This is the first film in the Tinker Bell direct-to-video saga I’ve ever seen. From what I could piece together, within Neverland, most of the fairies live together in an area called Pixie Hollow. Each fairy as a special talent and apparently these skills are not transferrable to other industries.
One fairy (spoiler: she becomes the Pirate Fairy!), Zurina, is a dust-keeper. This means that her job is to create, package, and distribute pixie dust; try saying that with a straight face. Anyway, she starts experimenting to create different colors of pixie dust and I guess that’s bad because she gets fired.
One year later, at a big fairy show, Zurina returns and drugs everybody by putting them to sleep. The only survivors are Tinker Bell and her friends because they were backstage getting ready. Zurina steals the town’s supply of pixie dust (which I think she could have gotten anyway, since everyone was at the fairy show), and Tink & Co. follow in hot pursuit.
They eventually catch up to Zurina, who uses rainbow dust (?) and all their powers get mixed up. I didn’t know what their powers were in the first place, so the magnitude of this act was lost on me.
Anyway, in the past year Zurina has become the captain of a pirate ship. She has promised her crew pixie dust so they can fly past the second star to the right and enter the “real” world. She’d stolen the entire supply of pixie dust from Pixie Hollow, though, so this would mean all the pixie dust is gone from Pixie Hollow forever!
Once she makes new pixie dust for the pirates, her first mate James locks her in a lantern, and puts on his captain’s coat and hat revealing himself to be the future Captain Hook. I’d learned this from the D23 Expo in 2013, but if I hadn’t been to that presentation, my mind probably would have been blown.
Through some crafty pixie power, stuff happens and they’re able to stop the pirates and get back the pixie dust. Here the phoniest moment in the movie happens, as Zurina hands over the pixie dust to Tinker Bell, and Tinker Bell replies, “That’s not all we came here for.” If Tink & Co. cared about Zurina, would they have really waited a year to go looking for her? They weren’t friends before Zurina resorted to piracy, so I didn’t buy that one.
When they return to Pixie Hollow and wake everybody up (by un-drugging them? Again, I don’t understand what’s happening), they improvise a perfectly choreographed show which is supposed to showcase Zurina’s talent (pixie dust alchemy) but is more a spectacular of Tink & Co’s friends. I didn’t see any of Zurina’s crazy-colored pixie dust during that display.
The movie’s animation was pretty good, though the plot left me confused. Might have been since I haven’t seen any other Tinker Bell movies, or that I didn’t pay enough attention to the alchemy of pixie dust, but The Pirate Fairy is good enough eye candy that it probably doesn’t matter.