Disney has a mixed history with their direct to video films. Some of their pseudo sequels and prequels to their well-known feature films have featured subpar animation and lame storylines and music that just pale in comparison to the originals. But in the case of their Tinker Bell films which have all been direct to video, they have all featured excellent animation, great adventurous storylines and wonderful voice acting. They stand above the majority of their competition on retail shelves and provide a nice counterpart to their bigger feature film cousins. The Pirate Fairy is the fifth film in the series.
Tinker Bell and her fairy friends are enjoying life as usual in idyllic Pixie Hollow until a dust keeper fairy named Zarina steals the sacred Blue Pixie Dust and joins the pirates of Skull Rock. Now Tinker Bell and her team must embark on a wild adventure in order to find the dust and return it to its proper place in Pixie Hollow. But there is more at stake when Tink and her friends find all of their talents mysteriously switched causing havoc among them.
I’m happy to say The Pirate Fairy retains all the humor and quality as the first four films in the Tinker Bell universe. And for the first time we find links to the familiar world of Peter Pan that is only alluded to in previous films. The voice work here is top notch as always led by Tinker Bell’s usual voice actor Mae Whitman of the television series Parenthood. The animation is colorful and very well done as usual and the story is perhaps the most entertaining one to date. This one is a winner that the kids will really love and the parents won’t mind watching for the billionth time. And with the pirate angle you can even get the boys in more regularly with this one. Keep it up Disney!
The Blu-ray from Disney is excellent with razor sharp detail in the animation, bold colors and a lively audio mix. An overall great package and a great family movie night choice.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.