Pixie Hollow Games

  • Review Date: November 17, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Beautifully animated "fairy" tale teaches about teamwork.
  • Review Date: November 17, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The special is intended to entertain rather than to educate, but there are many positive take-away messages about teamwork, friendship, forgiveness, and perseverance.

Positive messages

Viewers see a main character reach beyond her own self-imposed limits and try something new for a friend's sake. Not only does the experience improve their relationship, but she also learns a lot about herself in the process. The story also incorporates themes of determination, teamwork, and being a positive role model, and its setting encourages kids to look at the world from a different perspective.

Positive role models

The fairies encourage and support one another's efforts, demonstrating sportsmanship and fair competition. Rosetta admits her mistakes to Chloe and makes amends for them, which strengthens their friendship and the effectiveness of their team. A competitor shows poor sportsmanship when he sabotages the fairies' equipment to ensure his own victory, but he learns the hard way that cheaters never prosper.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

This special is part of a large merchandise line of Disney Fairies products, videos, clothing, and accessories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful special is a must-see for fans of the Disney Fairies, and it doesn't disappoint those who've come to love the beautiful animation and feel-good stories designed around the popular characters. The story centers on two very different coworkers who learn to set aside their differences and work as a team, and the experience changes each one for the better. Friendship, positive role models, and fair play are celebrated, and the show inspires kids to look at their world from a new (and much shorter) perspective.

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What's the story?

PIXIE HOLLOW GAMES opens as the fairies and sparrow men of Pixie Hollow are gearing up for the legendary three-day contest that challenges the physical and mental stamina of teams from each division of fairies. Among the garden fairies, however, the mood is far less enthusiastic, thanks to their team's lengthy losing streak, but spunky newcomer Chloe (voiced by Brenda Song) is determined to turn things around for her crew. When no one else steps up, Rosetta (Megan Hilty) reluctantly agrees to be Chloe's partner, figuring their stint at the games will be short-lived. To everyone's surprise, however, they avoid elimination and start to work their way up the leader board, much to the chagrin of the games' favorites and past champions, the Storm Fairies. But winning it all will take a dedicated effort from both teammates -- and to accomplish that, they'll have to set aside their differences and set their sights on the ultimate goal.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Magic and mayhem ensue in this vibrant, engaging special that features the return of all of fans' Pixie Hollow favorites -- including Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman), Fairy Mary (Jane Horrocks), and Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) -- and adds a few new faces to the mix as well. Kids will be swept away by the movie's beautiful and imaginative presentation of this magical world, complete with tag-team leapfrog races (on real frogs, that is) and a team of butterflies who populate the scoreboard for the games.
 

This expertly crafted story is rich in positive themes like being a good sport, working as a team, persevering, and embracing change. Rosetta learns to see past the limits she put on herself and tap into an inner strength she didn't know she had, which might inspire kids (with a little help from their parents) to challenge themselves to something new. The Disney Fairies are a hugely successful franchise that markets everything from video games to kids' clothing, so there is a commercial tie-in to be considered here, but aside from that, there's a lot of merit to this sweet tale.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Kids: In what ways were Rosetta and Chloe different from each other? How did they overcome their differences and learn to cooperate? Do you ever have difficulty relating to your friends? With whom do you have the most in common?

  • Kids: What resources do the fairies use in their daily lives? How are their tools and vehicles made? How do they coexist with the plants and animals around them? Do you use your resources wisely? How might you and your family change how you live to conserve resources? 

  • Which characters here do you consider to be good role models? How do the different characters personify different positive attributes? How did both Rosetta and Chloe learn to adapt to each other? How did that make them a better team?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 20, 2013
Cast:Anjelica Huston, Brenda Song, Megan Hilty
Director:Bradley Raymond
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies
Run time:22 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 10 years old April 7, 2012
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4
QUALITY
 

Very cute! Love it!

This is a cute Disney Fairies movie. Chloe is a positive role model; she is determined to end the garden fairies' losing streak. Although Rosetta wasn't really trying, eventually she gets fired up about winning the Games and they do. The only problem I have is the length of the movie. It was only 30 minutes. I was very disappointed when I watched it.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 

It's okay.

The beginning isn't that good, Rossetea acts like a brat.She's all like "It can't be me competing in the pixie hollow games!" she's really mean and snotty towards chloe who is actully really nice and down to earth (you'll get my pun if you watched the movie). This really isn't a 'movie' cause its like 30 mins. Disney gets all excited about it and kept making these really dramtic carmarcels about it, it gets kinda annoying because the movie isn't as good as they said. It's sweet but short, and in the end the garden faries work togther and the movie promotes team work.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old December 13, 2011
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3
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Awesome movie

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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