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Return to Neverland
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Don Nemitz
David Slonaker

Lead Vocals by:
Jonatha Brooke
BBMAK
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(February 23rd, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release, priced at bargain levels.
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Buy it... if you seek dynamic animation scoring for vibrant, enthusiastic orchestras in their most rousing form, regardless of the music's predictable constructs.

Avoid it... if you're destined to compare this score to John Williams' related Hook, which remains a superior representation of the same concepts.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,015
WRITTEN 2/21/02, REVISED 2/24/09
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Return to Neverland: (Joel McNeely) There are two concurrent debates involving studio methodology and concept overextension that are relevant to Disney's 2001 animated feature film Return to Neverland. The first exists within Disney, which has battled with itself throughout the 2000's about whether to release ridiculous low budget sequels to its classic pictures in theatres or straight to video (the question of whether to produce such trash or not at all isn't under debate, given the fiscal earnings of such items). The second debate involves the pummeling of the original Peter Pan concept, which was not only adapted disastrously by Steven Spielberg in 1991 but has seen a range of cheap animated sequels and spin-offs in a diverse range from Return to Neverland to 2008's Tinkerbell. Both of those latter two projects were scored by composer Joel McNeely, who has managed through the decade to make a career out of providing overachieving music for Disney's pacifier productions. In the case of Return to Neverland, while it will likely suffice to entertain the kids for an hour or so and keep them from screaming wildly, its blatant exhibit of capitalism fueled by the corporate lack of originality has nothing to stack up to the classic stature of the original film. One of the few redeeming qualities of the laughable sequel, however, is indeed McNeely's music. Although the music for the film is littered with obnoxious character songs (new and adapted) that could cause adults to cover their ears, the massive score is surprisingly dynamic and fresh. The film, to its credit, minimalizes the modern pop influence in its songs as well, and Return to Neverland never really comes across as a musical travesty in the same way that some viewers claimed that the sequel film insults the original classic on a larger level. The score was released ingloriously to extremely limited interest in the general population. Disney Records' album contains a remarkable amount of McNeely's work and only one true pop song. That innocuous but irritating song, "Do You Believe in Magic," is performed by the young male group BBMAK and is heard during the end titles of the film. The only other major selling points for the mainstream are the two song performances by folk artist Jonatha Brooke, whose voice lends itself well to the children's fantasy genre. Otherwise, the film and album alternate regularly between character songs and score.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:55
• 1. "Do You Believe in Magic?" - performed by BBMAK (2:59)
• 2. Main Title (2:07)
• 3. "Second Star to the Right" - performed by Jonatha Brooke (1:56)
• 4. The Tale of Pan (1:43)
• 5. "I'll Try" - performed by Jonatha Brooke (4:06)
• 6. Jane is Kidnapped (3:34)
• 7. A Childhood Lost (2:34)
• 8. Here We Go Another Plan (0:23)
• 9. Summoning the Octopus/Pan Saves Jane (2:40)
• 10. Flight Through Never Land (2:41)
• 11. So to Be One of Us (1:26)
• 12. Meet the Lost Boys (1:13)
• 13. Now That You're One of Us (0:37)
• 14. Longing for Home (2:14)
• 15. Hook and the Lost Boys (3:23)
• 16. Hook Deceives Jane (2:55)
• 17. Jane Finds the Treasure (1:58)
• 18. Pan Is Captured (2:16)
• 19. "I'll Try" (Reprise) - performed by Jonatha Brooke (1:07)
• 20. Jane Saves Tink and Pan (3:28)
• 21. Jane Can Fly (2:35)
• 22. Flying Home (3:28)
• 23. Reunion (2:20)

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The nsert includes no information about the score or film. However, if you unfold the insert to view its poster, be prepared for a hideous, noxious stink to irradiate the room. Disney Records was known for using some of the smelliest glue or ink in its inserts in the entire recording industry. Keep small animals and houseplants away!
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