Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Toon Talk: That Touch of Tink

Returning for her third direct-to-video movie with Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (available this week on Disney DVD and Blu-ray), everyone’s favorite pixie comes face to face with her first human being … and it’s not Peter Pan.

Continuing with the various season-themed plots of its predecessors, Great Fairy Rescue finds our heroine (once again voiced by Mae Whitman) attending “Summer Fairy Camp” on the “mainland” (England, circa 1920s). Alas, the close proximity of humans and all their various gadgets and gizmos proves too much for a certain tinker fairy. With the haughty speed fairy Vidia (Pamela Adlon) in protesting pursuit, Tink risks breaking the cardinal fairy rule (“don’t be seen by humans”) and sets out to check out a neighboring home.

The residents of said home are Dr. Griffiths (Michael Sheen, of The Queen and Frost/Nixon fame), a preoccupied entomologist, and his young daughter Lizzy (Lauren Mote), a curious, imaginative child crazy about (naturally) fairies. Soon after arriving at their summer home, Lizzy puts out a homemade “fairy house” to lure them to her and, before you can say “Faith, trust and pixie dust”, she’s captured Tinker Bell.

Despite being locked in a birdcage and menaced by a pudgy cat, Tink quickly discovers that Lizzy just wants to learn more about fairy folk like her. And, since she can’t fly home due to a nasty storm outside, Tink decides to stick around and teach her a thing or two about fairies (including a flying lesson), even if they do have to overcome a certain language barrier ...

Click here to continue reading my Toon Talk review of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue at LaughingPlace.com.

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