My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that I like it that they did not make Tinkerbell the protagonist, and instead made one of her friends the main protagonist instead. The story is not really anything special, and it is a poor way to end the Tinkerbell franchise, but I will evaluate more on that later.
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The story begins with a newly designed Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin) tending to a baby hawk with a broken wing back to health, but the issue is that hawks eat fairies. hen I saw her, I thought we were being introduced to a completely new character. She orders a wagon to sneakily move the hawk through Hollow to freedom, but Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman) forces her to admit the truth. The two carry it along, but it fails when Rosetta (Megan Hilty) tries to help her remove the berries from the wagon (which is really a disguise). The hawks see them, and one almost eats Iridessa (Raven Symone), until she is saved by a scout fairy named Nyx (Rosario Dawson), whom also helps rid of the hawks.
Queen Clarion (Angelica Huston) shows up and nicely tells Fawn to cut the bullshit, and to take her job seriously, since it is safety that matters. After she lets the hawk go, she is attracted to a growl, so she goes to the depths of the forest to see a monster, which would be later known as the Neverbeast. Pixie Hollow hears the noise as well, and Nyx is hunting down the animal fairies as to what the scary noise, which they all somehow attribute it to Fawn.
While this is happening, Nyx decides to go to the library to do some research about the roar. She is told that the roar came from the rare Neverbeast, which reappears out of hibernation every 900-1000 years to turn into an even bigger beast to absorb all of the light from the stacks of rock he is building, and will use the light from the rocks and the green smoke to destroy Pixie Hollow. Fawn, whom has grown attached to him (naming him Gruff), meets Queen Clarion, only to see that Nyx beat her to it. They both plead their case, and Queen Clarion decides that she trusts both of them to do the right thing. Nyx twists these words to her colleagues that they need to capture and destroy the monster at Dawn.
Tinkerbell is taken to the hospital, while everyone else hides in their secret compartments to avoid the disaster that is about to take place. When Tink is woken up, she tells Fawn that the Neverbeast was very conflicted, and that he saved her from being crushed and killed by a tree that was falling over her. This causes the wheel to turn, since he is supposed to collect the lightning instead of it hitting the trees, and causing it to burn down Pixie Hollow. She explains everything ti Nyx, and they let the Neverbeast accomplish its goal. Fawn later writes down the entire journey, as the Neverbeast finishes up repairing the damage the lightning caused in the community, before officially going back to hibernate. This leads to an emotional farewell between the Neverbeast and Fawn, since they will never see one another again. I found this interesting, since I always thought fairies were immortal, and to figure out that Fawn will pass away within the next millennium was fascinating to me. There is a ceremony to this hibernation, and all of the fairies make sure he gets something before his rest.
The side characters are more of the same, but the mains were pretty good.
I am still baffled as to why they gave Fawn a new character design, but it is not badly animated. I like the design of the Neverbeast, and the textures they used in it. Otherwise, things are pretty much in the same quality in regards to the animation.
To be honest, I cannot really recall the music at all in this film. It kind of just had the generic score this time around, which is disappointing.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on December 12th, 2014 in Europe, and March 3rd, 2015 in North America, it made overall $31,178,525, which was seen as an underperformance. It did well enough critically, but like the others, not a lot of people review these films. The poor performance of this film, and the story issues in the seventh film caused all future additions of the Tinkerbell franchise to be cancelled.
There is no talk about this film to be honest. I guess it is kind of forgettable, outside of the fact that it killed the Tinkerbell franchise, and put DisneyToons into an unsure and unknown future.
27/40 = 68%
5 thoughts on “DisneyToons review: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”
I’m sad this is the last of the Tinkerbell movies because I really like them and I like this. I guess you make a good point about Fawn but it never really bothered me. I’m surprised you say it is the first one to focus on another character besides Tinkerbell when Pirate Fairy was about Zarina as the main protagonist. That is still my favorite of the series. That and Great Fairy Rescue. What is your favorite? I think they are all much more watchable and enjoyable than the Disney sequels but I guess that’s just me.
I just don’t see the reason why they had to change her outfit. What I meant was that they focused on a recurring character as a protagonist. My favourite would either be the fourth, fifth, or first one. I can easily say that the second one is my least favourite. They all have rewatchability though.
Yeah it’s a fair point about Fawn. For some reason I just didn’t really notice it. I guess I had enough spacing between releases to forget where you watched them close together. Second is my least favorite as well.
I honestly hope the live action Tinker Bell movie explains her meeting with Pan, the disappearance of the fairies, etc etc. That is a huge story potential right there.
I hope so too. I was thinking that they would get to it at the end of this franchise, but they never got to it, and it just established that the entire Tinkerbell franchise is pointless.