Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is a 2014 American computer-animated fantasy film directed by Steve Loter. 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.
|Tinker Bell and the|
Legend of the NeverBeast
|Directed by||Steve Loter|
|Based on||Peter and Wendy|
by J. M. Barrie
|Produced by||Makul Wigert|
|Narrated by||Grey Griffin|
|Edited by||Margaret Hou|
|Music by||Joel McNeely|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Box office||$31.2 million (non-US box office)|
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. Ginnifer Goodwin joins the cast, replacing Angela Bartys as the voice of Fawn in this film, Rosario Dawson joins the cast as new character Nyx. Singer Mel B also joins the cast as new character Fury in the British release while Danai Gurira voices Fury in the American release.
This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (April 2017)
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.
- Ginnifer Goodwin as Fawn, an animal fairy
- Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell, a tinker fairy
- Rosario Dawson as Nyx, a scout fairy
- Lucy Liu as Silvermist, a water fairy
- Raven-Symoné as Iridessa, a light fairy
- Megan Hilty as Rosetta, a garden fairy
- Pamela Adlon as Vidia, a fast-flying fairy
- Danai Gurira (US release) as Fury
- Mel B (UK release) as Fury
- Chloe Bennet as Chase
- Thomas Lennon as Scribble
- Jeff Corwin as Buck
- Olivia Holt as Morgan
- Grey Griffin as the Narrator
- Kari Wahlgren as Robin
- Anjelica Huston as Queen Clarion
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, and was released direct-to-video on March 3, 2015.
Overseas, the film grossed $31,178,525.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 75%, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.59/10. Metacritic reports a 52 out of 100 rating, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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. In addition, Disneytoon Studios was closed on June 28, 2018.
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