The Pirate Fairy actually isn’t a bad little film that, albeit geared more toward the younger age group, has some good animation and voice work plus the story is well written. While I might not revisit it anytime soon, it’s still a slight recommendation for families.
The Pirate Fairy
Genre(s): Animated, Family, Adventure
Disney | G – 78 min. – $36.99 | April 1, 2014
From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voiced by CHRISTINA HENDRICKS), 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 (MAE WHITMAN) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword against the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (TOM HIDDLESTON), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5
This release comes with a glittery and semi-glossy slip cover. Inside is the DVD Copy along with the activation code for a Digital Copy.
Second Star to the Right: The Legacy of Never Land (4:45; HD) chronicles the history of Never Land and the world created and offers comments from the crew about it and incorporating it into The Pirate Fairy.
Croc-U-Mentary (4:45; HD) is a featurette on crocodiles made for kids.
Deleted Scenes (9:34; HD) – There are four scenes cut and includes an introduction by Director Peggy Holmes and Producer Jennifer Magee-Cook.
The Making of “The Frigate That Flies” (4:21; HD) offers some behind-the-mic and interview footage with Tom Hiddleston (and others) and their approach to voice acting.
Animated Shorts (2:39; HD) – There are two shorts included: “Aaarrgh” and “Treasure Chest” for the kids to enjoy.
Lastly there are two Sing-Along Songs for “Who I Am” and “The Frigate That Flies”.
VIDEO – 4.75/5
The Pirate Fairy flutters onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition (AVC encoded) transfer. The picture, as one would expect, looks nearly perfect with brilliantly bright colors and excellent detail level like any animated flick should. The only drawback I could find was there are some banding issues in transition scenes but it’s not distracting or happens too often.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
Surprisingly enough, this direct-to-video release got a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio track which serves the film well, though it’s overly aggressive or dynamic. However, dialogue levels are solid and the sound effects, even by animation standards, isn’t all too bad.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, The Pirate Fairy actually isn’t a bad little film that, albeit geared more toward the younger age group, has some good animation and voice work plus the story is well written. While I might not revisit it anytime soon, it’s still a slight recommendation for families. The Blu-ray released by Disney has great video/audio transfers although the features are pretty forgettable.