Coming soon after the success of “Tinker Bell” and “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” Disney has released “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.” While sequels often fall short when compared to the original, the “Tinker Bell” series continues to be surprisingly sincere and heartfelt, without becoming melodramatic.
Like the previous “Tinker Bell” films, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” follows Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) and her Pixie Hollow friends, Vidia (Pamela Adlon), Silvermist (Lucy Liu), Rosetta (Kristin Chenoweth), Iridessa (Raven-Symoné), Fawn (Angela Bartys), Clank (Jeff Bennett) and Bobble (Rob Paulsen) as they embark on a new adventure. This time, the group of fairies are in the mainland for fairy camp, and Tinker Bell is immediately warned not to go near the humans. Still, Tinker Bell’s curiosity is peaked, leading her and her friends on an adventure they’ll never forget.
When Tinker Bell hears a car puttering, she’s determined to know what it is and how it works. She goes off to see the vehicle up-close and its Vidia who follows her. They make their way to examine the vehicle, and on their way back they come across a small fairy house made by a young girl named Lizzy (Lauren Mote), who believes in all things fairies.
Tinker Bell is immediately taken with the fairy house made of found objects and she goes inside to explore. When Lizzy returns, she’s overjoyed to discover a fairy inside and so she rushes home to show her dad (Michael Sheen), who’s far too focused on his field research to realize his daughter has made a great discovery. In fact, he’s more focused on facts and filling his field journals than he is paying attention to Lizzy. Protective of Tinker Bell, Lizzy decides it might be best not to show her dad her wonderful discovery.
Meanwhile, Vidia returns to the fairy camp to inform them that Tinker Bell has been captured. The fairies realize they can’t fly to Tinker Bell due to the rain, so they work together to build a boat before setting off to rescue Tinker Bell. On their journey to Tinker Bell, they run into some trouble with a water fall, a mud puddle, a car and Lizzy’s cat.
This film also focuses more on Vidia and her desire to belong more with the other fairies, which adds a nice additional layer to the story. As Tinker Bell’s friends make their way to rescue her, Tinker Bell enjoys her time with Lizzy who only wants someone to share her thoughts with. Their friendship really is one of the best things about the film, especially Tinker Bell’s desire to help bring Lizzy and her dad closer.
“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” is perfect for the target audience, and those of us who appreciate a charming story about friendship, family, believing in the unknown and adventure. The film is a wonderful example of the lengths friends will go through to rescue one of their own. At 77 minutes the film moves at a rather quick pace with adventure for the fairies along the way. While their could have been more situations for the fairies to find themselves in, the balance between their time trying to rescue Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell’s time with Lizzy works nicely.
The voice work continues to be impressive with Mae Whitman standing out as Tinker Bell and Lauren Mote giving a charming performance as Lizzy. The storytelling is wonderful and the animation is beautiful. While sequels are often hit or miss, the "Tinker Bell" films continue to be fine family fare.
This set provides a Blu-Ray and DVD edition of the film.
VIDEO: "Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue" is presented in 1.78:1 (1080p/AVC) on Blu-Ray by Disney. While the CGI-animated film may not show the level of detail that Pixar films show, the animation quality is certainly a step above most direct-to-video animated fare, and the animation looks absolutely gorgeous on this Blu-Ray transfer. Sharpness and detail are thrilling, as the smallest details are presented with crystal clarity. No edge enhancement, noise or other concerns are seen. Colors looked bold and bright, appearing well-saturated and pure throughout. Black level remained solid throughout the proceedings, as well. Overall, the presentation looked fantastic.
SOUND: The DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack delivers about as much as one might expect from a family film like this. Surrounds are not aggressively used, but they are put into play for some mild effects and ambience at times. Audio quality is just fine, with well-recorded dialogue and effects.
“Tangled: An Exclusive Sneak Peek” is a four minute look at Disney’s upcoming film, “Tangled” starring Mandy Moore as Rapunzel. With interviews and footage for the film, it’s a fun sneak peek.
“Deleted Scenes” There are five deleted scenes with the option to view them with introductions by Director Brad Raymond and Producer Helen Kalafatic. Two of the deleted scenes are presented twice, just at different points in the production process.
The “Fairy Field Guide Builder” is a multiple choice game set up as a field guide book with drawings. If you pick the right answer, you learn more about the fairy fact. Younger children may enjoy the questions, the fairy facts, the drawings and more.
“Design a Fairy House” Brad Raymond goes to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to see how real kids would design a fairy house. He also talks about how he and Helen Kalafatic picked the winner of an online contest for a fairy house and the feature shows her and her family getting to bring her fairy house to life.
The Music Video “How To Believe” performed by Bridgit Mendler is included.
“Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray Is Suite,” and “Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go” are also included here.
Sneak Peeks: “Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition,” “Tangled,” “Disney Movie Rewards,” “Disney Blu-ray and DVD,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,” “The Search for Santa Paws,” “Disney Nature: Oceans,” “The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos,” “Toy Story: 3,” “The Lion King: Diamond Edition,” and “Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods”
Final Thoughts: With solid vocal performances, storytelling, and animation, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” is perfect for the target audience, and those of us who appreciate a charming story about friendship, family, believing in the unknown and adventure.
The Film B+