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Return to Never Land

Promotional poster for Return to Never Land.
Directed by Robin Budd
Donovan Cook (co-director)
Produced by Cheryl Abood
Christopher Chase
Dan Rounds
Written by Temple Mathews (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 Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) February 15, 2002
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Gross revenue $74,904,590
Preceded by Peter Pan (1953)

Return to Never Land (or Peter Pan in Disney's Return to Never Land) is a 2002 animation film sequel to the 1953 film produced by ToonDisney Studios in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The original "Return to Never Land" DVD and video was released on June 18, 2002. It included digitally animated sequences and an all-new voice cast. Return to Never Land was re-released on DVD on November 27, 2007.



The story begins in World War II London, during the Blitz. Peter Pan's former playmate Wendy Darling has grown up and married, and has two children of her own: an 11-year-old daughter Jane, and a 4-year-old son Danny. Her husband Edward is sent to fight in the war, leaving her to raise the children by herself. She tries to keep their spirits up with stories of Peter Pan, but Jane has become cynical under the pressures of the war, belittling the stories her mother tells and ridiculing her brother's faith in them.

Captain Hook, still seeking revenge against Peter Pan, sails through the skies on his pixie-dust-enchanted pirate ship, finds Jane sleeping by the window, and – mistaking her for Wendy – abducts her to use as bait for Peter. However, his ship triggers an alarm and is mistaken for a Luftwaffe bomber and Hook has to escape for his life as the Germans attack London. Back in Never Land, he drops the girl into the waiting tentacles of "the beast", a giant octopus, expecting Peter to also be devoured by it as he dives after "Wendy" to save her. However, Peter rescues Jane and Hook is eaten instead. Though Hook manages to escape, the octopus enjoys his taste (much like the crocodile he had finally managed to lose long before) and begins hunting him down.

Peter rescues Jane, and upon finding she is Wendy's daughter, assumes she would like to follow in her mother's footsteps. He takes her to his home to be mother to the Lost Boys, but Jane refuses, more interested in getting back home. They try to make her have fun and to teach her to fly, but she fails because she doesn't believe. She blurts out that she doesn't even believe in fairies, which leaves Tinker Bell slowly dying.

Jane leaves them, and is approached by Hook, who tricks her with a deal. He promises to take her home and lies that he won't harm Peter, and she agrees to help him find his treasure. He gives Jane a whistle to signal him when she locates it. She returns to the Lost Boys to play a game of "treasure hunt", and they try to win her into becoming one of them, so she'll believe in fairies and restore Tinker Bell's health. When Jane finds the treasure and Peter and the Lost Boys make her the very first Lost Girl, she throws Hook's whistle away (before she becomes a Lost Girl), but Tootles finds it and – not realizing what it is for – blows it. Hook and crew arrive, and capture Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, but let Jane go as thanks for "helping" them. Peter hears this and says that now because she doesn't believe in fairies, Tink's light would go out.

Back at the Lost Boys' home, Jane gets to Tinker Bell too late, but with her new-found belief, she revives her. They hurry to the Jolly Roger, where they find Peter on the plank. Jane saves him, and with the help of "faith, trust, and pixie dust" learns to fly. Hook grabs Jane, but Peter saves her, also sinking the ship. Hook and the pirates exit via a rowboat, pursued by the giant octopus who, due to a major sight problem, believes them to be different kinds of fish.

Now that she can fly, Jane is able to return home to Wendy and Danny; Peter and Tinker Bell escort her. Peter and Wendy are briefly reunited, and he is displeased that she's grown up, but she assures him that she hasn't really changed. Edward returns from the army, the family is reunited,and the family watches as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell quietly fly home.

Differences from the novel

The final chapter of Barrie's Peter and Wendy briefly introduces Wendy as an adult, and her daughter Jane, serving as the premise for Return to Never Land. Disney's Jane is modern: tomboyish and independent, and fully capable of taking care of herself; Barrie's Jane plays the part of a new Wendy: motherly and domestic. In the film, Jane refuses to believe her mother's stories about Peter Pan, and is brought to Never Land by force (by Hook); in the book Jane is eager to believe in Peter Pan, and she meets and flies away with Peter much as Wendy did (but with her mother's knowledge and permission). Wendy's son Danny and husband Edward are new characters created for Return to Never Land; they are not in the novel.

The film is more properly a sequel to Disney's 1953 animated film rather than the novel, and reflects the ending of the film instead. For example, Captain Hook was not killed by the crocodile (who didn't appear in the sequel but is mentioned), and Tinker Bell has not died as explained by Barrie. 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 as Peter Pan himself. However, they are all somewhat different characters than they were in the original film. Like the pirates, they have become even less serious and far less competent, designed almost completely as characters to laugh at.

Voice cast

Because nearly five decades had passed since the original Disney film, a new cast of voice actors was used for this sequel. Kathryn Beaumont, who provided the voice of Wendy in the original, recorded all of the now-adult character's dialogue for Return to Never Land, but Disney later had Kath Soucie completely rerecord the role.[1]


Joel McNeely composed the score of Return to Never Land.


Track listing

  1. "Do You Believe in Magic?"
  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"
  14. "Longing for Home"
  15. "Hook and the Lost Boys"
  16. "Hook Deceives Jane"
  17. "Jane Finds the Treasure"
  18. "Pan Is Captured"
  19. "I'll Try (Reprise)"
  20. "Jane Saves Tink and Pan"
  21. "Jane Can Fly"
  22. "Flying Home"
  23. "Reunion"


Return to Never Land grossed $48,423,368 domestically and $26,481,222 overseas, for a total of $74,904,590. With an estimated budget of $20,000,000, this made Return to Never Land a modestly successful theatrical release. This was before DVD sales, which had been the initially planned market for the film. Critics seemed to feel that it was lackluster, giving it a total score of 45% on rotten tomatoes.


Return to Never Land was released on DVD August 20, 2002, and it took in only lukewarm sales. This version of the film went out of print on January 31, 2003. On November 27, 2007, Return to Never Land was released in a "Pixie-Powered Edition"; the movie was also released in a Peter Pan Trilogy, along with the Peter Pan Platinum Edition, and Tinker Bell, on December 18, 2008. The Pixie-Powered edition went out of print on January 31, 2009.[2]


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From Wikiquote

Return to Never Land is a 2002 animated film that is a sequel to the 1953 film Peter Pan.


Peter Pan

  • I didn't know a codfish could talk. Did you, Tinkerbell? [Tinkerbell laughs]
  • [to Jane] You're sure not Wendy.
  • You're a traitor, Jane! You lied to me! And because you don't believe in fairies, Tink's light is going out!
  • Be brave, lads. Don't let 'em see you cry. [the Lost Boys turn around and cry]


  • Faith? Trust? Pixie dust? Mother, those are just words from your stories! They don't mean anything!
  • Daniel, storytime's over. Look! There's a war. Peter Pan isn't real and people don't fly!
  • Peter Pan, pixie dust...childish nonsense. [cries]
  • Duty calls!
  • This is ridiculous. I can't fly!
  • Don't you see, Hook? You'll never win. Not as long as there's faith, trust, and pixie dust.
  • Well, it's a long way home. Give me your best shot, Tink.
  • I'll always believe in you, Peter Pan.


  • Captain Hook: Mr. Smee, be a good fellow and fix the plank... so I can make you walk it!
  • Smee: [to the octopus] Oh, you big brute, you! Off with you. Go on, now. Shoo, shoo. And take your arms with you. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. [the octopus squirts water at him] Hmm! At least the crocodile had manners!
  • Cubby: Let's play the "no more hitting Cubby on the head" game.


[First lines]
Narrator: The story always ends the same. Peter Pan shouts...
Peter: Goodbye, Wendy!
Narrator: And then Wendy shouts back to him...
Young Wendy: I'll always believe in you, Peter Pan!
Narrator: And Wendy did believe, always, even as she left childhood behind and came to have children of her own.
[Wendy appears at the window years later with her husband and children, Danny and Jane.]
Wendy: There it is, Jane. Second star to the right and straight on till morning.
Jane: Neverland!

Edward: I need you here to take care of your mom and Danny. Can you do that for me?
Jane: Mm-hmm.
Edward: That's my big girl. [kisses Jane]

Old Man: Evacuation, mum. Your children are scheduled on the morning train.
Wendy: So soon? I didn't even tell them!
Old Man: The sooner, the better, if you ask me. Goodnight, mum.

Jane: It's just a lot of childish nonsense!
Danny: You're lying! [runs off, crying]
Wendy: Jane, how could you treat your brother that way? You think you're very grown-up, but you have a great deal to learn.

Peter: If you're not Wendy, who are you?
Jane: I'm her daughter, Jane!
Peter: Huh! Well, if you're Wendy's daughter, you're gonna love it here!

Captain Hook: Great Scott! No sooner do I rid meself of that cursed crocodile and now this! [hugs Smee]
Smee: Oh, there, there. He's just a playful little sea urchin is all.
Captain Hook: I swear, Smee, this is propelling me to delirium! I detest cephalopods!

Captain Hook: Step softly, you worthless dogs! Set your sights for Peter Pan!
Smee: [sarcastically] Oh, goodness. Haven't we searched the island a thousand times before?
Captain Hook: I beg your pardon, Mr. Smee?
Smee: Uh, I said that, uh, searching for Pan is, um, uh, fun galore.

Captain Hook: So, the girl can't fly, yet she wants to go home. Smee, do you know what this means?
Smee: Six more weeks of winter?

Jane: I don't believe in any of this! [to Tinkerbell] And I especially don't believe in fairies! Goodbye!
Peter: Oh yeah? Well, good riddance!

Slightly: Ooh. Looks kinda bad.
Cubby: Kinda bad? Kinda? [starts crying] Oh, it's hopeless! Poor little Tinkerbell!

Peter: [listening to Tinkerbell] Uh-huh. Uh-huh. What?
Slightly: What'd she say, Peter?
Peter: If we don't get Jane to believe in fairies, Tink's light's gonna go out.

Jane: All right, I give up. What's your problem?
Captain Hook: All I've ever wanted was to get away from this dreadful place and home to my dear, sweet mother. But blast it all! Peter stole my treasure and my men would mutiny if I so much as tried to leave without it. So here I am, stuck in this absurd place. My sources tell me you wish to return home as well.
Jane: Huh. You got that right. I guess we're in the same boat.
Captain Hook: The same boat!

[The Jolly Roger is sinking with Captain Hook still on board.]
Captain Hook: Help me! Help me!
Peter: You know the rules, Hook. A good captain always goes down with his ship.
Captain Hook: I don't wanna be a good captain!

Jane: [hugging Wendy] You were right! He is most remarkable!
Wendy: Who, dear?
Jane: Oh, Mother, I'm so sorry. If only I'd listened to you.

[Peter sees Wendy for the first time in years.]
Peter: Wendy?
Wendy: Hello, Peter.
Peter: [disappointed] You changed.
Wendy: Not really. Not ever.


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