Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: Disney’s “Pirate Fairy”

This review was first published in the Holyoke Enterprise 3/12/15.

Last time, I watched a LEGO superhero movie, so it’s only fair that I watch something for all the princesses out there. That’s right Dads, we’re watching “Frozen” again!

Just kidding; I wouldn’t do that to you.

Instead, I’m taking a look at Disney’s latest Tinkerbell movie, “The Pirate Fairy”. My wife is a huge Peter Pan nerd. She collects different version of the books, artwork, and figurines. Someday, she wants to get a Tinkerbell tattoo. It’s adorable.

Anyway, the movie. We’re introduced to Zarina. She’s a pixie dust keeper who questions everything about her world. Why does pixie dust make things float? Why do they use exactly 26 specks of blue pixie dust? Why are the specks blue? Are there other colors of specks? Can someone make pixie dust? But that’s forbidden!

At home, a speck of blue dust falls from her hair and she retries her experiments. SUCCESS! She runs to Tinkerbell to show her her discovery: she can create all different colors of pixie dust. When she spills a bowl of pink pixie dust on a plant, it grows so big that it wrecks most of the fairy village and spills the dust out of Pixie Hallow. Her boss, Fairy Gary, fires her from Dust Keeping and she runs away.

One year later, Zarina returns and uses poppies to put everyone to sleep at the Four Seasons Festival, then steals all the blue dust. What could she possibly want with all the blue dust? Tink and the rest of the fairies pursue her and find out that she’s now the captain of a pirate ship! The fairies steal back the blue dust but Zarina attacks them with her multi-colored dust and when they awaken, all their powers have changed. Unfortunately for Zarina, however, she didn’t seem to know that you can never trust a pirate. The fairies must work together to stop the pirates from flying out of Neverland and pillaging all the ports in the world.

With only two songs, I can’t really call this a musical. The songs are ok, but far from catchy. The animation is solid and the casting is really strong with the likes of Christina Hendricks from “Mad Men”, Mae Whitman from “Parenthood” and Tom Hiddleston from “The Avengers”. It’s a cute one-off Tinkerbell story that sort of functions as a prequel to “Peter Pan”, I guess, in that first mate James may or may not become Captain Hook someday. The message I took from it was to encourage exploration and thinking, but also that teamwork and determination pay off. Clocking in at 78 minutes, it’s not the WORST way to spend an hour and change.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Snack Packs

Lincoln L. Hayes is a former writer and columnist of the Holyoke Enterprise. He lives in New York City where he is pursuing an acting and filmmaking career. Follow his work at www.lincolnlhayes.com.

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