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Parents need to know that Pixie Hollow Games 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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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?
Magic and mayhem ensue in this vibrant, engaging special that features the return of all of fans' Pixie Hollow favorites. Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman), Fairy Mary (Jane Horrocks), and Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) are here, and a few new faces are in the mix as well. Kids will be swept away by Pixie Hollow Games' 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.
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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 in Pixie Hollow Games? 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?
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Character Strengths: Integrity, Teamwork
- Run time: 22 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
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