Talking Legend of The Neverbeast

The latest and perhaps the last of the Tinker Bell movies from Disneytoon Studios, Legend of the Neverbeast, arrived last week on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. It’s a very personal story for director Steve Loter (Kim Possible), who was inspired by his daughter’s embrace of big dogs.

Loter grew up without pets and was particularly afraid of large canines until his daughter’s kindness helped him overcome his fear. The movie revolves around the open-hearted Fawn (voiced by Jennifer Goodwin) and her discovery of a beast that is not really so monstrous. But her compassion nearly destroys Pixie Hollow. I recently spoke with Loter and producer Makul Wigert (Secret of the Wings).

Bill Desowitz: There are so many familiar qualities about Gruff: The Gruffalo and Where the Wild Things Are immediately come to mind.

Steve Loter: It’s all part of the DNA, it all weaves its way into the subconscious, I guess. But we didn’t consciously draw on them in the design.

BD: But it’s part of the same message of learning not to fear what’s different.

SL: You can’t tell a book by its cover. And actually a more prevalent theme for me because it’s connected to the family is that you have to think with your head and your heart. The balance. Double the value.

Makul Wigert: You want to be compassionate yet you still need to be smart and think through the consequences. And at the beginning of the film, Fawn isn’t thinking through the consequences. She’s harboring this hawk and it escapes and causes widespread panic throughout Pixie Hallow. And by the end of the film, she’s learned to think through what she’s doing.

BD: You also looked at comic books and graphic novels for the look of the storm that threatens Pixie Hollow. Talk about that.

SL: I’m a huge comics nerd and I looked at a variety of stuff. I think the ’90s was a comic renaissance and introduced a new series of artists that were so creative and imaginative. Mike Mignola, who has a history with Disney, was one we looked at. But we looked at a lot of really interesting comic book styles from the ’90s.

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