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Peter Pan meets Mickey Mouse Clubhouse meets Dora the Explorer meets Blue's Clues meets Winky Dink and You!,
This review is from: Jake & the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns (Two-Disc DVD + Digital Copy Combo) (DVD)
Jake and the Never Land Pirates combines a tot's-eye-view of make believe pirate games (where pirates have pop music dances and tea parties) with the Peter Pan setting -- plus a morsel of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, a dash of Dora and the coins of Mario Bros.
What is doesn't always have is Peter himself, except in this "feature" special now on DVD (actually a hour long episode) in which he does appear and the gang helps him regain his gift of flight and happy thoughts. (Fans of Walt Disney's original 1953 Peter Pan might get a kick out of his reverse angle song, "I Can't Fly, I Can't Fly, I Can't Fly."
Adam Wylie, who costarred as a child on Picket Fences and has become a veteran of stage, TV and voice acting (as well as a magician at Disneyland), voices Peter with a good feel for Bobby Driscoll's performance. The show really doesn't try to recapture the film, but instead takes a colorful preschool approach, with simple characters designs and lots of peppy songs. There's even a live-action pair of singing pirates in each episode (similar to what Filmation did back in the early '70s with The Hardy Boys).
The breakout star of every show is Captain Hook, played brilliantly by Corey Burton completely for comedy and minus the menace. To keep true to the source material, Hook, Smee and his crew are never familiar with the more contemporary materials that Jake and company enjoy, calling anything modern a "thingy" or some such. Scooby Doo fans take note: more than once, Hook refers to the young pirates as "meddling swabs."
The DVD is generously supplied with other episodes in addition to "Peter Returns" with ten additional segments, or the equivalent of five half hour shows -- including one featuring Hook's mother, voiced by Sharon Osbourne!
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 12:28:39 AM PST
What did you mean by "similar to what Filmation did back in the early '70s with The Hardy Boys"? I didn't get the reference.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 12:51:44 PM PST
Greg Ehrbar says:
Filmation's "Hardy Boys" had an animated pop band, but unlike The Archies who couldn't tour, The Hardy Boys were also a live band that resembled the animated characters that were created to tour.
Posted on Jun 11, 2013 5:05:16 AM PDT
Great & amusing review! :)
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