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Tinker Bell
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11.13.2008 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Bradley Raymond

Actors:
Mae Whitman
Raven-Symoné
Lucy Liu

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Worried that she'll never participate in the creation of Spring each year, Tinker Bell (voice of Whitman) tries out the other fairies' jobs and learns to stay true to herself.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Disney says, every time a baby laughs, a fairy gets its wings. And so begins Tinker Bell, the studio’s latest direct-to-video spin-off that finds the titular pixie adapting to Neverland and…talking?

Peter Pan purists are sure to be irked by Tink’s obtainment of a voice box, while the more, eh, “laid back” will suggest that perhaps only other fairies can hear Tink speak. I’m not so sure this “bastardization” is even worth quibbling over, but have at it. Of more interest is how into Tinker Bell the target audience (say, six-to-twelve-year-old sleepover enthusiasts) will be.

The cast of voices (including Mae Whitman, who replaced Brittany Murphy, as Tink) is brimming with friendly names (Raven-Symoné, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera), and the soundtrack boasts songs by Disney-child Selena Gomez and American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee. None of these voices may be recognizable without their mugs to ogle at, but it’s as good of a reason as any for the tween to plop down on the couch for 70 minutes.

If that’s not enough, director Bradley Raymond (a key figure to unwanted DTV sequels like The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and The Lion King 1 ½) and his team use the most vibrant and cartoonish of tones to create Pixie Hollow, if not just to keep your darlings’ inevitable nightmares of fairies—all of which here resemble those scary Big-Eyed Dolls everyone’s aunt seems to collect—a little less realistic.

But the story: It’s an origin story (think Tink Rising), with Tink not just arriving at Pixie Hollow, but facing rejection. See, she’s a Tinker Fairy (if you hadn’t figured already), which means while the other fairies bottle up rainbows to take to the Mainland in preparation for Spring, Tink finds her abilities (building homes and tools) best left behind at Pixie Hollow. It’s during the pre-Springtime that she partakes in disastrous on-the-job training with Water Fairies and Light Fairies to be like the others. The moral? Be Yourself. How sweet.

Tinker Bell is a cheap cash-in (of course it is), and it doesn’t quite “deserve” a recommendation, but it gets one—a slight one. Not because I liked it, but because your kids will be so glued to the screen, they’ll forget they even have a bowl of popcorn on their laps.
THE EXTRAS
Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow: Tink invites us on a tour of Pixie Hollow, where she explains the roles of the Ministers of the Seasons and Water Fairies, the uses of pixie dust, the significance of Springtime, and more.

Ever Wonder (3:59) is a strange promo for Tinker Bell, with the fairies making their mark on the real world.

Note: The following two features are hidden on the disc, despite being listed on the back of the box. To find them, press the ‘down arrow’ five times on the Bonus Features page.

Creating Pixie Hollow (10:10) sits down a handful of contributors (Pixar giant John Lasseter amongst them) to discuss the construction of Pixie Hollow, where all fairies reside. Nothing terribly exciting, but kids just might get something from this.

Deleted Scenes with Optional Introductions by Director Bradley Raymond and Producer Jeannine Roussel (12:57): There are six here: ‘Queen Clarion’s Pixie Dust,’ ‘Fairies Venture to the Mainland,’ ‘Becoming a Garden Fairy,’ ‘Tinker Bell’s Tinkering Talents,’ ‘Vidia Tricks Tinker Bell,’ and ‘Fairies Express Tinker Bell’s Importance.’ Only the first two are complete, but the youngsters might find the early drawings and sketches just as interesting.

There is also a Music Video and a DVD-ROM game titled ‘Tinker Trainer.’
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I realize I just wrote a recommendation for a DVD that the target audience (or their parents) probably won't find (JoBlo ain't exactly their cup), but why let that stop me from advising a rental? Tinker Bell is perfect for children.
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