Whoops! Turns out kind of a lot. Tinker Bell and her fellow fairy Vidia head out to explore and stumble upon a quaint little cabin with an even quainter, even more little fairy house waiting for them out front. Vidia's afraid it might be some kind of human trap, but Tink's not scared, swooping straight inside to explore. Thinking maybe it's high time Tinker Bell realized all of these rules about staying away from humans are there for a reason, Vidia tries to spook her by slamming the door of the dollhouse shut. It's just a prank. No harm done, right? Well, the door's stuck shut, and...oops! A human is coming this way! Don't fret, though. It's just a little girl named Lizzy, and she loves fairies. Just about every square inch of her bedroom is covered with her doodles of fairies, figurines, and books. She'd never do anything to hurt Tinker Bell. Vidia doesn't know that, though. All she sees is Lizzy's fat, ravenous kitty cat, Tinker Bell trapped inside a bird cage, and a study downstairs that's covered wall-to-wall in (gasp!) pinned butterflies. For fairies, that's a pretty ghastly horror show. There's not much Vidia can do to save Tinker Bell by her lonesome, so she heads back to the pixie camp to mount a...well, to mount a great fairy rescue!
Vidia and her pals go on all sorts of harrowing adventures on the way back, braving torrential rains, a massive waterfall, and that darn cat, but as it turns out...? Tinker Bell really doesn't need all that much rescuing. Lizzy may only hear jingle bells whenever Tink tries to speak, but they find a way to communicate just the same. She's the daughter of a naturalist, and Lizzy fills her field journal with all sorts of facts she learns from Tinker Bell about fairies...they're fairy tales, sure, but these are the scientifically documented kind! Lizzy's eager to show her pop her field journal, but Dr. Griffiths is far too distracted by his research to pay all that much attention to her right now. Though Tinker Bell does it all with the best of intentions, her ways of helping out wind up making the good doctor miffed with his daughter. Also, if he gets this excited about showing an oddly colored butterfly to the board of trustees at the museum down in London Town, just think what'll happen if he gets his hands on a real, live fairy...!
I liked Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the second movie in the Disney Fairies series. I just couldn't
I may not be a parent myself, but if I were, this is a movie I'd love to show my kids. Again, I appreciate the fact that Tinker Bell has smarts and pluck to go with the blonde hair and pixie dust. Nothing that happens in The Great Fairy Rescue is scary enough to rattle young kids. The emphasis is really on a girl's wide-eyed awe at discovering that fairies are real with some good-natured adventure sprinkled in between. Because of that bond that's struck between Tinker Bell and her newfound friend, I can definitely imagine The Great Fairy Rescue being especially appealing to young girls. Even though the movie takes place in the real world, it's still set before Peter Pan, so this is all happening just after the calendar flipped over to the 1900s. There's just something that seems so innocent with the way The Great Fairy Rescue presents that era. It wouldn't be the same in the present day with cell phones, snarky sarcasm, or blaring TVs...here, it's so pure and unspoiled. There's also really not a villain this time around either. Lizzy isn't
I'll admit it too: I laughed! The way the other fairies struggle as they try to decipher an impenetrable Scottish brogue, the look Tinker Bell shoots back when Lizzy doodles Tink riding a unicorn, and...heck, just the idea of a bloated tabby leaping across floating cups and saucers...I was really charmed by The Great Fairy Rescue's playful sense of humor, and the movie earns its laughs without leaning on any doofy pop culture references. This isn't a Dreamworks movie, after all.
As much as I adore my eight year old sister, there are a lot of movies she loves that I will never, ever watch again. I'd cheerfully sit down and give Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue another look with her, though. I enjoyed it well enough by my lonesome, and I'm sure it'd only be that much more fun with a wide-eyed kid laughing along. The Great Fairy Rescue may not be epic or sprawling in scope as a movie, but it definitely doesn't feel like a direct-to-video release. The animation is so polished and the writing's so sharp that it outclasses quite a bit of what lesser studios are churning out in theaters. Disney is really putting forth an effort to make these movies something special, and The Great Fairy Rescue even manages to be quite a bit better than last year's already pretty solid Lost Treasure. The way I like to approach movies like this when I review them is to ask two questions: would I spend my own money buying this as a gift for one of my younger relatives, and if I did, would I hop on the couch and watch it again with them? The answer is a definite "yes!" on both of those counts, and I'm not at all embarrassed to say that I really enjoyed watching The Great Fairy Rescue even by myself. Highly Recommended.
Perfect! Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is just breathtakingly beautiful in high definition. Its candy-colored palette is so bright and vivid in the light of day. Sure, there's some nasty weather that soon rolls in, and those scenes are obviously a good bit darker. Whenever the sunlight breaks through, though...? The colors leap clear off the screen. Detail and clarity are both remarkable as well. Even when the camera's pulled far, far back, I felt as if I could count each and every blade of grass...every last leaf on the trees in the background...each individual speck of fairy dust. There's a very strong sense of texture that DVD could never hope to reproduce either. Since The Great Fairy Rescue was created entirely in the digital domain, it hopefully goes without saying that there's no chance of any wear or speckling creeping in. The computer-rendered animation is clear and immaculate, not dragged down by any hiccups in the compression, unwanted filtering, or edge enhancement. I know I already shouted "perfect!" when I started off this whole thing, but when a Blu-ray disc looks this terrific, why not belt it out one more time? Perfect!
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue flutters its way onto Blu-ray with a dual-layer disc, and the unmatted 1.78:1 image has been encoded with AVC.
This six-channel, 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is every bit as lively and playful as Tink herself whenever it has a chance. It's especially vibrant in the opening moments when fairies, moths, birds, and...well, just about anything else with wings are soaring across the screen, fluttering out of one channel and into another. There are all sorts of smooth, seamless pans as a result. The surround channels are colored with splashes of atmosphere like a torrential downpour, claps of thunder, and shimmering streams of fairy dust. The standout moment sonically might be when a car barrels down a muddy road head-on towards a gaggle of trapped fairies, and every last channel comes into play there. Bass response is healthy thanks to the score and thunder, but nothing in The Great Fairy Rescue cries out for a particularly hefty low-end. The mix is definitely weighted towards the front, and because so much of the movie does take place inside small rooms in a cottage in the country, the sound design doesn't have much need to be all that flashy anyway. It still complements the material really well, and the recording is so wonderfully clean and clear that it's tough to find anything to grouse about here. Expectedly terrific work from Disney.
Also included is a Dolby Digital 5.1 dub in French. Subtitles are offered in English (SDH), French, and Spanish.
The Final Word
I could write a really long review of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, or I could just shout "cute!" and "charming!" with a big, toothy grin. Rather than just coasting on the strength of the Fairies brand, Disney is clearly putting a lot of effort into making these the best movies they can, complete with wonderfully polished computer animation and some pretty clever writing. I'm sure it goes without saying that The Great Fairy Rescue is aimed squarely at young girls, but it's so well-made and just infectiously adorable that I'd cheerfully watch it again with my kid sister (or anyone else who asked!). Highly Recommended.