Cinema Review – Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Pixie Hollow is threatened when a green comet streaks through the sky, awakening the mythical NeverBeast. Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin), a fairy with responsibility for caring for animals, encounters the NeverBeast and, despite his fearsome appearance, soon learns that there is more to the creature than what meets the eye. When danger looms on the horizon, however, Fawn must face the possibility that she was wrong about her new friend.

Ah, the Tinkerbell franchise. Fans of JM Barrie’s feisty fairy may as well take a seat now; your outrage over how Tinkerbell has been changed is not needed at this stage, since the Tinkerbell juggernaut seems to be grinding to a halt, with The Legend of the NeverBeast seeming to be the final film in the franchise. That said though, there are some great moments in this new cinematic outing, and a rather sweet message for the little ‘uns in the audience.

The voice cast is made up of Ginnifer Goodwin, Mae Whitman, Mel B, Rosario Dawson, Lucy Liu and Pamela Adlon, making this a seriously female led film, and a film full of vocal talent that has been proven time and again.

In terms of story, The Legend of The NeverBeast is a classic tale about not judging a book by it’s cover, and standing up for those who don’t have a voice. The relationship between Fawn and the NeverBeast is sweet and warm; one of friendship, acceptance and curiosity. Of course everything in Pixie Hollow is super sweet and all about fluffy bunnies and the like, but this is still a strong message for kids, and something they can learn from. That said, there are sequences that drag on a little too long, some of the fairies are still unfunny airheads, and the super sweet, religious allegory filled ending may just make the film a little too long for the tiny kids in the audience.

The animation is incredibly pretty, and in creating the NeverBeast, Disney opened up a whole new colour palette for the film, and added a little more mystery and magic to the franchise. Of course, it doesn’t need to be in 3D, but these things rarely do.

In all, Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is a pretty film with a sweet message. The NeverBeast – a perfect mix of dog, cat and Stitch – is a lovely addition to Pixie Hollow, and this is perhaps the best Tinkerbell film of the lot. This is the second Tinkerbell film released in Ireland this year, but it is a huge step up from Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy in almost every way, but as to whether this film could reinvigorate the franchise remains to be seen.

Rating: 3/5

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