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As part of the #McFarlandUSAEvent blog team, I got to do some pretty cool things thanks to Disney. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own!

Interviewing Director Steve Loter and Producer Makul Wigert of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast | Optimistic Mommy
We all love Tinker Bell.  How could you not?!  Did you know there’s a NEW Tinker Bell movie coming out?  YES!  On March 3, 2015 you can get Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere!  Catch the trailer and read what this great movie is about:

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Return to Pixie Hollow for a heartwarming adventure, Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast, who they fear will destroy their home. Fawn must convince her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast. This thrilling action-adventure roars to life with never-before-seen bonus extras on Disney Blu-ray.

While in Los Angeles for the #McFarlandUSAEvent, we got to screen Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast as well as interview the director and producer of the film as well as others.  Today I am sharing the interview with Director Steve Loter and Producer Makul Wigert.

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast - Fawn and Gruff

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Of course we first wanted to know what the inspiration behind Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast was:

Steve: The movie was inspired by my daughter.  I grew up in a household with no pets of any kind.  No dogs, no cats, nothing.  And because of having no pets around I have a fear of very large dogs – like Irish Wolfhound dogs, Horse Line dogs.  Many years have passed and I have a family of my own and my daughter loves one thing above all else – very large dogs.  And our neighborhood just has a ton of dogs.  So, she’ll see a neighbor walking a dog down the street and she’ll run up to the dog and she’ll throw her arms around the dog in a big loving hug.  It showed me something, you know, once the fear subsided – something very important – that my daughter has a huge open heart.  So I had to sit her down and we had to talk about this encounter we just had with the dog.  And she would say, “Well, all animals are my friends.  Why wouldn’t they be?  In fact, the bigger they are, the bigger the love they have to give.”  And I thought, that’s the story!  Fawn, the Animal Town fairy loves animals unconditionally.  She takes care of animals and she encounters a creature that can be perceived of as a monster and her open heart’s gonna be put to the test.  I thought, “Okay, this is a message – this is a good message for Fawn, the character, to have and for my daughter to learn too.”  It’s beautiful to think with an open heart.  To see the world through that prism, through that perspective is a wonderful thing, but you also have to think with your head.  You need the balance to have a happy life and I thought that’s exactly the story that I wanted to tell.

Since the movie was inspired by Steve’s daughter, we wanted to know what she thought of the movie:

Steve: My daughter loved the movie.  My daughter was not just the inspiration for the initial idea, though – she basically became Fawn.  I looked to her for the acting, for moments.

"TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST" Pictured: Scout Fairies. ©2014 Disney

Pictured: Scout Fairies.
©2014 Disney

In Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, you are introduced to Scout Fairies.  Steve was kind enough to tell us how they came to be a part of the movie:

Steve: As soon as I was hired on to direct the Fairies movie, my daughter is in a gymnastics team.  So we would go to a gymnastics meet and her team would run up to me and say, “We heard you’re working on a fairy movie.”  “Yeah?”  She goes, “Can you make fairies like us?”  “Like what?”  “We’re physical.  We run, we jump.  We do all these things.  There’s no fairies like us in the movie.  Can you make fairies like us?”  And I thought, that’s right – there isn’t.  Where’s the physical fairy?  Where’s the action hero?  Where is that character?  And the Scouts came from that.  And, for me, that’s who the Scouts are.  They’re physical.  They’re very able.  They’re very athletic and there’s a place in Pixie Hollow for them, absolutely.

Rosario as Nyx

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As far as who was casted for the movie, we asked Makul on if they had an idea of who they wanted to cast or if there was an audition process:

Makul: Well, we knew Ginnifer Goodwin and we loved her and her voice – we knew who was going to be Fawn.  That was easy for us.  We had a conversation about who would be playing against her and we wanted someone who could contrast the joyful, bubbly nature that was Fawn.  And so for Nyx, we then discovered Rosario.  We brought Rosario up and she just has this cool voice – you can hear her passion and her belief in what she feels is right.  That contrast we thought was really beautiful and really nice.  And working with both of them was just an absolute joy.

We were curious as to what Makul and Steve’s favorite parts of the animation process were:

Makul: My favorite part of the animation process is the collaboration and seeing an idea come to life through the work of a fantastic team of artists.  It’s been an absolute joy seeing Steve’s idea, which started 4 1/2 years ago, and through story boarding and design into animations, to see that coming to life through the artistry with some amazing people was absolutely a joy.

Steve: For me it was a story.  You get to this really sweet spot when you’ve got a script and then you’ve got Storyboard Artists visualizing the script.  And there’s something magical that happens there because the Storyboard Artist is a new voice and they look at the written word and they say, “Oh, I can add a joke here.  I can put the camera here – that’s gonna emphasize this moment or emotion.”  And for me that’s when things really turn and things really elevate.  So that’s a magic time for me.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I will be sharing my interview with Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast‘s Story Artist Ryan Green and Animation Supervisor Mike Greenholt!

You can catch Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3, 2015!

Make sure to get Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray, Digital HD,
and Disney Movie Anywhere on March 3, 2015!

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  1. How fun! I have a 14 year old son, so there’s no Tinker Bell love there, HOWEVER , I’m a HUGE Tinker Bell fan. Love it!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I have all boys, so I don’t know much about Tinkerbell. My nieces LOVE her, though.

  3. What a great interview. My daughter has been chomping at the bit to see this movie ever since she heard about it. Tinker Bell is a Disney Princess in her opinion, and she LOVES Disney Princesses.

  4. I love Tinker Bell stories! I can’t wait to see what she is up to now 🙂

  5. This is so super-funny. Just the other day, my baby miss was telling me all about this movie. Ha!! She said she can’t wait for it to come out.

  6. Wow, how cool! I love reading interviews like this – and it’s making me wish I had some girls to watch this movie with! Maybe Levi is young enough to trick 😉

  7. I love the idea of Dawn being his daughter. Thanks to you know I know it 🙂

  8. This looks so cute! I didn’t know there was Tinkerbell movie coming out!

  9. I know some little kids who would love this movie. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I just love getting all the behind the scenes information on films like these. it looks super cute, I will have to check it out with the kids!

  11. How cute that it was inspired by his daughter. I am sure my daughter would love this movie.

  12. My daughter and I love all the Tinkerbell/Pixie Hollow movies! 🙂 We are so looking forward to the release of this new one. And I love the background behind the story line for this and for the creation of some new fairies- very cool!

  13. How cool is that!! Sounds like it is a great movie.

  14. I bet his daughter thinks hes the coolest dad ever!!

  15. This movie sounds so magical. I have such good memories of watching the Peter Pan movie!

  16. Carly Anderson says

    I am SO excited about this movie!!! I’m jealous you learned so much about it!

  17. I adore Rosario Dawson 🙂

  18. My daughter used to love Tinker Bell when she was little. I bet she will still be pretty excited when she hears about this new movie.

  19. That is so awesome that you got to interview them!! I think it’s so incredibly sweet that his daughter inspired him!

  20. We love Tinkerbell. I am so excited to see Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast. This is a great interview.

  21. I am sure my daughter will want to check this movie out. I’m not sure we have seen the last one though. They have so many of them now.

  22. I am dying to see this! Probably more than my daughter LMAO I love Tink!

  23. Charlie has been talking about this after seeing all the previews on Disney. Looks like a great cast too!

  24. I’ve loved Tinker Bell ever since I was a little girl! Now in my 30’s I’m just as obsessed! I can’t wait to see the new movie!

  25. My girls want to see this so bad. I told them as soon as i could get it for them i would.

  26. Awesome experience! Can’t wait to see it with my girls!

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