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"The Pirate Fairy" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Zarina is a dust keeper fairy that helps keep the reserve of pixie dust for Pixie Hollow. Not content to do things as they always have been done she experiments with creating different varieties of pixie dust. When an experiment goes awry she is banned from being a dust keeper anymore. Unhappy with situation she packs up and leaves Pixie Hollow.

A year later she returns, only with a far more nefarious plan. She has formed an alliance with a group of pirates in order to steal the pixie dust and enable the pirate ship to fly. Will Tinkerbell and the other fairies be able to stop her and return the supply of pixie dust to Pixie Hollow?

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2014, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 18 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu (voices)
  • Directed by: Peggy Holmen
Rating
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  • Violence: Cartoonish
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Thankfully things have improved a lot since Peter Pan was originally released. The Pirate Fairy land is more diverse and multicultural than before. Though aimed at young girls, both my young sons found it to be enjoyable. I wish that they had cut the few references to boys, or shoes, or pink things that were in there to make it as girly as it is. It only amounts to a minute or so of the movie, and would not have affected the plot at all but would have kept it from reinforcing those gender stereotypes.

For young kids, The Pirate Fairy will keep them entertained. For adults, it’s over in 75 minutes.

Technical

The presentation of The Pirate Fairy looks wonderful. There isn’t a bit of color out of place, no edge enhancement or banding to be found. The soundtrack isn’t incredibly aggressive, but dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

Extras

Deleted Scenes, a few featurettes including one about crocodiles, sing-along-songs, and a couple animated shorts.