Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue
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Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue

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In 1904 J.M. Barre wrote a little play for children and adults alike, ‘Peter Pan’. Of all the memorable created in this enduring example of great literature on character has stood out, ‘Tinker Bell’. Although originally described as a ‘common fairy’ but as history has demonstrated there is nothing common about her. On the stage she was frequently portrayed by a glimmer of reflected light but in 1953 that would change forever. That year brought us the animated film of ‘Peter Pan’ through the magic of the Walt Disney Studio’s talented animators. At that time Tinker Bell, or as known to her many friends, ‘Tink’ took the form of a playful girl with a blonde pony tail and fluttering gossamer wings. It’s now approaching six decades and Ms Bell has not aged at all; still keeping her pert figure and helpful demeanor. Those of her who grew up with Tink only wish we could remain in such youthful shape. Not only has her film and television career not subsided at all she remains the face of the premier family entertainment organization in the world, Walt Disney’. This tiny fairy has been synonymous with the magic Mr. Disney intended to be the foundation of his films, television and theme parks. I remember as a child watching ‘Disney’s Wonderful World of Color’ each week amazed as inker Bell flicked her wand turning the picture to color and beginning a new adventure. Disney Studios continues to support their most popular and enduring star with new projects much to the delight of adults and their children. Not only am I long past the target audience but my daughter is also out of her childhood so regularly I would have little interest in a cartoon. The thing is Tink transcends that restriction with a universal appeal. I found myself watching her latest adventure ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ with a delight not experienced in a very long time. This has been the founding principle for every endeavor by Disney; true family entertainment that can be readily enjoyed by all ages.

The story and screenplay was devised by a couple of writers with ample experience in animated projects; Joe Ansolabehere and Paul Germain. They have been teamed up for a number of years scripting for animated television series including ‘Recess’, ‘Lilo & Stitch: The Series’, and ‘Duckman’. It had to be a daunting task to continue the story of one of the most icon cartoon characters in history. Like the coupler of Tinker Bell movies that preceded ‘Fairy Rescue’ this story deals with Tink’s life prior to meeting up with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. It gives a little glimpse into life among the fairy folk and their interaction with human children. Directing the movie was Bradley Raymond who previously handled the first Tinker Bell ‘Prequel’ plus a number of direct to video sequels to movies in the Disney animated canon. I have spoken to a couple of people who have directed feature length animated films and contrary to what you might think in so ways it is much more difficult than helming a live action movie. If you decide to reshoot as scene you just can’t reset the set and call back the actors, a sizeable group of animators have to redrawn the affected cells, 24 of them for every second of screen time. Raymond also had the usual directorial challenges to worry about. Even though his cast is animated he still has to be concerned with cinematic aspects of pacing, character development and telling a story that holds together for children and their parents.

This film is part of the new Disney franchise; the ‘Disney Fairies’ that has been expanded to include the adventures of several of Tink’s magical kinfolk. The look for Tinker Bell has basically remained the same although the method of presentation and therefore the degree of realism has been greatly enhanced by modern advances in animation. This film was done with computer generated 3D modeling software giving the characters a livelier, more natural appearance and motion. This is standard for Disney to update the technology but not the childlike magic and appeal. The story opens long before Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) had her adventures in Never-Never Land. She meets a nine year old human child named Lizzy Griffins (voiced by Lauren Mote), who still has the child’s belief in fairies and the magic contained in Pixy Dust. Wanting disparately to actually meet a fairy Lizzy constructs a fairy house and curious Tink gets caught inside. While Lizzy would never harm a fairy her father (voiced by Michael Sheen) was very scientifically inclined and wants to take the fairy off for proper examination. A tragic mishap occurs where Tinker Bell is freed but her rival Vidia (Pamela Adlon) is trapped in her place. It is vitally important for the survival of all fairy-kind that no adult gather proof of their existence. Tinker Bell puts her personal differences aside and rallies her fellow fairies (Rosetta) voiced by Kristin Chenoweth), Silvermist (voiced by Lucy Liu), Iridessa (voiced by Raven-Symoné) and Fawn (Angela Bartys) to mount a covert rescue to save Vidia and all other fairies.

Like most Disney movies there is a not too hidden moral lesson within the story. Ticker Bell really doesn’t like Vidia but she puts her own feelings behind her not only to save her rival but much more importantly for the greater good. One of the most pervasive themes in Disney is the polarity between science and reason versus the pure innocence of a child’s belief. This is shown through the juxtaposition of Lizzy and her father. He isn’t evil, just a grownup who stopped believing in the wonderment of magic. Much of Disney’s newer projects are being released in Blu-ray and you might think this high definition format is wasted in animation. The truth is after watching this release in Blu-ray the added resolution makes for as remarkable experience. The colors are brighter and far more distinct than on a standard DVD. There is a greater feel of realism to the animation that literally pops off the screen. This is reinforced by the sound stage provided by the lossless audio. Together they provide a great, enjoyable experience for the entire family.

Disc 1: Blu-ray
Deleted Scenes
All-New Music Video
Design A Fairy House
Fairy Field Guide Builder

Disc 2: DVD
Deleted Scenes
All-New Music Video
Design A Fairy House
Fairy Field Guide Builder

Posted 09/10/2010

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