I’m usually very hit and miss when it comes to Disney spin-offs and franchises but one that I will admit to loving is the Disney Fairies Franchise that was created in 2005.
Built around Tinker Bell, it expands upon the limited information originally given to us about the fairies and Neverland as their home.
The franchise spans across a wide range of media – children’s books, toys, a website, theme park attractions in Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, and of course the six films:
- Tinker Bell
- Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
- Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
- Pixie Hollow Games (a TV special)
- Secret of the Wings
- The Pirate Fairy
- Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Although it now seems to have fizzled out since the release of The Legend of the NeverBeast, it is still up there as one of the top franchises behind the Disney Princesses and Cars.
What I love about it, is that it took an idea from one of JM Barrie’s original stories and developed it into this rich and jaw-droppingly beautiful extension of Neverland. It’s also such a pure, innocent and happy beginning – every time a newborn baby laughs for the first time, that laugh travels out into the world and those that make their way to Neverland turn into a Never Fairy. It takes the childhood innocence and imagination from Peter Pan and magnifies it a hundred-fold. I believe Pixie Hollow to now be the core of the magic and I’m certainly more attracted to that than the adventures with the Lost Boys or battling with pirates. Yes, I’d be the person to shout “I believe in fairies.”
Secondly Pixie Hollow is also one of the most gorgeous and brilliantly animated areas that I’ve ever seen.
Lastly there are the songs that come out of each film. Some people will just call them generic Disney pop songs but each main song has a hugely important and powerful message based on friendship, belief, self-confidence etc of which I constantly want more.
Fly to Your Heart
Gift of a Friend
How to Believe
Who I Am
Like I said in my original Peter Pan post, Neverland and Pixie Hollow is the embodiment of my personal childhood imagination. I was a fairies and magic nut, and I’m still that to this day. Those of us who believe in fairies never truly grow out of it because we want to keep that little bit of magic and innocence and share it with a new generation. For who tells them the stories if not us.
That’s it from me.
What are your opinions on the Disney Fairies Franchise?
I know I didn’t go into it, but I’m a little gutted we never saw anything of Pixie Hollow or any of the fairies at Disneyland Paris. It would have been a nice addition to everything it currently has to represent Peter Pan, and it would have given Tinker Bell the meet and greet that a lot of us still crave. Anyway…
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!