No compensation was given for this post. I was invited to a press event. Hotel accommodations and airfare were provided. This post contains affiliate links.
I’m so excited to tell you all about The Pirate Fairy and to let you in on a little behind the scenes and a chat with the filmakers. We arrived at DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, CA to screen The Pirate Fairy and get a little information about the film-making process and why the Disney Fairies were brought into the land of pirates. To all you Tom Hiddleston fans, listen up, Tom voices a young boy by the name of James. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but James turns out to be a very well-known Disney pirate.
In keeping with DisneyToon Studios always decorating the building to match whatever movie is being made, Skull Rock was there to greet us. There were so many neat pirate themed props sitting around. The DisneyToon Studios seems like a really neat place to work. The atmosphere is always so laid back and cool, and the employees are always so nice and welcoming of such huge groups of bloggers coming in and taking over their building for the day. This was my third time to DisneyToon Studios, and my second time getting to screen a Disney Fairy movie. I was excited to chat with Director Peggy Holmes again, and to meet the Producer Jenni Magee-Cook for the first time.
About THE PIRATE FAIRY
From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, The Pirate Fairy sets sail April 1, 2014.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite questions from our Q&A with Jenni and Peggy. For even more on this interview, be sure to follow the hashtag #PirateFairy to see the other bloggers’ posts. There is plenty of great coverage on this visit and our chat with the filmmakers.
Q: This is an amazing movie with an amazing cast. How did the casting go about?
Peggy – Well the series, the, the Fairies Franchise series, our main girls Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Rosetta, Iridessa, and, um, Fawn and Vidia have all been cast since the beginning. Right. So that’s we- we have Jason Henkel here who’s like our casting director. And he’s fantastic. And then in this particular case, the cast we added which was, um, Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston, we worked with Jason, we talked about sort of what we wanted the, what the characters were like.
Peggy and Jenni told us that they got their top picks for each character, which was incredible to them. They told us that it’s unusual to get your top picks and they were thrilled about it.
Jenni told us that, “The Pirate Fairy was an incredibly fast project.” From start to finish, the entire film took about fifteen months to complete. Jenni went on to say that “having the clear story really helps unfold everything else. Peggy had a really clear idea for the emotional track she wanted to take Zarina on”.
Q: I really liked Zarina’s costume. What was it like working with Christian Siriano?
Peggy – He’s really fun. We were really lucky because when we sent him the idea of the story and sort of what we were thinking about, it was easy for Christian to relate to the characters. Christian could relate to Zarina kind of being a little bit on the outside, as we know he has kind of forged his own way in his own career. Christian really liked Zarina and once he was interested, we got on the phone with him and talked to him a little bit more about the character, and he actually said he started sketching while we were on the phone.
The Pirate Fairy takes place at the turn of the century, so we sent Christian our research. For instance, Zarina’s sword is a hatpin, you know, and her belt is a watchband.
“We had our pirate consultant, Peter Twist, who was the same consultant on The Pirates of the Caribbean films. He was great. Peter taught us the hierarchy, and what’s on a pirate ship. The hierarchy on some language was fun to learn about. Peter Twist brought in some language for us and taught us about the different code, or ethics code that the pirates always adhered to. Believe it or not, those pirates did have a code of ethics. We also used the animation research library because we were referencing so much from Peter Pan.” – Peggy Holmes
Ahoy! See Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies set off for the high seas in The Pirate Fairy (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy), available on Blu-ray and Digital 4/1. Preorder today!
I’m pretty sure your kids like to have the toys to go along with the movie they are watching. I got my daughter the Disney The Pirate Fairy Exclusive 10 Inch Doll Zarina and she loves it. My son likes playing with her too.
Who’s your favorite Disney Fairy?