Review: “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast” Blu-Ray

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As the seventh film in the Disney Fairies series, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, will be the last adventure of the DisneyToon Studios franchise. They’ve had an excellent run with the series, with this latest adventure being perhaps the finest of the group which we were surprised about. As we watched the film, we quickly realized that this film was Tink’s by name only. Although Tinker Bell (voiced again very well by Mae Whitman) is in the film, she’s not really the star this time as Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) takes center stage in this one. Taking the focus away from Tink, and placing it with another fairy, was an excellent decision and made this movie feel very unique from the rest.

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The movie begins with a mysterious green comet, which has been said to be a sign of the NeverBeast, being seen over Pixie Hollow. The next morning, the animal fairy Fawn, travels through the village on what seems like a normal day. She’s spending her time helping the animals like she always does. You quickly realize that Fawn is very protective of all of the animals as she risks everything to care for a young hawk although it’s widely known that adult hawks will eat fairies. Although I’ve already mentioned Tink is not the main star of the film, she does play a roll in this portion of the movie. Fawn has asked her to create a giant wagon to sneak the hawk out of the village, but Tinker Bell has no idea it’s for the care of this hawk. While it isn’t as smoothly as she hoped, Fawn manages to get the hawk away with some help from the other fairies and promises to be more responsible in the future.

TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST

The story of the hawk sets the groundwork as Fawn’s adventures in the film are just beginning. She follows some strange noises, and large prints that go deep into the woods, and soon locates a creature she nicknames Gruff (it’s actually the NeverBeast). She notices that there is a thorn stuck in the Gruff’s paw and she wakes the creature when she tries to remove it. He’s not really all that happy to see her, but later, she manages to sneakily remove the thorn and befriends Gruff, helping him in his construction of some strange towers. Nyx, a scout fairy, discovers an ancient prophecy about the NeverBeast that indicates he will destroy Pixie Hollow. Will Fawn protect the NeverBeast or will she ignore what she has learned of him during their friendship? I’ll leave the final details of the movie for you to watch, but I’m sure it’s fairly obvious and predictable on where all of its headed as there are no real surprises with the story. And that’s not really such a bad thing for a movie with kids as the primary audience.

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If you are fans of Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies, this is an excellent Blu-ray to add to your collection. It has a surprisingly good soundtrack and visuals, and you get a few Bonus Features on the Blu-ray that are worthwhile as well. The features include “My Dad’s Movie: The True Story of the NeverBeast,” “5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff” and “Jeff Corwin’s Guide to Real-World NeverBeasts.” There are also a couple of shorts “Tink’n About Animals” and “Gruff Love.” To go along with the featurettes and shorts (and also our favorite bonus feature I might add), we really enjoyed the deleted scenes with accompanying intros by director Steve Loter.

Trailer:

Movie Details:

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin (TV’s “Once Upon a Time”) as FAWN, the Animal Fairy, and Rosario Dawson (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”) as NYX, a Scout Fairy, along with returning Pixie Hollow players Mae Whitman (TV’s “Parenthood”) as TINKER BELL, Raven-Symoné (TV’s “State of Georgia”) as IRIDESSA, Megan Hilty (TV’s “Smash”) as ROSETTA, Lucy Liu (TV’s “Elementary”) as SILVERMIST,” Olivia Holt as Morgan, Pamela Adlon (TV’s “Californication”) as VIDIA and Academy Award®-Winner Anjelica Huston (TV’s “Smash”) as QUEEN CLARION

Director: Steve Loter (“Tarzan & Jane,” “Kim Possible”)

Producer: Michael Wigert (“Secret of the Wings”)

Release Date: March 3, 2015

Bonus: Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere

  • 5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff: Uncover the 5 Essential Ingredients in making “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.” The 5 ingredients are story, design, animation, sound, and making Gruff.
  • My Dad’s Movie: The True Story of the NeverBeast: Director Steve Loter takes us on a personal journey of how his young daughter taught him life lessons that became the story for “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”.
  • Jeff Corwin’s Guide to Real-World NeverBeasts: From high above the trees to the darkest depths of the ocean, Jeff Corwin takes you on a wild adventure around the world where you will discover some creatures that actually exist in the real world.
  • Deleted Scenes with Intro by Director Steve Loter
  • Tink’n About Animals: From a float of crocodiles to a mob of kangaroos, Fawn breaks down animal groupings by singing her own catchy song.
  • Gruff Love: Meet the big, lovable star of the movie with this musical montage featuring KT Tunstall’s heartwarming song, “Strange Sight.”
  • My Dad’s Movie: Hanging Out at the Premiere: Now that you know how I helped my Dad come up with the story for his movie, join me as I get to see it for the first time. (DMA Exclusive)

DVD

  • 5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff: Uncover the 5 Essential Ingredients in making “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.” The 5 ingredients are story, design, animation, sound, and making Gruff.
  • Tink’n About Animals: From a float of crocodiles to a mob of kangaroos, Fawn breaks down animal groupings by singing her own catchy song.
  • Gruff Love: Meet the big, lovable star of the movie with this musical montage featuring KT Tunstall’s heartwarming song, “Strange Sight.”

*Digital bonus offerings may vary per retailer

Disc Specifications:
Feature Run Time: Approximately 76 minutes
Rating: Feature Film: “G” in U.S.; “G” in Canada (CE + CF)
Additional Bonus Features Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1.78:1
DVD = 1.78:1
Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = English 7.1, Spanish 5.1, French 5.1
DVD = English 5.1, Spanish 5.1, French 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

Bryan Moore

Bryan is a theme park and coaster enthusiast. He enjoys spending time at his favorite parks in Central Florida: Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In addition to theme parks, Bryan enjoys movies and gaming.

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