Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy” is the latest installment in the Tinker Bell film series and is set to be released to DVD and Blu-ray on April 1, 2014, and because of a recent cold spell (didn’t seem much like Spring around here last week with the snowfall) we had a chance to sit down and spend a bit of family time watching it. I’m not usually all that optimistic about direct-to-dvd titles, but with Disney ToonStudios recent productions, voice actors like Tom Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks, along with the D23 Expo coverage, I had a bit higher hopes that normal. I’m happy to say that my first thoughts were right and this movie is actually very good.
The movie is about fairies, each of whom have their own powers over things like water or plants. The fairies live together in Pixie Hollow and most of them coexist without incidence. Zarina (Christina Hendricks) is the central character in this film, but she doesn’t really mesh well with the other fairies. She is a dust-keeper fairy who is very curious about doing experiments with all of the different kinds of pixie dust, but she has been instructed not to tamper with them. Disregarding the order, she follows some “recipes” in a book and discovers that they work. Unfortunately, the other fairies are not too happy with her discoveries and she leaves Pixie Hollow after she is no longer accepted as a dust-keeper and returns a year later as a Pirate Captain and steals the Blue Pixie Dust. Now, it’s up to Tink to get back the stolen fairy dust and she sets out to do just that with her best friends: Wind Fiary Vidia (Pamela Adlon), Garden Fairy Rosetta (Megan Hilty), Water Fairy Silvermist (Lucy Liu), Animal Fairy Fawn (Angela Bartys) and Light Fairy Iridessa (Raven-Symone).
I won’t spoil the entire film for you, but there are a few high points of the movie that occur during this part of the adventure. For starters, there is a bit of comedy when the fairies have their powers scrambled with each of them assuming powers from one-another. To say the least, they have a bit of a difficult time dealing with the changes. There are some characters that are introduced as well, and one of the most important is a member of Zarina’s pirate crew named James (Hiddleston) whose identity will be obvious to anyone that knows “Peter Pan” or Disney’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” It’s not really a big surprise if you are familiar with the aforementioned stories especially when given the introduction of a baby crocodile into the story, but you soon find out that James’ last name is Hook.
Overall, the movie has a much better feel than you would expect of a direct-to-video release. The store is interesting, the animation is very good and the voice actors really excel. “The Pirate Fairy” is a great movie to add to your collection.
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Voice Cast: Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston, Lucy Liu, Raven- Symone, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston
Director: Peggy Holmes
Producer: Jennifer Magee-Cook
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Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.