Get The Scoop Behind ‘Tinkerbell & The Legend of the NeverBeast’ with Cassandra Hsiao!

Tinkerbell Press Day
What is the secret of the successful Disney franchises? Not only has Disney mastered on-screen theater takeovers, but also the realm of straight-to-DVD movies. One of these franchises depicting Tinker Bell and her fairy friends has been extremely successful, literally hitting home with an audience of mostly pre-teen girls. However the 6th and latest installment, Tinker Bell and the NeverBeast, is sure to appeal to both genders and the whole family. Makul Wigert, the producer of the movie, spoke about why Disney movies resonate so well with audiences.

[They’ve] got an emotional part to [them]. They’re funny with both adventure and drama. We’ve had a fantastic run with Tinker Bell and her friends in creating stories about friendship and trust. It has always been stories for families to share with each other. They reflect qualities and attributes we all aspire to have.

Tinker Bell and the NeverBeast follows Fawn, an impulsive animal fairy who has a big heart. When she discovers a beast unknown to the fairies of Pixie Hollow, her heart and her head are divided on what to do. The Scout fairies that protect Pixie Hollow are lead by Nyx, who will take any measures to keep fairies safe. Nyx’s practicality juxtaposes with Fawn’s compassion.

Director Steve Loter was inspired by his family life in the making of the movie. He identifies most with Nyx as a parent.

Nyx’s point of view is [similar to] my job in taking care of everyone. I may be strict and I’m a helicopter parent. But the thing is, it’s a point of view. I may be a little too drastic in my discipline. It contrasts with Fawn. Fawn just sees that life is wonderful, whereas Nyx says to beware of things. It was important that Nyx is a character that didn’t come across as a villain. It’s an emotional story. I did want to tell the honest story of what I’ve experience with my family.

In the movie, there is no true “bad guy”—or at least one we would think of when we say the word “villain.” We see less and less mustache-twirling destroy-the-world type of antagonists in books, movies, and TV. Loter spoke about why there is no clear-cut villain in Tinker Bell and the NeverBeast.

It’s more honest storytelling… You’ve got characters who have strong beliefs—and they’re not wrong! Nyx is right—you do need to protect these fairies. But in the same way that Fawn needs to start thinking with her head, Nyx also has to start thinking with her heart. She learns compassion by the end of the film. For me, it’s a more honest version… Everyone has facets and shades to them.

The filmmakers wanted to make the minuscule fairy world relatable to audiences. Loter’s 8-year-old daughter is a gymnast and her gymnast friends wanted to see fairies who were like them—physical and tough. Loter was determined to represent the gymnasts in the movie.

That’s where the scouts came from! It’s a group of fairies that are physical. They do parkour. They jump. They’re able. I would like to hope that children see aspects of themselves in all the characters.

One of the new characters introduced in the movie is Gruff, the mysterious NeverBeast that is awakened once each thousand years. Audiences will definitely fall in love with Gruff, a hybrid of a bison, hippo, rhino, and triceratops with the qualities of an energetic puppy. Mike Greenholt, the animation supervisor, said that it took 70 versions of Gruff to finally arrive at the perfect form for his character.

As we were going into animation we had the challenge of making this fantasy creature feel like he was a living, breathing animal.

Though Gruff went through many evolutions, the final lovable product was worth it.

Tinker Bell and the NeverBeast is out on Blu-Ray and DVD in stores March 3, 2015!

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

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