|Tinker Bell and the|
Legend of the NeverBeast
|Directed by||Steve Loter|
|Based on||Peter and Wendy|
by J. M. Barrie
|Produced by||Makul Wigert|
|Narrated by||Grey Griffin|
|Edited by||Margaret Hou|
|Music by||Joel McNeely|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Box office||$31.2 million (non-US box office)|
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is a 2015 American computer-animated fantasy film directed by Steve Loter. It is the sixth and final installment in the Tinker Bell film series, based on the character Tinker Bell from J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy. This was also the final feature film to be produced by Disneytoon Studios three years before its closure on June 28, 2018. It is also the last of the Direct to video Disney sequels after a 21-year-long run.
Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Megan Hilty, Pamela Adlon, and Anjelica Huston reprise their roles of Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Iridessa, Rosetta, Vidia and Queen Clarion. Ginnifer Goodwin joins the cast, replacing Angela Bartys as the voice of Fawn in this film, Rosario Dawson joins the cast as new character Nyx. Singer Mel B also joins the cast as new character Fury in the British release while Danai Gurira voices her in the American release.
While flying in the woods, Fawn finds a big unusual creature lying in a cave, which apparently suffers from a thorn in one of his paws. Fawn tries to help the beast, during which, she discovers that it is not vicious and is moving some rocks for building purposes. Fawn stays to observe the beast, which she names Gruff, and helps it build some structures around Pixie Hollow, but has no idea why it was doing so. Meanwhile, an ambitious scout fairy named Nyx investigates the situation, researching in the library to find out what she's up against. Using some information gathered from several torn pages of an undisclosed animal book, she discovers that Gruff is a creature that awakens about once every millennium when he will transform into a terrifying beast that could destroy Pixie Hollow with a mysterious series of events that culminate in a deadly storm.
One day Gruff disappears and indeed transforms into the monster depicted in the fairy lore, growing wings and horns. Fawn and Tinker Bell search for him. Tinker Bell finds him first but he accidentally knocks Tinker Bell away, knocking her unconscious. Fawn finds Tinker Bell and lures Gruff to be captured. Tinker Bell wakes up and explains that Gruff saved her from getting crushed by a falling tree. Fawn realizes she misunderstood the whole thing. She and her friends free Gruf. He redirects and takes in lightning from the crumbling towers. With no time to rebuild them, Fawn leads Gruff into the eye of the storm where he absorbs every single lightning strike, ending the storm. Despite the success of the new plan, Fawn is seemingly killed. As Gruff mourns her, the lightning he absorbed makes a spark which revives the fairy. For the next few days, Gruff helps rebuild Pixie Hollow until the time when he must hibernate arrives. The fairies sadly guide him to his cave in a sendoff ceremony and try to make his slumber as comfortable as possible, while Fawn passes on a new legend to future generations of fairies.
The film was released theatrically in selected markets including the United Kingdom on December 12, 2014. In the United States, it had a limited theatrical release, opening on January 30, 2015, at the El Capitan Theatre for a 13-day engagement, and was released direct-to-video on March 3, 2015.
Overseas, the film grossed $31,178,525.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 75%, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.59/10. Metacritic reports a 52 out of 100 rating, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
In addition to Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, Disney also had plans for a seventh and eighth film. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the seventh film was cancelled due to story problems. The title of the film and the release date was unknown. In addition, Disneytoon Studios was shut down on June 28, 2018.