Set many years after the original story, in London, during the WWII air raids, a follow-up to the original "Peter Pan" tale... Now Wendy is all grown up with children of her own, as the Blitzkrieg rages, she calms them with tales of Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up. Wendy's stubborn 12-year-old daughter, Jane, has no patience for such nonsense... until Captain Hook himself uses the girl as a pawn in capturing his archrival. Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys come to her aid; however, even they cannot make Jane a believer in the magic of imagination. Unless she believes, she cannot fly, and there is no other way for her to return home. Worse, without Jane's belief in fairies, Tinker Bell cannot survive. As the pixie slowly begins to fade, Peter strives to find a way to rescue the girl from the dangerous clutches of Captain Hook and show her that with faith, trust and pixie dust, anything is possible.
This breezy, confident sequel to Disney's 1953 animated classic, "Peter Pan," comes outfitted with a perky tag line: "Faith, trust and pixie dust." Those are the three requirements for anyone who dreams of flying without wings to become airborne. That slogan is repeated several times in the movie and is embodied in Jonathan Brooke's wistful end-title song "I'll Try," fragments of which run through the movie. This song, one of the sturdiest to grace a Disney film, defines the pluck of the appealing central character, Jane, and serves as a perfect epigraph for the movie's celebration of the childlike fantasist inside us all. – Stephen Holden
2002-02-15 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Peter Pan: Return to Neverland