ginnifer goodwinDo you believe in fairies?

Well, you should. The world of fairies, led by Neverland's spritely pixie Tinker Bell, has been dramatized over a half-dozen animated films from the talented folks at DisneyToon Studios. And they keep getting better and better. The latest (and best) is "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast," which sees Tink's confederate Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin from ABC's "Once Upon a Time") befriending a potentially fearsome creature called the NeverBeast. It's cute and heartwarming and really, really fun. (Yes, it might even tug on your heartstrings.)

The movie comes out on home video platforms on March 3rd, and to celebrate we have an exclusive clip from the movie, along with our chat with Goodwin, who turned out to be the biggest Disney geek around.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast - Clip No. 2 - Exclusive
In the clip, Fawn explains to the other fairies (including Tinker Bell) about the NeverBeast, including the prophecy that details the cuddly creature's destructive fate. The minute-and-a-half-long clip offers up a great opportunity to drink in the movie's luscious visuals and wonderful stylization -- somehow the NeverBeast is both cute and potentially threatening. And, of course, you get to hear some of Ms. Goodwin's tremendous vocal performance.

Watch the exclusive clip and read our chat with Goodwin, in which she says she was up for and lost parts in every Disney animated movie since 2003 and admits to owning a bootleg copy of "Song of the South," below!

Moviefone: How long have you been involved in this project?

Ginnifer Goodwin: I started recording it three years ago. It takes a long time. I really think it was 2011 because I remember when we first met they flew up to Vancouver and it must have been my first year of "Once Upon a Time." That's where I remember us having beers. So we started it that long ago.

What drew you to the project?

Well, I am a Disneyphile and doing Disney animated features was always the pinnacle of storytelling. So I've been auditioning for Disney animated features since 2003, since I moved to L.A. I just kept begging and begging and begging.

So what'd you audition for?

Everything that's come out since 2003.


Oh, yes!



They just said, "No way."

They were nicer than that. They said, "Come again."

Well, now you are a Disney Princess and a Disney Fairy. I'm not sure anybody has had that distinction before now.

That's really funny. I hadn't thought about it in that way. It is funny, though, because I've realized that I've worked for almost every division of Disney at this point.

Were you in a video game?

Well, I guess except for video games.

What else were you in?

I've done "Sofia the First." I did a documentary for Disney parks, which is on the "Cinderella" Diamond Edition Blu-ray, and ABC and DisneyToon and now we just have to tackle Papa Disney.

And Pixar.

Well, it's all the same. It's all John Lasseter.

Did you get to work with him at all?

Yes. John Lasseter gives the best notes of anyone in the industry. He's absolutely the greatest living storyteller. Which is why I was so desperate to work on something like this.

What's your favorite Disney animated movie?

It changes. I get in trouble when I don't say "Snow White." But recently I've reconnected with "Beauty and the Beast" because I really appreciate that Belle values her intellect. I think that's powerful.

Did you always connect with Tinker Bell and this fairy world?

No. But I've always loved fairies. In fact, I was obsessed with Brian Froud, the artist, for years, and then came in for a meeting for "NeverBeast." And the director was showing me some conceptual drawings and I said, "That's so strange -- it so seems influenced by Brian Froud." And he said, "It's absolutely influenced by Brian Froud. I used to work for Brian Froud." So that was a wonderful bit of worlds colliding. I loved his fairy books growing up.

What did you think when you saw your character in final animation?

Oh, I cried. It's beautiful. It's such a different process, lending only a voice and having so many elements play into the storytelling and not seeing any of those elements until the thing is made. But it was just such a gift to see, because I could really get swept up in it because I couldn't see myself in it. Well, there were little bits and pieces and reminders of myself along the way, so I shouldn't say all. But I could get swept up in the story in a way that I couldn't with other things.

You love animals so was it fun to play the animal fairy?

I love animals. I grew up with great, amazing, stinky pets. And I grew up with a grandmother who owned a farm and a rooster that was allowed to come in the house and a miniature horse that was allowed to come in the house. So I related very much to that part of Fawn.

Would you consider Fawn a feminist?

Oh, yes. I think all of the projects that I choose or all of the projects that choose me are matriarchal or female-driven or about female friendships or about the females being oppressed in whatever society is modern for that time. I'm always in those projects.

Would you want to continue playing this character?

Oh yeah, I would do anything for this company. If they wanted to put me on a contract, I wouldn't do anything else.

What if they dressed you up and put you in the parks?

Well, that would be even better because I go to the parks once a month anyway. If I was getting paid for it -- can you imagine? Them paying me instead of me paying them? That would be great!

These movies are watched for generations. Did that weigh on you at all?

No! Because if I did think about it, it probably would have freaked me out! I did think about being a part of the Disney catalog. That's a crazy thought. Someone pointed out today that there's a doll of a character that I've played. That's a first. I really want my own doll, is that really narcissistic?

How are things going on "Once Upon a Time"?

They're good. But now that I've done this, I want to do this some more. I've done 15 years of live-action and this is a whole other thing. I did 15 years of live-action after doing theater my whole life, which was its own adventure. And I didn't expect this to feel like another adventure.

Do you ever worry about running through the characters too quickly? Like, next season there will be characters from "Song of the South"?

[Laughs] Can you imagine? I have it on bootleg... I was raised on that movie! But it's interesting because when I signed on to the project, the creators thought the curse would be broken at the end of the series not at the end of the first season. So it's all uncharted territory to me, in terms of what's going to happen and who is going to be introduced. But I think the smartest thing we've done is to make half-season miniseries so we take one storyline and keep it. We're sticking to Disney-owned or public properties but we've never stuck to just Disney animated characters because we had Frankenstein and the "Wizard of Oz" characters. But we have Cruela de Vil and it's like, "How have we never had Cruela de Vil before? She should have always been here!"

Is there a character you really want to play?

I used to say "The Little Mermaid" and then they made me get in the water, which is my pet peev. So I shouldn't have said it.
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