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Tinker Bell [DVD] by Bradley Raymond (Director)
Review by Charles Mohapel
WALT DISNEY VIDEO DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B000XUOIQY
Date: 01 December 2008 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / 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, Disney released a direct-to-DVD animated feature titled Tinker Bell which chronicles her life from the very beginning.

As someone who grew up on a steady diet of The Wonderful World of Disney, classic Disney animation was a regular staple of my viewing and while it took a wee bit of getting used to the 3D version of Tinker Bell, I quickly came to cherish her as much as the wonderful handcrafted 2D original. While the tools of the artist have changed from pen and ink to computers, the love they express in their work shows. This generation has taken up the torch passed along from Disney's Nine Old Men, the fabled core animators who created much of the classical Disney library. Ollie Johnston, the last of the Nine passed away on April 14, 2008.

Cast:

    Mae Whitman ... Tinker Bell (voice)
    Kristin Chenoweth ... Rosetta (voice)
    Raven-Symoné ... Iridessa (voice)
    Lucy Liu ... Silvermist (voice)
    America Ferrera ... Fawn (voice)
    Jane Horrocks ... Fairy Mary (voice)
    Jesse McCartney ... Terence (voice)
    Jeff Bennett ... Clank (voice)
    Rob Paulsen ... Bobble (voice)
    Pamela Adlon ... Vidia (voice)
    Anjelica Huston ... Queen Clarion (voice)
    Loreena McKennitt ... Narrator (voice)
    Steve Valentine ... Minister of Spring (voice)
    Kathy Najimy ... Minister of Summer (voice)
    Richard Portnow ... Minister of Autumn (voice)
    Gail Borges ... Minister of Winter (voice)
    America Young ... Wendy Darling (voice)

Movie:
The story begins with a child's laughter and according to the narrator, songstress Loreena McKennitt, a new fairy is born. In this case, that fairy is the petite Bell and in a ceremony that reminded me of the Sorting Hat at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter books, Bell discovers her true calling in life.

Although Bell displays a powerful talent as a Tinker, she believes that there are more important fairy jobs than being a Tinker. Now known as Tinker Bell or Tink, she wants much more from life.

Aided, often reluctantly by her loyal friends Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn, and Iridessa, Tink discovers that the answers she seeks can be found within her.

Bonus Features:
"Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow"
This was a charming little quick visit to Pixie Hollow.

"Tinker Trainer" (DVD-ROM in PC or Mac)
A delightful little computer game for young children.

"Ever Wonder"
Cute live action with a little animation sprinkled throughout.

"Fly To Your Heart", Music Video By Disney Channel's Selena Gomez
A modern spin on Classic Disney music

Deleted scenes include optional introductions by Bradley Raymond (director) and Jeannine Roussel (producer): "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"
A cornucopia of wonderful bonus features.

Sneak Peeks:
WALL-E
Trailer advertising availability on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Special Edition
Featuring Ariel's daughter, this Direct-to-DVD is coming in 2009. If you loved The Little Mermaid, watch for this gem.

The Secret of the Magic Gourd
A family-oriented Direct-to-DVD live action with a little animation. Coming in 2009

Promo spot advertising DVD Games for High School Musical and Hannah Montana

Promo spot for Disney Channel

Promo spot for Disney Parks

Pinocchio, the 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition on Blu-ray (Spring 2009)
Fans of Pinocchio owning Blu-ray players should get this. And if they don't own a Blu-ray player yet, grab one on sale and buy this Blu-ray treasure.

BOLT
This looks like a hilarious movie hitting theaters in time for US Thanksgiving

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
If you enjoyed this DVD featuring Tinker Bell, then Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is a perfect sequel to it.

Space Buddies
Direct-to-DVD, this canine comedy will have you howling with laughter.

My Opinion:
With the short days, cool temperatures, gray skies, and a mixture of rain and snow falling, I was looking forward to brightening my day with "Tinker Bell". I found it exceeded my expectations and gave me great pleasure with each viewing and I kept on discovering new things every time. This is a wonderful movie for children of all ages and makes for great family viewing.

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