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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. Watch the extended sneak preview.
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
Peter Pan found himself back in the headlines this week with the news that Warner Bros is launching a nationwide casting search to find a new boy who'll never grow up. The Joe Wright-directed film will explore the origins of Jm Barrie's character with Hugh Jackman as pirate Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund playing a young James Hook.
Digital Spy takes a look at five other movies that have used Barrie as inspiration to create some movie magic.
Peter Pan (1953)
There had been a Pan movie before (a silent film released in 1924), but this Disney-produced offering proved to be a big hit in the early '50s. Turning Barrie's acclaimed play into an animated musical, the Disney version even spawned a sequel (2002's Return to Neverland) and a spinoff series revolving around pixie Tinker Bell (more on that later).
A continuation of Barrie's story, Steven Spielberg took the helm »
Tinker Bell is one of Disney’s great mascots, a symbol of the enchantment that has illuminated the studio for decades. However, having been involved in a number of unmemorable spin-off’s, sadly we have another one to add to the list, as Peggy Holmes presents The Pirate Fairy. Though managing to comprise a voice cast consisting of Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston, we spend too much time referencing its originator, Peter Pan, feeling too contrived in the process. If there is one thing you should try and avoid, is to draw too many comparisons to one of the greatest animations ever created, as it seeks only in highlighting this very film’s shortcomings.
Hendricks voices Zarina, an enthusiastic and inventive fairy, who is determined to discover the true power and potential of pixie dust, and create new colours and formulas to see what the magical powder is truly capable of. »
- Stefan Pape
NBC has found the next musical it will mount live following its boffo ratings from the live "Sound of Music" experiment of 2013, revealing during the network's day at the TCA winter press tour that "Peter Pan" will be broadcast live on Dec. 4, 2014.
As Chairman of NBC Entertainment Bob Greenblatt revealed on Sunday (Jan. 19), no cast has been set yet. So, you know what that means. It's time to do the work for the network with our casting suggestions.
In the Broadway version, which is the one NBC will be producing, Peter has always been played by a woman. Greenblatt has intimated that for the NBC version, the lead will be played by, instead, by a man. With that in mind, some dudes who would be aces in the role? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe spring to mind. Zac Efron would also be a solid second-string choice, harkening back »
Director: Phil Willmott.
Synopsis: Can the Lost Boys of Never Neverland ever become the men of the Great War?
Phil Willmott’s musical Lost Boy is a sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, telling what happens to the Lost Boys when they grow up. It is an ambitious musical with lots of themes running through it. The musical numbers, arranged by Mark Collins, mix music hall with musical theatre in style, but they lack cohesion.
Peter Pan, played by Steven Butler, has had to grow up and as a young man finds his ‘awfully big adventure’ in the trenches of the Great War. On the eve of a battle in 1914, Captain Peter Pan is rallying the troops before they go over the top the next morning. He falls asleep and dreams of his Wendy, played by Grace Gardener. Peter is eager »
- Katey Thompson
6 items from 2014