“The story travels as fast as the fairies fly, but since it is a simple story at heart, the target audience should have no problem keeping up with the pace.”
Disney’s The Pirate Fairy is an animated feature that follows a group of fairies, including the well-loved Tinkerbell, on an adventure that tests their friendship and magic. Zarina has been concocting various Pixie Dust combinations, each color of dust representing the specific power it grants or strengthens. But she is met with concern and too many questions for her liking, so she quickly becomes a rogue fairy, escaping Pixie Hollow with the prized commodity of Blue Pixie Dust, and joins a band of pirates, seeking recognition for her hard work and ideas.
Tinkerbell and company quickly follow Zarina, hoping to bring back their friend and save their beloved Pixie Hollow, but the six fairies face a major setback as they realize their given powers have been switched. After some complaints about, and tests of, their new powers, the group are even more determined to find Zarina, not knowing that she is already feeling at home aboard the pirate ship.
The Pirate Fairy is the fifth film since 2008 in a series that features Tinkerbell and other citizens of Pixie Hollow and their magical adventures. The voice cast is solid, with many of the actors reprising their roles in each of the series’ films. The characters are each introduced in a way that will not be tiring to fans of the earlier films but is also helpful for new viewers (particularly when the fairies find they have switched powers). The group is comprised of a variety of fairies, each with her own shining and unique personality, which provides a great message to the younger audience.
The film never lags, not just because it is made for children, but because it sports a lean run time of only 78 minutes. The length of the film works to its advantage, catapulting the story from the get-go. The story travels as fast as the fairies fly, but since it is a simple story at heart, the target audience should have no problem keeping up with the pace.
While the film is cute and entertaining, it certainly is clear that this is an animated film made for a young crowd. Many animated films and shows, even if marketed to children, feature humor or situations that adults can appreciate. This film doesn’t delve into that territory at all, and earns every bit of the “G” rating it was given.
Review by Entertainment Writer and Film Critic, Bethany Rose