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"Return to Neverland" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Wendy’s very practical and no-nonsense daughter, Jane, begins the adventure of a lifetime when the infamous Captain Hook whisks her away to the enchanted island of Never Land. It’s up to Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys to help Jane believe in faith, trust and pixie dust. With the first-ever Lost Girl at his side, will Peter Pan finally defeat Hook and his swashbuckling band of pirates?

Specifications

  • Disney Home Entertainment
  • 2013, G, 1 hr 13 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Video: 1080p AVC
  • Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Voices of Blayne Weaver, Corey Burton, Kath Soucie, Harriet Owen
  • Directed by: Robin Rudd n
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Never
  • Language: No

Commentary

Starting out in London during the blitz, I was expecting a cheap direct-to-video flick from Disney to cash in on an old classic. The thrust of the movie was basically about not growing up too fast and having loosing faith. With a few songs and some decent story writing, I was actually impressed with the hand drawn cell (and minimal CGI) animation on the screen that were faithful to the original story. Perhaps due to PC policing, the "injun's" were left out of this sequel. The croc with the clock was replaced by an octopus (not sure why). Ultimately, your kids from ages 4 to 10 will no doubt be thrilled with this movie, which looks and sounds wonderful on the big screen and the run time is just short enough to keep their interest to the end. This movie is safe, clean and chock full of pixie dust!.  

Technical

The hand drawn cells look marvelous on the screen with eye popping colors and wonderfully deep black levels. I saw no artifacts or compression issues, just solid, colorful objects. The soundtrack is broad and expansive in DTS-HD 5.1, not that you kids will care, but the music is gorgeous. The CGI was kept to a minimum so the “old school” artists could work their Disney magic, yet again. Overall, the animation is a bit more "herky-jerky" than the original, but still retains that delightful, hand-drawn look.

Extras

Movie previews of up coming releases, Pixie 'movie shorts”, and a DVD/digital copy are supplied. Warning: No iTunes copy here. Someone at Disney should walk the plank for that!