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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to be entertaining rather than educational, but it does further a pro-science, pro-animal stance.
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
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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Products & Purchases
Tinker Bell is part of a franchise of Disney products, dolls, and toys that are promoted with the DVD.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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