Our family were delighted to be invited to the gala screening of Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. This took place at the Vue cinema in Leicester Square yesterday.
We arrived in time to enjoy Fun in the Foyer. My 10 year old daughter headed straight to the “Decorate your own fairy wings” table choosing white wings and customising them with plenty of glitter (or fairy dust!).
Both children enjoyed petting a variety of animals including a rabbit, a meerkat and two pugs that bore a striking resemblance to the NeverBeast featured in the film.
Balloon modelling fun produced wearable fairy wings and a NeverBeast friend. Face-painting was on offer and my daughter loved sporting Tinkebell on her arm.
We made our way to the cinema and made ourselves comfortable. I noticed several seats reserved for Mel B. I said to my daughter that it might well be Mel B from the X Factor and Spice Girls fame. My daughter would not believe me until she saw Scary Spice herself greeting the audience and telling us how she voices Fury in the film. Despite not always believing her mum, my daughter’s faith in fairies was never in any doubt and we knew immediately we were going to love the film,
One night in Pixie Hollow, the sky is illuminated by a strange green light streaking across the skies. The following morning, a mysterious and scary looking animal awakes where the comet landed. The animal fairy Fawn befriends the NeverBeast after helping to remove a thorn from him. Tinkerbell and friends are not sure what to think particularly when they hear there is a legend about a NeverBeast that, if true, means their home will be destroyed by a fearsome storm. The Scout Fairies decide to capture the NeverBeast. So is Fawn or the Scout Fairies right about Gruff the NeverBeast?
The key message of the film is that you should not judge a book by its cover. The NeverBeast is not the prettiest creature but Fawn finds a way to love him as do the other fairies in time.
Other learning from the film is that legends are not always true.
On reflection, I also felt the film proved that although the fairies were such individuals both in terms of looks and interests, they were all strong in their own right.
What a magical world we would live in if we always gave people a chance and celebrated their individual qualities!
The film also makes you think whether head or heart should be in charge when you make decisions. I particularly liked Fawn’s willingness to show compassion which sometimes meant breaking the rules.
Here is a trailer to give you a little idea of the magic in the film.
Tinkebell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is in cinemas from 12th December 2014 and comes highly recommended by our family.