|Zarina, in her Pixie Hollow Days.|
|Zarina, after she discovered how to wear the best costume I've seen in a long time|
This is really the first full-on Disney "song" of the series, and it's something I'm going to remember in amazement for a long, long time. The voice work, the catchy melody, the fact that Silvermist is so dumb she's going to dance along out in the open when they're trying to stay hidden... everything about that song just worked and clicked, making this really feel like a full-on Disney production.
In regards to the regular cast members, this is some of the best character work we've had since The Great Fairy Rescue. Every character gets a chance to shine again, and watching different personalities try new things with unfamiliar powers is a hoot. I mentioned before about how some kids see the fairies as "superheroes" and this is really the first time you see the powers used that way.
|Plus, the coloration redesigns are pretty neat.|
And then there's Vidia. Vidia, if you're going by the process of elimination, gets "tinker" talents, and watching her expression of horror as it sinks in is great enough to begin with, but her reaction every time she exercises her talent ("Okay, height and weight ratio is good, and if I can only find some ROPE.... *pause* *GASP!*"). Watching her flip out at being brought down like that and then learn just what her talent is capable of is more great growth for a great character.
All of the characters get some more growth. Rosetta learns to appreciate creatures she might not necessarily have wanted around her, Vidia gets her humility, Iridessa ... still stays Iridessa, but there's a few great moments where she's chastising Fawn for burning her name in a barrel with LASERS, Fawn remains the lovable tomboy, and Silvermist remains endearingly dumb. I mean, just watch this clip and marvel at it.
While the animation is a step up again from where it previously was, Zarina seems a little -too- lifelike sometimes, leading to some weird stuff in the Uncanny Valley (Google it, kids). The turn made by one character is lessened a bit after another character turns (if you know what Heel Turn and Face Turn from wrestling mean, you'll understand that) but I think it would have meant more if one character had shown more doubts about their actions rather than simply going along with everything.
Things also get rather neatly wrapped up at the end, with everybody just simply shrugging like nothing had happened a year ago and that what Zarina can do now is just completely cool with everybody.
Now, I was going to talk more about Disney's penchant for spoilers in this film franchise, but I think the fact that you go into the film knowing that James is CAPTAIN FIRK DING BLASTIN HOOK really spoils a huge twist later on. You don't know exactly when it's going to happen, but once it does, you're left going "ooohhhh, right, yup, I see where this is going."
Disney. Less is more.
This is, I think, the most solid of all the movies so far. It has the best interactions, it has a large, epic plot that doesn't just reply on "oh no, the seasons are going crazy again," and Tom Hiddleston plays a wonderfully wicked James. There are great sword fights and action sequences, lots of twists and turns, and huge stunts done with fairy talents that we've never seen anything even remotely like before.
I don't endorse watching things without paying for them, but there's a lot of cough "clips" of the movie on Youtube to watch, and if you're going to watch one without watching them all, I think this one is really the best one to do it with.
Besides The Great Fairy Rescue, this is the movie that's going to put this franchise on my Top Eleven at the end of the year. It's just all-around FUN.
First, there's just something about watching a group of goofballs drive the "stoic" one insane.
Then there's this one, which I may or may not just toss on if I want a good laugh.