The appearance of a strange green comet upsets the inhabitants of Pixie Hollow in "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast," the latest installment in Disney's popular franchise centered on the
The comet wakes the Neverbeast, a shaggy, green-eyed creature whose appearance suggests a mixture of an opossum, a flat-faced dog and one of Maurice Sendak's Wild Things.
Tinker Bell's friend Fawn (voiced by
The presence of the huge beast upsets Nyx (
"Legend of the Neverbeast" looks a lot like "Strange Magic," which was released last week by Disney's Touchstone division. Both films feature lots of scenes of fairies with insect wings twirling and darting amid flowers and forests.
Although it was made on a smaller budget, "Neverbeast" is a more coherent and entertaining film than the bizarre jukebox musical "Strange Magic." And for the elementary schoolgirls who make up the target audience, "Legend of the Neverbeast" is a welcome visit with their favorite characters, even though Tink herself (
"Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast"
MPAA rating: G
Running time: 1 hour, 16 minutes