Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is the latest installment in the Disney Fairies series. This time around the spotlight is on Fawn, the animal fairy. Besides the better animation, there is nothing that will win you over if you don't already like this kind of movies as the story is rather predictable. But if you are a fan of this series, you will also like this installment..
Without spoiling it too much, this is a story about Fawn ability to love and understand an animal, regardless of how terrifying it looks and against what others think of it. This movie also gets to explore a bit more about life in Pixie Hollow.
To say that the animation on this movie is better than on previous installments is an understatement. Since this film is about Fawn, her animation is way better than anything else seen on the past. However, the most dramatic change on this film seems to be on Fawn's personality, which is is more bombastic, akin Tinker Bell's personality, down to her mannerisms. This is not distracting, but it feels like she was more subdue on previous movies.
Even as the main focus of this movie is Fawn, we get to met Nyx, a scout fairy. I actually like Nyx sense of responsibility, seemingly contrasting Fawn's. This is just nitpicking for nitpicking sake, but where were the scout fairies in the first Tinker Bell movie? This is just to point out how the Disney Fairies mythos keep growing from that first movie, which is an aspect that I love of this series.
The movies on the Disney Fairies series follow a very straight forward story, with some a bit more sophistication than others. This story falls in the low side of the sophistication range. This is not to say that the story was bad, just that is was predictable. This charming story almost surprised at the inevitable end.
I was disappointed when I noticed that a rule established just two movies before was modified or bent to fit the story. When the fairies have to travel to the Winter area, they were wearing winter coats, yet they could still fly with their wings exposed. I thought that the freezing air in the Winter area would freeze fairy wings unless you were a Winter Fairy or got your wings treated by a Winter Fairy. They probably got some "special" treatment that no longer require frost magic from a Winter Fairy, but this was not addressed.
Finally, I feel this movie should have been titled "Fawn and the Legend of the NeverBeast" or at least "The Legend of the NeverBeast" instead. From the teasers, it is obvious that this movie is about Fawn, but it seems that the only reason it has TinkerBell on the title is because she would attract more buyers.
Overall, I like this movie a lot. However, with so many Disney Fairies movies in this series, it would take more to overtake the number one spot which I still hold undecided between "The Great Fairy Rescue" and "Secret of the Wings".
PS: This is the second story about one of Tinker's close friends. The first was about Rosetta in the awesome "Pixie Hollow Game" short story included with "Secret of the Wings".