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When Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) arrives in Never Land's Pixie Hollow, Queen Clarion (voice of Angelica Huston) tells her each fairy is born with a special talent, whether it is making flowers grow, giving fireflies their light or tracing beautiful patterns into a winter morning's frost. But Tinker Bell thinks her fairy talent as a 'Tinker' is not as special or important enough because Tinkers do not go to the mainland like the other fairies. When she tries to change who she is, however, disaster ensues. With encouragement from her friends Fawn (voice of America Ferrera), Iridessa (voice of Raven-Symoné), Rosetta (voice of Kristin Chenoweth) and Silvermist (voice of Lucy Liu), Tink discovers when you are true to yourself, magical things can happen.

Review by Louise Keller:
With a sprinkle of fairy dust, Tinker Bell bursts onto our DVD screens in an enchanting, colourful animated adventure that the whole family will love. This first of three proposed straight to DVD titles about the petite fairy born of laughter tells Tinker Bell's story from her origins in Pixie Hollow. Accepting who you are is the theme of this magical Disney tale whose engaging story, adorable characters and bright colours seem to have slid straight off a beautiful rainbow.

Visually, the film is a delight and it's easy to become engrossed in its reality. Inspired from the 2006 book In the Realm of the Never Fairies from Disney's publishing house, we learn that it is little fairies who guide the changing seasons. 'How does nature get its glow?' goes the song. Tinker Bell's creation is a lovely moment in which gold dust settles on the flower of a dandelion. As she tries out her new wings, there are gifts of bubbles, light and flowers as she tries to find her special talent, while beautiful fairies recline on crimson flower petals. Humour comes in the form of Bobble (voice of Rob Paulsen) and Clank (voice of Jeff Bennett), who show Tink around her new home. I like the scene in which Tinker Bell snips her green leaf outfit, which promptly becomes a slinky, strapless mini dress, perfect for a hard-working (but glamorous) little fairy.

You are a tinker; be proud of it says Fairy Mary (voice of Jane Horrocks), but Tink has to learn this lesson the hard way when she wishes she could join the other fairies as they head to the mainland. It is only after things go wrong that Tink discovers with innovation and hard work that she can make a valuable and unique contribution. Children of all ages will be entranced by this sweet and wholesome magical adventure that traverses down roads covered with flower petals and summer breezes.

DVD special features include an in-depth guide to Pixie Hollow in which Tinker Bell herself is our guide. We can choose between the Pixie Dust Tree, where all the new fairies go, or the Pixie Dust Well or join the Water Fairies as they make fountains, waterfalls, glide on water and float on lily pads. There's also a multi-level suite of four games that will help turn winter into spring and a featurette on the wonder of how the morning dew paints a cobweb or a rainbow stretches across the sky. There are also some deleted scenes.

Published April 16, 2009

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(US, 2008)

VOICES: Mae Whitman, Angelica Huston, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera, Jane Horrocks

PRODUCER: Not credited

DIRECTOR: Bradley Raymond

SCRIPT: Characters by J.M. Barrie; Jeffrey M. Howard


EDITOR: Not credited

MUSIC: Joel McNeely

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ryan L. Carlson (art direction)

RUNNING TIME: 78 minutes


SPECIAL FEATURES: Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow, DVD Rom, Ever Wonder, Creating Pixie Hollow, Deleted scenes with filmmaker intros


DVD RELEASE: November 1, 2008

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