Rising up, Peter Pan was all the time in my consciousness in a single kind or one other. I loved it in lots of incarnations together with the unique guide, the 1991 movie Hook, and the 2003 live-action movie. I even learn the “Peter and the Starcatchers” guide collection, which acted as a prequel. Nevertheless, my first introduction to the story was, like so many others, the 1951 Disney animated function Peter Pan. I used to be in awe of the incredible world that Walt and his group had created. I might usually go to mattress with the music from the movie taking part in within the background, the songs changing into embedded in my reminiscence over time. To today, I’ve a passion for the story and a heat place in my coronary heart for the unique movie.
50 years after the discharge of Peter Pan, we obtained a sequel, produced by DisneyToon Studios. Not like the earlier DisneyToon sequels, Return to By no means Land was launched for the theatrical market, a curious resolution that the corporate solely made yet one more time earlier than returning to their residence video roots. The movie, premiering in early 2002, picks up a number of years later throughout World Conflict II. Wendy is grown and has youngsters of her personal, together with the no-nonsense Jane who doesn’t imagine in Wendy’s tales about By no means Land. Nevertheless, when Captain Hook kidnaps Jane and takes her to By no means Land, she begins to query what she believes is actual.
Aside from the beloved characters and world, some of the memorable issues about Peter Pan is the story. It’s unique, but easy however fully endearing. Clearly, this sequel can’t be anticipated to match or prime that story and this sadly doesn’t come shut. There’s nothing particularly attention-grabbing or particular concerning the story introduced right here. It’s primarily a rehash of the unique. Peter and the Misplaced Boys welcome a lady to By no means Land? Examine. Captain Hook is pursued by a creature from the ocean? Examine. Tinker Bell at risk? Examine. There’s nothing new right here.
So far as characterization goes, there isn’t a lot character improvement, which is to be anticipated. In any case, Peter Pan by no means grows up bodily or mentally so there isn’t a lot they might do with him. Wendy even hasn’t actually matured regardless of being a grown lady. The one character improvement we see is that of Jane, with an arc that’s painfully predictable. The Native American characters from the primary movie, akin to Tiger Lily and her father are absent right here, which is unsurprising and a sensible alternative contemplating their controversial historical past.
The music might be the largest letdown. The soundtrack contains two songs and they aren’t memorable or attention-grabbing, both musically or lyrically. The primary one is “sung” by Jane, the identical method Tarzan “sings” in that movie. In different phrases, it’s an inside monologue that’s not mouthed by the character, a follow that Disney used closely following the renaissance of the ’90s and one which I discover hardly ever works. This might be due to my musical theatre background and my information of how every tune must actively transfer the story ahead or develop the character in a roundabout way. These issues are troublesome to do successfully if the character themselves just isn’t singing. That is worsened by the truth that this tune is one which screams the late 90s/early 2000s, painfully courting a movie that’s speculated to happen in 20th century London, somewhat than 21st century America. However I digress. The second tune is a “common” musical quantity, that includes Peter, the Misplaced Boys, and Jane. The much less stated about that one, the higher.
This evaluate most likely makes the movie sound a lot worse than it’s. All in all, it’s not horrible; simply pointless. The very best a part of it, for me, had been the shenanigans of Captain Hook and Smee which all the time make me chuckle. The addition of the octopus, which replaces the crocodile, was a enjoyable alternative. For many who love the unique movie, it’s good to spend an hour or so with these characters once more. Simply don’t anticipate an excessive amount of.
Subsequent week, we shall be watching Cinderella II: Goals Come True.
Completely satisfied watching!