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Alchemy comes to Pixie Hollow - a great new addition to the series.
on 9 July 2014
This is the newest instalment of the Tinkerbell movies. In this one, Tinkerbell and her friends have to work together to bring back the stolen blue pixie dust from a band of naughty pirates, led by James (aka Captain Hook).
Zarina is a dust-keeper fairy with alchemist tendencies - she undertakes various experiments with her stockpiled fairy dust, but to no avail, until a speck of blue pixie dust gets lodged in her hair, which she then uses for her experiments. With the addition of this catalyst, all kinds of exciting things happen to the pixie dust. It turns different colours and proves to have the ability to give fairies new and different talents. The potential social impact upon Pixie Hollow is, sadly, ignored, however, talent-switching means that the fairies have to work together, help each other out and aren't restricted to their specific niche areas quite as much as usual.
The story is really very good - we watch with our children and we have really enjoyed this three times through already. It's definitely the best of the series thus far. The pirate songs are hilarious and the voice acting is marvellous (with Christina Hendricks from Mad Men voicing Zarina and the rather deliciously louche Tom Hiddleston aka Loki from Thor as James 'Captain Hook').
There is little by way of peril and minimal 'comedy' fighting, so this really is suitable for very young children - we have let our 2.5 year old boys watch it with no problems at all. And our 4 year old girl simply loves it.
This is a far more balanced Tinkerbell movie - Vidia is less of a 'baddie' and Zarina is a super new addition to the cast. It's already a firm favourite in our family.