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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
The Tinkering of an Animal Fairy, with the Mystery of Something Gruff:
Within the Realms of Pixie Hollow, lives an Animal Fairy: who goes by the name of Fawn. A friend of Tinker Bells, with a Heart of Gold, and a scatty personality - that sees her caring, for ALL the Woodland Critters (even a baby Hawk). Yet Fawn's Heart, at logger-heads with her Head, sees her test the patience, of both Queen Clarion, and her Scout Fairy protector (called Nyx). Akin to Tinker Bell, is Fawn unable to resist, the mystery of a Forest Growl. Thus, do the adventures of Fawn begin! I like the fact that this film's storyline, revolves around a single (main) theme: that it's best not to judge a book by it's cover. At first, does the NeverBeast - scare Fawn. At second, does the NeverBeast - scare me! (as he lives within some darkened woods). But with persistence, does Fawn - learn more about the NeverBeast, as she seeks to earn his trust. My three favourite comedy scenes are: when Fawn first meets the NeverBeast (as she plays dead, then freezes, then LOOKS BIG - all with a twist of scatty), when Fawn does her Monkey impression (I almost fell off my seat - especially with the irony of Nyx's stern face), and when Fawn's dressed in Fur (to catch the attention of the NeverBeast - as this seems more befitting of Rosetta!). I initially found it odd, that this film focused primarily on Fawn - yet after watching several times, I have found myself impressed by this approach: as Fawn is the only Fairy, that could have befriended the NeverBeast! Even accounting for the fact, that it's Fawn that removes the thorn from the NeverBeast's paw - I feel that the magic of the storyline, stems from the bond, that's found between Fawn and the NeverBeast: as she's his friend! Whilst I understand where Nyx (the Scout Fairy) is coming from, I feel that her character, could have been more investigative (like Fawn's) - as opposed to being tunnel-visioned: just out to get the NeverBeast. Overall: a film that's less about Tinker Bell (although she's still in it), that's more about Fawn (who holds the film - being just as scatty as Tinker Bell), that's entwined with mystery (green clouds, comets plus stars, and the building of four towers), that's also able to bury-down-deep within your emotions, and make you cry (as this films something of a Tear Jerker - especially at the end, when the Fairies of Pixie Hollow, have to say goodbye to the NeverBeast, their friend).
Yo ho, yo ho, a fairies life for me! Shiver me wings, swab the dust, it's off to the screen we go:
Tinker Bell is not the only tinkerer within Pixie Hollow, there's also her Dust-Keeper Fairy friend: Zarina. Whilst Tinker Bell tinkers with Lost Things, Zarina tinkers with Pixie Dust: she is fascinated by its colours, and wants to learn all she can about it! Even so, Zarina still has an important task to perform (just like the other Dust Keepers): she helps to gather Pixie Dust and distribute it amongst the fairies - which in turn, is what allows them to fly and (for example) is what allows Silvermist to control water. Zarina does not stop there though: she likes to experiment with Pixie Dust, which eventually causes an incident within Pixie Hollow, and she is forced to run away. There's a fair amount of comedy within this film - and I have several favourite scenes. The first, is when Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Fawn, Iridessa, Rosetta and Vidia have their powers swapped - as it takes them a while to figure out how to use their new powers: Tinker Bell ends up soaking everybody, when she touches a water fall (as she is now a Water Fairy). The second, is when Rosetta accidentally befriends a baby crocodile - as he's the cutest crocodile I've ever seen: Rosetta is seen by him as his Mum, and he follows her to the Pirate Ship, where he helps to protect Rosetta (by biting some Pirates), before he eventually develops a Tick-Tock Tick-Tock (sound). The third, is when the Pirates break into their sing song - as they (easily) have you tapping your feet: they dance around the decks, swing around the masts and soap ski on the deck! The dancing and singing Pirates actually caused me to forget that they are indeed Pirates, and I was shocked when they suddenly take control of the Pirate Ship (and capture the Pirate Fairy). My favourite (comedy) character is Rosetta: it makes me laugh when Fawn (accidentally) damages her hair! Overall: An enjoyable tale that bridges the gap between Tinker Bell and the Neverland/Peter Pan tales. I have been impressed by the films storyline (throughout), and have also been impressed by the films special effects, especially towards the end - when Zarina returns to Pixie Hollow, and helps Tinker Bell (plus friends) put on an amazing light show.
Curiosity, Chance and Snow, combine with Tinker Bell, to create a magical tale:
Although Tinker Bell is a Summer fairy, her adventurous nature gives rise to the idea of meeting a Winter fairy (and exploring the Winter Woods). As it is forbidden for Summer and Winter fairies to interact, Tinker Bell acts in secret: travelling to Winter, when the curiosity over her glowing wings becomes too great. I found the storyline to be totally engaging, and have been fully sold on the idea that fairies can have sisters. My three favourite scenes are: when Tinker Bell meets her Frost Fairy sister Periwinkle (as they both get to see how they were born from the same babies laugh), when Periwinkle shows Tinker Bell around the Winter Woods (as they both go figure skating and end-up in a heap of snow) and when Periwinkle is surrounded by butterfly's (as she is passionate about them - and wished that she could meet them). I like the transition from hard Winter to soft Winter, as the boundary between them melts away. This happens both in terms of characters (e.g. Winter fairy Spike has a similar personality to Summer fairy Vidia) and in terms of plot (e.g. both Summer and Winter fairies have to work together to save the Pixie Tree/Pixie Hollow). I also like the fact that Tinker Bells character has evolved: she is prepared to risk injury to herself, for the sake of others. Overall: An amazing tale that captures the magical fun of Winter, yet at the same time, shows the similarities between Summer and Winter (Silver Mist skies on water, whilst Frost Fairies ski on snow).
I like the way that Tinker Bells inquisitive personality is portrayed within:
Despite being told that humans and fairies don't mix, Tinker Bell is unable to resist tinkering with a horse-less carriage, which eventually leads her to meet Lizzy, a young girl whose fascinated by fairies. Lizzy and her father are at logger-heads over her stance/belief in fairies, and Tinker Bell eventually manages to fix this. My three favourite comedy scenes are: when Fawn twists her leg back into shape (only to discover it is in fact Rosetta's leg), Rosetta initially refusing to cross a river of mud (although she is in-fact a Garden Fairy) and when the fairies take it in turns to bonk down on Clanks head (just after they opened the door to the human house). The film has helped me to remember something: even when snowed under, you should still take some time for yourself/family, even if its just for a couple of minutes, to help remember how great it is to be alive! I just love that saying: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust!
Responsibility and Adventure go hand-in-hand within Tinker Bells next movie:
I like the fact that the term lost treasure has several meanings within the storyline, with each meaning stemming from the fact that Tinker Bell is still finding her feet. The first treasure Tinker Bell loses is her friend Terence - when she is mean to him. The second treasure Tinker Bell loses is the Moonstone - when it gets smashed to bits. The third treasure Tinker Bell loses is her wish - when she blames Blaze for things going wrong. In each case, its really Tinker Bells temper that has caused the issue. Yes there's a treasure quest (to retrieve a magic mirror from an old Pirate Ship), but the quest is also about Tinker Bell learning to control her temper and learning to take responsibility for her actions. My three favourite comedy scenes are: when Tinker Bell is passed out on the floor (when learning that the Moonstone is one of a kind), when Fairy Mary is passed out on the floor (when seeing what Tinker Bell has done to the Moonstone) and when Bobble/Clank both get fired from their fireworks machine (as rope was hooked around their feet). Overall: an enjoyable tale that helps teach you the facts that not all treasures are gemstones and true treasures are only ever in your heart.
I have spent my Easter in the company of the flu and the movie Tinker Bell:
I've now watched it four times - and have started feeling much better! I like the idea that fairies are born from a babies laugh, and in the case of Tinkerbell, a single dandelion leaf blown upon a wind to Pixie Hollow, where Pixie Dust adds the final touch. Tinkerbell starts out feeling somewhat lost, as she initially fights against her tinkering talent. This leads to some of my favourite scenes: trying to learn the talents of a water fairy (causing a large dew spot to land on her friends), trying to learn the talents of light/sun fairies (causing her to be chased by fire bugs), trying to teach a baby bird to fly (causing some hilarious footage in the birds nest). My funniest scene is when Tinkerbell builds her flower sprayer and ends up spraying purple paint all over the Minister of Spring. A clash of personalities occurs with Vidia, who has her chasing down the Sprinting Thistles, eventually leading to the ruin of Spring. Fortunately, Tinkerbell then embraces her tinkering talent and helps to save the day! Watching Tinkerbell has helped me realise that its really just tinkering we do on a daily basis to help defeat whatever challenges are sent our way.