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Peter Pan 2: Return To Never Land _HOT_

One evening, Wendy tells Jane and Danny that all the children in London will soon be evacuated to the countryside for their safety due to Nazi Germany's bombing of the city by the Luftwaffe. Later that evening, Peter's arch-nemesis, Captain Hook, and his pirate crew arrive on his pixie-dust enchanted ship and kidnaps Jane, mistaking her for Wendy, and takes her to Neverland, where they plan to feed Jane to an octopus in order to lure Peter into a trap. However, Peter rescues Jane, and Hook escapes from the disgruntled octopus, returning to the ship. After Peter learns that Jane is Wendy's daughter, he takes her to his hideout to be the mother of the Lost Boys as Wendy once was, but Jane refuses. The following day, as the boys fail to teach Jane about flying, she angrily snaps at them and proclaims her disbelief in fairies, causing Tinker Bell to not fly and her light starts to fade. This gives Hook an idea to lure Jane to him, and then kidnap Peter.

Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land

Horrified, Jane runs back to the hideout to find Tinker Bell's body. Jane is devastated, thinking the fairy is dead forever, but with Jane's new belief, Tinker Bell is revived. They head to the ship and see Hook forcing Peter to walk the plank. With Tinker Bell's help, Jane learns to fly. As Peter uses the anchor to sink the ship, the pirates, riding on a rowboat, are pursued by the octopus. After saying goodbye to the boys, Peter escorts Jane back home, where she reconciles with Wendy and Danny. Peter and Tinker Bell meet with Wendy again, then fly back to Neverland as Edward returns home and reunites with his family.

This is so god damn irritating and I don't know why. There has never been a space in Neverland? Why put a space in there? Nothing else has put a space in Neverland so why does this movie do that? And it's not like this is just the Letterboxd title, the actual title of the movie has a space in Neverland for some fucking reason. This is a three word title that they decided to stretch out to four.

Ash Ketchum: Hmm... (in his thoughts) Just as I thought. She grew up too fast and lost her inner child because of the war. (picks up the Peter Pan doll and sighs sadly) She and Danny never had the chance to meet Peter Pan before the war happened. What a pity. (but, after recalling a similar attitude from someone he knew before her, he suddenly gets an idea that might help Jane for the better) Well, Jane, let me tell you one thing. I happen to know someone who was just like you. It was way back before you and your brother were born. (As he talks, flashbacks from the first film featuring Jane's grandfather, George Darling, was shown) He was stubborn, very pigheaded, arrogant, really loud, obnoxious, strict, and incredibly practical. But all in all, he was still a very caring, loving man who wanted what's best for his family. And just like you, he didn't believe in your mother's stories of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Neverland, Captain Hook, and all that stuff. For he thought all of it was childish nonsense. He wanted your mother and your two uncles to grow up and be practical like him. He even decided to let your mother move out of the nursery because he believed she was too old to sleep there anymore. However, after spending a night at a party with his wife, all of that changed when he saw a cloud shaped like a pirate ship flying through the skies. After that, he told me and my friends that he recognized it in his childhood from long ago when he was a boy. Soon, he finally understood that some fantasies may be real while others remain a mystery. (the flashbacks end) That moment was what made me realize that the reason he behaved like that was because he was denying his inner child and was trying to forget about it by growing up at a fast pace. He probably inherited that kind of trait from his own parents and took it into account I think. Do you understand what I'm saying to you, Jane?

By Aaron WallaceThe Disney sequel has long been associated with a direct-to-video release; mention one and you'll conjure thoughts of the other. Starting with The Return of Jafar in 1994, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has issued an unending slew of sequels to the chagrin of some fans and the appeasement of an apparently eager public. When work began on Return to Never Land, an animated sequel to Walt Disney's 1953 Peter Pan, the project was intended to be the studio's latest home video debut. Somewhere along the way, though, the movie was upgraded to a theatrical release and in 2002, it became the first proper sequel to a Disney animated classic that DisneyToon Studios released to theaters nationwide. If nothing else, Return to Never Land is evidence that a theatrical release does not guarantee superiority. In the sizable pool of Disney sequels -- just about all of which have gone straight to video -- the Peter Pan follow-up sits squarely in the middle. Efforts such as Lady and the Tramp II and the recent Cinderella III easily surpass it. Never Land isn't merely a retread of its source material, however, and that is an attribute that makes it stand out from less ambitious follow-ups.The movie is set in the midst of World War II, as the children of London are evacuated to the English countryside to spare them the risk of bombing. Now grown up and married, Wendy struggles to break the news to her children, Jane and Danny, who are holding out hope that their father returns from combat unharmed. Wendy regales the younger Danny with stories of her own adventures in Never Land while the more hardened Jane scoffs at their incredulity. She's made a believer soon enough, though, when Captain Hook breaks into the Darling home (Wendy has apparently inherited it) and kidnaps Jane in the mistaken belief that she is Wendy herself. Whisked away to Never Land, Jane is just the bait Hook needs to prompt another showdown with the one and only Peter Pan. The whole thing plays out a little too closely along the lines of Hook (Steven Spielberg's wonderful 1991 film) but while the similarities are noticeable, it's far from a blatant rip-off. Naturally, Hook is the better Pan sequel, but comparing a DisneyToon production to a big budget blockbuster isn't really fair. The World War II setting is an unexpected one, lending a welcome, albeit slight, edge to the proceedings. When the many bland contexts in which this second Pan story could have been told are considered, the direction chosen suggests some inspiration. The setting is even more effective as a tool for lending greater weight to the emotional center of the story, which gives Jane far more attention than Wendy ever had in the original. Though neither original nor overwhelming, Jane's central journey towards faith is easy enough to invest in for an hour or so. The character is made more accessible to the audience when her sympathetic childhood is relayed early on. The magic of Never Land is, as in in the original, made relevant by its direct impact on a family in the real world and the film never loses sight of that. Aside from the story, three aspects of Return to Never Land are particularly worth discussing: animation, voice acting, and music. The first of these marks the most significant gap in quality from the original film. The animators at the now-folded DisneyToon Studios have improved considerably over the years, with each feature seemingly surpassing the previous in terms of animation. By 2002, things were looking pretty good and indeed, Never Land's art is solid. Nevertheless, the flattened backgrounds, occasionally off-model characters, and inconsistent fluidity that mark television animation are all present here. As a result, the movie feels cinematic at times and downright cartoonish at others but of course the dazzling 1950s animation is never even challenged, let alone rivaled. Widgets The movie employs quite a bit of CGI, creating visuals that looked more impressive five years ago when CGI was newer and all the rage than they do today. I suspect the computer graphics might have been partly responsible for the movie's trip to theaters, a hunch that the trailer supports. The flashy digital imagery is thankfully relegated to appropriate things like Hook's ship, however, and largely left out of the characters, who still look like they were actually drawn (though with modern sensibilities).Forty-nine years after Peter Pan, a reunion of the original voice cast is out of question. Disney resultantly turned to their stable of voice actors to match the originals as best they could. Corey Burton is astoundingly good as Captain Hook, capturing Hans Conreid's performance with amazing accuracy. Tinker Bell's voice is pretty faithfully recreated too, though that didn't require much work. The rest of the transitions aren't as smooth. Blayne Weaver is instantly distinguishable from Bobby Driscoll but comes close enough to overlook the discrepancy. The same cannot be said for Harriet Owen, who does a fine job as Jane but comes nowhere close to imitating Kathryn Beaumont when she briefly attempts to voice young Wendy at the movie's opening. And speaking of bad vocal performances, let's not overlook Jonatha Brooke, who wrote an excellent anthem for the movie in "I Try" but renders it impotent when she sings it herself. She does a better job with a new take on "Second Star to the Right" but, like most of the movie's music, it's pretty forgettable. While not a straight musical, characters do occasionally break into song while a nondiegetic soundtrack is favored at other times. The score is rather bland and Saturday morning cartoonish, matching the sometimes tiring visual gag sequences. A notable exception is the opening overture, which effectively puts one in a Peter Pan mood. More than just diverting but ultimately unremarkable, Return to Never Land is likely to be appreciated by children and Disney fans but isn't destined to endure as anyone's favorite. The movie was first released to DVD in 2002 but remained in print for only a matter of months. Long unavailable, it returns to DVD this week as a new Pixie-Powered Edition, perhaps the silliest title ever bestowed upon a home video release. The new edition isn't particularly thrilling, I'm afraid; for more on that, read on. 041b061a72


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