Judge Alice Nelson once took a fairy 'cross the Mersey.
Facts of the Case
Zarina longs to be more than just a dust-keeper fairy, but after she uses the valuable Blue Pixie Dust without permission, she is removed from her post until further notice. Feeling hurt and rejected, Zarina leaves Pixie Hollow, only to return a year later as captain of the Skull Rock pirates. When Zarina and her swashbuckling bandits steal the vital Blue Dust, it's up to Tinker Bell and her friends to find Zarina, and bring the blue dust back home. If they fail, the fairies of Pixie Hollow will never fly again.
I have three young girls, so when they ripped opened the envelope with Disney's The Pirate Fairy inside, I'm sure the squeals of delight could be heard for miles around. It's no surprise this latest installment in the Tinker Bell franchise passes the Nelson Girls re-watchability test. As I type this, they are on their third go round and this is only the second day the Blu-ray's been in the house.
Disney takes this brand new story and mixes it with some of the Peter Pan mythology from Disney's 1953 classic, and do so without making The Pirate Fairy look like a lazy ripoff of that earlier film. There are likable characters, an engaging story, and it won't suck the life out of parents who will be forced to watch/hear this movie coming from somewhere in the house many, many times over.
Though Tinker Bell plays a large role, this is Zarina's story. She is a well-meaning but careless fairy who wants to take the normally yellow pixie dust, and use her fairy alchemy to create many different colors that would make it possible for each and every fairy to master all the gifts which have to now only been available to certain fairies. Granted, her talents are overlooked by her superiors, but Zarina tries so hard to be seen as significant, that she loses site of what's really important. Soon her ambitions outweigh her friends and her home.
As is the case with any film, success lies in the writing, directing, and performances. The Pirate Fairy does not disappoint. Produced by Pixar legend and Disney Animation Chief John Lasseter, skillfully directed by Peggy Holmes (Wayne's World), and aided by a wonderfully written script from Jeffrey M. Howard and Kate Kondell, it's no surprise this is a solid animation flick.
The talented voice cast is led by Mae Whitman (August: Osage County) as Tinker Bell, a seasoned pro who has voiced the character in five films now. Mae is surrounded by equally talented performs like Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as the wayward Zarina, Lucy Liu (Elementary) as Silvermist, Raven-Symoné (That's So Raven) as Iridessa, Megan Hilty (Smash) as Rosetta, Pamela Adlon (Say Anything) as Vidia, Angela Bartys (Secret of the Wings) as Fawn, and Angelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) as the fairy queen Clarion. Finally, our favorite Asgardian bad boy, Tom Hiddledston (Thor), is fantastic as the charismatic pirate Captain James. Is there nothing this man can't do? He's not only a gifted actor, but the dude's got some singing chops as well.
The Pirate Fairy takes kids on a fun and fantastic journey with pirates and skull caves, magic, and friendship. Zarina doesn't see herself as important, and it takes her venturing away from her home to realize her friends at the Hollow always saw her as much more than she ever saw herself.
The Pirate Fairy (Blu-ray) is presented in a wonderful 1.78:1/1080p HD transfer that highlights the bright and vivid colors of this fantastical fairy world. Every color of the palette seems to be represented and offers a feast for the eyes. It is easy to hear the oft humorous dialogue from this 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix, which also gives a depth and richness to a musical score that includes the standouts "Who Am I" by Natasha Bedengfield, and my absolute favorite song "The Frigate that Flies" sung by the very actors who voiced the pirates. This is a fun tune that makes me smile every time my kids play it, which is quite frequently.
Bonus Features include…
* Second Star to the Right: The Legacy of Neverland—A quick look at the world of Peter Pan and the meshing of that story with The Pirate Fairy.
* Crocumentary—Is a very humorous and informative documentary about the crocodile.
* Deleted Scenes—With an intro by director Peggy Holmes and Producer Jenni Magee-Cook.
* The Making of "The Frigate that Flies"—Shows Tom Hiddleston and actor Carlos Ponce who plays pirate Bonito, recording their parts in this funny song.
* Sing-Along—includes the songs "Who Am I" and "The Frigate that Flies" with the lyrics scrolling across the bottom.
* DVD Copy and Digital copies
I love it when my kids find a movie they enjoy so much they memorize the lines as well as the songs. It's even better when husband and I can love the experience along with them. The Pirate Fairy is the kind of film the family can enjoy together for years to come.
Four out of Five Nelson Girl squeals. Not Guilty.
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