The tale of fairies, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast” is a DVD that definitely benefits from its features that will charm even some reluctant male adults.

If you only know Tinker Bell as Peter Pan’s companion from the 1953 Disney animated feature, “Peter Pan,” then you’ll need an update. Not only has Tinker Bell become a symbol of the magic of Disney, she’s also the center of a fairy world created and expended by the Disney company since 2005.  The Disney Fairies franchise gives them a place  to live: Pixie Hollow.

The land is matriarchal or at least most of the characters are female. Tinker Bell has friends and they come with different talents and in different ethnicities.

In this animated feature, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast,” although Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) is in the title, the main action focuses on Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin).  Fawn is a Latina fairy who communicates with animals.

At the beginning Fawn has rescued a baby hawk but must now try to smuggle it out of Pixie Hollow. Hawks eat fairies and the scout fairies try to keep them out of Pixie Hollow. Fawn gets caught and the Queen, Clarion (Angelica Huston), admonishes her and instructs her to think with her head and not just her heart. Soon after, she hears a mysterious cry and investigates. She discovers the NeverBeast and befriends it, naming it Gruff.

A scout fairy Nyx (Rosario Dawson) also hears the strange beast’s cries and investigates. After she sees the beast she does research and determines that it will turn into a bigger beast that along with a mysterious storm could endanger Pixie Hollow. Between Fawn and Nyx, the mystery of the NeverBeast will be solved and, of course, Pixie Hollow, will be saved. The message is not to judge a book by its rough and big cover. It could be a fairy-eating hawk or it could be a gentle giant Gruff.

After watching this really female-positive feature (my husband groused about how few men there were and that they were geeky) we watched all the bonus features. The feature we loved was the “Tink’n About Animals” which reminds us that English does have specific words for animal groups. That piece was fun and educational and makes this DVD/Blu-ray worth having for all animal loves. It’s a win for girls and animal lovers everywhere.

Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere

5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff: Uncover the 5 Essential Ingredients in making “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.” The 5 ingredients are story, design, animation, sound, and making Gruff.

My Dad’s Movie: The True Story of the NeverBeast: Director Steve Loter takes us on a personal journey of how his young daughter taught him life lessons that became the story for “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”.

Jeff Corwin’s Guide to Real-World NeverBeasts: From high above the trees to the darkest depths of the ocean, Jeff Corwin takes you on a wild adventure around the world where you will discover some creatures that actually exist in the real world.

Deleted Scenes with Intro by Director Steve Loter

Tink’n About Animals: From a float of crocodiles to a mob of kangaroos, Fawn breaks down animal groupings by singing her own catchy song.

Gruff Love: Meet the big, lovable star of the movie with this musical montage featuring KT Tunstall’s heartwarming song, “Strange Sight.”

My Dad’s Movie: Hanging Out at the Premiere: Now that you know how I helped my Dad come up with the story for his movie, join me as I get to see it for the first time. (DMA Exclusive)

DVD

5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff: Uncover the 5 Essential Ingredients in making “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.” The 5 ingredients are story, design, animation, sound, and making Gruff.

Tink’n About Animals: From a float of crocodiles to a mob of kangaroos, Fawn breaks down animal groupings by singing her own catchy song.

Gruff Love: Meet the big, lovable star of the movie with this musical montage featuring KT Tunstall’s heartwarming song, “Strange Sight.”

*Digital bonus offerings may vary per retailer

Disc Specifications:

Feature Run Time: Approximately 76 minutes

Rating: Feature Film: “G” in U.S.; “G” in Canada (CE + CF)

Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1.78:1

DVD = 1.78:1

Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = English 7.1, Spanish 5.1, French 5.1

DVD = English 5.1, Spanish 5.1, French 5.1

Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

 

 

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