Carried by the wind deep in the heart of the enchanting Pixie Hollow in the island of Neverland, the beautiful newly born fairy, Tinker Bell, discovers that her destiny as a tinker is to repair all sorts of things under the ever-watchful Queen Clarion. However, as the rebellious Tinker Bell yearns to fly along with her sisters, Iridessa, Silvermist, Rosetta, and Fawn to the mainland, she will soon realise that the arrival of spring requires special skills, hard work, and above all, faith. Will a dash of pixie dust help Tinker Bell stay true to herself?Written by
Budget overruns led to the removal of Sharon Morrill, the then-head of DisneyToons direct-to-DVD division. By that stage, the film had undergone nearly two dozen script rewrites and a dozen directors. Pixar executives John Lasseter and Ed Catmull assumed control of Walt Disney Feature Animation after Disney purchased Pixar in 2006 and stepped in to help salvage the project even though DisneyToons didn't fall under their purview. Lasseter is reported to have said that the film was "virtually unwatchable" and that it would hurt the Disney brand if released in its present format. Morrill was moved to "special projects" and the whole debacle raised serious questions within the company of having a direct-to-DVD division. See more »
When Fairy Mary uses the abacus, she does so in entirely the wrong way, as she holds it with the wires running vertically, rather than horizontally. Despite this, the counters never seem to fall down. In addition, sometimes the abacus correctly has two sections but sometimes it only has one. See more »
You know my name?
Well, sure. Why wouldn't I?
Well, I don't know. I'm just the dust keeper guy. I'm not exactly seen as the most important fairy in Pixie Hallow.
Terence... what are you talking about? You're probably the most important one there is. Without you, no one would have any magic! Why, your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it! I mean...
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At first, I was not expecting much from Tinkerbell, but it was much better than I expected. While too short with some moments of insipid dialogue, Tinkerbell is a cute and entertaining movie that never tries to be anything more than it is.
The film looks surprisingly great, initially I was expecting something along along the lines of all gloss no depth, but the look is clean and quite warm with gorgeous colours and all the fairies look convincing.
The music I also loved. The score is somewhat Celtic-inspired, and it is really lovely and soothing and the tunes are memorable without being too twee. The story is very simple, but it is very sweet with a good message that doesn't feel forced or preachy.
The characters are really quite engaging. I have never hated Tinkerbell as much as others did in the Disney Peter Pan movie, which is not a Disney favourite but I like it very much for the music, but she is much more likable here and the fact that she isn't jealous or stubborn here will make her easy to relate for the younger crowd.
The voice work is on paper of high-calibre, and in the film they do do sterling jobs. Mae Whitman is very emotive and resourceful in the title role, but the standout for me was the immensely talented Anjelica Huston who is really quite excellent, also she is a presence that adults will thoroughly enjoy.
In conclusion, a cute and fun little movie. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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