Over the weekend, the kids and I saw a free movie screening of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. The animated Disney movie is a direct to DVD title that will be released on September 21, 2010. The Great Fairy Rescue is actually the third film in the series, but you don’t need to watch the first two movies (Tinker Bell | Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) to understand what’s going on in the third movie (I didn’t see the first movie). The movie is rated G and is about 70 minutes long (seemed longer).
What is it about?
Like the other two Tinkerbell movies, the Great Fairy Rescue is about Tinker Bell before she hooked up with Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys. As you can guess from the title, one of the fairies gets captured by a human and needs to be rescued. During the course of the rescue, Tinker Bell ends up repairing the broken bond between a dad and his daughter.
Will kids like the movie?
All three of my kids enjoyed the movie, but the Little Princess (age ten) and I thought the second Tinkerbell movie (Lost Treasure) was better. My guess is that most kids will like this movie — especially little girls who are still into fairies and pixie dust. BTW, this movie isn’t just for little girls. My seven-year old son also liked the movie and found some of the scenes funny.
Will dads and moms like the movie?
I loved the 3D-like computer animation and the stunning colors, but the story itself was only so-so. As I said before, I like the second Tinker Bell movie more. While watching this third one, I could have easily taken a nap if it wasn’t ten in the morning. I didn’t get attached to any of the characters and I was glad when the movie was finally over. I think some moms and dads will enjoy the Great Fairy Rescue, but most parents will probably only find the movie OK. However, I have to admit that one of scenes reminded me of the many tea parties I had with my oldest daughter when she was a toddler.
Who’s in the movie?
The characters in the movie were voiced by Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Michael Sheen, Kristin Chenoweth (I like her), Lucy Liu, Pamela Adlon, Jesse McCartney, Raven-Symoné, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen, Faith Prince, Lauren Mote, and Angela Bartys.
How much will the DVD cost?
As I said before, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will be released on September 21st. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for $17.99 ($29.99 list price — who’s crazy enough too pay $30 for a Tinkerbell movie?).