One of the best things about these movies (and what continues to get better and better) is the animation. Don’t get me wrong, I’d expect nothing less from Disney but at the risk of sounding like an ad campaign, you can’t get this type of presentation anywhere but Blu-ray. A rich color scheme is what makes this technology soar which is why I’m such a big fan of animation flicks on Blu-ray, Disney or otherwise. The story of a lonely little girl with a big imagination is also quite heart warming but the not so subtle underlining “father who’s too busy with work to spend time with his daughter” bit didn’t go unnoticed either.
Mae Whitman reprises her role as the voice of Tinker Bell (and is also set to deliver in the upcoming fourth adventure, TINKER BELL AND THE MYSTERIOUS WINTER WOODS). Though young, this chick’s lent her voice to a great many characters, films and TV shows including FAMILY GUY, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. I was a little surprised to see my favourite vampire/werewolf on the list but Michael Sheen is in the house as is Lucy Liu. The voice talent is top notch with smart dialogue that may or may not be beyond the age bracket of most kids watching these movies but I won’t complain because it’s this type of writing that makes it enjoyable for people like me.
TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE is proof that some animated characters deserve sequels and get better with age. There’s something truly magnificent about fairies and magic that’ll bring out the kid in just about anyone and make your insides feel like a warm summer day (the fairy to human communication method was admittedly quite adorable). I’m all for action and horror, adrenaline and violence but films like this one are indeed a refreshing change from time to time reminding me that there’s far more out there than the aforementioned genres and that sometimes sitting down with a beautiful children’s story isn’t such a bad idea.
Deleted Scenes: There’s about ten minutes here, the most notable being the one that goes deeper into the relationship between Lizzy and her dad. I guess they felt there was no need to push the broken home theme.
Music & More: Here we have a music video “How To Believe”, a beautiful song featured in the film and performed by Bridgit Mendler.
Games & Activities: What Disney flick would be complete without at least one interactive game for the kids, and since Tinker Bell is a builder, we get a fairy field building game which is one of the coolest I’ve seen yet.
Backstage Disney: Here we get a quick look at some of the other design ideas for the fairy house. After watching this, my girlfriend wants me to build her one. Sigh.
Previews: There are a ton of trailers here for upcoming theatrical and Blu-ray Disney releases. This combo pack also features a DVD copy of the film as well as a Blu-ray.