Directed by Robin Budd and Donovan Cook starring the voices of Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver, Corey Burton, Kath Soucie and Andrew McDonough.
With the sequel coming only 49 years after the original, no one can exactly accuse Disney of being opportunists when it comes to Peter Pan. But given the gap between the first and second instalments, you have to wonder what was the motivation for bringing the characters back to the big screen – especially with the attention and praise lavished on the likes of 'Toy Story', 'Shrek' and 'Monsters: Inc' in recent years.
Wendy (Soucie) from the first movie is now a mother in wartime London, trying to care for daughter Jane (Owen) and baby son Danny (McDonough) after her husband's conscription. Still cherishing her adventures from years gone by, Wendy finds it impossible to instil the same love of "faith, trust and pixie dust" in the headstrong Jane. Until one night when Captain Hook (Burton) comes calling, kidnapping the youngster and bringing her to Neverland where Master Pan (Weaver) and Co must save the day.
With its old school animation, very proper jokes and musical numbers 'Return to Never Land' is aiming right for the nostalgia vote and the legions of adults who went to see the original all those years ago. On that level it succeeds, the gentle, not too clever plot and big faced, doe-eyed characters making you remember the days when animated movies didn't seem quite such a serious business.
With an onscreen story that runs for only 64 minutes, it's also a good afternoon's fun for the very young although not the best choice for kids who have seen the box office giants of recent years.
If you do go, you'll come away thinking cute and charming but also convinced that 'Return to Never Land' would have worked better in the confines of a den or living room. Buzz, Shrek, Sully and Mike can sleep easy.