TINKER BELL & THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE
As summertime begins, Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and the fairies fly to the mainland to gather flowers from England's meadows. Despite the strict rules that fairies should stay away from humans, ever-curious Tink finds herself drawn to a lonely little girl called Lizzy (voice of Lauren Mote), who is staying in a cottage with her butterfly-collecting entomologist father Dr Griffiths (voice of Michael Sheen). Lizzy can't believe her luck when she finds Tink trapped in the fairy house she has placed in the garden. Meanwhile, as the fairies mount a daring rescue, a friendship develops between Tink and the little girl whose busy, pragmatic father has no time for her and is only interested in scientific facts. The future of fairy kind is put into jeopardy as the fairies enter the taboo world of humans.
Review by Louise Keller:
Faith, trust and pixie dust is the mantra of this enchanting animated adventure in which the petite fairy born of laughter finds herself trapped in the human world. Filled with inventive ideas and sure to delight every member of the family, this third magical Walt Disney adventure combines beautiful animation with a timeless story about friendship and believing.
As the story begins, summer has just begun and Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and the other fairies are preparing to head for the mainland. The flowers are in full bloom, a breeze is blowing, the squirrels are scampering, bees are buzzing and butterflies' wings are being painted as the fairies set up their fairy camp in countryside England. Smaller than a blade of grass with sparkling lace wings that shimmer as she moves, Tink's curiosity gets the better of her when she spies a little girl and a make-shift house for fairies. Trapped and terrified, Tink communicates with Lizzy (voice of Lauren Mote) by a series of amusing charades (Lizzy can't hear Tink's voice; she can only hear the jingling of a tiny bell). There's also a fat, Kliban-style tabby cat to avoid and Lizzy's endologist father (voice of Michael Sheen) who is looking for an unusual specimen to show off at his next lecture.
As teeming rain falls and the relationship develops between Tink and Lizzie (whose eye colour matches Tink's strapless, leaf-inspired mini-dress), back at the fairy camp, a rescue mission begins. There are some lovely throw-away lines like 'you scared the petals off me' and 'I don't do mud,' as the elegant fairies take off their shoes to cross a flooded road. One of the highlights is the wonderfully innovative scene in which pixie dust is sprinkled over plates, cups and saucers, forming a floating bridge of crockery on which the fat cat chases the fairies in mid air.
While the heart of the story lies in the relationship between Tinker Bell and Lizzie, enough pixie dust is used to also bridge the gap between Lizzie and her pragmatic father, who collects butterflies and only believes in scientific facts. Colourful and bright with catchy songs and an uplifting story, this is a very sweet film for the eternal child.
Published first in the Sun-Herald
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TINKER BELL (2008)
TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE (2009)
TINKER BELL & THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE (G)
VOICES: Michael Sheen, Mae Whitman, Lauren Mote, Kristin Chenoweth, Pamela Adlon, Lucy Liu, Jesse McCartney, Raven-Symoné, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen
PRODUCER: Margot Pipkin
DIRECTOR: Bradley Raymond
SCRIPT: Bob Hilgenberg, Rob Muir (story by Bradley Raymond)
EDITOR: Lisa Linder, Kevin Locarro
MUSIC: Peter Rotter (orchestra conductor)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a
RUNNING TIME: 76 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 5, 2010 (Exclusive engagement with Greater Union, BC&C, Event and Village cinemas)