Tinker Bell


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Rating: G

Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell (voice)
Pamela Adlon as Vidia (voice)
Jeff Bennett as Clank (voice)
Bob Bergen as Fireflies / Various characters
Gail Borges as Minister of Winter (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth as Rosetta (voice)
America Ferrera as Fawn (voice)
Jane Horrocks as Fairy Mary (voice)
Anjelica Huston as Queen Clarion (voice)
Lucy Liu as Silvermist (voice)
Jesse McCartney as Terence (voice)
Kathy Najimy as Minister of Summer (voice)
Rob Paulsen as Bobble (voice)
Richard Portnow as Minister of Autumn (voice)
Raven-Symoné as Iridessa (voice)
Steve Valentine as Minister of Spring (voice)
America Young as Wendy Darling (voice)

Special Features:
Tinker Trainer: An All-New DVD-ROM Activity
Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow: Discover The Ancient Realm of Fairies With Tinker Bell
Ever Wonder: Discover How Fairies Put The “Wonder” In Natural Wonders
Creating Pixie Hollow: See How The Filmmakers Created This Magical Realm
All-New Music Video: Performed By Disney Channel’s Selena Gomez
Deleted Scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Running Time: 78 Minutes

The following is from the official DVD description:

“Enter The World Of Fairies

Journey into the secret world of Pixie Hollow and hear Tinker Bell speak for the very first time as the astonishing story of Disney’s most famous fairy is finally revealed in the all-new motion picture ‘Tinker Bell.’

Have you ever wondered how nature gets it glow – who gives it light and color as the seasons come and go? Enter a land of adventure and mystery as Tinker Bell and her four best fairy friends turn winter into spring and, with the power of faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust, learn the importance of being true to yourself.

Overflowing with fun and imagination, ‘Tinker Bell’ is a celebration of the beloved fairy and her first motion picture. Experience this amazing tale bound to delight the entire family. ”

“Tinker Bell” is rated G.

Making a movie based on Tinker Bell was a great idea. Tink has always been cool and she had a whole background that had been unexplored all these years. But Disney has had a horrible track record with their animated sequels and even worse with their direct to DVD films. When John Lassiter came on board at Disney, the film was delayed which was either a bad sign that it sucked or a good sign that it was being retooled. So how was the final result?

When you look at Tink in “Peter Pan,” what do you think would have been her job in the fairy world? Would you believe… engineer? Yup, the writers took Tinker Bell’s name literally and made her a tinkerer. Her forte is designing and building machines. Not exactly what I would have expected. Unfortunately, her character is a bit diluted in the process. She doesn’t seem like the Tink that would have pulled a knife on someone, would have been jealous of Wendy, or would have admired her figure in a mirror. She’s no longer the sassy hothead from “Peter Pan.” She’s… well, pretty much like every other Disney princess that they’ve offered us. She’s sweet, cute, and determined to follow her heart. Bleh. The only time she’s remotely interesting is when she’s screwing up, and thankfully it happens several times. The best scene in the film is when she unsuccessfully tries to coax a baby bird out of the nest to learn to fly. I wish the rest of the film was as good as that.

Fortunately, the world Tink lives in is interesting. The animators have done a fine job merging the fairy world with nature. From the costumes to the gadgets, it’s pretty imaginative. Her friends are interesting, too. While they’re kind of a PC lineup of races and a predictable mix of colors (red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, etc.), they have engaging personalities. This comes out best in scenes where Tink tries out other roles in fairy world. They’re voiced by an interesting cast including America Ferrera, Lucy Liu, and Raven-Symoné.

“Tinker Bell” isn’t as good as it could have been, but it isn’t a disaster either. Little girls will love it and parents should be interested in seeing a character they grew up with explored in more depth. There are some good story opportunities with these characters. Hopefully now that they have the origin story out of the way they can do something really cool with the sequel, “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.”

There aren’t a lot of bonus features on this DVD. You’ll find a ‘making of’ featurette, a few deleted scenes, and a music video. For the kids there’s a guide to fairy world.