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Peter Pan is a childhood tale that we’re all familiar with and love; and with a fantasy world as vast as Neverland, it’s only natural to be curious as to what some of the other characters’ lives are like. Disney took that ‘what if’ scenario and developed a new Peter Pan inspired adventure: ‘The Pirate Fairy’. A film that not only gives us a glimpse into the lives of the fairies of Neverland, but also introduces us to the origins of the famed Captain Hook, among a few other classic characters.
When I was on my way to screen The Pirate Fairy, the first thing I noticed was the racial diversity among the fairies. Female empowerment and diverse ethnic and racial representations in film are two of my hot button topics, and before even watching it, I was pleased with the direction in which Disney chose to go.
The story is about Zarina, a clever little fairy who rather than accept things for what they are, hopes to put her smarts and ambitions to good use by inventing new types of fairy dust that could help all fairies. When her experiments cause a bit of a disaster and she essentially gets chastised for wanting to be different, she runs away and becomes a pirate. Tinkerbell and her fairy friends then set out to bring her back, and encounter adventure along the way.
I for one appreciate the messages of empowerment and community that this film brings forth – and before you fall into the ‘fairies are for girls’ trap, rest assured that both boys and girls, young and old will find things to love about this latest adventure in Neverland.
The Pirate Fairy is out on Blu-ray combo pack on April 1. And for the musically inclined, the Blu-ray bonus features include sing-along songs!