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Tinker Bell

review by Zach B.



MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 78 Minutes

Starring the voices of: Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symone, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera, Jane Horrocks, Jesse McCartney, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen, Pamela Adlon and Anjelica Huston

Screenplay by: Jeffrey M. Howard
Story by: Jeffrey M. Howard, Bradley Raymond

Directed by: Bradley Raymond


Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow, Ever Wonder, Creating Pixie Hollow, Deleted Scenes, Music Video, Tinker Trainer (DVD-ROM)

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (16 Chapters)

Released: October 28th, 2008



"Tinker Bell" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it's a pretty spiffy transfer. Other than contrast seeming a bit on the high side, with some noise and shimmering to be had, everything else looks rather good. Detail is pretty good, and color saturation is quite vibrant - all the yellows and greens really stand out. Image quality is pretty sharp too. A pleasing and solid transfer overall. 


"Tinker Bell" is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1, and it's a pretty good mix. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, while the Celtic-tinged musical score and songs bring an enveloping and very warm presence through the channels. Surrounds are pretty active and discrete too - such as the sprinkling of that magic pixie dust and wings zipping. Subwoofer use is decent, while fidelity is high and dynamic range is pretty tight.

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish are inclued, too. English closed captions from your TV are available, plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

A few things are here to bring you into this new franchise. First up is the Magical Guide To Pixie Hollow, which is an interactive map where Tink guides you through specific parts of her homeland. Ever Wonder is a short (approximately 4 minutes) little piece where we see how fairies actually enhance our everyday lives outside. If you're a kid, it's cute.

Presented as an easter egg is a section called The Mainland (just click to the right of the ballerina on the bonus materials page). Here you'll find two extras: Creating Pixie Hollow is a 10 minute look at the making of the film, and how the talented Disney filmmakers and artists created the fabled home base for the fairies from the ground up. Thankfully, it seems a lot of care and thought actually went into making this franchise - and that Pixie Hollow is basically the opposite of Never Land (i.e. it's a girls town). A lot of the origins are covered: Tink's history in literature and through Walt Disney's eyes, as well as the inspirations the animators drew from in creating the characters and visuals. In addition to clips from the film, there are plenty of storyboards and animatics shown. Short but sweet, but well done.

There are also six Deleted Scenes, with introductions by director Bradley Raymond and producer Jeannine Roussel. The scenes are on the short side (they total nearly 11 minutes), but to my surprise - two of the six are fully animated (usually deleted scenes on animated films are presented as animatics, as they're cut before any major animating is done). Basically, as Raymound and Roussel explain in their short intros, a majority of these were cut because of story and script changes. Nonetheless, they give you a small peak at how subtle changes let the film evolve.

Finally, rising Disney star Selena Gomez performs in a Music Video entitles "Fly To Your Heart." And for you DVD-ROM users, there's the Tinker Trainer activity.


Little girls should enjoy "Tinker Bell," as this marks a start for a brand new Disney franchise. The DVD sports a good presentation of the film, but the supplements are a bit slim. I'm sure the DVD will be a big seller, and a warning to moms and dads: in addition to all the Disney Fairies merchandise you'll probably be buying, there are 3 more Tink DVD films on the way.