Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Parent Review
Tinker Bell’s name may be on the marquee, yet she is more of an executive producer than a star in this animation. Although she (voice of Mae Whitman) lends her celebrity clout to the film and makes a couple of appearances, this story really should have been called “Fawn” and the Legend of the NeverBeast.
For a direct-to-DVD series, Disney’s Tinker Bell franchise boasts a lot of big names and this one is no different. Mae Whitman, Anjelica Huston, Lucy Liu, Rosario Dawson, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Chenoweth, American Ferrera, Tom Hiddleston and Raven-Symoné have all lent their vocal talents to the inhabitants of Pixie Hollow. Now the DisneyToon Studio is releasing its seventh Tinker Bell adventure, this time featuring the voice work of Ginnifer Goodwin as the animal loving fairy Fawn.
Fawn, who apparently has a new look for this movie as well, is one of those naive, saccharine-sweet, trusting types than somehow tootles through life sidestepping all kinds of potential hazards. In her case, those risks are most often associated with animals. Her penchant for bringing home injured or abandoned “pets” is legendary and we’re not talking lost kittens and puppies. In the past she he has brought home rats and a baby falcon, both animals that like to lunch on fairies. Fawn’s fondness causes huge concerns for Nyx (voice of Rosario Dawson) and the other security fairies that have to protect Pixie Hollow. So it is no surprise Nyx wants Queen Clarion (voice by Anjelica Huston) to make Fawn live by the same rules as everyone else.
Fawn promises, but of course we know that won’t last long because from the very beginning of this movie the message is hammered home that Fawn never judges a book (or an animal) by its cover. Instead, she looks inside their heart and only sees the good. (This production might be aimed at 3 to 7-year-olds, however you can bet when they are older some kids will try to use this same argument when bringing home a boy or girl you’re not wild about them dating.)
This time Fawn’s rescue project happens to be a humongous NeverBeast with glowing green eyes and sharp teeth. He roars and smashes things, and according to legend, is supposed to destroy Pixie Hollow. Still, Fawn isn’t concerned when her new friend Gruff wipes out part of their sunflower crop, or sprouts wings, or apparently contributes to the gathering storm clouds. In her mind, “everything is awesome.”
Unfortunately all is not so awesome. And before the inevitable syrupy ending arrives, where Fawn is proven right (which we never doubt will happen), the fairies experience numerous moments of peril and some outright danger including a huge lightening storm, explosions and serious injury for two little fairies.
While that content might be okay for older children, it may prove to be a problem for younger or more sensitive viewers who are expecting a little more pixie dust and a little less action warfare from a Tink adventure.Directed by Steve Loter. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Anjelica Huston, Mae Whitman. Running time: 76 minutes. Updated March 5, 2015
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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Parents Guide
From the Studio: Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can’t judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren’t so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast. - Written by DisneyToon Studios
Talk about the movie with your family… Fawn has a very compassionate heart and wants to help others. Are there times when her desires threaten the safety of the fairies in Pixie Hollow? How do Tinker Bell and her friends help Fawn deal with the NeverBeast?
Are Nyx and the other security guards only trying to do their job of protecting the fairies in Pixie Hollow? How can our responsibilities give us a different perspective on a situation?
Previous to the release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, it had been rumored that the seventh and eighth movies had been canceled because sales of DVDs and merchandise were dropping off. How do you feel about this production and its ability to bolster the franchise’s future chances for success?