Disneytoon Studios’ latest Tinker Bell/Disney Fairies movie, “The Pirate Fairy,” is set for a release date of March 3, 2014. “The Pirate Fairy” features two A-list stars: Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) and Tom Hiddleston (“Thor: The Dark World,” “The Avengers”). This is the first Disney Fairies movie to feature A-listers in the voice cast.
The “Disney Fairies” series is about Tinker Bell, the fairy from J.M. Barrie’s play, “Peter and Wendy,” which tells the story of the magical boy from Neverland who never grows up. After appearing in Disney’s 1953 animated classic, “Peter Pan,” Tinker Bell became the Disney mascot. In 2005, Disney announced plans to publish a series of children’s novels about Tinker Bell and her friends. In 2008, the first “Disney Fairies” movie, “Tinker Bell” was released and was a great success. Disney has since created a “Disney Fairies” website, published many “Disney Fairies” books, and produced three more movies and a TV special.
“The Pirate Fairy” is the fifth Tinker Bell movie. It tells the story of pixie dust fairy Zarina (Hendricks), who is unhappy and misunderstood. She steals the all-important blue pixie dust from Pixie Hollow and goes to join the pirates of Skull Rock, where she meets a young man called James (Hiddleston). James turns out to be none other than a young Captain Hook (before the hook). Tinker Bell and her friends set out on a quest to recover the pixie dust. Things get complicated when the fairies’ magical gifts accidentally get switched.
Disney has given some of the Tinker Bell movies brief and very limited theatrical releases before releasing them on home video. With stars like Hendricks and Hiddleston in the cast, they will likely do the same with “The Pirate Fairy.”
The Tinker Bell movie series are prequels to Disney’s “Peter Pan,” and are set before Tink meets Peter. Only the first movie, “Tinker Bell,” gives a nod to “Peter Pan,” with a mention of Wendy. “The Pirate Fairy” finally has Tink move into Peter’s world.
The next movie in the series is “Legend of the NeverBeast,” due out in 2015.
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