Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is the fifth Tinker Bell animated movie that Disney have released. The geekdaughter owns and loves the previous four, so it was natural that as soon as she saw the trailer for the new one she wanted to go and see it. We’ve taken the opportunity this half term to enjoy some family movies together, and this one was high on our list. So yesterday the four of us traipsed off to our local multiplex, stocked up on popcorn, and settled down to watch.
In Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy we meet a new character from Pixie Hollow – Zarina the dust-keeper fairy, and we also discover that Pixie Dust comes in different colours, not just the yellow that we’ve seen in the previous movies. Events mean that Zarina leaves Pixie Hollow and Tinker Bell and her friends set off to find her. On the way we meet pirates, see what happens when the fairies’ talents get all muddled up and learn more about the origins of some of the favourite characters from “Peter Pan”.
Like the other Tinker Bell movies this one is completely suitable for children of all ages – there are some exciting parts, but nothing scary, and I had no qualms at all about the three year old geekson watching it. There are some good messages contained within the movie – work together to achieve great things being the main one – but you don’t feel like a moral is being heavily pushed at you. I always enjoy with the Tinker Bell movies that whilst the lead characters are all female they are by no means your typical “damsels in distress”, and they get themselves out of any pickles they might get into. I liked the way some familiar characters from “Peter Pan” were woven in to the story as well – we haven’t read that great book to our kids yet, but when we do they will find that it builds on what they already know from this movie.
It is probably popular opinion that the Disney fairy movies are more aimed at little girls than little boys, but we watched Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy with our two nephews, aged 4 and 8 and both of them plus the three year old geekson enjoyed the movie just as much as the six year old geekdaughter. So it’s definitely not just for the girls.
All four of us thoroughly enjoyed Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, and would recommend it as a great film for the whole family to enjoy.