On my fun-filled trip to Los Angeles with Disney, I got the chance to screen Disney’s Pirate Fairy, a cute, Peter-Pan inspired film that is coming out on DVD + Blu-ray April 1st. I liked it when I saw it in LA, but I absolutely loved watching it with my kiddos!
From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina, a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James, who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook, himself. Enjoy the laughter, heart, magic and thrills of The Pirate Fairy.
Disney sent us the Pirate Fairy DVD in advance to watch at home. I like that Tinkerbell and the rest of the fairies we all know and love star in the film, and a new fairy, Zarina, is introduced. A young version of Captian Hook is introduced as the lead pirate, and Crocky is a baby crocodile that would soon be the crocodile from the Peter Pan movie. I love how they tie in each of the films, Disney is so creative!
After we screened the film in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Studios, the director Peggy Holmes and Producer Jenni Magee-Cook took a few questions that we had about the film. Here are some fun facts that we learned about the making of Pirate Fairy.
– Christine Hendricks was their first choice when casting the voice for Zarina. She had to be powerful, yet vulnerable, and super sweet with a tough enough attitude to be able to run with the pirates. Hendricks has a passion for this, so she was really excited to voice a fairy.
– Tom Hiddleston, the voice of Captain James, is a triple threat. He can sing, dance and act, so it was fitting for the captains larger than life role. He performed the 20-something year old pirate, who will soon be turned into the villainous Captain Hook, so believably well!
– When developing the story, the Pirate Fairy team knew that they wanted the new fairy, Zarina, to make a mistake and run away from home. It took a 2 hour creative meeting where they threw out ideas about what would happen, where she’d go and the like. John Lasseter, seemed to have a light bulb moment, when he suggested that Zarina run away with the pirates of Neverland. From there, the story flourished and they would be able to tie in all of the Peter Pan references.
– Start to finish, Pirate Fairy was made in 15 months. It was actually very fast, they knew where they were going with the story early on, so that helped.
– These types of films are not generally directed towards a boys audience, but they have been showing boys screenings of the film and many of them are laughing right along! Magee-Cook’s 13 year old son thought it was hilarious and, because it’s her movie, noted, “I’m not just kissing up to you, mom!” I guess he really liked it!
– The ‘tick-tock’ sound of the clock was pulled from the original Peter Pan movie! Also, Holmes’ sons initials are on the clock, and one of their daughters names is on a cigar box. You might also recognize a Treasure Island scene, or where Captain James picks up a ‘hook’ at the end. They love to do little quirky things and additions like that, some things you will catch and they are really neat to see.
– The team hired a pirate consultant, a stenographer to hop aboard a real ship and take photos from a fairy’s point of view. They wanted to be sure that the movie was believable, that they were using the correct terminology and setting, and that the fairies were scaled properly to the things around them. So much research for an animated film!
The movie has a great balance of Pirate adventures and whimsical, sweet fairies, both of my kids were intrigued by the story and the characters alike. I have a boy and a girl, and I sometimes have issues with pleasing both of them in one sitting. It’s always princess flower fairy movies for my daughter, and monster cars and trucks movies for my son, there’s is rarely anything in between. They both loved the movie, they had plenty of hearty laughs, wonder, and excitement to go around!
Be sure to grab Disney’s Pirate Fairy, it’s out on DVD + Blu-ray combo pack on April 1st, 2014!
This is not a compensated event. Travel, lodging and other logistics provided by Disney.