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Return to Never Land (SE)
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Nov 30, 2007 By: Quigles
Return to Never Land (SE) order
Director:
Robin Budd, Donovan Cook

Actors:
Harriet Owen
Blayne Weaver
Corey Burton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
During World War II in London, Captain Hook captures Wendy's daughter, Jane, and it's up to Peter Pan to help get her home.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As far as straight-to-DVD sequels go, RETURN TO NEVER LAND would be Disney's best. Note the "would be," since even though the film was produced as such, it still ended up in theaters. Because of this, the stakes were raised considerably, and this uninspired sequel wasn't capable of meeting the expectations set by the wonderful original.

While not a bad kid's film by any means, NEVER LAND still suffers due to how unnecessary it feels. The story is meager at best, offering up nothing more than an iota of an interesting idea (that being, the necessity for fantasy during troubled times) and not doing anything worthwhile with it. (Recently, PAN'S LABYRINTH handled a very similar idea in a much more masterful manner.)

Visually, the film looks great. The animation is splendid at times, and even sort of depressed me in that we now only get to see CGI films in theaters.

Other aspects of the production are also handled well, except for maybe the music, which contains a lot of slow, melodic singing in the background. Children may enjoy it, but I personally found it distracting. Even so, it's obvious that some very dedicated people put effort into this film, proven by how respectful they are of the source material. If anything, they seem to rely on it too much, at times feeling like they're just recreating the first film but with less heart, creativity, or magic.
THE EXTRAS
Was anybody really clamoring for a "Special Edition" for this movie? (Or in this case, "Pixie-Powered Edition"...)

No, of course not. And the DVD reflects this, containing mostly adverts for the upcoming Disney film, TINKER BELL. I could've sworn that was cancelled once Disney bought Pixar, but I guess I was wrong. Either way, this is a crappy re-release, and the only new extras are the aforementioned adverts and a game. If it weren't for the stellar video/audio, this DVD would get 1 star easy.

Deleted Scenes: There are two uninteresting deleted scenes carried over from the previous release, both in rough animated form and preceded by introductions by people you don't care about or know.

Magical Fairies Moments: Running slightly over 4-minutes combined, these three short films are basically just promos for the upcoming TINKER BELL.

There's also Tinker Bellís Quest for Light Game and a bunch of Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This "Pixie-Powered Edition" is merely a cash-in by Disney, hoping to raise awareness for their new TINKER BELL movie. Don't bother with either.
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