Children’s Fairy Movies

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Epic (2013)

Type: Animation, Family, Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%

Directors: Chris Wedge

Stars: Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried

Duration: 106 mins

Rated: G

Epic fairies

Plot Summary: The boggans and the ‘leaf folk’ (fairies, ‘Ronin’ even has an Irish accent) are fighting for the heart of the forest, which is watched over by an ineffective if lovable old scientist who is convinced that an advanced fairy society lives there and his estranged daughter who accidentally stumbles into the midst of the battle. Epic is interesting for the development of the theme that fairies are the ‘motor’ of nature, found in a slightly tamer version in the Tinkerbell films. Boggans (see boggarts?) are, instead, forces of entropy and not honestly that scary: your seven year old won’t die of fright. Highlights include the frog with a Harlem accent and the pseudo-science of fairies living at a higher velocity than us mere human beings.

Secret of the Wings (2012)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%

Directors: Roberts Gannaway, Peggy Holmes

Stars: Timothy Dalton, Lucy Hale, Megan Hilty

Duration: 75 minutes

Rated: G

tinkerbell secret wings

Plot summary: In the fourth of Tinker Bell’s recent films, the famous fairy’s curiosity about the forbidden Winter Woods leads her to discover she has a sister in that world. In their attempts to spend time together, trouble ensues as the two realms and respective fairies are unable to survive in each other’s conditions. Through teamwork by all the fairies and the star-crossed lovers ruling the two realms, the sisters secure a future in which they can see each other.

The Tooth Fairy 2 (2012)

Type: Comedy, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Ratings: 38%

Director: Alex Zamm

Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, David Mackey and Erin Beute

Duration: 90 minutes

Rated: PG

tooth fairy 2

Plot Summary: Inferior to the first in the series. Larry the Cable Guy has lost his fiancé to a wealthy and unpleasant neighbour. However, he campaigns to win her back while being magically transformed into the tooth fairy.

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

Director: Bradley Raymond

Stars: Lucy Liu, Mae Whitman and Michael Sheen

Duration: 76 minutes

Rated: G

tinker bell great fairy rescue

Plot Summary: The third instalment to Tinker Bell’s saga since her Disney debut in Peter Pan in 1953, this film finds the famous fairy trapped inside a tiny house belonging to a human girl with a fascination for fairies. The two form a friendship, which is then put to the test by the girl’s disbelieving father. But with help from Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, he in turn discovers the truth and a newfound bond with his daughter.

Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Director: William Lau, Terry Klausen

Stars: Diana Kaarina, Adrian Petriw, Britt Irvin

Duration: 72 minutes

fairy secret

Plot Summary : The Barbie franchise discovers fairies and Ken is kidnapped by fairies.     Barbie and her friend/rival Raquelle must ‘learn that the real magic lies not just in the fairy world itself, but in the power of friendship’. Tell that to the fairies though…

Neverland (2011)

Type: TV Mini-Series; Adventure, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Director: Nick Willing

Stars: Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and Charles Dance

Duration: 180 minutes


Plot Summary: A strange neo-realistic take on Peter Pan with real pirates, real Indians and little in the way of fairies.

Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

Type: Animation; Comedy, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55%

Director: Kelly Asbury

Stars: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith

Duration: 84 minutes

Rated: G

gnomeo juliet

Plot Summary: A spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, feuding next-door neighbours have clans of gnomes living in their gardens and who likewise despise each other. Following a similar pattern of events as the classic play, Gnomeo and Juliet, gnomes from the two fighting clans, meet and fall in love. A twist on the originals ending, the film ends with the gnomes resolving their disagreements and the couple getting married.

The Tooth Fairy (2010)

Type: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 18%

Director: Michael Lembeck

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews

Duration: 101 minutes

Rated: PG

tooth fairy 2010

Plot Summary: This comedy stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Derek Thompson, a hockey player and boyfriend to a single mother by day and a tooth fairy by night. Thompson is a minor league hockey player whose misdeed lands him a two-week sentence as a tooth fairy. Balancing his new nocturnal activities with his daytime career and romance lead Thompson to realize the importance of being a influence to those around him.

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett

Duration: 94 minutes

Rated: G


Plot Summary: The story of the unlikely friendship between a human boy and a girl belonging to a race of tiny people who live unseen by humans and are known as ‘Borrowers’ because they get what they need to survive by taking it from humans. In the short time they spend together, the pair inspire each other to have the courage to fight on in the face of adversity.

Secret of Kells (2009)

Type: Animation and Adventure

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

Director: Tomm Moore

Stars: Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney

Duration: 78 minutes

Rated: G


Plot Summary: Perhaps the greatest animated production of this century (to date). Secret of Kells describes the work of Aidan, a young Irish monk, as he helps Brother Brendan create the Book of Kells, ‘to take among the people’ in the dark days of the Viking invasions. In creating the book Aidan makes an unlikely alliance with a fairy, Aisling in the woods outside Kells. Aisling saves her friend, but does she die? The film gives no easy answers.

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Director: Klay Hall

Stars: Lucy Liu, Mae Whitman and Anjelica Huston

Duration: 81 minutes

Rated: G

tinker bell lost treasure

Plot Summary: In the second of the Pixie Hollow films, Tinker Bell is given a special task for the coming autumn. She soon finds herself on an adventure to find a lost wish-granting mirror and teams up with a firefly named Blaze along the way. Though the pair ultimately finds what they sought, the most valuable things are what they discover of themselves along the way.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%

Director: Peggy Holmes

Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright and Jim Cummings

Duration: 77 minutes

Rated: G

ariel's beginning

Plot Summary: In this prequel to the 1989 classic, Ariel’s father bans music from the underwater realm after a ship kills his wife when she tries to recover a music box. Years later, Ariel discovers her own love of music with help from Sebastian the crab. However, an ambitious servant with an eye for Sebastian’s position ruins their fun by alerting the king. With the help of her friends, Ariel shows her father his own forgotten love of music.

Tinker Bell (2008)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

Director: Bradley Raymond

Stars: Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné

Duration: 78 minutes

Rated: G

tinker bell

Plot Summary: The return of Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell with her own leading role, the film takes place in a part of Neverland known as Pixie Hollow. The story brings to light the world of the magical island’s fairies and their various roles such as fixing things, bringing about the seasons, and helping animals. Tinker Bell’s desire to visit the mainland, or the real world, causes her to attempt the jobs of other fairies, which inevitably brings about disaster. These forays lead Tinker Bell to gradually come to terms with her own talents and see them as equal in importance to those bestowed on the other fairies.

Gnomes and Trolls: The Secret Chamber (2008)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomato Rating: N/A

Director: Robert Rhodin

Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Greg Berg, James Arnold Taylor

Duration: 70 minutes

gnomes and trolls

Plot Summary: A coming-of-age story about a young gnome named Junior who lives in the forest. Continually at odds with his father, the leader of his people, the Junior must put aside his differences when trolls steal the gnomes’ winter food supply and he embarks on a quest to retrieve it. Travelling to unknown lands and facing various dangers, Junior finds courage he never knew he possessed.

A Very Fairy Christmas (2006)

Type: TV Movie; Animation.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Director: Ron Crown

Stars: Ashleigh Ball, Kathleen Barr and Alexandra Carter

Duration: 48 minutes

Rated: G

very fairy christmas

Plot summary: Leah Carpenter makes friend with Shaily an elf who works in Santa Claus’ workshop and visits Santa’s workshop.

Tooth (2004)

Type: Family and Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%

Director: Edouard Nammour

Stars: Rory Copus, Vinny Jones, Stephen Fry, Sally Phillips and Tim Dutton

Duration: 91 minutes

tooth 2004

Plot Summary:  A tooth fairy accidentally on purposes leaves far too much money for a tooth and allows the anti-Clause, a fairy-hunter to track her and her kids down.

The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomato Rating: 38%

Directors: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith

Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright and Tara Strong

Duration: 75 minutes

Rated: G

little mermaid 2

Plot summary: The sequel to Disney’s 1989 classic, the film features Ariel’s daughter in a full reversal of the original’s storyline. Melody finds herself bound to land and wanting nothing more than to go explore the ocean, which her parents have forbidden out of fear of retribution from the original foe, Ursula’s sister. In spite of their wishes, Melody runs away to the ocean where she strikes a deal Morgana to turn her into a mermaid.

Faeries (1999)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

Director: Gary Hurst

Stars: Kate Winslet, Jeremy Irons and Dougray Scott

Duration: 90 minutes

Rated: G

faeries 1994

Plot summary: Never eat fairy food! A child eats a fairy cake and ends up in fairyland. The only way out is to complete three tasks and return to the world.

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)

Type: Adventure, Comedy and Family

Rotten Tomatoes’ Rating: 77%

Director: John Henderson

Stars: Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Daltrey

Duration: 172 minutes

magical legend of leprechauns

Plot Summary: A very long and often complicated film but one with real intelligence behind it. Jack Woods is an American who comes to live in an Irish cottage that is full of leprechauns. While Jack tries to relate to these strange creatures and catches the eye of a local girl, a Romeo and Juliet style story is underway as the prince of the leprechauns falls in love with the princess of the fairies and the two tribes go to war. Notable for Whoopi Goldberg (the Grand Banshee!) and special fairy vocabulary: ‘trooping fairies’ etc etc.

Rated: N/A

The Last Leprechaun (1998)

Type: Adventure, Fantasy and Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

Director: David Lister

Stars: Veronica Hamel, Jack Scalia and David Warner

Duration: 93 minutes

last leprechaun

Plot Summary: Two exiled American children fight the evil designs of their step-mother and her creepy butler in Ireland.

Toothless (1997)

Type: TV Movie; Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%

Director: Melanie Mayron

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Dale Midkiff, Ross Malinger

Duration: 92 minutes


Plot Summary: A woman descending from a long line of dentists dies of a car accident and finds herself in a purgatory-like place, from where people either ascend to heaven or descend to hell depending on the deeds they perform while there. She is then given the job of tooth fairy though quickly breaks the rules by being seen by humans – at first only children, whose innocence allows them to see the paranormal – and interfering in the their lives. Though disastrous at first, her meddling ultimately lands her a second chance at life.

Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44%

Director: Phil Robinson, Dave Marshall

Stars: James S. Baker, Erik Bergmann and Connie Champagne

Duration: 75 minutes

Rated: G

ferngully 2

Plot Summary: Poachers have stolen some animals from Ferngully and the fairies leave their ancestral home to retrieve them.

Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns (1996)

Type: Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

Director: Ted Nicolaou

Stars: Gregory Smith, Madeleine Potter and Godfrey James

Duration: 85 minutes

Rated: G

leaping leprechaun

Plot Summary: Mike Dennehy, an American kid finds himself at Fairyhill (Ireland) for the summer and makes friends with the local leprechauns and fights Nula, queen of the dead.

Pom Poko (1994)

Type: Animation and Adventure

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83% 

Director: T. Takahata

Duration: 112 minutes

Rated: PG

pom poko

Plot Summary: Not strictly a fairy film, but the description of a tribe of Tokyo raccoons who fight to protect their home from building development has many fairy echoes from the east. The raccoons, doomed to defeat, learn to shape change and to use magic against their human foes.

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

Type: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%

Director: John Sayles

Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan and Mick Lally

Duration: 103 minutes

Rated: PG

roan inish

Plot Summary: Fiona is ten and goes to live with her grandparents in Donegal where she learns that she has selkie blood: she then makes contact with the selkies and her lost baby brother. A beautiful film.

Thumbelina (1994)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25%

Director: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman

Stars: Jodi Benson, Gary Imhoff and Gino Conforti

Duration: 87 minutes

Rated: G


Plot Summary: Traditional story as a cartoon.

Ferngully: the Last Rainforest (1992)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:

Director: Bill Kroyer

Stars: Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater and Robin Williams

Duration: 76 minutes

Rated: G

ferngully last rain forest

Plot Summary: Hexxus is a logging firm that wants to destroy Ferngully. Its fairy guardians though are determined not to let this happen.

Hook (1991)

Type: Animated

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31%

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts

Duration: 144 minutes

Rated: PG

hook 1991

Plot Summary: A twist on the old Peter Pan story with an adult Peter Pan determined to take on Captain Hook.

A Gnome named Gnorm (1990)

Type: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Director: Stan Winston

Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Jerry Orbach and Claudia Christian

Duration: 84 minutes

Rated: PG


Plot Summary: A gnome’s attempt to gain notoriety among his race and an undercover detective’s sting operation go awry simultaneously, forcing the two to work together as they attempt to fix their debacles.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois

Duration: 83 minutes

Rated: G

little mermaid

Plot Summary: In Disney’s take on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Ariel, a teenage mermaid and daughter of the king of the ocean, wants nothing more than to walk among the humans. After making a deal with the octopus-like witch, Urusula, who seeks to depose Ariel’s father and take his place, Ariel gains a pair of legs in exchange for her voice and, unless she is kissed by a human prince within three days, her soul as well. With the hep of her lively friends from the sea, Ariel attempts to fulfil her to sway the prince and so keep her soul and her happiness.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Type: Cartoon

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

Director: H. Miyazaki

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Ellie Fanning and Tim Daly

Duration: 87 minutes:

totoro in the rain

Plot Summary: Two children go to live in the country with their archaeologist father, while their mother is in hospital trying to recover from a mystery illness. The two slowly make friends with various local elementals in the Japanese countryside and, above all, a friendly troll called Totoro. Look out for the cat bus…

David the Gnome (1985)

Type: Animated, Family and Adventure

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Director: Ernest Reid

Stars: José María Cordero, Matilda Conessa and Ramón Langa

Duration: 30 minutes

david the gnome

Plot Summary: This Spanish adaptation of the children’s book, The Secret Book of the Gnomes, follows the adventures of David and several other Gnome, who live in the forest and use their magical powers to battle the damage humans have created on the environment as well as their age-old enemies, the trolls. Twenty-six episodes were created in total for this television series.

Dark Crystal (1982)

Type: Animation; Adventure, Family

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz

Duration: 93 minutes

Rated: PG

dark crystal

Plot Summary: DC is set on another world but the parallels with our earth’s fairy lore are striking.

Faeries (1981)

Type: TV; Animation; Short, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Director: Lee Mishkin

Stars: Hans Conried, Craig Schaefer, Morgan Brittany

Duration: 30 minutes

faeries 1981

Plot Summary Oisin is taken by a fairy to the fairy king to asks for his help against the evil Shadow. The film is notable for being based on the illustrations of Brian Froud.

Gnomes (1980)

Type: TV Movie; Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Directors: Jack Zander, Lars Calonius

Stars: Lee Richardson, Arthur Anderson and Rex Everhart

Duration: 45 minutes


Plot Summary: Based on the same children’s book as the Spanish television series, David the Gnome, the film revolves around a family of gnomes living in the forest and who prepare for the wedding of the eldest son in the family. The ceremony, however, is put to the test by a family of trolls intent on ruining the wedding as well as obnoxious members of Tor’s own extended family.

The Gnome Mobile (1967)

Type: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61%

Director: Robert Stevenson

Stars: Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice

Duration: 84 minutes

gnome mobile

Plot Summary: A millionaire is committed to a mental institution for seeing gnomes and his grandchildren (the Mary Poppins duo) have to both rescue him and save the gnomes.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Type: Animation; Family, Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

Director: Clyde Geronimi

Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirly, Eleanor Audley

Duration: 75 minutes

Rated: G

sleeping fairy godmothers

Plot Summary: Three fairy godmothers help sleeping beauty break the curse and find her prince.

Peter Pan (1953)

Type: Animated

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Director: Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson

Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont and Hans Conried

Duration: 77 mins

peter pan 1953

Plot Summary: The classic Disney telling of the Peter Pan story with a particularly memorable and often angry Tinker Bell – who according to silver screen legend was based on Marilyn Monroe. Tinker Bell returned to Disney’s frontline in the Pixie Hollow films starting in 2008

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