Faeries

Movie review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Light humor and suspense make up for a thin plot.
  • G
  • 1999
  • 75 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycab777 September 21, 2013

Absolutely NOT FOR TODDLERS

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 appropr... Continue reading
Adult Written byAudreyHeburn1960 November 23, 2017

Flashback to my childhood

I loved this movie as a child. I was a big fan of fairy tales, and this one fit right in. I found the plot easy to follow along and fun. Now I think, it was not... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 8, 2012

Ton Mere!

EPICNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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?

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. But 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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