In Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, the seventh release in the Disney Fairies series, Fawn—an animal fairy who sees only good in every creature—befriends a mysterious and large beast she finds in the forest: the Neverbeast. It begins building strange pointy towers of rocks, and Fawn turns it into a game in order to gain its trust (after an Androcles-esque removing of the thorn in its paw).
At the same time, the scout fairy Nyx is determined to capture the beast because of a legend she found described on scroll. It appears to indicate that the Neverbeast is going to destroy Pixie Hollow when the green clouds come following the appearance of a green comet in the sky.
As with all of the Tinker Bell films, this one has a fairly basic plot, but that doesn’t get in the way of an interesting story. This is one of the reasons I enjoy watching these films: they are all just fun, and Legend of the Neverbeast is no exception.
The animation continues the trend of improving in details and clarity. The patterns on the fairies’ outfits are very close to photo-realistic, and the movements of all the characters has become much more smooth over the years. The animators must be loving their 3D tools now that it allows them the freedom of paying attention to all the details instead of just worrying about whether they could get the animation to work reasonably well.
The music is pretty standard fare for the series, so nothing really special, though it still fit into Legend of the Neverbeast without causing you to notice it and pull you out of the film. I really enjoyed hearing Ginnifer Goodwin voice Fawn; you may know her as the actress who plays Snow White in the Once Upon a Time fantasy television series. Her voice sounded pretty familiar when I first heard it, and I thought she did an excellent job here.
The target audience for Legend of the Neverbeast is still pretty young, and some adults may not enjoy it as much as preteens will enjoy it. If you let go your reservations of releasing your sense of wonder again, you can really enjoy this enjoyable frolic in Neverland. Let loose your inner child and think happy thoughts while watching this film.
Release Date: March 3, 2015 (USA)
MPAA Rating: G
Alcohol/Drugs: 0 (unless you count pixie dust)
Violence: 1 (minor fighting, scary images)