Sitting down with Producer Jenni Magee-Cook and Director Peggy Holmes at DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, California back in February, there was an overwhelming sense of joy and enthusiasm as they begun discussing the creation of THE PIRATE FAIRY, the latest installment of the Disney Fairies franchise, which hit Blu-ray and DVD this week. "I wanted to tell a story about a girl that makes a mistake," explains Holmes in discussing Zarina, the "Pirate Fairy" herself (voiced by MAD MEN's Christina Hendricks), and a new resident of Pixie Hollow that leads Tinker Bell and friends to a world not previously-explored in the series: Never Land.
"Christian Siriano was a huge influence in the design of Zarina's Pirate Fairy Costume, and it was a wonderful collaboration," explains Character Designer Ritsuko Notani, a Disney vet and longtime member of the Disney Fairies Team, whose credits date back to series' such as DARKWING DUCK and QUACK PACK in the 1990s. "For the first time in the Disney Fairies series, we've been able to show some of the most iconic locations of Never Land," she continues, sharing insight on the creation of both Young Captain Hook, and the new fairy, Zarina, in the new film, THE PIRATE FAIRY (out now on Blu-Ray and DVD).
I'm surprised that we don't have a copy of PETER PAN here in the archives of Rock Father HQ. While it was released as a Diamond Edition Blu-ray last summer, I haven't picked up a copy yet, and I should probably correct that before the film retreats into the Disney Vault once more. I still remember the first time that I saw the 1953 film - during a theatrical re-release in 1982. We'd gone to see it at the Park Forest Theater (then, a large, single-screen movie house that was a relic from 1950), and to me, the film seemed brand-new... and I probably thought that it was. It's been years since I've seen it, though the little ones and I caught RETURN TO NEVER LAND not long ago. My girls haven't seen where it all began, yet Never Land is a place that's oft-visited, through the tales spun in JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES, and the Disney Fairies realm. With the release of THE PIRATE FAIRY, everything comes together, as the film is both a sequel to the Tinker Bell films, and a prequel to PETER PAN.
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, somewhere deep in the heart of Glendale, California, I found myself entering the semi-secret location of what is arguably the largest collection of art - specifically, animation elements - in the world. With a collection estimated to contain over 65 million unique pieces of artwork, The Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) is "entrusted with the responsibility to conserve and protect the artistic heritage of Walt Disney Animation Studios," carefully cataloging and maintaining these true artistic treasures.
On April 1, DisneyToon Studios (the folks behind PLANES) will release THE PIRATE FAIRY on Blu-ray and DVD. Serving as both a sequel to other films in the Tinker Bell & Disney Fairies Series, and a prequel to the Disney classic PETER PAN, THE PIRATE FAIRY mashes up some fan favorites into a fun new adventure that I recently caught a preview screening of during a trip to DisneyToon in L.A. To celebrate the release THE ROCK FATHER and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have teamed-up to give you a chance to win a copy on Blu-ray combo pack!
On April 1, my friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release THE PIRATE FAIRY, the latest production to come from DisneyToon Studios (PLANES). A new installment of the Disney Fairies series, THE PIRATE FAIRY falls in-line as both a sequel to those films, and also a prequel to a true Disney classic, 1953's PETER PAN. While it's currently being shown in a limited theatrical engagement in Los Angeles, most will have to wait a few weeks to experience it... but if you want an early taste, here's a five-minute sneak preview to enjoy, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.