Return to Never Land

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Return to Never Land
Promotional poster
Directed by Robin Budd
Donovan Cook (co-director)
Produced by Cheryl Abood
Christopher Chase
Michelle Pappalardo-Robinson
Dan Rounds
Written by Temple Mathews (screenplay)
Carter Crocker (additional material)
Based on Characters created 
by J.M. Barrie
Starring Harriet Owen
Blayne Weaver
Corey Burton
Jeff Bennett
Music by They Might Be Giants
Joel McNeely
Edited by Antonio F. Rocco
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • February 10, 2002 (2002-02-10) (premiere)
  • February 15, 2002 (2002-02-15) (wide)
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
(adjusted by inflation: $26,223,867)
Box office $109,862,682
(adjusted by inflation: $144,051,217)

Return to Never Land (also known as Peter Pan 2 or Peter Pan 2: Return to Never Land) is a 2002 American animated fantasy comedy-drama film produced by DisneyToon Studios in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a sequel to the 1953 film Peter Pan, based on J. M. Barrie's most famous work Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.


It is World War II in the 1940s, and Wendy Darling has grown up. Her husband, Edward, is sent to fight in the war. Wendy tries to keep her children's spirits up with stories of Peter Pan, but Jane, her daughter, has become cynical under the pressures of the war, ignoring the stories her mother tells and unintentionally ridiculing her brother Danny's faith in them. Jane has promised her father that she'll take care of her mother and family when he is gone. But when Wendy tells her that she must be evacuated to the countryside for her safety, Jane lashes out on her, and at Danny.

That night, Captain Hook, still seeking revenge against Peter Pan, breaks into the Darling home, and kidnaps Jane while she is sleeping, believing her to be Wendy. Smee ties her up and gags her, and Hook flies back to Never Land on his ship to use as bait for Peter. Once in Never Land, he drops Jane into the waiting tentacles of "the beast" (a giant octopus), expecting Peter to also be devoured by it as he dives after Jane to save her, along with Tinker Bell. Peter rescues Jane, and the octopus tries to eat Hook instead but Hook is rescued by Smee. However, the octopus enjoys the taste of Hook so much (just like the crocodile) that he decides to go after him. Meanwhile, upon finding Jane is Wendy's daughter, Peter assumes she would like to follow in her mother's footsteps. He takes her to his home to be the mother for the Lost Boys, but Jane refuses, because she is more interested in getting back home. They try to teach her to fly, but she fails due to her rather pessimistic outlook. The boys then play a game of keep away with her, resulting in her notebook being destroyed and causing her to lash out angrily at the boys. In her anger, she states that does not believe in fairies, which is a death sentence for all fairies, then storms off, leaving Tinker Bell to die until Peter tells the boys they have to make her part of the group.

After Jane leaves them, she is approached by Hook, who tricks her with a deal. He promises to take her home and not harm Peter if she agrees to help him find his treasure. He gives Jane a whistle to signal him when she finds it. The Lost Boys search for Jane and eventually Peter finds her. Jane suggests they play a game of "treasure hunt". Peter and the Lost Boys show her the fun they have and when Jane finds the treasure, she throws away Hook's whistle, having second thoughts about letting him have the treasure. Peter and the Lost Boys make Jane the very first Lost Girl (as a coyote) and they celebrate. However, one of the Lost Boys finds the whistle and innocently blows it, summoning Hook and his crew. They capture Peter and the boys, but let Jane go as a thanks for "helping" them. Before they are taken away, Peter Pan warns Jane that since she said that she does not believe in fairies, Tinker Bell is dying.

Hearing this, Jane rushes to the Lost Boys' home to aid Tinker Bell, but she's too late. However, her repentant tears and renewed belief revive the fairy. They both hurry to the Jolly Roger, where they find the Lost Boys tied up and Peter (tied to an anchor) about to walk the plank. Jane saves him and with the help of "faith, trust, and pixie dust", she learns to fly and unties Peter. Hook's ship is sunk by the octopus, leaving him and the pirates to exit on a rowboat with the octopus pursuing them. Jane return homes to her family. After Jane apologizes to them for her selfishness, Wendy and Peter meet again for the first time in over thirty years. Though Peter is disappointed that she has grown up, Wendy assures him that she has not really changed. Tinker Bell sprinkles her with pixie dust, and Wendy shows that even as an adult she can still fly. Peter understands that though Wendy has grown up, she is still young at heart and still believes, and leaves after one last goodbye. Edward has returned from the army. The family is reunited as Peter and Tinker Bell fly back home.

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Return to Never Land
Front cover for the "Return to Never Land" soundtrack.
Soundtrack album by Joel McNeely
Released 2002
Genre Classical
Length 54:14
Label Walt Disney
Producer Joel McNeely

Joel McNeely composed the score of Return to Never Land.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joel McNeely, except where noted.. 

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Do You Believe in Magic?"   John Sebastian BBMAK 2:58
2. "Main Title"       2:07
3. "Second Star to the Right"   Sammy Fain, Sammy Cahn Jonatha Brooke 1:58
4. "The Tale of Pan"       1:45
5. "I'll Try"   Jonatha Brooke Jonatha Brooke 4:07
6. "Jane Is Kidnapped"       3:34
7. "A Childhood Lost"       2:37
8. "Here We Go Another Plan"   Randy Rogel Jeff Bennett 0:24
9. "Summoning the Octopus / Pan Saves Jane"       2:42
10. "Flight Through Never Land"       2:43
11. "So to Be One of Us"   They Might Be Giants   1:29
12. "Meet The Lost Boys"       1:16
13. "Now that You're One of Us"   They Might Be Giants   0:38
14. "Longing for Home"       2:16
15. "Hook and The Lost Boys"       3:24
16. "Hook Deceives Jane"       2:57
17. "Jane Finds the Treasure"       2:00
18. "Pan Is Captured"       2:17
19. "I'll Try (Reprise)"   Jonatha Brooke Jonatha Brooke 1:09
20. "Jane Saves Tink and Pan"       3:29
21. "Jane Can Fly"       2:36
22. "Flying Home"       3:27
23. "Reunion"       2:21


The film opened at the third position at the box office behind Crossroads and John Q. Return to Never Land grossed $48,423,368 domestically and $61,432,424 overseas, for a total of $109,862,682. 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. Critical reaction was mixed, with a total score of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Return to Never Land was released on VHS and DVD August 20, 2002. 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. It was re-released again on a Blu-ray combo pack on August 20, 2013 accompanying the Diamond Edition release of Peter Pan when the Blu-ray was released on February 5, 2013.

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