The Pirate Fairy

  • Review Date: April 1, 2014
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Amusing pirate-themed Tinker Bell adventure; some violence.
  • Review Date: April 1, 2014
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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.

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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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

Direct-to-DVD productions aren't usually known for being particularly high-caliber, which is why it's such a pleasant surprise to see that Disney is really paying 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the theme of friendship. 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 1, 2014
Cast:Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston
Director:Peggy Holmes
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Pirates
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2014
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4
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Love it!

It is awesome. I love the ending. It's so positive. Here's my scale: 2: off because of the pirates 3: pause, if your child dosen't like faries getting kidnapped, then off. 4+: on unless he/she dosen't like mean pirates.
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Parent Written byluvdaisys April 7, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 

Love this

Yet another great addition to the TinkerBell Franchise! This movie is appropriate for all ages... and is perfect for family movie night! There is a bit of violence with the pirates (Sword Fighting) but no one is injured... I have 3 children under 6 and am very picky about what they watch and this is one they will get to watch again and again!
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