Trying to Understand How the Modern Never Land All Fits Together

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Recently I bought my daughter the latest Tinker Bell movie, The Pirate Fairy. It's a good enough film, and one of the better in the series. The real reason I was excited is that Tom Hiddleston was playing a young version of Captain Hook. If the thought of Loki flying around with tiny winged pirates who use sewing pins as swords doesn't make you smile, then I can't help you.

But it's starting to bother me because there are three current adventure series in Never Land. There's the two proper Peter Pan movies, Tink's films, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. All three of them are vastly different but take place in the same setting and share characters. I've spent way more time than an adult should trying to figure out how it all fits.

First thing to remember is that fairies and Never Land have an intimate connection to our world, though they are separate. Fairies are born from the laughter of human babies, and I've shown elsewhere how Never Land is more or less created to be the afterlife of dead children.

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Pixie Hollow, where the Tinker Bell movies take place, is part of Never Land. It's not its own separate place. Still, the fairies visit our world frequently, as shown in The Great Fairy Rescue. Travel between Never Land and Earth can only be accomplished by flying, but it's made clear in Pirate Fairy that fairies can bring through humans like Hook through other means.

We've never really been shown how Tinker Bell and Peter Pan meet, but by the time Peter Pan and its sequel come around, the two are inseparable. Tink has formed relationships with humans before, but her attitude toward Wendy and family is distinctly more hostile. Tink is damn near psychotic in the course of the two movies, and that change is the hardest to reconcile. Hook has become an established entity in Never Land by this point and, if the film Hook is to be relied upon, still has the ability to travel between worlds.

One theory involves the show Once Upon a Time, which has an unknown canonicity in the Disneyverse but is still licensed. In the show, Tink is a disgraced fairy who has her wings cut off. This leaves her bitter and hateful, and aligned with Peter, who is a much more unsavory figure than he is in film. It's possible that we're seeing Tink still bearing the scars of a storybook restoration that hasn't been shown yet.

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