Return to Never Land
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Families lined up this week for Disney's latest animated adventure—
Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films) notes that the story' s central theme is not the need for parents, an issue that gave weight to the original. Instead, it focuses on the power of imagination. "Something's been lost," he says, "a darker undercurrent that ran through J. M. Barrie's original play and novel and was discernible even in the Disney version." Nevertheless, "It's still entertaining enough, with fast-paced excitement and colorful imagery that children will enjoy, and a sweetly nostalgic spirit that will appeal to parents. The writing is sharp if unambitious, the animation and voice work nicely evocative of the original, and there are clever touches here and there."
Phil Boatwright concludes, "It's not a great film, but a solid one, with a positive statement about faith at its core."
Jesse Florea (Focus on the Family) finds the pros outweigh the cons: "
All around me in the theater, children were yelling at the screen to root on familiar characters, while softly sniffling moms wiped away a few tears in their eyes. It'
s obvious why Disney never said never again to