Disney Fairies is a Disneyfranchise built around the character of Tinker Bell from Disney's 1953 animated film Peter Pan, 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 Neverland. The characters are referred to within stories as "Neverland fairies". The franchise includes children's books and other merchandise, a web site, and the computer-animated Tinker Bell film series, featuring the character and several of the Disney fairies as supporting and recurring characters.
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." 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 Neverland turn into a Never fairy.
The fairies generally reside in the Home Tree, a towering, massive tree located in the very heart of Pixie Hollow in Neverland. Various groups of fairies work and live nearby as well. Most of the fairy characters are young and female, but older, taller, and male fairy 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 fairy characters.
Blaze (Eliza Pollack Zebert) is a baby firefly that joins Tinker Bell on her quest to find the mystical Mirror of Incanta that grants only one of three wishes.
Bobble (Rob Paulsen) is a tinker-talent sparrowman and Clank's best friend. He is small, very slender, and hand-sized with red hair, bright blue eyes, pointy ears, fair skin and wears water drop goggles, a leafy sleeveless top, and knee-length pants. His real name is Phineas T. Kettletree, Esquire and he has a Scottish accent.
Buck (Rob Paulsen) is a new animal sparrow man of Welsh descent. He is Fawn's partner. He is small, slender, and hand-sized with brown hair, green eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears an orange sports shirt.
Cheese is a cart-pulling mouse.
Chloe (Brenda Song) is a new garden fairy of Thai descent. She is Rosetta's partner. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with brown hair, brown eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears. She wears a pink sports dress and leggings.
Clank (Jeff Bennett) is a tinker-talent sparrow man. He has black hair and dark brown eyes, fair skin, pointy ears and wears a leafy sleeveless top and shorts. He speaks with a Cockney accent.
Dewey (Jeff Bennett) is the Keeper of all fairy knowledge. He is small, portly, and hand-sized with white hair and mustache, aqua eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears a green coat, spectacles, and carries a staff and speaks with a Western accent.
Dr. Martin Griffiths (Michael Sheen) is a British insect scientist and Lizzy's father. He is slender with fair skin, brown hair and eyes. He wears a green vest, a white shirt, and a black bowtie.
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Griffiths (Lauren Mote) is a pretty 9-year-old British girl and the scientist's daughter. She is slender with green eyes, fair skin, and brown hair with braided pigtails and wears a pink long-sleeved dress and a white smock with small tulips all over.
Fairy Gary (Jeff Bennett) is a Scottish-accented overseer of the pixie dust fairies. He is small and hand-sized with a big brown mustache, hair and eyebrows, and a large nose and wears a kilt.
Fairy Mary (Jane Horrocks) is an overseer of the tinker fairies of English descent. She is small and hand-sized with brown hair and eyes, and fair skin and wears a green sleeveless shirt and pants.
Fawn (America Ferrera, Angela Bartys and Ginnifer Goodwin) an animal fairy of Latina descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with an orange-and-amber dress, orange-yellow curl shoes, fair skin, light freckles, braided light brown hair, amber eyes, pointy ears, and clear fairy wings on her back.
Fern (Zendaya) is a garden fairy of German descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with fair skin, green eyes, brown hair, and pointy ears and wears a pink dress and shoes.
Glimmer (Tiffany Thornton) is a storm fairy of German descent. She is Rumble's partner. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with blonde hair, green eyes, fair skin, pointy ears, and pink blushing cheeks and wears a black/gray sports shirt.
Gliss (Grey DeLisle) is a frost fairy and Periwinkle's best friend of Icelandic descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with white hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears a blue shirt, pants, and shoes.
Grimsley (Rob Paulsen) is a troll who guards a bridge on a lost island north of Neverland.
Iridessa (Raven-Symoné) is a light-talent fairy. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with a sunflower petal dress, yellow shoes, dark skin, black hair in a round up-do, brown eyes, pointy ears, and clear fairy wings on her back.
Ivy (Kari Wahlgren) is one of Rosetta's garden fairy friends of Dutch descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with blonde hair, blue eyes, pointy ears, and fair skin and wears a red dress and shoes.
Leech (Jeff Bennett) is a troll who guards a bridge on a lost island north of Neverland.
Lilac (Jessica DiCicco) is one of Rosetta's garden fairy friends with Celtic descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with blonde hair, blue eyes, pointy ears, and fair skin and wears a red strapless dress and shoes.
Lord Milori (Timothy Dalton) is a lord of Winter Woods and Queen Clarion's love interest and beloved boyfriend. He is tall, slender, and hand-sized with a frost sleeveless suit, ice pants, high leaf boots, and snowy owl-feathered cape that covers his broken right wing, fair skin, brown eyes, silver hair, and pointy ears.
Lumina (Jessica DiCicco) is a new light fairy of Irish descent. She is Iridessa's partner. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with brown hair, green eyes, fair skin, pointy ears, and pink blushing cheeks and wears a yellow sports shirt.
Lyria (Grey DeLisle) is a Scottish storyteller fairy. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with a long brunette braid with a curly hair on the front, green eyes, pointy ears, fair skin, and pink blushing cheeks and wears a white single-strapped dress that has a purple end, a tulip.
Marina is a new water fairy of New Jersey descent. She is Silvermist's partner. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with brown hair and skin, green eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears a blue sports shirt.
Minister of Autumn (Richard Portnow and John DiMaggio) is a minister of Autumn of Brazilian descent. He is slender with brown hair, brown eyes, and fair skin and wears clothing made out of gold leaves.
Minister of Spring (Steve Valentine) is a minister of Spring of Irish descent. He is tall and slender with brown hair, green eyes, and fair skin and wears a leaf crown and clothing made out of violets.
Minister of Summer (Kathy Najimy) is a minister of Summer of Australian descent. She is obese with brown hair, green eyes, and fair skin and wears clothing made out of lilies.
Minister of Winter (Gail Borges) is the minister of Winter of Russian descent. She is slender with white hair, blue eyes, and fair skin and wears an ice crown and clothing made out of snowflakes.
Mr. Owl (Rob Paulsen) is an owl whom some Never fairies go to for advice.
Mr. Twitches is a cat belonging to the Griffiths family. He is the main antagonist of the third film.
Mrs. Perkins (Faith Prince) is a neighbor of Lizzy and her father.
Periwinkle (Lucy Hale) is a frost fairy. She is Tinker Bell's fraternal twin sister; born of the same baby's first laugh and match. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with fair skin, ice-blue eyes, snow white hair, pink blushing cheeks, and pointy ears and wears an aqua strapless dress that shimmers like ice with dark icy blue pants and aqua blue-colored shoes with white puffs on her toes and has clear sparkly fairy wings on her back, which are identical to Tinker Bell's.
Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) is the queen of Pixie Hollow. She is slender and taller than hand-size with a light shimmering long yellow dress, a light golden shimmering large yellow butterfly shaped wings, tiaras for different occasions, fair skin, blue eyes, and light brown hair in an up-do style.
Rosetta (Kristin Chenoweth and Megan Hilty) is a garden/plant-talent fairy. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with a rose petal dress in three shades of pink, fair skin, red shoes, shoulder-length red hair with curled ends, green eyes, pointy ears, and clear fairy wings on her back.
Rumble (Jason Dolley) is a storm sparrow man of Austrian descent. He is the main antagonist of the fourth film. He is small, slender, muscular, and hand-sized with black hair, blue eyes, and fair skin and wears a black/gray sports shirt.
Silvermist (Lucy Liu) is a water-talent fairy of Asian descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with a dark blue-green lily single-strapped dress, blue shoes, fair skin, long loose black hair, brown eyes, pointy ears, and clear fairy wings on her back.
Sled (Matt Lanter) is a frost sparrow man of Southern American descent. He is small, slender, and hand-sized with black hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears an aqua shirt. He is Rosetta's romantic interest and one of Periwinkle's friends.
Slush (Benjamin Diskin) is a frost sparrow man and one of Periwinkle's friends of Croatian descent. He is small, slender, and hand-sized with blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears a blue cap, an aqua shirt, and pants.
Spike (Debby Ryan) is a frost fairy and Periwinkle's another best friend of Ukrainian descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with black hair, brown eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears a blue dress and blue boots.
Terence (Jesse McCartney) is a pixie dust sparrow man of French-Celtic descent. He has a big crush on Tinker Bell, and is also her best friend. He is small, slender, and hand-sized with blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears an acorn top hat.
Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) is a tinker-talent fairy. She is the main protagonist of the film. She is small, slender, and hand sized with fair skin, blue eyes, blonde hair worn in a bun, pink blushing cheeks, and pointy ears, and wears a dark green strapless dress with a mini skirt and green shoes with white puffs on her toes, and has clear sparkly fairy wings on her back.
Vidia (Pamela Adlon) is a fast-flying-talent fairy. She has black ponytailed hair, gray eyes, pointy ears, fair skin and wears a purple vest with pink feathers, purple pants and black ballet shoes and has clear wings on her back.
Viola (Grey DeLisle) is a summoning fairy of Irish descent. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with brown/blonde hair, brown eyes, fair skin, pointy ears, and pink blushing cheeks and wears a herald clothing and a black cap with a white feather on top.
Zarina (Christina Hendricks) is a new misguided dust-keeper fairy, who steals the mystical blue pixie dust from the mighty Pixie Dust Tree, endangering all of Pixie Hollow. She joins forces with the pirates of Skull Rock in the sixth movie.
Zephyr (Alicyn Packard) is a new fast-flying fairy of Greek descent. She is Vidia's partner. She is small, slender, and hand-sized with brown hair, green eyes, fair skin, and pointy ears and wears a purple sports shirt.
There are several key characters that are not Never Fairies.
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 Neverland stay young and is mentioned in every book
Brother Dove: A dove who carries Rani on his back when she wishes to fly. He may be one of Mother Dove's chicks since he can talk to all the fairies, not just animal talents.
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.
Tutupia: The queen of the Great Wanded fairies (or Great Wandies). Great-wand fairies are about seven feet tall and have mystical wands or scepters that possess many magical properties.
Fufalla: A wand fairy who loves to play pranks and practical jokes on others.
Some of Tink's book-only best friends who also may appear in a crossover special with the Fairies in the movies and with other shows
Beck: An animal-talent fairy
Bess: An art-talent fairy
Fira: A light-talent fairy
Lily: A garden/earth-talent fairy
Prilla: A travel-talent pixie, introduced in Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg. The only pixie of her talent, Prilla can travel between Neverland and the human world.
Rani: A water fairy. Rani plays a major role in Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, along with Prilla and Vidia. To save Mother Dove, the other fairies, and Neverland, Rani sacrifices her wings permanently, becoming the only fairy who cannot fly, but also the only fairy that can swim.
Terence, Vidia, Silvermist, Sweetpea, Rosetta, Iridessa, Fawn and Queen Clarion were from the books as well. They are the only fairies from the books to get in the movies. Sweetpea only appears in the sixth movie.
There is a set of supernumerary fairies, appearing a few times in the Chapter books
Cinda, Liesel, Rhia, and Grace: They are the Queen's helper-talents who make sure everything is in tip-top shape for her.
Wisp: A new fast-flying-talent fairy who is almost as fast than Vidia through training. She and Vidia will race through the Hollow. The two of them are later in a friendly rivalry.
Elwood: A fast-flying-talent sparrow man who loves purple and talks as fast as he flies. He can be annoying, but he is very kind hearted.
Pluck: A harvest-talent fairy who loves to find and collect delicious fruits and nuts.
Pell: A harvest-talent fairy and Pluck's best friend (they look like twins).
Sera: A scouting-talent fairy.
Trak: A scouting-talent sparrow man. He is Myka's friend.
Nettle: A fairy whose magical talent is caterpillar-shearing. She and Prilla and Myka are friends.
Luna: A beautiful light fairy like the glue that keeps Fira and Iridessa together.
Angus: An expert pot-and-pans sparrow man
Twire: A scrap-metal talent fairy who melts down metal to recycle. She sometimes fights with Tinker Bell for who gets to keep the metal for melting or fixing.
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. But, they soon learn to work together.
Mixie: A baking talent fairy who helps Dulcie.
Duncan: Also a baking talent, sparrow man. He has more patience than Mixie.
Quill: An art-talent fairy who is quiet, shy, and is very good friends with Bess.
Melina: A glass-blowing art-talent fairy. She has strawberry blonde hair, blue eyes and peach skin. Her main outfit is a blue shirt, teal pants, an emerald green leaf headscarf, a green apron, and olive green shoes.
Scarlet: A new art-talent fairy. She is especially skilled in pottery and is friends with Bess.
Violet: One of the cutest fairies in Pixie Hollow. She is a dyeing-talent who has corkscrew curls and is friends with Bess.
Zuzu: A tinker-talent fairy who is very loyal to her job.
Spring: A spunky message-talent fairy who is good friends with Fira and Lily.
Hydrangea: A beautiful water talent fairy who always wears blue eyeshadow.
Humidia: A water-talent who makes the jet at the top of the water fountain in Rani in Mermaid Lagoon
Tizzywing: A fast-flying fairy who gets sick easily and, unlike Vidia, is very kind.
Nollie: A brunette, cute, grateful animal-talent fairy.
Sweet Pea: A new fairy.
Idalia: A garden talent fairy with dark brown hair.
Magnolia: A leaf talent fairy.
Rune: A story-telling fairy.
Luminaria: A cheerful, blonde light-talent fairy.
Glissandra: A cheerful,blonde light-talent fairy who wears makeup a lot.
Dewberry: A fruit-talent fairy who wears eyeshadow a lot and is very kind and more emotional then everyone except for the water fairies
Olwen: A young garden fairy who loves planting seeds and looks up to Tinker Bell and Queen Clarion
Abby: A tinker fairy who is beautiful, unique, blonde, and very good at her talent. She secretly has a crush on Baden. She is very musical, although she actually isn't a music fairy. She loves animals almost as much as the animal fairies do. Many fairies think she may be the first fairy with multiple talents, but for now she is just a tinker fairy
Baden: A scout fairy who is brave as well as cautious and is protective and is a safety-freak. He secretly has a crush on Abby.
Nilsa: A scout fairy who dies of disbelief in "Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg."
Temma: A shoemaker fairy who dies drowning in a flood in "Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand."
Crystal: A beautiful water talent fairy. She's very musical and often helps Lyria in her plays in "Play's Buddy." She has her own pet rabbit named Bunny in "Never Mermaid's Sister." Her older sister is Crystaline, a mermaid.
There are a set of key Never Mermaids.
Soop: A beautiful and generous mermaid of middle rank who can be impatient.
Pah: A beautiful mermaid of middle rank who talks funny and is Soop's best friend.
Voona: She has yellow-orange hair, yellow-orange tail and a violet scarf.
Oola: A mermaid with yellow-green hair, green eyes and a yellow-green tail. She's the first mermaid to actually befriend Rani, but has a weird way of showing it.
Crystaline: A beautiful and kind mermaid with a high rank that also has a sour plum personality like Vidia. In "Never Mermaid's Sister" she has a fairy sister named Crystal.
Disney Publishing Worldwide transferred the Disney Fairies franchise main publishing license to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in January 2014 except for the Never Girls series starting in February. This roll out will included nine titles, including leveled readers, storybooks, a Passport to Reading title, a sticker book, and a board book. Brown planned on introduction a new character, Croc, in the board book to allow the line appeal to younger readers, including some boys. Additional, Brown's plan includes greater connection to the Peter Pan story, pirates and Never Land. Five of the books tie into the April 1st video release The Pirate Fairy.
The story begins in Fairy Haven/Pixie Hollow, located in the heart of Neverland. Prilla, who is a brand-new fairy, born of a baby's laugh, arrives in Neverland 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, Neverland 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 Neverland 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. Another sequel, Fairies and the Quest for Neverland, was released in 2010.
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.
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 on Tinker Bell, and her fairy friends from the Pixie Hollow. Each issue features a collectable pull-out story, games, puzzles, posters and colouring pages.Fairies Magazine has been launched in Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Poland, Russia, Spain, the Nordic countries, Portugal, Germany, and Benelux.
In January 2013, PDW launched Never Girls chapter book series extension of the Disney Fairies franchise under publishing partner Random House's Stepping Stone imprint. The Never Girls chapter series reached the New York Times Bestsellers List - Children's Series on the week of August 10. Random House retained publication of this line despite the move of the franchise's general move to Little, Brown in February 2014.
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. 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. Disney Consumer Products launched a wide variety of Disney Fairies branded items, consisting of everything from apparel to stationery.
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 for domestic addresses.
In October 2008, two Pixie Hollow locations opened at Disney Parks. One opened at Disneyland near the Matterhorn in the area where Ariel's Grotto was formerly located, and the other at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Mickey's Toontown Fair. Another version opened at Hong Kong Disneyland on January 21, 2011 as one of the festivities to celebrate the park's 5th anniversary. At these Pixie Hollow locations, guests have the opportunity to meet and greet Tinker Bell and other fairies, Silvermist, Rosseta, Iredessa, Fawn, Terence, Vidia, and arriving in October 2012, Periwinkle, from the franchise, as well as dine with them.
The Magic Kingdom location closed in February 2011 as part of the ongoing Fantasyland expansion. A larger Pixie Hollow area was included in the original plans for the expansion, but they have since been abandoned. On July 28, 2011, Tinkerbell and her fairy friends returned to the Magic Kingdom in "Tinkerbell's Magical Nook", located at the Adventureland Veranda.
Pixie Hollow was an MMOG created by The Walt Disney Company and released September 8, 2008. The basic version of the game was free to play online. The website was based partly on the Disney fairy books written by Gail Carson Levine. Players with free accounts could create a female Fairy or male Sparrow Man avatar who each came with a small selection of furnishings to decorate a virtual room. Basic accounts could make friends with other players and have access to both 'speed' chat with pre-selected phrases and full chat where they are able to type their own messages. They could also play various "Talent Games," or fairy themed mini-games, found in the various meadows and forests of Pixie Hollow. While playing, the player was able to pick up leaves, seeds and flowers which were the currency for buying items in the game. Players could also play games and visit places to earn badges that they could see in their "leaf journal," which also served as a handbook and inventory. Players could purchase a monthly, semi-annual or annual membership. The membership included: Clothes and furniture, badges (a reward for doing something good in Pixie Hollow,) and hair salon with spa. These were member only features.
You could also purchase Pixie Diamonds. Members were granted an allowance of Pixie Diamonds, (once a month.) People who were not members were able to buy clothing, but they had to use Pixie Diamonds. Members In January 2012, "Pixie Diamonds" were introduced, an in-game currency that could be purchased with real-world money and used to buy or upgrade items without an active membership. Though the website was geared towards young girls, on April 22, 2010, the game introduced a male character named Slate; he was referred to as a "Sparrow Man" rather than a male fairy.
On August 20, 2013, it was announced that Pixie Hollow would be closing on September 19, 2013. All the fairies were given unlimited access to the world until the closing date.