About Natalie

A committed, but not yet institutionalized SAHM of three. I enjoy crafting experiments, cooking and baking adventures, and fancy myself as handy with a power drill as I am a glue gun. I may not get the project right the first time, but I always have fun doing it!

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Highlights, low-lights, ombre. Platinum, beachy gold, fiery red, ill-advised black.  Crimping, curling, straightening, ratting. I’ve done just about everything. And although I had a lot of fun, my hair paid the price! At times my hair was dull and flat. I really had to make sure I treated it with a lot of TLC!

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Q&A with The Pirate Fairy Filmmakers! #PirateFairyBloggers

I had so much fun during my time in LA! The last bit I have to share with you is the amazing interview we had with the filmmakers of The Pirate Fairy! Peggy Holmes directed and wrote the film and Jenni Magee-Cook was a producer. And they had a lot of interesting tidbits to share with us and I’m going to share them with you!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to see The Pirate Fairy, first off you really need to! And secondly, it is not only a beautiful, captivating animated flick, it teaches a good lesson too. One that I want my kids to hear and remember. Zarina, the main fairy-character, makes a mistake. But the message behind the movie is that if you make mistakes you also have to work to fix it.

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Peggy Holmes explained a bit about the thought process behind the film. She told us that Zarina didn’t expect to be welcomed back to her home, Pixie Hollow. She thought she would have to start a new life for herself. So Zarina joined up with the pirates at Skull Rock. Peggy was a choreographer before directing, which was helpful when creating the pirate song and dance number. Feel free to dance along with the crew:

Much thought went into making Zarina a misunderstood yet lovable character in believable pirate fairy garb! She needed to have a sweet and strong face. She is taller than the other fairies. They told us that she is a 6″ pixie! Of taller stature than the other fairies. And her pirate outfit was made from a pirate captain’s cuff, her belt from a watch band and her sword a hat pin!

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Executive producer John Lasseter was a huge part of creating the pre-tic-tocking croc. At first Croc was drawn as more of a real-life crocodile, but John said he needed to be a cuter version. He also said that the little croc had to stay true to being imprinted on Rosetta. Have you read about the science of imprinting? It’s incredible. And Rosetta was definitely little Croc’s mom!

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Currently there is another Fairy flick in the works! But they wouldn’t tell us a thing about it! Nothing! If I hear anything, you will be the first to know!

All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event and a copy of The Pirate Fairy to facilitate my review.

Q&A with The Pirate Fairy Animation Team! #PirateFairyBloggers

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I’ve already told you how special I think Disney’s newest Tinker Bell movie THE PIRATE FAIRY is in my recent review. Now I get to share how they brought Zarina, the newest and most feisty fairy to life!

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Ritsuko Notani, Yurike Senoo and Raymond Shenusay.


During an amazing trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, myself and a group of other bloggers were able to sit down with some of the creative minds who made Zarina into the little spunky fairy she is. It was amazing to hear just how much thought and imagination went into the process!

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Zarina is a very multi-faceted character. She is intelligent, brave, fierce, likable and sweet. A lot of things to ask of a little animated pixie!

Raymond Shenusay, Head of Story, proved he was committed to his love for the project when he showed up in complete pirate attire for the interview! He spoke of the development of THE PIRATE FAIRY as a whole movie. It takes thousands and thousands of drawings to build an initial rough movie from the story. These are sent to editorial and given voices, music and sound effects. During many screenings, a large amount of notes are taken on what to tweak and what can be improved. Then the team starts over. Another rough movie is created and screened again. And this goes on for quite a while, changing things and adding unique details. These details are fascinating!

Zarina went through a huge transformation from when they started the project to the final character. Character Designer Ritsuko Notani spoke of the challenges in making a dust keeper fairy who is able to believably transition later to the role of a pirate. Quite a change! She told us how the initial drawings of Zarina were decided to be too sweet. Zarina was shorter and had a more rounded shape. By the last screening Zarina was taller than the other fairies. She was athletic, had more angular features and of course her wild, unruly mane of hair!

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Yuriko Senoo, Animation Supervisor, shared how they worked with 3D models of the characters to give each character a full range of emotions of who they were and what fit the storyline. They also reviewed other pirate movies, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean, to get the movements just right.

The Pirate Fairy

We learned quite a few interesting tidbits about Zarina. Christina Hedricks (character voice for Zarina) was an inspiration for her facial features. Much detail was also put into the fairies’ costumes. Fashion designer and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano was the mastermind behind the fairies’ spunky and stylish costumes. Another detail that I was surprised to find out: Zarina’s pirate outfit was designed as if made from a pirate captain’s arm cuff. It’s true! Take a look-

The Pirate Fairy

Stay tuned…inside information from our interview with the filmmakers is coming in the next few days!

THE PIRATE FAIRY is now available for purchase TODAY! 

All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event and a copy of The Pirate Fairy to facilitate my review.



The Young Captain Hook! A Look Behind the Scenes w/ Tom Hiddleston! #PirateFairyBloggers

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During a recent trip to the Walt Disney Animation Studio I had the amazing opportunity  to prescreen The Pirate Fairy-and it was fantastic! It is by far the best, most exciting adventure Tink, and her feisty fairy friends have been on so far.

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Tom Hiddleston is the voice of the young Captain Hook. Watch below as he speaks a bit about his character and the film. You even get a preview as he sings “The Frigate that Flies” in the recording studio!

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You can meet the characters, watch clips and even play some fun interactive games on Disney’s The Pirate Fairy website! Go check it out now!

And be sure to pre-order your copy on Amazon!