It’s that time of year again! Tinker Bell and her Pixie Hollow friends embark on another adventure in “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”. With this being the 6th film in the new Tinker Bell franchise, have they run out of steam or have they finally found their footing?
The story focuses mainly on Fawn, another Pixie Hollow fairy who specialises in animals, mainly healing and learning about their habits (I think). After a mysterious green comet passes over Pixie Hollow, Fawn encounters a creature she has never seen before with strange markings on his back and glowing green eyes. So what is this creature and why is it here? As strange green clouds appear over Pixie Hollow and Gruff (the NeverBeast) acting oddly, is this creature a friend or foe?
As the resident DisNerd here at Reviewed, I have to say even I was thinking this might be a little bit too kiddie for my liking, and with it being the 6th in the series, you do wonder if they have any idea left. I was pleasantly surprised though. The Legend of the NeverBeast is a very cute story with some lovely sequences and manages to hold the attention of not only the children, but the adults too. With the story focusing on the character Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Godwin), it does take a slight sidestep away from the other Tinker Bell films. Tink does appear but with Fawn as the lead, it feels like a new film rather than a 6th from a series. The animators were also very clever giving Gruff qualities that are mostly dog like which definitely makes him more appealing to children. Yes he is kind of scary at times but for the most part he’s a cute big fluffy monster who’s just a little different.
…it feels like a new film rather than a 6th from a series.
The film focuses on the life lesson, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” and Fawn definitely always sees the good in animals no matter what animal they are be it Hannah the hawk or one of the many rabbits she teaches to hop. It shows that stereotypes may not always be right, which is a good lesson to teach children. It also shows societies response to the unknown is to automatically fear it. The storm comes and threatens to wipe out Pixie Hollow and the common reaction is “Who/What is to blame?” They interpret the legend to their own fears which can always be dangerous. Pixie Hollow misunderstands what’s going on and tries to make Gruff the enemy which ends up putting them all in more danger than they already were. Again, not everything is as it seems.
If you have restless children over the Christmas break then this will be a nice film to see that won’t have the adults pulling their hair out. It really pulls at your heart strings (with one poor child wiping away a single tear at the end) and also reminds us that, just because someone is different, doesn’t make them bad.