As Disney's first animated film to arrive in theaters since "Frozen," "The Pirate Fairy" will and should be scrutinized to see whether the refreshing feminism in the Oscar-nominated fairy tale represents a fluke or a new direction for the studio.
So far, so muddled. "The Pirate Fairy" features an enormously likable protagonist in Zarina (voiced by
"The Pirate Fairy" is the fifth installment of the "Tinker Bell" series, which means Peter Pan's once mischievously perverse sprite (
Director Peggy Holmes' glittery romp offers plenty of pretty spectacles, but true flights of fancy — as when the fairies make an imaginary man walk and dance by manipulating an overcoat, tricorn hat and buckled boots — are far too rare. Still, the later fight scenes boast a witty jauntiness that say a whole lot more about girl power than the characters' shallow emotional journeys.
"The Pirate Fairy." MPAA rating: G. Running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes. At El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood.