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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.
Yes, my favorite part of the movie is hearing Tom Hiddleston aka James sing. It brings a smile to my face. The entire film is cute and goes along well with the other Tinker Bell movies, but I loved the character of Zarina. She was tough, had a cool outfit and I can see her being a favorite for years to come. We had a chance to sit down with the filmmakers after a screening of the film. Check that out below:
Peggy: Well the Fairies Franchise series, our main girls Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Rosetta, Iridessa, and, 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. He’s fantastic. In this particular case, the cast we added which was Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston, we worked with Jason, we talked about sort of what we wanted the, what the characters were like. Then he brings a list to us and in this case they are our top picks for each character, which was incredible.
Jenni: Number one and number one. It’s unusual and it was amazing. Christina, I mean we really wanted that character to come- there were a couple of things. We really-really wanted you to like her. We wanted to find a character that was likeable but yet you could understand made a big mistake, and goes away. She also had to be powerful, I mean, she’s a seven inch fairy fighting pirates. So she’s got to be vulnerable and sweet out front.
Then she’s got to be tough when she’s a pirate, so it took a really big range of acting and Christina Hendricks is amazing. We all knew her from Mad Men and we knew she could have that sharp tone- tough wit, but she has such a sensitive soft side to her also. She has such a passion for this passion and really excited by coming in and doing a fairy. She’s a huge Disney fanatic, so remember we showed her around the building and we were in the story room showing her art and she just was totally in the story about how it dawned on her. She was going to be a fairy.
That was huge, ’cause her and her husband go to Disneyland I guess all the time. They don’t have kids and then so they love it. So, to become a fairy and part of the Disney legend, she was just thrilled to do and you can see that on the screen what she brought.[caption id="attachment_17007" align="aligncenter" width="504"] (L-R) Director Peggy Holmes, voice actors Mae Whitman and Christina Hendricks and producer Jenni Magee Cook attend Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy” World Premiere at Walt Disney Studios on March 22, 2014 in Burbank, California. On Blu-ray and Digital HD April 1. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Peggy: So then Tom, uh, Tom Hiddleston was, like well okay, first choice yes, he did it, which was just amazing. One of the great things about Tom is first of all he’s a triple threat right. He can sing dance and act, which is amazing.
He’s got a really, extensive education background at RADA and things like that. One of the things that Tom really understood for this character is that Hook is a bigger than life character, right. We listened to the original book Hans Conried and what Tom understood very clearly was that was a big performance but believable for the day.
And that’s what Tom understood was how to then get a bigger than life character, a bigger than life performance that was believable for today’s audience. Tom got that right off the bat. He had so much fun giving us little glimpses of aha- like the big laughs and just giving us little glimpses, ’cause he’s only twenty years old. Our thought was that, that basically Hook is not as bitter, and evil as he is in Peter Pan yet.
He hasn’t had all the failures, but you can see he’s going to start to have lot of things that go wrong for him. He’s got big ideas that just don’t work out. Tom really had a handle on kind of how to make this a, make this character super charming and loyal and, you know, very unassuming. And then make that flip, which was great.