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I've probably posted this before, but my daughters (ages 5 & 7) love the Tinker Bell movie franchise. We own most of the Blu-Rays already, and they have been asking for the new "Pirate Fairy" movie that just came out (maybe for someone's birthday later this year). We also own books, clothes, toys, dolls, etc. from the franchise. Nothing in that Hollywood Reporter article was a surprise to me.

The movies are good enough to be theatrical releases. The animation is excellent. The stories are on par with other Disney Animation films. Every movie has a hummable signature song or two, just like other Disney films. They have celebrity voice talent. They don't appear to have been produced on the cheap, like a lot of the other direct-to-video things we see on Netflix or Redbox (like the dreadful "Barbie" movies).

I think what keeps them out of the theater is that the stories really appeal to girls age 3-12 and not at all to boys, and not much to adults either. It's probably a marketing decision about costs of promotion, target audience demographics, etc. that makes them direct-to-video, not the quality of the movie.

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