Follow Us on Twitter

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast - DVD Review

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

THE sixth installment in Disney’s Tinkerbell franchise continues the trend for becoming more and more visually extravagant but lacks the all-round entertainment value of its predecessor, The Pirate Fairy.

That’s not to say it’s a bad film – far from it. Rather, The Legend of the Neverbeast is a darker one in tone that pulls back on the feel-good factor and humour for long periods. You may even shed a tear.

The plot finds another of Tinkerbell’s friends, Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) stumbling upon a mysterious creature in the woods and befriending it against the better judgement of her fellow fairies.

Indeed, her decision to befriend the beast, christened Gruff, back to Pixie Hollow places her at odds with the leader of an elite group of protector fairies (led by Rosario Dawson’s Nyx), especially once it is revealed that the creature could have returned to fulfil an ancient prophecy and destroy their home.

Fawn, on the other hand, remains convinced that Gruff means no harm and so enlists Tink (Mae Whitman) and her usual band of friends to help change the Hollow’s perception of the Neverbeast and, quite possibly, save everyone into the bargain.

Directed by Steve Loter, The Legend of the Neverbeast moves at a nice pace and has enough to keep viewers of both ages entertained, especially in the way that it absorbs you in the plight of its central creature and even manages to deliver a poignant conclusion. If anything, the darkness has more in common with a Road Dahl tale than a Disney Tinkerbell film.

In that regard, younger viewers may find themselves shivering at some of the early, scarier moments, while Tinkerbell fans may lament the shortage of screen-time afforded to the central character herself as this is more about Fawn and the Neverbeast.

Criticisms and warnings aside, however, this is an endearing entry into the Tinkerbell franchise that succeeds in spite of the reservations and flaws that have hitherto been outlined.

Certificate: U
Running time: 76mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: April 20, 2015