The Pirate Fairy

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Amusing pirate-themed Tinker Bell adventure; some violence.
  • G
  • 2014
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

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Educational Value

It's not educational per se, but kids will learn lessons about second chances and unconditional friendship.

Positive Messages

This installment in the Tinker Bell franchise once again promotes friendship, teamwork, and using your talents. The fairies work together to help Zarina and recapture the powerful blue pixie dust. Zarina's story line encourages viewers to think about redemption and forgiveness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zarina is a curious and intelligent fairy, even though she breaks the rules. She ultimately seeks forgiveness for putting Pixie Hollow in jeopardy. Tink and her friends all work together and learn how to use one another's talents to save the day.

Violence & Scariness

The pirates brandish swords, capture the fairies, and hold them hostage. They threaten to keep the fairies imprisoned. A baby crocodile bites James.

Sexy Stuff
Language

James calls the crew "imbeciles."

Consumerism

The Tinker Bell franchise is full of merchandise tie-ins -- costumes, apparel, games, apps, dolls, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The pirates drink grog.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Pirate Fairy is a direct-to-DVD Tinker Bell movie aimed at young fans of the popular Disney franchise. The movie focuses on what happens when one of the beloved fairies "goes rogue" and joins forces with pirates from Skull Rock to become the titular Pirate Fairy. There is a bit more violence in this installment than in others, because the pirates brandish swords and want to get rid of the fairies -- but no one is seriously injured (although James is bitten by a baby crocodile). This installment, like all of the Tinker Bell movies, focuses on the importance of teamwork and friendship.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bytheketters March 26, 2015

GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I watched so what I am 9 it is amazing I have like Tinker Bell from the start and watching this movie has burst my imagination and thinking out of the box. (And... Continue reading
Adult Written bySara L. December 27, 2016

Excellent film for kids

I'm really discerning about what my children watch. I try to stay away from the usual suspects--violence, name calling, foul language, etc--and I also try... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymurdermystery May 30, 2020

Creative and Fun for Kids

THE PIRATE FAIRY doesn't contain anything bad and it holds plenty of strong messages about teamwork.
Teen, 15 years old Written byOmelu April 23, 2020
I honestly just watched it because I saw that Tom Hiddleston was in it, but it's actually a really great movie.

What's the story?

In THE PIRATE FAIRY, Tink's friend Zarina (Christina Hendricks) is an inquisitive dust fairy who's tired of collecting pixie dust without properly understanding how it works. She asks her supervising fairy how the pixie dust is made, and he tells her that dust fairies aren't supposed to magically manipulate the dust, only gather and distribute it. Zarina decides to study magical books about how to conjure the dust -- an experiment that grows out of control and destroys parts of Pixie Hollow. Let go as a dust fairy, Zarina takes off and isn't heard from for a year, when she shows up unexpectedly to an all-fairy event and steals the potent blue dust needed to make pixie dust. Tink (Mae Whitman) and her friends follow her and realize she's not being forced to commit such a heinous crime -- she's the captain of a pirate ship! The fairy friends unite to stop Zarina from helping the pirate crew, led by clever cabin boy James (Tom Hiddleston), and make the ship able to fly above Neverland.

Is it any good?

Direct-to-DVD productions aren't usually known for being particularly high-caliber, so it's a pleasant surprise to see that Disney is paying close attention to the Tinker Bell series. As with Secret of the Wings, The Pirate Fairy has an engaging plot, impressive visuals, and standout voice casting, especially James ("the cabin boy with a secret"), voiced by Hiddleston, who's best known for playing Loki in Thor and The Avengers.

Yes, the fairies are a rainbow-hued group of diverse beauty, talent, and personalities. One of them, Silvermist (Lucy Liu), is sort of silly and ditsy, but even she's still brave and kind. And Zarina's story line is a clever way to introduce how we all make mistakes and deserve a chance at redemption. Parents and kids familiar with Peter Pan will love the references to the original movie ("Never Smile at a Crocodile") and will want to watch it after this fun trip to Pixie Hollow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of friendship in The Pirate Fairy. How do the fairies band together to help Zarina and save Pixie Hollow? What does their treatment of Zarina teach you about friendship?

  • How does this fairy movie compare to the others? Did you appreciate the references to the original Peter Pan?

  • The movie is a bit more violent than the previous Tink tales. Was the violence necessary to the pirate story? Why, or why not?

  • How do the characters in The Pirate Fairy demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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