For kids who adore animals -- especially ones that are a little, let's say, unconventional -- "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast" is definitely a movie they're going to want to see.
And CC is one of those kids.
The Blu-ray and DVD, which arrived on shelves and Digital HD last week, centers on a story about Fawn, the animal fairy who has a soft spot for all sorts of creatures.
When Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin of "Once Upon a Time") stumbles upon a mysterious creature that is at once imposing and gentle, with fascinating green eyes, she is immediately entranced by its movements and strange activity. It also seems to have a thing for dizzyingly high rock towers.
Growing closer and closer to this endearing creature, she becomes friends with the furry guy she calls Gruff.
However, not everyone in Pixie Hollow is happy about that.
According to an ancient myth, Gruff is exactly the kind of creature that's not allowed in the idyllic Pixie Hollow out of fear of him destroying it.
And the bizarrely shaped rock towers he's building aren't making anyone feel better, especially the scout fairies, led by Nyx (voiced by Rosario Dawson). She wants to protect Pixie Hollow from whatever destruction Gruff may bring.
So it's up to Fawn and her loyal friend Tinker Bell to protect Gruff while also making sure everyone in Pixie Hollow remains safe and unharmed.
The G-rated movie, complete with colorful animation, is a fun for kids who love adventure paired with animal love, compassion and friendship. Not to mention some serious girl power! The world in which the fairies live is vibrant and lush, and it's so nice to see friends who stick up for each other.
Gruff himself, without giving anything away, has the potential to be a scary figure -- what with the glowing eyes and sharp teeth -- but his puppy dog-like movements invite kids (and fairies) in for a closer look.
First impressions aren't always the correct ones, this movie seems to say.
The DVD also offers nice bonus features, such as "5 Essential Ingredients to Getting Gruff," "Jeff Corwin's Guide to Real-World Neverbeasts" and deleted scenes with director intros.
CC loved getting a closer look at Gruff and finding out just what kind of animal he was. The story itself is full of thrills and, with its mystery and tenacious characters, makes sure kids are along for the ride as well.