Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

When Tinker Bell (Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Mae Whitman) goes on a summer trip to the English countryside, she finds herself trapped in a fairy house built by nine-year-old Lizzy Griffiths (Lauren Mote). Lizzy and Tink eventually make friends but, when Lizzy’s naturalist father (Frost/Nixon’s Michael Sheen) discovers Tink, he realizes that proving fairies’ existence will make his reputation.

At the last second, rival fairy Vidia (Pamela Adlon) ends up in the trap Dr. Griffiths set for Tink, Lizzy and the other fairies must rescue their friend and prevent the rest of the world from learning that fairies exist.

To its credit, Disney keeps raising the bar for direct-to-DVD animated film. The characters’ movements are smooth and natural, and the images are nicely rendered. The only point that’s less-than-impressive is when Dr. Griffiths is driving his car in the rain; DisneyToon’s reach exceeding its grasp in this sequence.

Story-wise, the film has some fun sequences, especially when Lizzy learns to fly and a cat chases a group of fairies along a set of levitating dishes. There are also some genuinely heartfelt moments between Lizzy and Tinker Bell, which are emotional without descending into schmaltz. However, the final act has a very rushed feel: after having a leisurely pace through the first two acts of the film, the filmmakers rush to finish off the flick which makes Dr. Griffiths’ change of heart look unconvincing. Why would he suddenly decide against proving fairies’ existence, especially if it would make his career?

Video: How does it look?

Presented in 1.78:1 1080p, if you own any Disney Blu-rays then you already know how the video looks on this disc – no macroblocking or edge halos; no black crush or white crush. Dynamic range is good with bright whites in the pixie dust and deep blacks in the shadows. The sharpness of textures is as sharp as where animated. The world of Tinker Bell is filled with earth tones of brown, green and yellow, which are vibrant with some reds and blues that are equally striking. For a straight to video movie the colors and shading in the animation is the best you?ll find. The transparency of the fairy wings are shaded just right.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 mix here makes good use of surround channels and has a great dynamic range with crystal clear high tones and thundering deeper tones mostly expressed in the bass and timpani used in the score. Dialogue is intelligible and a great mix puts all elements in good harmony with one another.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Tangled Sneak Peek includes a lot of footage mostly from the trailer, but it also has a lot of clips of interviews with the directors and voice actors. There are some deleted scenes with intros by the director, Bradley Raymond and the producer, Helen Kalafatic include mostly animatics with their explanations of why the scenes were cut. It?s 14 minutes of rough animation/animatics and even some finished animation for some scenes that were mostly understandably cut from the film.

The ?How To Believe? music video by Bridgit Mendler is one of those Disney tween videos/performers that is definitely not angled toward my demographic.

The Backstage Disney: Build a Fairy House is a featurette about a girl who got to build a fairy house at Epcot?s Flower and Garden Resort ? it?s briefly diverting.

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