Animated Mythology (Part 7)

Still shot from Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014), directed by Steve Loter.

Okay, so I lied in my last post, or at least I was mistaken. I decided to go one more week on the topic of animated mythology. Those following my blog might be a little surprised by this next and final selection for the series. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast from DisneyToon Studios is obviously meant for a younger audience, but it contains the necessary elements of a myth. It features fairies, a creature with prescient awareness, and a a legend of prophesied cataclysm, so it should qualify as a suitable example. Some adults will be pleasantly surprised by the sophistication of the story line, and the artistic concept and image composistions are interesting and unique for the Tinker Bell video series. This is especially true for the monster’s transformation sequence, and the role played by this creature is different than one would expect.

Still shot from Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014), directed by Steve Loter.
Still shot from Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014), directed by Steve Loter.

So the last statement of the previous paragraph requires a full disclosure statement. Michael Greenholt, the Animation Supervisor for this project, is also my son-in-law, and I am obviously proud of his work. I do not think this invalidates my comment, however. A look at the quality of the animation on this video should confirm what I have written. To view some additional examples of Mike’s art, click here. To see a gallery post about Mike from More than Monsters (my other site) click here.

2 thoughts on “Animated Mythology (Part 7)”

  1. I loved your series Animated Mythology. I introduced my niece to everyone of these films and she has loved all of them and we’ve had some very rich discussions about their themes. The most memorable being when we talked about Princess Mononoke and the differences between good and bad people.

    One film I didn’t see on your list, but it was the first film I ever watched and discussed with her was Spirited Away. I’ve introduced this movie to two generations of girls (including my niece’s mother) and every one of them adored it. It really seems to speak to young girls.

    I would love it if you could speak on it in some future post!

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    1. I have seen Spirited Away and was very impressed. Not being sufficiently familiar with the Japanese folklore behind it, I shied away from discussing it in my series. Perhaps I will become more confident to do so in the future. Thank you for your comments, and I am gratified that you enjoyed this series. Take care.


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