“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.
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.