46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
In the third Tinker Bell film ("Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue"), I found myself surprised yet again at the high quality and entertaining quality of this straight to video release. I also found myself puzzled (again) why this film didn't hit theaters first. Going by the preview trailers, the next installment, "Tinker Bell and The Mysterious Winter Woods," might be different, since it is advertised as an "all new movie event." But back to this movie...
The story is about Lizzy, a young girl whose father has little time for her. She is fascinated by fairies, whereas her father is caught up in facts and scientific research. Through a twist of fate, Lizzy meets Tinker Bell and they become fast friends. Tink sees that Lizzy's father is not giving her the love and attention that she needs, so she helps Lizzy put together a book of facts on fairies, thinking that it might appeal to her dad. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell's fairy friends go on a journey to rescue Tinker Bell from the human world, putting themselves in grave danger. Can Lizzy catch the attention of her dad? Will Tink's friends be able to "rescue" her without getting caught by Lizzy's dad and used for research?
The film is somewhat predictable, and the plot motivations are fairly standard. Yet...the high quality of animation, excellent character development, and quick pacing of the movie make it extremely enjoyable, especially for kids. With a smaller group of fairies in this movie, it is easier to get to know each one and they are all filled with plenty of personality. Lizzy is easy to like as well; her father on the other hand is very difficult to bond with. His personality transformation at the end of the film comes too quickly and is somewhat difficult to believe. This was the only fault I found with the storyline. There are plenty of thrilling sequences for children, and they will quickly be dazzled, imagining themselves in Lizzy's place. For those that were annoyed that Tinker Bell was given a voice in this series, this movie "explains" away the issue by still showing her as "silent" with humans, with her voice translating to the tinkling of bells. HIGHLY recommended.
TECHNICAL SPECS: 2.35:1, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (DVD) DTS-HD (Blu-ray). Languages and subtitles are English, Spanish, and French. The picture itself is lush and rendered with amazing details. The flight sequences around London are particularly thrilling. The sound is pleasing, but didn't really notice that the speakers got a dynamic workout.
1. Disney Blu-ray/Combo Packs
2. "Beauty & The Beast" Diamond Edition Blu-ray
3. "Tangled": this preview is definitely designed to appeal to young boys, focusing on the hero, Flynn Rider, instead of Rapunzel.
4. Disney Movie Rewards
5. "The Search For Santa Paws"
6. Anti-Piracy message starting Tinker Bell
7. "Beverly Hills Chihuahua II" on Blu-ray/DVD.
8. Disney Parks
9. Disney Nature: "Oceans" and "The Crimson Wing"
10. "Toy Story 3" on Blu-ray/DVD
11. "Lion King" Diamond Edition
12. "Tinker Bell & The Mysterious Woods" - All new movie event
1. "Tangled": Exclusive Sneak Peak (3:39) - this short look behind the scenes of the movie based on the "Rapunzel" story really plays up the action angle so as not to alienate the male audience from watching it. Directors Nathan Greno & Byron Howard talk about how "Tangled" has something for everyone: action, romance, humor, etc. Vocal leads are Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider). Looks like it could be fun.
2. Deleted Scenes (14:44) - with intros by Director Brad Raymond and Producer Helen Kalafatic. Usually, the deleted scenes don't do much for me, but this time, I found myself wishing that some of them had been kept.
A. "A Real Live Fairy": Flashback showing Lizzy's dad as a boy meeting a fairy and the consequences. Although this scene is a little dark, getting this background on Lizzy's dad would have fleshed out his character much better and made some of his actions more believable.
B. & C. "Lizzy's Bedtime Story": shown in both storyboard and grayscale versions, this is also a very cute sequence.
D."Cat Attack": this sequence is fully rendered in color, and shows my new favorite character, Mr. Twitches the cat. He is a loveable semi-villain from the movie that left me wanting more.
Interesting note: in the intros to the deleted scenes, it's stated that these movies are all prequels to the "Peter Pan" animated classic.
3. Music & More: "How To Believe" with Bridgit Mendler (3:02) - fun music video with cute Bridgit performing this lighthearted number.
4. Backstage Disney: "Design a Fairy House" (1:52) - Brad Raymond talks about the contest that challenged children to design a Fairy House. Zoe Periale from California was picked the winner and got to go to WDW in Florida, where she was able to build the house she had sketched out and display it at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.
5. Games & Activities: Fairy Field Guide Builder - Most of the games are boring snoozers. Children will enjoy this fairly easy to figure out primer on Fairies. Definitely one of the best games on a Disney video that I have seen.
OVERALL RATING: This one is a sure-fire hit for the children and also very enjoyable for adults.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
My fairy-loving 5 year old daughter and I have adored Disney's Tinkerbell series of movies, and TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE is no exception. This movie has all the charm and joy of its two predecessors, and once again, I have to wonder why these movies have been released straight to DVD. With some of the most gorgeous animation I have ever seen, top-notch voice talent, sincere and honest messages, and a healthy dose of famed Disney magic, TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE (along with TINKER BELL and TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE) would have made a mint in the theatres. These movies make you believe, and really, that is all any of us want.
Tinker Bell is back, and this time she and her friends are spending the summer on the human mainland. Tink is under strict orders to stay away from the humans. While fairies do a great many things for humans and the human world, rule number one is that humans do not know that fairies really exist. But the fairies never reckoned on a lonely little girl like Lizzy, before. You see, Lizzy LOVES fairies; she is one of the few humans who truly believes. Lizzy builds a fairy house, hoping upon hope to entice a fairy into being her friend (hmmm...sounds like someone else I know!). Well, guess who can't resist! Tink ends up befriending Lizzy and teaching her workaholic father lessons about trusting in his daughter and believing with his heart, instead of his head.
TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE is sweet, innocent, and stunning; a delightful tale told by outstanding talent. The brilliantly superb (I need more superlatives!) animation brings the fairies to life - they seem to fly out of the screen - and the voice actors are some of the very best in the business: Mae Whitman, who voices Katara in the AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER series, continues to be a perfect choice for Tink. Charming and sincere, she is conveys Tinker Bell perfectly. The talents of Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu, Jessie McCartney, Raven-Symone, and a host of others add to the pleasure of this film. And, as in the previous two films, there is nothing particularly scary in TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE; nothing that will frighten or upset children. No one dies; no one is particularly evil; there is no bad language. From start to finish, TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE is cute, appealing, and captivating. I was grinning from ear to ear during the entire film, and my wee one sat peacefully on my lap throughout. In fact, she has already rapturously watched this movie five times. And mom hasn't minded a bit.
Disney has a perfect hat trick with these three Tinker Bell movies, including TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE, and a fourth one is on its way. Let's hope they can turn that hat trick into a grand slam home run. Neither my daughter nor I can wait for the next movie; we are already breathless with anticipation. In the mean time, though, I think we will go build a fairy house on the back porch. You never know who might come to visit. After all, all you have to do is believe. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2010
We bought this for our 2 year old daughter! She loves the other two Tinkerbell movies. She didn't know it was coming so once we got out to the mail box she was thrilled! We of course opened it and watched it right away. It was very cute the story was touching and it had plenty of action. I enjoyed how you really got to see the other faries personalities not just Tinkerbell. I got quite a few laughs out of it as did my husband. It really is a great movie and we're already looking forward to the other one coming out Fall 2012.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue is the third in the computer animated series and for our family the best yet. The quality of the animation, storytelling and music is far more than what direct-to-video tends to offer. Four generations of our family have all watched and loved the story. It entertains the children but never bores Mom and Dad. Great grandma may love it more than the kids, what more can you ask? It teaches the value of friendship, family and the need to never stop believing in the unbelievable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Before I get too involved in the grown-up's analysis of the DVD, I think it makes sense to print the (unedited) review as written by my seven-year-old daughter:
"Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue was one of the best moives I saw. Because I Love Fairys and tinker bell and her Freinds are very pretty. but if you don't like Fairys I'ts not a good moive For you."
(She gave it 5 stars!)
Basically, her review is dead on. For girls in the 2 to 10 set, this is the kind of DVD that just can't be beat. I mean, after all, who doesn't like fairies? Magic, fairy dust, flying! And don't forget action--the kind where no one is in any real danger of getting hurt. And even though you may not know who Bridgit Mendler is or why she came out with a new song, your kids will know and they'll want to hear it and see the video. And even as parents, it is eminently watchable--Disneyesque, but never too cloying. On the whole, this is a fine addition to your collection for home movie night.
But being a nit-picky adult, I have to shed light on some of my reservations. This is solid enough entertainment for a casual family viewing, but it's not premiere Disney animation. The computer rendered characters are a little plasticky in quality. There is reasonable attention to detail, but nothing like you're used to seeing in those big hits that reach the movie theaters. You see the deficits mostly in the lack of nuance in the characters, lack of completely natural motion (these characters are a little robotic), and sparse backgrounds that don't move so much with the action or are lacking detail.
I guess the release on Blu-ray is more of a marketing thing, because the number of pixels rendered on DVD--even in standard definition--is more than enough given the quality of the work here. (I say this after watching this on a 22 inch monitor and a standard definition TV screen and not appreciating much difference. This may not be true when the images are rendered on a ginormous HDTV screen. Maybe there the Blu-ray would help...)
As to the plot....
[For those of you who have missed the extended Tinker Bell series read on. For those who have been following the new adventures of Tinker Bell, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. Tinker Bell, the somewhat cantankerous and jealous (but in the end good-hearted) side kick of Peter Pan, has been hijacked by a new generation of Disney animators and gets a new back story. The Tink' of the new movies is a recently hatched fairy who is a softened version of her hand animated predecessor. Her lines are a little softer as is her personality. Taking her name to the extremes the new Tinker Bell is cast as a `tinker fairy.' Tinkers are the somewhat-less-than-glamorous fix-it fairies who create and repair fairy machinery. (Yes. There is fairy machinery.) Tinker Bell is not only an expert tinker, she also has a compassionate and curious side that always seems to get her into trouble. Oh, and remember that interactions between fairies and humans are verboten--we're not supposed to know that the parallel fairy world even exists...]
So the plot, if you will, involves Tinker Bell meeting up with a little girl named Lizzy. Lizzy visits the country with her father over the summer. But rather than spending time with his daughter, Lizzy's father--an ambitious young naturalist--spends his time trying to collect new samples of butterflies and put together scientific talks to further his career. Lizzy, an ardent believer in fairies, is lonely and really needs a friend. So when Lizzy puts her handmade fairy house in the garden in hopes of meeting a real fairy, Tink' can't resist. Tinker Bell's friends believe that Tink has been captured. Enter a fairy rescue mission and a fairy-hungry cat and the plot thickens.
There is some kind of moral in all of this. Maybe something about believing in yourself. Or following your dreams. Or paying more attention to what matters in life. Or.... or.... Oh, heck, you get the picture. There's something there, but it's never quite fleshed out.
But then again, none of that really matters. There's a reason that this one was never destined for the big screen, but it's still fun to watch. Younger children (especially girls) will adore this movie, older children will be okay with watching it, and as parents you won't be wowed or awed, but you won't mind watching either.
As to the extras, they're the same on the DVD and the Blu-ray. Oddly, there is no added value on the Blu-ray, other than higher screen resolution and the technological hype.
The previews are the usual onslaught of Disney advertising propaganda. The major focus is the extended commercial for Tangled--Disney's new animated take on Rapunzel. Bridget Mender's music video was a hit for the kids. (I still don't know why, and that's why they'll never trust anyone over 30.) The Design a Fairy House and Fairy Field Guide games are the usual, slow DVD type (think `boring') computer games that were high technology in the late 90's but are now severely dated. My seven year old was interested in trying them but grew tired of them pretty quickly. The deleted scenes (some without complete animation) are very short, but give you a little insight into the movie making process. These will keep parents somewhat entertained, but don't be surprised if the kids start snoring.
So as it turns out, this one makes the grade for home movie night. Whether you should buy or rent is really a personal choice. This is one of those movies that I believe the kids will watch again and again. It is also a good choice for the car DVD collection. Still, unless you are a Tinker-Bell-Collection collector or really have a hankering for the latest made-for-DVD movie from Disney, you may want to (at very least) try before you buy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great movie that is especially geared towards young girls. I have 3 kiddies, now aged 8,9 and 5. My two oldest ladies enjoyed the movie immensely whereas our youngest gentlemen walked away because it was 'too girly' (that's what he said!). They watched it on the Blu-ray disc and caught it recently again on television. If they sat through commercials then this tells me that this would be a worthwhile purchase for any parent.
I enjoy buying the loaded combo but truly have not looked through all the extras. The blu-ray quality is impeccable as is the DVD but that has been delegated as a 'car' DVD.
Highly recommend this combo and even the regular DVD version to save a bit of money. We enjoyed watching it with the girls. I have always loved everything fairies and it was very enjoyable learning about the rest of the fairies. They weren't just side-kicks in the film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
I have never written a review before this one and after seeing this movie, I felt it was time. We have the first two Tinkerbell movies and I thought they were well written, had great animation and a storyline with a lot of heart. A lot of the movies out there for children have very mean characters, use words that in a "G" rated movie I feel are inappropriate and wouldn't want my children repeating, and or focus too much of the movie on the mean characters. This being said, I have been very pleased as are both my children one a boy (age 4) and my daughter (age 5)with all three of the Tinkerbell movies. This movie had a lot of heart, was funny and shows children the value of friendship. I would recommend this to any parent who feels a children's movie should have a positive, fun-loving, and funny storyline. My children had asked to watch this again as soon as it ended!!! Two thumbs way up!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
Based on my delight with the first TinkerBell movie, I purchased the other two titles that are currently available and watched them all back to back. I can't wait for the fourth one (and I believe a fifth one is planned, as well). The other reviews capture my enthusiasm for these films, and I do not want to reiterate what they have already said. What makes me an unlikely viewer is that I am a 56-year-old male who's never had a child! After watching Crank 2: High Voltage the other day (over the top, but definitely entertaining), the TinkerBell films were such a change of ... pace! Anyway, I suppose if a 56-year-old guy can enjoy these films, anyone can---if they can just put aside the stigma associated with children's films (especially for the younger set), and watch with an open mind. The child in you will fall in love with TinkerBell. If you feel a bit embarrassed afterwards (for having enjoyed them so much at your age), then, hey, there's always Jason Statham to help you crank up your manlihood again!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
We had the book before the DVD and my daughter really liked the story so getting the DVD was a bonus for her and the DVD storyline goes into much more detail on Lizzie' friendship with Tinkerbell which all little girls who love fairies or the idea of them will identify with befriending an actual fairy and learning about them. It's very cute with a happy ending. Appropriate for very young children. No violence or dark imagery the only "villian" is Mr Twitches the house cat and he is easily tamed by the other fairies. I would recommend for parents looking for gentle content viewing for their wee ones.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
My oldest (4 years old) found this movie when she got ahold of my Kindle and begged to be allowed to watch it - boy am I glad I said yes. She, her younger sister and I have all watched it several times and it still doesn't get old! Love having it on my Kindle Fire so that when we go on road trips or longer drives, the girls can watch it at their leisure. The movie is cute, the story is engaging and I loved that the little girl was so willing to stick to what she believed in!