George: There are no limits to what Jeff and I will cover for our readers. Even if that means sitting through the latest Tinker Bell home video release. Yeah, we both received review copies of The Pirate Fairy on Blu-ray and I felt a certain compunction to offer an official review. Surprisingly, the film wasn’t too bad.
Jeff: We’re obviously not the target demographic for this Tinker Bell films. Having said that, though, I’ve found myself enjoying a handful of them here and there. But The Pirate Fairy, to me, is certainly the best of the bunch. I mean, right off the bat, it has Loki as the voice of a young James Hook. Come on. That’s awesome.
George: Honestly, the voice work and animation really seemed leaps above all of the direct-to-video sequels that were released in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Granted, the Pirate Fairy is aimed at a specific Disney fan but it’s a film that has enough quality throughout that will make it bearable, if not a little fun, for every member of the family. Of course, I couldn’t get my 10 year-old to get anywhere near it. To me, it was so much more enjoyable than Planes (review link) that I was glad to see a well-done film marketed towards the princess/fairy fans. Plus, now I can recognize most of the fairies from Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom. I think.
Jeff: The plot of the film revolves around fellow fairy Zarina, whose secret experiments with the Blue Pixie Dust cause her to leave in disgrace. When the other fairies go after her, they wind up finding her teamed up with a band of Pirates. Through a series of mis-adventures, and a mixing up of their powers, the fairies win their friend back and all is right with the world. It’s a fairly easy going and simple to understand story. But, at its essence, it’s a thinly-veiled prequel to the tale of Peter Pan.
George: The moment I realized that Hiddleston voiced a pirate named James, I assumed that this was an origins tale. This is the third or fourth version of the Peter Pan tale that I’ve heard but it’s very cute and very charming. Speaking of Zarina (voiced by Christina Hendricks), she was definitely not as cute or innocent as the other fairies; I’m pretty sure she was designed to keep the dad’s attention while watching the film. But getting back to the story, it’s more than just a film about friendship. We see how it’s okay to follow your dreams and buck the system, even if it means going against the rules occasionally. Not that film will cause your little ones to rebel, but it still tells the story of a young lady that follows her dreams.
Jeff: Overall, I did enjoy the film quite a bit. Rounding out the disc is a handful of extras, not all that fantastic. “Second Star To The Right” takes a look at the legacy of the Peter Pan story, and how the filmmakers crafted the story to fit into the mythos. There are also a bunch of deleted scenes to help round out the story a little more (and in some ways, make it make more sense). But my favorite of the bunch was “The Making of A Frigate That Flies,” which was basically Tom Hiddleston talking for awhile. And since he’s awesome, I’m totally OK with that.
George: This really is a solid purchase for fans of Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow brand. It’s a fairly simple, yet engaging, story that is well-animated and well-acted. The story is good enough to keep parents and older siblings interested without causing a fight or groans of exasperation when the little one wants to watch this again. We’re both glad to see that a lot of care and thought went into what might have just been a cash grab by Disney. For the most part, it looks like Lasseter’s oversight of the animation is still providing enough quality to churn out well-crafted content.
Jeff: Agreed. I really do think the animation is pretty great for a direct-to-blu-ray release, and that’s pretty darn cool to revisit some Neverland locales in their pre-Pan state. (Skull Rock looks pretty scary in this film, and makes me want it to be a real place!) In any event, it sounds so weird for us to say it, but I definitely think this film is worth picking up.
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Communicore Weekly: The Musical!
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In this episode, they are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Communicore Weekly: The Musical, and have brought the actors playing the pivotal roles of Jeff and George onto the show to discuss the lavish anniversary production and to share the music of the show. Featuring all-new, all original songs from Amplify This Music (better known as the Communicore Weekly Orchestra), Communicore Weekly: The Musical will have you in stitches when you’re not tapping your feet along to the catchy tunes. Communicore Weekly: The Musical is available now on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and more.
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