Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast[5] is a 2014 American computer-animated fantasy film directed by Steve Loter.[6] It is the sixth and final installment in the Disneytoon Studios Tinker Bell film series, based on the character Tinker Bell from J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy. This was the final feature film to be produced by Disneytoon Studios three years before its closure on June 28, 2018. It is the last of the Direct to video Disney sequels after a 21 year long run.[7]

Tinker Bell and the
Legend of the NeverBeast
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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteve Loter
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Steve Loter
  • Tom Rogers
Based onPeter and Wendy
by J. M. Barrie
Produced byMakul Wigert[1]
Starring
Narrated byGrey Griffin
CinematographyNavneet Verma
Edited byMargaret Hou
Music byJoel McNeely[2]
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment
Release date
  • December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12) (United Kingdom)
  • March 3, 2015 (2015-03-03) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$31.2 million (non-US box office)[4]

Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Megan Hilty, Pamela Adlon, and Anjelica Huston reprise their roles of Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Iridessa, Rosetta, Vidia and Queen Clarion.[1] Ginnifer Goodwin joins the cast, replacing Angela Bartys as the voice of Fawn in this film,[5] Rosario Dawson joins the cast as new character Nyx.[1] Singer Mel B also joins the cast as new character Fury in the British release while Danai Gurira voices Fury in the American release.

PlotEdit

Fawn is reprimanded by Queen Clarion for an incident involving a baby hawk the former kept from everyone. After helping the baby hawk return to its rightful home, Fawn hears an unfamiliar roar and upon investigation, she finds a massive, unusual creature laying in a cave beneath the earth. Fawn tries to help the beast, during which, she discovers that the beast is not vicious and is moving some rocks for building purposes. Fawn stays to observe the beast, which she names Gruff, and helps it build some structures around Pixie Hollow, but has no idea why it was doing so.

Meanwhile, an ambitious scout fairy named Nyx investigates the situation, researching in the library to find out what she's up against. Using some information gathered from several torn pages of an undisclosed animal-book, she discovers that Gruff is a creature that awakens about once every millennia, when he will transform into a terrifying beast that could destroy Pixie Hollow with a mysterious series of events that culminate in a deadly storm.

Fawn reveals Gruff to her friends and explains that he is actually friendly. She wants to show him to Queen Clarion and reveal the truth about him, but after Nyx beats her to the Queen, Fawn decides not to tell her about the beast. Queen Clarion urges both Fawn and Nyx to work together and "do the right thing" regarding the protection of Pixie Hollow. As such, Fawn sets out to relocate and keep Gruff from the Scouts, while Nyx is determined to capture him and prevent the impending storm.

The next day, before Fawn could move him, Gruff disappears and indeed transforms into the monster depicted in the fairy lore, growing wings and horns. Fawn and Tinker Bell set out to find him before the Scouts do. Tinker Bell finds him first but he doesn't seem to recognize her. He turns and accidentally knocks Tinker Bell away, knocking her unconscious. Fawn finds Tinker Bell and lures Gruff to be captured by Nyx and the other Scouts, grieved by the fact that Nyx was right. Tinker Bell wakes up and explains that Gruff saved her from getting crushed by a falling tree. Fawn realizes she misunderstood the whole thing, and sets off to free Gruff with some of their friends.

Tinker Bell, Fawn and their friends successfully free Gruff, and though he is weak from the ordeal of being captured, he and Fawn start the defensive ritual. Gruff redirects and takes in lightning from the crumbling towers, but Nyx destroys the last one before Gruff can get to it. As the incoming lightning strikes ravage Pixie Hollow, Gruff saves Nyx who finally sees the truth about him.

With no time to rebuild the towers, Fawn leads Gruff into the eye of the storm where he absorbs every single lightning strike, ending the storm. Despite the success of the new plan, Fawn is seemingly killed. As Gruff mourns her, the lightning he absorbed makes a spark which revives the fairy.

For the next few days, Gruff helps rebuild Pixie Hollow until the time when he must hibernate arrives. The fairies sadly guide him to his cave in a sendoff ceremony and try to make his slumber as comfortable as possible, while Fawn passes on his legend to future generations of fairies.

Voice castEdit

ReleaseEdit

The film was released theatrically in selected markets including the United Kingdom on December 12, 2014. In the United States, it had a limited theatrical release, opening on January 30, 2015 at the El Capitan Theatre for a 13-day engagement,[10] and was released direct-to-video on March 3, 2015.[5]

Box officeEdit

Overseas, the film grossed $31,178,525.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 75%, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.59/10.[11] Metacritic reports a 52 out of 100 rating, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]

Cancelled sequelEdit

In addition to Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, Disney also had plans for a seventh film. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the seventh film was cancelled due to story problems.[13] In addition, Disneytoon Studios was closed on June 28, 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Labrecque, Jeff (November 10, 2014). "See which Hollywood star is coming to Pixie Hollow in the trailer for the Tinker Bell movie". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Joel McNeely to Score Disney's 'Legend of the NeverBeast'". Film Music Reporter. June 14, 2014. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "TINKERBELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST [2D]". British Board of Film Classification. December 3, 2014. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Alexander, Bryan (October 21, 2014). "Ta-da! Ginnifer Goodwin turns into Tinker Bell's best friend (fairy exclusive)". USA Today. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "D23 Expo: New Art From the Upcoming Disney, Pixar and Disneytoon Movies". ComingSoon.net. August 9, 2013. Archived from the original on August 11, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Desowitz, Bill (June 28, 2018). "Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive". IndieWire. Archived from the original on June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. Disney. 2015 – via Netflix.
  9. ^ Duff, Chelsea (January 26, 2015). "Olivia Holt is joining Tinker Bell's fairy crew". GirlsLife.com. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  10. ^ Beck (January 26, 2015). "TRAILER: "Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast"". Animation Scoop. Indiewire.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  13. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 3, 2014). "How Tinker Bell Became Disney's Stealthy $300 Million Franchise". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2015.

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