Finally Releasing from the Disney Vault for the First Time on Blu-ray™!
Available For Purchase Nationwide Beginning August 20, 2013
"Let your imagination soar as your favorite characters from Peter Pan, Disney’s classic adventure, return to Never Land! Now, for the first time through the magic of Blu-ray, experience all the thrilling action with digitally restored picture and spine-tingling high-definition sound!
Peter Pan: Return to Neverland is the sequel to the classic Peter Pan movie, and centers around Jane, Wendy's daughter. Jane doesn't believe in fairies, pixie dust, faith or Neverland. It is up to Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys to make her believe, all while battling Captain Hook.
I know what you are thinking...sequels are never as good as the first movie. And, I would have to agree with you. But, this sequel to Peter Pan is a real treat for the newer generation who didn't grow up watching Peter Pan. Also, little ones don't get as technically as us parents when it comes to reviewing and comparing movies with sequels. Having already seen this movie back in 2002 when it was released on DVD, I found it enjoyable. At that time, I didn't have any children, so after watching "Return to Neverland" I end up putting the DVD on the shelf alongside my growing Disney collection. When I felt like watching classic Disney movies, I would oftentimes overlook this title and choose either the original Peter Pan or another Disney favorite. But, now that I have young children, our days are filled with Disney, let it be on television or with movies. I was excited when we welcomed the girls, as I knew I would be able to share my Disney collection which I started years ago (to hopefully share with my children one day) with them. Right now, Savannah is fascinated with Cars, and will watch this on average two times a day. But, when she does take a break, she will watch sequel movies.
Savannah saw me take Peter Pan: Return to Never Land of the mail today, and was excited to watch it. Even though I own the original DVD release, I never shared this movie with her. I was hoping that she would want to see the first one before seeing the sequel. But, no, she likes to do things backwards and asked to see this one first. What surprised me the most about this movie is that I never told her about Tinkerbell. But, when she saw Tink on the cover of new release, she pointed her out and called her by name, along with Peter Pan. I guess she picked this up by watching the Disney channel.
So, this evening after dinner, we had a surprise movie night (as we usually leave movies like this until Friday night or the weekend), and put this new release from Disney on. Both Savannah and Arabella sat through the entire movie, which is 72 minutes in length. The storyline itself was easy to follow, even for little ones, and characters like Captain Hook and the octopus were not scary for young viewers. A few times in the movie, Savannah would turn to her Daddy and I and ask why Jane didn't believe. She said she believed in fairies and magic. Ahh, kids do say the sweetest things. :-)
Unlike most Disney favorites, the musical soundtrack of this movie was filled with mainly instrumental pieces, so my girls weren't picking up on catchy chorus verses and singing along. They did get off the couch a handful of times as they pretended to be flying like Peter Pan.
Overall, I have to say that this was a thumbs up movie for the girls, and one they have already started to ask to watch again. While parents may be fans of the original Peter Pan, and may notice a voice change on Peter Pan, if you have young children, you will still enjoy sitting down to watch this movie, as it is great family entertainment.
Wondering if Peter Pan is finally victorious in defeating Captain Hook? I am not going to tell. You will just have to pick up the DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Copy, now available through online retailers as well as your favorite local retailers. Make sure you take time to watch the bonus features, which include Pixie Previews, deleted scenes, and much more. And, act fast as this new release is only available for a limited time, before it is return to the Disney Vault.
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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views shared are mine and mine alone.