Pixie dust, switched talents, furtive alchemy, skullduggery on the high seas — all that and more is part of a new Disney movie set in the world of Peter Pan.
Called The Pirate Fairy, the film will set sail on Blu-ray and DVD April 1, with global pop star Natasha Bedingfield lending her voice to the title track, “Who I Am,” along with a second song called “Weightless.”
The British-born Grammy-nominated chanteuse has recorded what is arguably the most memorable — and danceable — pop music ever (“Unwritten” is my totem), making the opportunity to sit down with her to talk fairies and singing and life lessons and her childhood love of Disney movies (she can sing the lyrics to every single Disney song) that much more exciting.
Getting on board with the film was easy for Bedingfield. She says: “… They approached me to sing and I of course said ‘yes.’ I think Disney has had a very high standard of music from the start. It’s real music with orchestras and popular singers.”
What’s more, Bedingfield identifies with fairies, mainly because of their feisty personalities and ethereal sense of style. “They’re mystical and a lovely idea,” she says. “And I love that Disney heroines are cheeky when facing a challenge. You can’t have an adventure without things going wrong. There has to be something to conquer, something to pull out the good in you. You have to have challenges or life would be a boring story.”
“We’re all discovering who we are,” she says of what she feels is the major life lesson from the movie. “Zarina’s born into a certain structure and way of doing things, and she just finds herself being quite different. She’s inquisitive, she’s very smart, she doesn’t really fit in, and I think a lot of people relate to that.”
“Then she goes on her journey and she makes mistakes and she hurts the people she loves, but she comes around, and through the grace of the people around her who are also learning through her experience, it shows that progression,” she says. “Through finding ourselves and loving ourselves and the people around us we can all grow.”
“One of the reasons I did the movie, aside from loving Disney, is because of my nieces. I wanted to be in something they would see and take them to the premiere. I’d love to do more movies in general,” she adds. “I love making movies and I think it would be fun to do a whole soundtrack. Or a character!”
Well, the rest is still unwritten.
Make sure to check the full version of the song above: