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Disney Fairies is a Disney franchise built around the character of Tinker Bell, whom Disney adapted in their 1953 animated film Peter Pan and subsequently adopted as a mascot for the company. In addition to the fictional fairy character created by J. M. Barrie, the franchise introduces many new characters, and expands substantially upon the limited information the author gave about the fairies and their home of Never Land. The characters are referred to within stories as "Never Fairies". The franchise includes children's books and other merchandise, a web site, a Tinker Bell movie and sequels, featuring the famous character and several of the Disney fairies as supporting characters.

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Setting

In Barrie's 1902 novel The Little White Bird, in which he introduced the mythos of Peter Pan and the fairies, he wrote, "When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies."[1] The Disney Fairies are based on a similar idea: every time a newborn baby laughs for the first time, that laugh travels out into the world, and those that make their way to Never Land turn into a fairy.

The Home Tree in Pixie Hollow.

The fairies generally reside in the Home Tree, a towering tree located in the heart of Pixie Hollow in Never Land. Various groups of fairies work and live nearby as well. Most of the fairy characters are young and female, but older and male characters are also included. The males are sometimes referred to as "sparrow men", though the term "fairies" is used to refer to both female and male characters.

Characters

Each fairy has a specific talent that they perform and a distinct personality, intended for young girls to each relate to a fairy with a similar persona.[2]

  • Tinker Bell: (voiced by Mae Whitman in the films) Tinker Bell, also known as "Tink", is sassy and brave. Although she is initially resistant to becoming a "tinker" (the fairies who create and fix things, also in the books known as a "pots-and-pans" talent fairy), she embraces the identity when she comes to recognize the value of her talent. She is inexperienced, but a good problem solver. She can be easily impatient and annoyed, yet she is extremely loyal. According to her starring film, she has invented two things; the acorn crusher and the flower sprayer. She is also a little bit suspicious with her feelings for Terence, a dust-keeping fairy, and we think, just like Terence, she has a little crush.
  • Silvermist: (voiced by Lucy Liu in the films) Silvermist is a water-talent fairy of East Asian appearance. She is Rani's best friend, who cares for Rani and to mostly everyone. She looks on the positive side of life and acts as an influence between Tink and Iridessa. When Tink or Rani is in trouble, Silvermist always helps. She is seen in books frequently.
Disney Fairies from the novels.
  • Rosetta: (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth in the films) Rosetta is a garden-talent fairy who is red-haired and speaks with a southern accent. She loves to bring beauty into the lives of others and herself, although she can act a bit self-obsessed. She is Lily's friend, who looks out for her. She sings and tells bedtime stories to her potted plant flowers.
  • Fawn: (voiced by America Ferrera in the first film and Angela Bartys in the second film[3]) Fawn is an animal-talent fairy and can therefore speak the languages of all creatures except butterflies. She can usually be seen in browns, purples, greens, and oranges. She is very easygoing and a little mischievous. She is known for her long, wavy braid and her tomboy personality.
  • Iridessa: (voiced by Raven-Symone in the films) Iridessa is a light-talent fairy of African appearance. She could be described as a perfectionist. She is good friends with Tinker Bell but sometimes gets angry at her because she plays around. However, if Tinker Bell needs help, Iridessa will always come to her aid.
  • Fairy Mary: (voiced by Jane Horrocks in the films) Fairy Mary is a teacher-talent fairy and is pictured as a tiny winged, plump fairy with chestnut curls. She flits about like a hummingbird. She is also in charge of all fairy activities (essentially serving as Queen Clarion's Chief Operations Officer).
  • Bobble: (voiced by Rob Paulsen in the films) His real name is Phineas T. Kettletree, Esquire, and he is a tinker-talent sparrow man. He wears large goggles with water droplets for lenses, making his eyes look large. He has red hair and bright blue eyes, as well as a Scottish accent. He is first to show Tink around Pixie Hollow. He is best friends with Clank.
  • Clank: (voiced by Jeff Bennett in the films) Another tinker-talent sparrow man, and Bobble's best friend. He is large and not very bright, which is depicted frequently in the movie. He has black hair and a Cockney accent. His mistakes tend to get him and Bobble in trouble with Fairy Mary, and they stutter weak lies to try to get out of it.
  • Terence: (voiced by Jesse McCartney in the films) Terence is a dust-talent sparrow man, who hands out pixie dust to other fairies each day so they may do their magic. He is charming, calm, and kind. He has a bit of a crush on Tinker Bell, which she is unaware of. Almost every day, he stops by her workshop, sometimes with something for her to fix.
  • Vidia: (voiced by Pamela Adlon in the films) Vidia is the fastest of the fast-flying-talent fairies. Even so, she will stop at nothing to become faster still. She is often uses terms such as "dear", "sweetie" and "cupcake" without sincerity, makes cruel remarks, and is impatient when she is kept waiting. Vidia does not live in the Home Tree and is classified as a loner. Though she seems cold and unfeeling, Vidia is really a complicated, equivocal misfit who struggles to live in a world where others don't understand her. It is said that she lives in a sour plum tree in Vidia and the Fairy Crown. In the novel she is seen as strong, independent and fearless.
  • Queen Clarion: (voiced by Anjelica Huston in the films) Queen Clarion is the Never Fairies’ leader. She oversees all life in Pixie Hollow. Queen Clarion is wise and dignified. Her ultimate concern is the health and well-being of her subjects.
  • Lyria: (Voiced by Grey DeLisle in the film) A story-teller fairy, Lyria is Pixie Hollow's equivalent of a troubadour. Strumming on her harp, she entertains fairies by telling them stories of old, most times with an appropriate moral or lesson. She takes requests, too.
  • Viola: (Voiced by Grey DeLisle in the film) A summoning fairy. Whenever Queen Clarion needs to see a fairy, Viola is dispatched to summon that fairy with her kazoo. Tinker Bell tends to avoid Viola because getting summoned is usually a sign of trouble.
  • Beck: Beck is one of the animal-talent fairies. Her primary job is to care for Mother Dove and ensure that she never has to leave the nest. Beck is curious and good-hearted, though she can be a bit shy. While Beck loves Pixie Hollow, she is very curious about the great world.
  • Bess: Bess is an art-talent fairy. She is messy and can be quite sensitive to criticism. She is Pixie Hollow's most talented painter, and is responsible for providing a new portrait of Mother Dove every year for the Molt celebration. Bess is considered to be Pixie Hollow's foremost art-talent fairy.
  • Fira: Fira is a light-talent fairy. She is fiery and a natural leader. Fira is responsible for training all the fireflies that light Pixie Hollow. Described as one of the most talented of the light-talent fairies, Fira is said to have a glow that could light the entirety of the Home Tree. Her best friend is Silvermist, and she would never leave her side.
  • Lily: Lily is a garden-talent fairy of African appearance. She has the most beautiful garden in Pixie Hollow. Lily is down-to-earth and practical. She is extremely patient. She is the only fairy who prefers walking to flying. One of Lily's hobbies is to sit and watch grass grow (as grass tends to grow quickly in her presence).
  • Prilla: Prilla is a clapping-talent fairy and the only one of her kind in Pixie Hollow. She is good-humored and always has good intentions. She is also very freckled and "pleasantly plump," which indicates that she is a bit younger than other fairies. She is honored at all the tea tables by the other fairies.
  • Rani: Rani is a water-talent fairy. She is a passionate dreamer who is enthusiastic and impulsive. She gave up her wings to save Mother Dove, making her the only fairy who can swim. When she wishes to fly, Brother Dove carries her on his back.
  • Dulcie: Dulcie is a baking-talent fairy; the only thing Dulcie loves more than making delicious treats is watching other fairies eat them.
  • Iris: A garden-talent fairy who would rather learn about plants than tend her own garden. She's a bit of a know-it-all, but she's usually right.
  • Tor: A scrappy looking and talented story-teller sparrow man.
  • Pluck: A harvest-talent fairy who loves to find and collect delicious fruits and nuts.
  • Precious: A mining-talent fairy who works in the ground and caves.
  • Luna: A beautiful light fairy like the glue that keeps Fira and Iridessa together.
  • Pell: A harvest-talent fairy and Pluck's best friend.
  • Twire: A scrap-metal talent fairy who melts down metal to recycle. She sometimes fights with Tink for who gets to keep the metal for melting or fixing.
  • Cinda, Liesel, Rhia, and Grace: They are the Queen's helper-talents who make sure everything is in tip-top shape for her.
  • Ginger: A baking-talent fairy like Dulcie. She likes to show up Dulcie with her baking and tends to be very rude. She took over when Dulcie had a vacation.
  • Quill: An art-talent fairy who is quiet, shy, and is very good friends with Bess.
  • Hem: A beautiful dress-making fairy who has made her flower shoes into flower flip-flops and all the fairies in Pixie Hollow are amazed by it. Once when every one saw her dress they all needed to have one.
  • Violet: One of the cutest fairies in Pixie Hollow. She is a dyeing-talent who is best friends with Bess.
  • Zuzu: A server-talent fairy who is very loyal to her job.
  • Spring: A spunky message-talent fairy who is good friends with Fira and Lily.
  • Scarlet: A new art-talent fairy. She is a pottery fairy and she is friends with Bess.
  • Myka: A new scouting-talent fairy.
  • Mother Dove: A dove who has an egg that is in Pixie Hollow that was broken but restored by Rani, Vidia, and Prilla in Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. Mother Dove helps the people in Never Land stay young and is mentioned in every book.
  • Brother Dove: A dove who carries Rani on his back when she wishes to fly.
  • Kyto: A dragon who has been caged for as long as anyone can remember. He is very sneaky and once, when Mother Dove's egg broke, he had to make it whole again with a trade of Captain Hook's double cigar holder, the golden hawk's feather, a mermaid's comb, and Rani's wings.

Publications

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Novels

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg  
Author Gail Carson Levine
Illustrator David Christiana
Language English
Genre(s) Fiction, Fantasy, Children's book
Publisher Disney Publishing Worldwide
Publication date 2005
Pages 208
ISBN 0-7868-3491-9
OCLC Number 61457088

At the opening of the 2005 Bologna International Children's Book Fair, the Walt Disney Company revealed its plan to introduce a children’s illustrated novel for girls 6-10 years of age.[1] Disney Fairies debuted September 2005, when Disney Publishing Worldwide unveiled the novel Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, written by Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine. The book's illustrations were inspired by the tradition and craft of early twentieth century European children's book illustration [2]. It was released in 45 countries and 32 languages with a US$1 million marketing and publicity campaign. It became a New York Times bestseller and has already sold over 1 million copies worldwide [3]

The story begins in Fairy Haven/Pixie Hollow, located in the heart of Never Land. Prilla, who is a brand-new fairy, born of a baby's laugh, arrives in Never Land and discovers that she has no talent for any of the fairy avocations. Tinker Bell takes Prilla to see Mother Dove, but before the wise bird can advise Prilla, Never Land is shaken by a terrible hurricane. Mother Dove is thrown off her nest, and her precious egg, which holds all the secrets of Neverland, is shattered. Immediately, all those who live in Never Land begin to age. The island's only hope is for some brave fairies to take the egg pieces to Kyto the dragon and ask him to restore it with his fiery breath.

The book was followed in 2007 by a sequel, entitled Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand.

In the Year of a Million Dreams celebration, book stores released a form submitting a fairy character. The winner is said to be put in his/her own fairy's book.

Chapter books

Random House has published a series of chapter books under the banner "Tales of Pixie Hollow".[4]

  • Clarke, Judith; Thorpe, Kiki (2006). The Trouble With Tink (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2371-0.  
  • Clarke, Judith; Driscoll, Laura A. (2006). Vidia and the Fairy Crown (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2372-9.  
  • Clarke, Judith; Kirsten Larsen (2006). Lily's Pesky Plant (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2374-5.  
  • Clarke, Judith; Driscoll, Laura A. (2006). Beck and the Great Berry Battle (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2373-7.  
  • Clarke, Judith; Lisa Papademetriou (2006). Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2375-3.  
  • Clarke, Judith; Herman, Gail (2006). Fira and the full moon. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-7364-2417-2.  
  • Clarke, Judith; Bergen, Lara Rice (2007). A masterpiece for Bess. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-7364-2418-0.  
  • Shimabukuro, Denise; Richards, Kitty (2007). Prilla and the butterfly lie. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-7364-2419-9.  
  • Disney Storybook Artists; Thorpe, Kiki (2007). Tink, North of Never Land (Disney Fairies). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2455-5.  
  • Tinker Bell Takes Charge: Chapter Book (Disney Fairies). HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks. 2006. ISBN 0-00-721403-0.  
  • Driscoll, Laura A. (2008). Fawn and the Mysterious Trickster (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2507-1.  
  • Morris, Kimberly (2007). Beck Beyond the Sea (Disney Fairies). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2456-3.  
  • Disney Storybook Artists; Herman, Gail (2008). Dulcie's Taste of Magic (Disney Fairies Chapter Books). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2454-7.  
  • Rani and the Three Treasures: Chapter Book (Disney Fairies). HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks. 2007. ISBN 0-00-722309-9.  
  • Lisa Papademetriou (2009). Rosetta's Daring Day (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2509-8.  
  • Rh Disney; Herman, Gail (2008). Silvermist and the Ladybug Curse (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)). RH/Disney. ISBN 0-7364-2508-X.  
  • Queen Clarion's Secret: Chapter Book (Disney Fairies). HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks. 2007. ISBN 0-00-722311-0.  

Iridessa at Sea, Myka Finds Her Way, Lily in Full Bloom, Vidia meets Her Match, Art lesson by Bess, Four Clues for Rani

Other books

  • In the Realm of the Never Fairies: The Secret World of Pixie Hollow This book has all the information needed to know about Pixie Hollow. ~ By Monique Peterson
  • Mysterious Messages ~ By Tennant Redbank
  • Prilla's Prize ~ By Lisa Papademitriou
  • Secret Fairy Homes
  • A Poem for Tink - Terence writes a secret poem about Tink and in the end she receives it.
  • The Disappearing Sun
  • The Shell Gift
  • Fairies in Flight by Posner

Disney Fairies Magazine

Fairies Magazine

In June 2006, Egmont Magazines launched a new monthly magazine for girls for 5-9 years old, produced by The Walt Disney Company Italia, S.p.A. and published in Italy a couple of months prior to the Egmont translations. The magazine, entitled Fairies, began with an initial print of 110,000 copies and a cover price of £1.99. The magazine's content is centered around Tinker Bell, and her fairy friends from the Pixie Hollow. Each issue features a collectable pull-out story, games, puzzles, posters and colouring pages. [4]. Fairies Magazine has been launched in Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Poland, Russia, Spain, the Nordic countries, Portugal, Germany and Benelux[5].

Merchandising

In addition to the Published work, The Walt Disney Company provides support for the Disney Fairies across all business units. The campaign includes The Disney Fairies Website, where visitors can explore and discover information about the Disney Fairies. The website allows users to learn about the fairies, create a fairy, visit the Pixie Hollow, and explore related merchandise.

Disney Consumer Products have also produced a line of dolls and role play assortments. The first Disney Fairies Products were a series of 10-inch dolls, which were a Disney store exclusive in January 2006 [6]. Since then, Playmates Toys Inc teamed up with Disney in October 2005 to design and produce a line of toys for the Disney Fairies, which will include 3.5" small dolls, 8" fashion dolls, playsets & activity sets with DVDs and collectible story cards. Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg was the inspiration for the line of toys. [7]. Disney Consumer Products launched a wide variety of Disney Fairies branded items, consisting of everything from apparel to stationery.[8]

Film series

A computer-animated feature film, Tinker Bell was developed by DisneyToon Studios, and released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Walt Disney Home Video on October 28, 2008.[5] They also announced four direct-to-DVD sequels to follow this film, also digitally animated:

  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Fall 2009)
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Summer 2010)[6]
  • Tinker Bell: A Winter Story (working title, 2011)[5]
  • Tinker Bell: Race Through the Seasons (working title, 2012)[7]

Each of the first four films is set around one of the four seasons (Tinker Bell around Spring, Lost Treasure around Autumn, Great Fairy Rescue around Summer, and Winter Story around Winter), with the fifth film set around all four seasons.[5][7]

Theme park attractions

In October 2008, Disney Parks opened two "Pixie Hollow" locations, one at Disneyland near the Matterhorn in the area that held "Ariel's Grotto", and the other at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Mickey's Toontown Fair.[8] These attractions gives guests the opportunity to meet Tinker Bell and the other fairies from the film.

Postage stamps

A series of ten postage stamps were issued by Japan Post in 2006. Each stamp has a face value of 80 JPY, and they were distributed in a hardcover case, including some information about the Fairies. The stamps could be ordered at some post offices in Japan, and were delivered by mail to a Japanese postal address.

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