Tinker Bell
by Phil Boatwright

Released on DVD and Blu-ray® Hi-Def on October 28th, Disney’s famous fairy gets her own story and children get a real treat.  The full-length CG animated movie is filled with adventure, magic and even a sprinkling of pixie-dust.

Produced by DisneyToon Studios, the story concerns Tink’s early life, as she and we learn the jobs of these tiny sprites.  Why do leaves change colors? Where does a rainbow get its glow?  How do birds learn to fly? … It’s all the work of fairies!  Okay, so it’s not scientific.  But it’s not all New Age, either.  It’s just, well, a fairy tale.  The film is fun for little ones and tolerable for adults – something that can seldom be said for films aimed at that age range.   Tinker Bell may raise questions from children about how nature truly works.  You might want to bone up on the subject.

But here's what the film is really about - finding your talent and being proud of it.  It's a nice message for junior people who are often brushed aside.

The DVD came late in the afternoon to my house.  I found myself having to view it alone.  A full-grown man watching Tinker Bell. But, you know what?  I was captivated.  The color, the design, the voices, even the story were Disney at its finest.  I can appreciate good artistry even if I’m not the main demographic (hence my profession).  I was wishing my little niece could be there to see it.  And she will.  For this is a perfect picture for parents to share with their little girls.  And for uncles to share with their beloved nieces.

From press notes: “I fell in love with this idea, and I thought this is the key to Tinker Bell and the world that she comes from. Having these characters in this miniature world connected so deeply to nature and the changes that happen in nature through the seasons, it’s truly something that no one has ever seen before and that’s what is so exciting,“ remarks Tinker Bell executive producer, John Lasseter.

Lasseter, along with the film’s director Brad Raymond, art director Fred Warter and the entire filmmaking crew have woven an enchanting world where the magic of nature comes to life. As the tale of friendship and self-discovery unfolds, so does the wondrous changing of a season. The film’s relationship with nature was a key part of shaping TINKER BELL’s final creative path. Brad Raymond explains, “It was important to us to create a sensibility that allows the audience to relate to this fictional world. For TINKER BELL, it was relating the magic of the fairies to the world of nature.”

The enchantment of nature is even explored within the sounds and music of TINKER BELL. Composer, Joel McNeely went deep into the sounds of nature, weaving an array of natural sounds into his musical score. “When I heard the emphasis regarding nature, I immediately started thinking how I could represent that musically,” recalls McNeely.

Tinker Bell stars the voices of: Mae Whitman (Nights in Rodanthe) gives Tinker Bell her first true voice, and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) provides the voice of the mischievous Fawn, an animal fairy. Five-time Image Award honoree Raven-Symoné (College Road Trip) fills the illuminating role of Iridessa, a light fairy; Tony® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) offers the elegant tones of Rosetta, a garden fairy; and two-time SAG Awardee Lucy Liu (Dirty Sexy Money) plays Silvermist, an endearing water fairy.  Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor) reigns over Pixie Hollow as the voice of Queen Clarion.

Rated G, the DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include a behind-the-scenes “making of” featurette and more are divided into two distinctive menus.