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Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Two-Disc Blu-ray/ DVD Combo) by Directed by Bradley Raymond
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B003DKJ5ZU
Date: 30 September 2010 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Show Official Info /

If you've ever seen Disney's 1953 animated classic Peter Pan, particularly when you were a child, Tinker Bell was a charming character that probably made a big impact on your young psyche. Fifty-five years later in 2008, Disney released a direct-to-DVD animated feature titled Tinker Bell which chronicles her life from the very beginning. In 2009 Disney released a second film, TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure. Now in 2010 Disney has released a third film, TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue, a rollicking story where TinkerBell and her close friends go to the mainland for the first time to work at Fairy Camp, sort of like a miniature version of Pixie Hollow. But Fairy Camp is tantalizingly close to a human house and you just know that TinkerBell's curiosity will get the best of her, she will disobey the rule to keep away from the humans, and TinkerBell will get in trouble once again. And the fun continues...

Directed by Bradley Raymond

Writing credits (in alphabetical order):
Joe Ansolabehere (screenplay)
Paul Germain (screenplay)
Bob Hilgenberg (screenplay)
Jeffrey M. Howard (story)
Rob Muir (screenplay)
Bradley Raymond (story)

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Kristin Chenoweth ... Rosetta (voice)
Michael Sheen ... Dr. Griffiths (voice)
Mae Whitman ... Tinker Bell (voice)
Lucy Liu ... Silvermist (voice)
Pamela Adlon ... Vidia (voice)
Raven-Symoné ... Iridessa (voice)
Jesse McCartney ... Terence (voice)
Jeff Bennett ... Clank (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Bobble (voice)
Faith Prince ... Mrs. Perkins (voice)
Lauren Mote ... Lizzy (voice)
Angela Bartys ... Fawn (voice)

The story begins with TinkerBell and her close friends going to the mainland to work at Fairy Camp for the first time, where she discovers that Fairy Camp is tantalizingly close to a human house and her curiosity gets the best of her. When TinkerBell and Vidia see the "Fairies Welcome" sign in front of the little cottage made for them by Lizzy, the little human girl, TinkerBell goes inside and gets trapped inside thanks to the ever petulant Vidia. Lizzy is the young daughter of Dr. Griffiths, the scientist and while she strongly believes that fairies do exist, her father tells her that they don't.

Lizzy comes back and discovers poor TinkerBell inside the fairy house, picks it up and runs inside to show TinkerBell to her father, but changes her mind and brings TinkerBell upstairs to her bedroom. Opening the house to look for TinkerBell, Lizzy is startled when TinkerBell makes a made beeline for freedom, only to daze herself when she crashed headfirst into the ceiling. Falling to the bed, a still dazed TinkerBell is hotly pursued by Switches, an obese cat the size of a small hassock, but TinkerBell escapes his clutches by flying into an open birdcage. Switches still tries to grab her but is pulled away by Lizzy who slams the cage door shut, trapping TinkerBell inside.

Initially TinkerBell fears for her life, but when Lizzy opens the cage and steps back in order to reassure TinkerBell, the latter moves forward cautiously and then flies up to the ceiling just to be sure. Lizzy continues to talk in a friendly, reassuring manner to TinkerBell who slowly becomes less and less afraid. And the first official face-to-face encounter between a human and a fairy develops into a friendship.

One thing that Disney never skimps on when it comes to their Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases is a wealth of bonus features such as Sneak Peeks, Deleted Scenes, and more.

The Sneak Peeks include promo spots for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and The Search For Santa Paws, both coming out on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. These two releases look like great entertainment for families and dog lovers.

When I saw the promo spots for Disney Nature Oceans and The Crimson Wing on Disney Blu-ray and DVD, it strongly reminded me of all the nature programming on "The Wonderful World of Disney" before Walt's death in 1966.

Watching both the Exclusive Sneak Peek and the trailer for Tangled made me want to see it. It certainly has all the hallmarks of a delightful slightly off-kilter retelling of the tale of "Rapunzel". My two favorite characters are the little chameleon with an attitude and the laughing horse. I can't wait to see it in 3D in November 2010.

I'm eagerly anticipating the upcoming releases of two Diamond Editions on Disney Blu-ray and DVD -- Beauty and the Beast) coming out this fall and The Lion King coming out in Fall 2011.

Another title I'm looking forward to watching is TinkerBell and the Mysterious Winter Woods, scheduled for 2011.

One thing I liked about the Disney Deleted Scenes is that sometimes a scene is cut in order to keep the story flowing, but the producer and director loved it so much they took it further into the process or finished it in order to share it with the audience. "Tea Party" is charming but was cut in order to move the story forward, while "Cat Attack" was hilarious and the absolute best scene that was deleted from the film.

"Fairy Field Guide Builder" and Backstage Disney's "Design A Fairy House" with Director Brad Raymond and Producer Helen Kalafatic are both geared toward younger children and look to be lots of fun.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo of TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue are great entertainment for families with young children, as well as connoisseurs of classic Disney animation open to the idea of reimagining some of them using 21st Century technology. I'm openminded and nearly hurt myself laughing, so do yourself a favor and buy the combo yourself.

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