Movie Review – ‘Tinker Bell’

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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ and I’m Tim Bradley!

We know Tinker Bell, don’t we? Or is it Tinkerbell? I don’t know which way to say her name is. Tinker Bell is the little pixie fairy who accompanies Peter Pan on his adventures in Never Land. Again, I’m not sure if it’s Never Land or Neverland. Over the years, I have done a number of Peter Pan reviews.

This includes the two Disney films – ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Return to Never Land’; the Steven Spielberg film called ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams; and the 2013 live-action ‘Peter Pan’ film with Jeremy Stumper and Jason Isaacs. In all of those films, there have been various depictions of Tinker Bell being featured. 🙂

In the Disney films, she’s been considered as a non-talking fairy in 2-D cartoon animation. But in 2008, Disney changed that when they did a film about Tinker Bell called…well, ‘Tinker Bell’. In the film, Tinker Bell is now in 3-D computer generated animation and happens to be a fairy that can talk.

Is this a worthwhile upgrade? I watched ‘Tinker Bell’ on Disney+ one Friday evening for the sake of curiosity. I had seen it advertised on Disney DVDs around the time of its release. I didn’t really think of much of it and wasn’t interested. Thankfully I don’t have to pay much to watch it on Disney+ here.

In a sense, the film ‘Tinker Bell’ is a prequel set before the event of the first ‘Peter Pan’ movie. I would like this fine if it had strong connections to Peter Pan throughout. But somehow, I don’t think that’s really the case. There is a Wendy reference at the end but I don’t know if that’s the real Wendy.

‘Tinker Bell’ wasn’t released at cinemas but straight to DVD and Blu-ray. I didn’t think ‘Tinker Bell’ would be a hit, but it’s spawned a number of films over the years in the ‘Disney Fairies’ series. There are currently six ‘Tinker Bell’ films which I believe can be watched on Disney+. That is so astounding.

I don’t know if I’ll watch the rest of the ‘Tinker Bell’ film series as it’s not really my kind of thing, but it is interesting to find that these films have become popular with general Disney audiences. Judging by the film’s story however, I don’t think it’s anything that spectacular to be remembered from here.

The story has Tinker Bell born in the world of Pixie Hollow, which is part of Neverland, and she’s given the talent of being a tinker who can make and fix things. However, Tinker Bell isn’t satisfied with her new role as a tinker and she wants to be something more, journeying out to the main land.

Tinker Bell makes friends with four other girly fairies, including Silvermist, a water fairy; Rosetta, a garden fairy; Iridessa, a light fairy; and Fawn, an animal fairy. When Tinker Bell accidentally puts Spring under threat, she has to make things right by restoring the preparations for Spring, due soon.

My Mum objected to the idea that creation in the world was done by fairies whereas it’s actually done by God. I concur with that. I know people have their ideas about creation, but I firmly believe that God was responsible for creating the world full of water, gardens, light and animals. Not fairies.

Tinker Bell is voiced by Mae Whitman. A lot of the voice cast for this film are people I don’t know very well since they’re mostly American. I appreciate Tinker Bell having a voice in this film, but how come it’s the Disney Tinker Bell who gets to speak whereas clearly in the 2-D animated films, she didn’t talk at all.

It would’ve been better if they got Julia Roberts to voice Tinker Bell…or Tinkerbell instead. The voice cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth as Rosetta, Raven-Symoné as Iridessa, Lucy Liu as Silvermist and America Ferra as Fawn. There’s also Jane Horrocks (who did ‘Chicken Run’) voicing Fairy Mary in this.

There’s Jesse McCartney voicing Terence, Jeff Bennett as Clank, Rob Paulsen as Bobble, Pamela Adlon as Vidia and Anjelica Huston as Queen Clarion. Again, a lot of the voice cast I don’t know by name since they are mostly American actors. But they all deliver decent performances for their characters. The film is also narrated by Loreena McKennitt in places.

I can’t say ‘Tinker Bell’ is a film that won me over, but it was decent and harmless enough. I wish it had Tinker Bell meeting Peter Pan for the first time, but perhaps that’s saved for a future film. Whether I’ll watch the other ‘Tinker Bell’ films is another matter as I did find the first one average. 😐

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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