Tinker Bell is having a moment. Not the red-faced huff of a moment we’re used to seeing the feisty tinker fairy have, but a very A-list celeb kind of moment. “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks and “Thor” star Tom Hiddleston have joined the fun in “Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy” as rogue fairy Zarina and a future Captain Hook, respectively. The result is getting touted as the best direct-to-video sequel Disney has made yet — quite an endorsement for the littlest member of the mouse house.
Maybe what makes Tinker Bell such an awesome character for families with young children is own her imperfection in embraced (that angry red face!) and not something to be corrected. It’s Tinkerbell’s jealousy over Wendy that establishes a bond between the tiny fairy and the revenge-driven Captain James Hook. In “Pirate Fairy,” Tinker Bell and James — the future Captain Hook — meet and we see Neverland for the first time.
In celebration of this monumental meeting between two iconic characters, we’ve searched for tidbits you never knew about Tinker Bell and Captain Hook that you can share with the kids.
Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Tink and Captain Hook.
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- Tinker Bell Wasn’t Modeled After Marilyn Monroe
Many fans of the 1953 “Peter Pan” believe Tinker Bell was based on Marilyn Monroe, but the actress who modeled Tink’s role in the studio, Margaret Kerry, confirms otherwise. Upon seeing the film, her husband reportedly said, “Margaret, I’d recognize those thighs anywhere.” Kerry also reportedly had been given the title “Most Beautiful Legs in Hollywood” but wasn’t too happy with the recognition.
- Captain Hook Was Born in Scandal
Captain Hook’s origins are quite scandalous. According to “The Pirate Empire,” Hook’s mother was Queen Victoria and an unnamed Lord. The circumstances of his birth seem to have colored his blood yellow, a sight that frightens the poor pirate.
- Tinker Bell Was Never in Love With Peter Pan
Conventional wisdom has it that Tinker Bell was in love with Peter Pan, but the woman on whom Tink is based tells a different story. “Tinker Bell was never in love with Peter Pan, she was sort of a groupie,” Margaret Kerry is quoted as saying. “Peter would go on his adventures and she would get to go with him, and what she was really worried about with Wendy was that maybe he wouldn’t take her on the adventures anymore, he would take that ugly old girl! So that’s what she was jealous of.”
- The Same Actor Voiced Captain Hook and Wendy’s Dad
Captain Hook was originally voiced by Hans Conried, who also played Wendy’s father, Mr. Darling, in the 1953 classic. According to “The Pirate Empire” this was for good reason — the voice of the villain was meant to come from the children’s imagination. Hook is one of Disney’s most famous villains thanks to Conried’s performance which portrayed the pirate as dramatic, hilarious and awesomely bad all at once. Conried also lent his voice to the popular-again “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” TV series as the terrifying Red Skull and The Chameleon.
- Tinker Bell Is a Drama Queen on Purpose
Tinker Bell is known for her dramatic personality, and that’s by design. “Peter Pan” playwright J.M. Barrie reportedly said Tink’s big emotions were due to her small size — her tiny person could only hold one emotion at a time.
- Captain Hook Went to Boarding School!
Hook’s recitation of Eton’s motto as his last words are enough for fans and “The Pirate Empire” author to say he attended the school. It’s also believed that he had a rivalry with Wendy’s father, Mr. Darling, at Eton before he left the school. Regardless of his academic and social record, Hook is in good company — both fictional and not. Prince William and his brother Harry are also graduates, as are Lord Grantham and Matthew Crawley.
- Tinker Bell’s Diet Isn’t for Everyone
Tinker Bell enjoys a well-rounded diet including candy, tea and pumpkin muffins, which are reportedly her favorite! Try this pumpkin muffin recipe from Kitchen Daily — make them mini sized so your smallest fairy fans can enjoy.
- The Voice Behind the New Captain Hook Should Sound Familiar
The newest incarnation of Captain Hook is played by Tom Hiddleston. In “Pirate Fairy” we meet the captain before he becomes one of the most infamous villains in Disney history. Recently, Hiddleston played The Great Escapo in “Muppets Most Wanted.”
- Tinker Bell Wasn’t Always Excited to Be Tinker Bell
When Tinker Bell was born and first learned of her tinker talent she was less than enthused. The young fairy attempted to be like her friends but ultimately realized she had to love who she was born to be. Unlike the more girlie fairies including Rosetta and Silver Mist, Tinker Bell is a bit of a tomboy with a whole lot of girl power.
- Captain Hook Is Mighty Tasty
Here, young Tinker Bell fans glimpse Skull Rock in Neverland for the first time. Hook lives in Neverland and lost his hand in a battle with Peter Pan, who cut it off and fed it to a crocodile. The crocodile liked the taste so much, he chases Hook around trying to finish the job. Only the “tick-toc” warning sound of a clock saves Hook from being eaten.
- Tinker Bell May Be Small, But She’s a Big Part of Disney
Tinker Bell and her friends, Iridesa, Vidia, and Silver Mist are seen here with much sought-after blue pixie dust. Since making her debut in “Peter Pan,” Tinker Bell has become one of Disney’s greatest ambassadors, reportedly “introducing” Disneyland when it opened and sprinkling the blue stuff on the Disney castle in the opening credits of movies.
- RIP, Tinker Bell?
Tinker Bell … dies? According to some readings, that Peter Pan doesn’t remember Tinker Bell a year after their adventure with the Darlings is a sign she died. We’re speechless.
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