Faeries is an animated film about a sister and a brother, Nellie and George, who are sent to live at a relative’s farm for a time. They are somewhat unhappy about this, Nellie in particular. Once they’re settled in, the children go out to play. George wants to play hide and seek and scampers off to hide from Nellie, and while she isn’t looking, disappears into a tree. While looking for George, a creepy looking man (Jeremy Irons!) appears and tells her of a prophecy. She is a little shaken by this stranger and runs back to the house (not seeing him turn into a crow and fly away). She gets back to the house and continues her search for her brother and comes across a hobgoblin in her cupboard. It appears as though her brother has gone into the fairy realm, and Nellie must hurry and bring him back before he eats something and is unable to return. The goblin takes her to the faery tree and she goes in to find her brother. When she does get to him though, he has already eaten faery food and cannot return to the human realm ever. Nellie calls the faery king and pleads for the release of her brother. The king contents to give them three quests, and if they complete these quests, George will be able to leave fairy land. The nature of the quests change after the prince see’s the farm hand Brigit (Kate Winslet). There is also the matter of the shape shifter, who is after the fairy king’s throne. It is of course up to Nellie and George to save the day.
This film has a mix of both classic 2D animation as well as an early 3D animation style. For the most part the classic cartoon animation is used for the characters and the background, but several movement shots are done in 3D. Fairy land might have been real life foam fauna as well.
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