Light humor and suspense make up for a thin plot.
  • Review Date: September 12, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film offers nothing offensive, but there's little to recommend it, either. The bland plot may be okay with the youngest kids, but others may be bored.

What's the story?

While visiting a farm in England, teenagers Nellie and George -- she a discontented teenager and he an enthusiastic younger boy -- make the acquaintance of a fairy oak in the wild wood, and are ushered into the intrigues of fairyland. There, a rivalry between the Prince and his shape-shifting brother is afoot. At first, the children become the unwitting accomplices of the evil brother, but soon they wise up to his dastardly ways, thanks to some insider information from a hobgoblin and a company of sprites. With the help of the children, the fairy Prince regains his immortality, defeats his brother (though the last we hear of him, he's plotting his escape from the ice dungeon, setting the stage for Faeries II), and marries his sweetheart, a human he has transformed into a fairy princess.

Is it any good?


Although the plot of FAERIES is anything but original -- bumbling but triumphant humans in fairyland, the rivalry between good and wicked brothers for the throne, the destiny that is true love -- it's a proven product, and many characters in this fairy tale are appealingly sharp and droll. Kids pay attention, even though the Prince himself is a disagreeable combination of braveheart and milquetoast.

The production's biggest drawback is the startlingly realistic scenery upon which animated characters float. It looks and feels fake, like a bad diorama. Fairy tales should transport, but this technique just confuses things. When the landscapes are animated, however, they're often eye-catching; spectacular flaring colors of fairyland, and the green rolling fields of the English countryside. Here, and with the bright company of fairies, the animators get to impressively stretch their legs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences and similarities between this and other fairy tales they've read. Where do you think the film makers got some of their ideas?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1999
DVD release date:September 26, 2000
Cast:Dougray Scott, Jeremy Irons, Kate Winslet
Director:Nick Hurran
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Parent Written bycab777 September 21, 2013


I picked this show from my OnDemand selection after checking with this site that it would be appropriate for my 3 yr old twins. It's absolutely NOT appropriate for this age. The faces are quite scary and there's kidnapping, baby-threatening, scary music and so on. Kids this age don't have the necessary perspective for this. It's poorly written and animated so the site's reviewer called it inoffensive but they didn't consider it from a toddler's developmental point-of-view. I was wavering for a while (and shouldn't have), but finally turned it off when the villain scooped up a baby and threatened to harm it unless the heroes fulfilled some prophecy for him. My twins are still exclaiming "we don't like those bad guys" twenty minutes after I turned it off and they turned to another activity. Which is why I'm prompted to actually write something on this site. I'm not one of those over-protective moms, but even I was pretty surprised at how absolutely NOT for toddlers this movie is. At all.
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