor. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an American voice actor best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Robert Fredrick Paulsen, III (born March 11, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) (sometimes credited as Rob Paulson or Vocal Magic) is an American voice actor best known as the voice behind Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. ... Joel McNeely (b. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... See also: 1952 in film 1953 1954 in film 1950s in film years in film film Events September 16 - The Robe debuts as the first anamorphic, widescreen CinemaScope film. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Animation refers to the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... DisneyToons, formerly known as Walt Disney Television Animation Austrailia, is an animation studio owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, and based out of Sydney, Australia. ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Walt Disney Pictures logo (2006-present) Walt Disney Pictures is an American film studio, with off-shoot studios in Japan and other sites in the United States. ... Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ... A sequel is a work of fiction in literature, film, and other creative works that is produced after a completed work, and is set in the same universe but at a later time. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...

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Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The film begins in difficult times, centered around the year 1940 in London during The Blitz. Wendy Darling has grown up, married, and had two children of her own: a daughter, Jane, and a son, Danny. When her husband leaves to fight in World War II, Wendy is left alone to raise her children through such dangerous events as the threat of bombing. She tries to tell them stories of Peter Pan to make them feel lighthearted, but Jane has nevertheless become bitter and serious. 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Heinkel He 111 German bomber over the Surrey Docks, Southwark, London (German propaganda photomontage) The Blitz was the sustained bombing of the United Kingdom by National Socialist Germany between 7 September 1940 and 16 May 1941 in World War II. It was carried out by the Luftwaffe to retaliate the... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


One night, Wendy discovers that her children will be evacuated to the safer countryside on the following morning. When Jane learns of this, she acts out, belittling the Peter Pan stories her mother tells and ridiculing her brother's faith in them. Jane is sent to her room (which is also the Darlings' old nursery) as punishment, and falls asleep on the window seat.


While she sleeps, Captain Hook, who has sailed through the skies on his now enchanted pirate ship, kidnaps the girl he thinks is Wendy. He plans to use her as a trap to capture Peter Pan, and takes her back to Neverland.


Hook's plan is to feed Jane to a giant octopus, but to allow Pan enough time to arrive, he first suspends her above the hungry beast, who is lured to the surface with fish heads. Pan, hearing Jane's cries flies at full speed to the scene where a cartoonish battle ensues.


Peter Pan quickly rescues the girl, and upon finding she is Wendy's daughter, assumes she would like to follow in her mother's footsteps. He takes her home to be mother to the Lost Boys, but Jane can't stand Neverland or the rowdy gang of boys. They try to make her have fun and to teach her to fly, but she fails because she does not believe. In another outburst she blurts out she doesn't even believe in fairies. Suddenly, Tinker Bell falls sick. Jane runs away, and at a vulnerable moment strikes a bargain with Hook. She reluctantly agrees to help him find his treasure, but as long as he promises not to harm Peter. Hook signs a contract, swearing not to harm a single hair on Peter Pan's head, and he gives Jane a little whistle, telling her to "give it a wee toot" when she locates the treasure before he disappears into the darkness. After returning home and receiving an apology from Peter, she admits she would like to become the first Lost Girl. So begins Jane's training as a Lost Girl.


Although Tinker Bell falls more ill every day, dying from lack of faith, the children are out having fun and searching for buried treasure.


Jane finds the treasure in a cave, and almost calls out that she's found it, but stops herself, and throws Hook's whistle away. Peter then makes Jane a Lost Girl. Unfortunately, one of the Lost Boys finds Hook's whistle and blows it. Hook and crew arrive, and take out Peter Pan, and trap the Lost Boys in a sack. Peter then surrenders, Hook then said that this is the one he won't harm, but he can harm the rest of him. Peter and the Lost Boys are taken away.


Jane runs home to find Tinker Bell on the verge of death. After an emotional healing, she and Tinker Bell hurry to the Jolly Roger.


On Hooks ship we see the Lost boys tied to a pole and Peter Pan with handcuffs. Then Hook forces Peter Pan to walk the plank but Jane saves Peter. who becomes the hero and finally, with the help of "faith, trust, and pixie dust" learns to fly. Hook and the pirates exit via a rowboat, pursued by the gigantic orange octopus who has replaced the crocodile.


It all ends on a happy note, with Jane returning home just as the war is ending. Peter is briefly reunited with Wendy, and, although he is not happy to find that she has grown-up, he is glad to discover she has not lost faith in him. At the very end, a truck pulls up to Wendy's front door, bringing Jane's father Edward home. After observing the happy family reunion, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell quietly fly away.

Spoilers end here.

Differences with the novel

Although the final chapter in Barrie's Peter and Wendy deals with Wendy's family and daughter Jane, Return to Never Land, like its prequel, is only slightly based on the novel. It is really more of a modern sequel for Disney's 1953 animated film version. As a result, there are several differences. For example, most of the characters who were killed or died in the book, or grew up in the book, primarily Hook and Tinker Bell, return for this film. This is most likely due to their marketing popularity. Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


In the novel, the Lost Boys returned to London with Wendy and grew up like normal children, but in Return to Never Land they have stayed as young and immortal as Peter Pan himself. Even Nana, the kind nurse-dog, is reincarnated in the form of Saint Bernard Nana-two.


There are also differences with the character of Jane and the period during which she is growing up. Disney's Jane is modern: tomboyish and independent, and fully capable of taking care of herself; but Barrie's Jane plays the part of a new Wendy - motherly and domestic. In the novel, Jane was very willing to go to Neverland. (As previously mentioned, Captain Hook had been killed, so he could not kidnap Jane under any circumstances.) Finally, Wendy's son Danny and husband Edward are new characters created for Return to Never Land - they were not in Peter and Wendy.


Voice Cast

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Trivia

  • Kathryn Beaumont was originally suggested to play adult Wendy since she played young Wendy in the original Peter Pan (1953), but Kath Soucie, who provides voices in the Star Wars video games, was signed instead.
  • Because most of the original voice cast from the film had died, including Hans Conried (the voice of Captain Hook) and Bobby Driscoll (the voice of Peter Pan), an entirely new cast of actors had to be used to film this sequel.
  • Corey Burton and Jeff Bennett, who played Captain Hook and Smee respectively, also provided voices for Star Wars games and animated cartoon series.
  • This is the second Disney film set in England during World War II. The first one was Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
  • End credits feature a remake of "Do You Believe in Magic?" by BBMak. The film also features a remake of the song "Second Star to the Right", the theme for the original movie.
  • Although Jane and Peter fly through the Indian Encampment, Princess Tiger Lily and the Indians are not featured in the sequel. This is most likely due to their perceived stereotypical characteristics in the original film.
  • In Return to Never Land the crocodile was replaced by an orange octopus. One of Hook's lines implies that the crocodile is dead but no further explanation is given.
  • While the twins in the original movie spoke in unison, the twins in Return to Never Land have different voice actors and speak normally.
  • The adult Wendy's clothing strongly resembles that of Belle's peasant dress in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
  • The Lost Boys were not named in the original film. In Return to Never Land, they are called to attention and most of them state the names Barrie gave them in the book: Slightly, in the fox suit; Nibs, in the rabbit suit; the Twins in the raccoon suits; and Tootles, in the skunk suit. Cubby, in the bear suit, had his named changed to complement his suit. He was named Curly in the novel.
  • Cubby/Curly seems to be the most talkative Lost Boy in Return to Never Land, but he was not the main Lost Boy in Peter and Wendy. The primary Lost Boy was Tootles who, oddly enough, does not speak at all in either movie.
  • When the Jolly Roger is flying through the vortex to Never Land, dialogue from the previous film can be heard, including Wendy's line, "Peter, you saved my life".
  • It is the second Disney sequel to get a theatrical release (Toy Story 2 was the first) rather than going direct-to-video since 1990's The Rescuers Down Under.
  • The fonts used in the Return to Never Land are unknown, with the stem for a large case R character strengthened.
  • In the very beginning of this movie, it is said that the end of Peter Pan had Wendy screaming to the ship, "I'll always beileve in you, Peter Pan!" Actually, the end of Peter Pan had Wendy's father remembering that ship from his childhood.

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Soundtrack

Joel McNeely composed the score of Return to Never Land. Joel McNeely (b. ...


Track listing

  1. "Do You Believe in Magic?"
    • BBMak
  2. "Main Title"
  3. "Second Star to the Right"
  4. "Tale of Pan"
  5. "I'll Try"
  6. "Jane Is Kidnapped"
  7. "Childhood Lost"
  8. "Here We Go Another Plan"
  9. "Summoning the Octopus/Pan Saves Jane"
  10. "Flight Through Never Land"
  11. "So to Be One of Us"
  12. "Meet the Lost Boys"
  13. "Now That You're One of Us"
    • Jonatha Brooke
  14. "Longing for Home"
  15. "Hook and the Lost Boys"
    • Jonatha Brooke
  16. "Hook Deceives Jane"
  17. "Jane Finds the Treasure"
    • Jonatha Brooke
  18. "Pan Is Captured"
  19. "I'll Try (Reprise)"
    • Jeff Bennett
  20. "Jane Saves Tink and Pan"
  21. "Jane Can Fly"
  22. "Flying Home"
  23. "Reunion"

Box Office

Return to Neverland grossed $48,423,368 domestically and $26,481,222 worldwide, for a total of $74,904,590. With an estimated budget of $20,000,000, this made Return to Neverland a low, but profitable theatrical release.


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Return to Never Land is a 2002 animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution.
In the novel, the Lost Boys returned to London with Wendy and grew up like normal children, but in Return to Never Land they have stayed as young and immortal as Peter Pan himself.
In Return to Never Land, they are called to attention and most of them state the names Barrie gave them in the book: Slightly, in the fox suit; Nibs, in the rabbit suit; the Twins in the raccoon suits; and Tootles, in the skunk suit.
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