Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy

WRITTEN BY: Jeffrey M. Howard, Kate Kondell
DIRECTED BY: Peggy Holmes
STARRING: Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston
RATING: 3 stars
With fairies, pirates and magic, young children are sure to love Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy. Young girls will especially embrace the visual spectacle of the animation and the "girl power" themes, but young boys can enjoy it too. The film runs for about 75 minutes so it is a great choice for youngsters who cannot sit still for too long. As a Captain Hook origins story, adults will also enjoy the nods to the classic tale.
Zarina (Christina Hendricks) is a smart dust-keeper fairy who questions everything in her desire to learn more about the world around her. Intrigued by blue pixie dust, Zarina’s ambition and excitement get her into trouble with the other fairies and she flees Pixie Hollow to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock. The crew, including a cabin boy named James (Tom Hiddleston) - who will later become Captain Hook - make Zarina the captain of their ship. When Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) and her friends realise the danger, they work together to try to make Zarina realise the error of her ways.
Whitman and the other fairy cast members are solid and quite funny in parts. Hendricks is a welcome addition to the film and Hiddleston is also charming. It is not necessary to have seen the other Tinker Bell films to enjoy The Pirate Fairy. It is a sweet family film for the forthcoming school holidays.