This was one of the few of Disney’s lengthy string of cheap Saturday-morning-cartoon-quality sequels to actually play theaters, and while it’s by no means the worst of them, it’s still pretty worthless. Granted, I’ve never been all that fond of the film it was based on. The original Disney Peter Pan had some effective moments, but it doesn’t remotely compare to the original play or the Mary Martin musical that came out around the same time, and is actually a pretty reductive and shallow adaptation. It treats the story as just another fairy tale, scanting the work’s bittersweet subtext, and while its slapstick and hammy comedy can be funny, its unlikable characterizations and cartoony approach to the material keep it from being very emotionally involving. Well, this film took everything annoying about the original, and multiplied it times ten. The new voice actors are all trying too hard to capture the sound of the original voices, and they all sound like complete asses as a result. And if you thought Wendy in the original film was smug and insufferable, you should see the obnoxious proxy they’ve replaced her with here. On top of that, the story tries to ‘modernize’ the original plot of Peter Pan with a bunch of politically correct nonsense and irony-laced snark, and the result is an even bigger insult to James Barry than the original film. As for the songs, the original film’s score was not one of Disney’s more auspicious efforts…the theme song, “The Second Star To the Right”, and the catchy “We’re Following the Leader”, were all right, but the rest of the score was mostly maudlin, dreary ballads like “Your Mother And Mine”, or idiotic embarrassments like “What Makes the Red Man Red”. But at least the songs all sounded like they came from the same score. Here, the major numbers are an easy-listening radio ballad sung in voice-over, “I’ll Try”, a forgettable They Might Be Giants-penned novelty jingle, “So To Be One of Us”, an awkward rerecording of “The Second Star To the Right”, and an out-of-nowhere interpolation of “Do You Believe In Magic?” over the closing credits. The songs’ total lack of cohesion makes them sound like they were thrown together at random, which pretty much sums up this whole lazy exercise in cinematic recycling. There actually were a couple of Disney direct-to-video sequels that were above-average for the genre and might actually have benefited from a theatrical release, but this was not one of them.