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Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

September 8, 2010 by  



Another magnificent animated film featuring one of Disney’s most recognized iconic characters, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ is a heartfelt fantasy/adventure animated family film at its best and a perfect film for the entire family.  It continues to amaze me of how each year, the animation gets better and better and considering how much time the animators have to work on these “Tinker Bell” films, I’m impressed!   Overall, this third film in the Tinker Bell movies is my favorite of the three thus far.  Definitely recommended for the whole family!

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TITLE: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

DURATION: 77 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English 5.1 DTS HD-MA (48 kHz/24-bit) French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: G (General Audiences)

Release Date: September 21, 2010

Directed by Bradley Raymond

Written by Bob Hilgenberg, Rob Muir, Bradley Raymond

Produced by Helen Kalafatic, Margo Pipkin

Edited by Lisa Linder, Kevin Locarro

Casting by Jason Henkel

Art Direction by Fred Warter

Featuring the voices of:

Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell

Lauren Mote as Lizzy

Michael Sheen as Dr. Griffiths

Jesse McCartney as Terence

Kristin Chenoweth as Rosetta

Pamela Adlon as Vidia

Lucy Liu as Silvermist

Raven-Symone as Iridessa

Jeff Bennett as Clank

Rob Paulsen as Bobble

Angela Bartys as Fawn

Before she was ever introduced to Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a girl with a steadfast belief in fairies. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue begins in summertime in the beautiful English countryside. An enchanting encounter unfolds when Tinker Bell is discovered by Lizzy, and as their different worlds unite, Tink develops a special bond with the curious girl in need of a friend.

As her fellow fairies launch a daring rescue, Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of the fairies in jeopardy. This action-packed adventure takes the fairies of Pixie Hollow on a daring flight to London to save Tinker Bell and all of fairy kind.

Another magnificent animated film featuring one of Disney’s most recognized iconic characters, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ is fantasy at its best and a perfect film for the entire family.  It continues to impress me of how each year, the animation gets better and better and for this film, a pretty noticeable improvement for the animation. Overall, this third film in the Tinker Bell movies is my favorite of the three thus far.  Definitely recommended for the whole family!

Tinker Bell, a fictional character that was developed back in 1904 by J.M. Barrie and later on in 1911 in the novel “Peter and Wendy” is best known for her appearance in the 1953 Walt Disney film “Peter Pan”. The character is quite iconic for Disney, as she is quite literally the unofficial mascot for the Walt Disney Company and can be seen in many of their commercials and in 2008, the character received her first animated film which was direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray.

After the success of the first “Tinker Bell” film in 2008, the whole gang returns for the second film titled “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” in 2009 and now in 2010, Tinker Bell returns with “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” available on Blu-ray+DVD and DVD.

For the third film in the animated Tinker Bell series, it’s summertime and Tinker Bell and friends are spending their summer at Fairy Camp in the English countryside for some rest and relaxation.  Meanwhile,

But knowing Tink, her curiosity gets the best of her when she sees humans for the first time and is amazed by the car they are driving.  So, she goes off on her own trying to learn more about humans, while her friend Vidia tries to convince her to not get close to the humans and return back to the camp.

Meanwhile, humans…Dr. Griffiths and his young daughter Lizzy are staying at their summer cottage.  Dr. Griffith is a researcher who documents butterflies and other things he finds in the countryside and presents to his colleagues in London.  Meanwhile, Lizzy is a young girl who is fascinated with fairies.  She dreams that one day she can come across a fairy and even builds a fairy house in hopes that a fairy will visit it.

While Lizzy leaves for a little while, a curious Tinker Bell goes to visit the fairy house and Vida who is trying to convince her to go back to the camp decides to close the door on the house on her to hopefully get her to leave and go back home.  But instead, the door gets stuck and Lizzy returns.

Vida hides but in the process, Lizzy sees Tinker Bell shaking the house and when she looks inside, Lizzy discovers that a fairy is inside her little house.

Needless to say, the two get acquainted with each other and Lizzy learns more about the life of fairies through Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell helps her document it through Lizzy’s research book that her father wanted her to start using.   Meanwhile, a frantic Vida returns back to the camp and gathers her fairy friends and together they brave the rain storm that has come and are on an adventure to rescue Tinker Bell.

But Tinker Bell learns that Lizzy is quite lonely.  Her father is always too busy in his work and has no time for her and to make things worse, he doesn’t believe in fairies and refuses his daughter to even talk about them.  Tinker Bell knows that she is not supposed to be close to humans but with Lizzy being alone and her father not believing in her, will she reveal herself to her dad and let him know that fairies do exist?

VIDEO:

“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1). If you thought the animation was an improvement with the 2009 release of “Tinker Bell”, the third film has improved much more. It’s so amazing to me, because the people behind the “Tinker Bell” films only have so much time to work on them and to see how much the animation has improved between “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” from last year’s “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”.

There is much more detail on the actual characters.  Movements, scenery, water and overall detail has improved as well.  And where the last film focused more on Tinker Bell and Terence within trees and dark set areas, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” is much different as they are outdoors and we see how the weather changes from sunny, to rain storm and then to night, so we get to see separate environments from within the cottage to the outdoors.

Every character is vibrant with colors, sharp and everything is quite detailed including the skin of the characters. You actually see Tinker Bell’s cheeks having some color and also the skin pigments of other characters as well. It’s much more defined it seems compared to last year’s characters.  May it be more focus on the skin maps and textures or technology upgrades, everything about this latest Tinker Bell film looks much better than its last two predecessors.

And I can continue to list so many positives from the plants, the clothing, the accessories and the beautiful backgrounds, the lush green grass, the water effects, the trees and even the animals are well detailed with their hair effects. Also, the special effects via CG from the lighting effects utilizing the pixie dust and then my favorite, the animated facial expressions, is just definitely great to look at. Although not a big budget theatrical film, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” looks absolutely beautiful.

Granted, it’s important to note that this is a direct-to-video film and that the animators have a short time making these films compared to the bigger budget Pixar releases.  So, by no means do I want to say that “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” is going to meet the same animation quality of larger budget animated film such as “Toy Story 3” or “Up” but having seen how this film series develop and knowing the animators have only so much time, I give them credit for what they are able to accomplish within a year’s time.  For a direct-to-video film, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” looks great!  So, for the most part, this High Definition transfer of the film is absolutely pristine and gorgeous to look at. Another solid Walt Disney release on Blu-ray!

As for the accompanying DVD, the film is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced or 16×9 Televisions.

AUDIO:

As for the audio, the audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/24-bit), French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and all sound effects come alive. Dialogue is clear and understandable through the front and center channel, as is the beautiful orchestral music. Good use of the surround channels as the flow of sounds from the action sequences can be heard all around. From the ambiance of the workers at Fair Camp to the thumps and crashes of pans during a scene in the kitchen or in Lizzy’s bedroom.  Also, good use of surrounds during the storms and you can hear the rain pattering as well as hearing the cars from the distance as they get closer to the fairies. Overall, a well-done lossless soundtrack.

As for subtitles, the film is presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.

The DVD, the film comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound soundtrack with English SDH, French and Spanish language tracks.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue ” comes with the following special features presented in 1080p and 480i, English and French Dolby Digital and subtitles that are in English SDH, French and Spanish:

  • Tangled – Exclusive Sneak Peak– (3:39) A special early look at Walt Disney’s upcoming animated film “Tangled”.  Featuring Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore and directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard talking about the film and featuring conceptual art.
  • Deleted Scenes – (14:44) – Featuring five deleted scenes with intros by Director Brad Raymond and Producer Helen Kalafatic. Both Brad and Helen set up the scenes via storyboards that were originally planned for the film and reasoning why the scene was cut.
  • Music & More – (3:03) Featuring the music video “How to Believe” by Bridgit Mendler.
  • Games & Activities – (3:23) Featuring a “Fairy Field Guide Builder” multiple choice style of game.
  • Backstage Disney – (1:52) Featuring “Design A Fairy House”.  Director Brad Raymond shows us the Epcot Flower and Garden festival and interviews with children building a fairy house and also a the contest winner of the PixieHollow.com design contest.

Note: The accompanying DVD has the same special features as the Blu-ray.

EXTRAS:

“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” comes with a slip cover case and a DVD of the feature film with the same bonuses that is on the Blu-ray is also included.

“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” was another enjoyable film featuring the popular and iconic Disney character.

Where the last film was more about the adventure and teamwork (and possible romantic interest) between Tinker Bell and Terrence, the third film is more heartfelt as we see Tinker Bell and the fairy-believing Lizzy bonding, and you have a sense that Lizzy is alone in the cottage.  No friends and her father is literally busy with his research and has no time for her.  So, she is attached to Tinker Bell and for her to believe that fairies are real, is simply a wonderful time for her but also knowing that Tinker Bell can’t stay with her.

So, you have that emotional component to this film but then you have Vidia and friends (who we have seen in the previous films) who participate in the more adventure-parts of the film.  We see how these fairies need to rescue Tinker Bell (as they fear humans) and because of the rain storm and their wings are wet, they can’t fly or use their fairy magic.  So, they have to depend on using what they have and trying to make a boat and get from the summer camp to the cottage where they think Tinker Bell is being held in a cage against her will.

I really enjoyed this third film and it’s a great family film and in my opinion, it’s the best Tinker Bell film of the three films thus far.  An improvement in storyline, more characters (and utilization of characters) and also a major improvement of characters and various scenery in different weather conditions and thus various, colorful scenes.

“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” will attract younger and older audiences with its friendly screenplay and beautiful animation and music. The majority of all fairy characters (primarily Tinker Bell’s friends) are back and overall, it was a very enjoyable film. The Blu-ray definitely continues Disney’s commitment for the best quality for their High Definition releases (again, picture and audio quality are both magnificent) and there’s really nothing to be disappointed with this release at all. Also, included is a DVD for the kids or for long commutes as well.

Parents who are wondering if this film is scary at all, there really are no scary parts.   You have your usual cat who looks mean and wants to eat Tinker Bell and friends but really, there is nothing scary about this film at all.   And most importantly, you do not need to watch the previous two films to enjoy the third.  Although, it will help in knowing the relationship that Tinker Bell has with characters like Vidia or Terrence or what is fairy dust by watching the previous two films, but they are not really essential to enjoying the third film.

Overall, if you are a looking for a Disney animated release for your children (especially those who love fairies) and for the whole family, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” is highly recommended!






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