Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Exciting fairy adventure has loss, some scariness.
  • G
  • 2015
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Educational value

The movie is intended to be entertaining rather than educational, but it does further a pro-science, pro-animal stance.

Positive messages

Good qualities include curiosity, inquisitiveness, and independence; friendship, loyalty and teamwork; unconditional love; following your heart, but balancing it with your intellect; weighing individual desires against the good of the group; not judging a book by its cover; being willing to change your mind or make things right when your assumptions are proven wrong.

Positive role models & representations

Fawn is a big-hearted, rescuing, curious lover of animals; Tink and the other fairies are loyal friends who give each other the benefit of the doubt; Queen Clarion trusts the fairies to do what's right for Pixie Hollow in spite of their individual passions; the Scout Fairies are tough-minded and can jump to conclusions but are willing to admit when they're wrong. Diverse characters.

Violence & scariness

Gruff is a big, lovable furry creature with some scary monster transformations, including glowing green eyes, horns, wings, and lots of roaring. Several intense chase scenes with hawks or Gruff; some injuries are sustained, along with some intense storms and lightning. High-action warfare involving Scout Fairies chasing and immobilizing predators using nets, spears, and explosive sedative powder. Fawn and Tink both are injured and appear unconscious (or worse) but recover. Emotional intensity when Gruff hibernates.

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Language
Consumerism

Tinker Bell is part of a franchise of Disney products, dolls, and toys that are promoted with the DVD.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is a more adventure-focused installment in the Tink series. It focuses mainly on animal fairy Fawn and features Gruff, a big furry monster who's lovable but also can be quite scary. There are some intense chase scenes, a band of Scout Fairies who use high-action warfare to tame and repel predators, some fierce storms and lightning, and trippy graphics when Gruff transforms into a monster. Plus, Tink and Fawn are injured and appear unconscious and hurt. There's also a fair bit of emotional intensity in this film, particularly when friends must separate. Overall it's a testament to curiosity, heart, independence, the power of teamwork, and unlikely friendships, but very young kids may be frightened in a few instances or have questions about loss.

User Reviews

Adult Written byqt31` March 5, 2015

Sad & Scary

This was a terribly intense, scary, and ultimately sad movie. Nothing like any of the previous fairy movies. Both of my daughters, aged 7 & 9, were wr... Continue reading
Adult Written byHonestMom March 6, 2015

Parents beware!

**spoilers abound in this review** I am writing this review because my 8-year-old daughter is still sobbing after seeing this movie. My kindergartener just stop... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 13, 2015

Great!!

This was a really, really great movie! There are some scenes that may be intense for younger viewers. There is a sad scene (Warning spoilers!). Gruff had to hib... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 7, 2015

Best movie!

I have watched a lot of kids heartfelt movies but this one has to rise to the top. As many other kids do, I love and care for animals as well as the girl in the... Continue reading

What's the story?

In TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST, animal fairy Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) loves all animals, including the scary ones. Hawks, bobcats, rats, and more are never too much for her big heart and soft spot for anything furry. But when she discovers Gruff, a new creature who has come out of hibernation for unknown reasons, Fawn's tendency to love unconditionally may threaten Pixie Hollow's safety. Soon she, Tink (Mae Whitman), and the Scout Fairies learn that this time, Fawn has brought home more than she bargained for.

Is it any good?

This is a more intense, adventurous, vividly drawn installment in the Tinker Bell series. The fairies' friendships are a bit more in the background than in earlier films; instead, the focus is on Fawn's unlikely friendship with creature Gruff, her determination to understand him, and the importance of balancing our adventurous impulses with the safety of our community. The pros are big messages about the innate value of curiosity, inquisitiveness, independence, and letting yourself get carried away, with a clear admiration for kids who are compelled to stay up all night learning new things. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast also promotes a love of the playfulness and whimsy of animals and pets and makes a strongly positive point about not judging a book by its cover.

And the friendships are still important to the story overall; the friends always have each other's back, with a big emphasis on loyalty and giving others the benefit of the doubt, with bits of the typical fairy humor sprinkled throughout. But the addition of the Scout Fairies, a particularly formidable band of warrior fairies who protect Pixie Hollow like a team of Green Berets, gives the film a new degree of autonomy, seriousness, and action. That makes for an exciting, fast-paced adventure that references a little of The NeverEnding Story (with Gruff's playfulness) and a little bit of Ghostbusters (when Gruff transforms into a "monster"). Some of the movie's intense action and chase scenes could frighten younger kids. And there's a particularly emotionally charged scene, though beautifully done, when friends have to separate, as well as some near-death moments that linger. Though the action, positive messages, and storytelling all are outsize here, the overall intensity may move the age up a bit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about balancing your head with your heart. Have you ever wanted to do something big or scary that you weren't sure was OK? What happened? How did things turn out? How did things turn out in Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast?

  • How does this movie compare to other Tinker Bell adventures? Is it scarier? Is that OK? Do you think it's meant for the same audience?

  • Fawn sees something in Gruff that the others don't. How can we try to look for things in others that might not be so obvious up front?

  • The fairies need each other to successfully protect Pixie Hollow. Kids: Do you like working in a team? What sort of teams do you get to participate in? How do you help each other?

  • How do the characters in Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast demonstrate curiosity and teamwork? Why are these important character strength?

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