Tinker Bell (film series)

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Tinker Bell
Tinker Bell logo.jpg
Directed by Bradley Raymond (1, 3 & 4)
Klay Hall (2)
Bobs Gannaway (5)
Peggy Holmes (5 & 6)
Steve Loter (7)
Starring Mae Whitman
Lucy Liu
Kristin Chenoweth
Raven-Symoné
America Ferrera
(More)
Music by Joel McNeely
Production
  company
DisneyToon Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment
Release date(s) 1: October 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)
2: October 27, 2009
3: September 21, 2010
4: November 19, 2011
5: October 23, 2012
6: April 1, 2014
7: Spring 2015
Running time 269 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tinker Bell is a computer animated film series produced by DisneyToon Studios as part of the Disney Fairies franchise. Voices of Mae Whitman, Raven-Symoné, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera, Kristin Chenoweth and Pamela Adlon are featured in the film. Each of the four films is set around one of the four seasons: Tinker Bell around Spring, Lost Treasure around Autumn, Great Fairy Rescue around Summer, and Secret of the Wings around Winter. A fifth title, Pixie Hollow Games, was supposed to be based on all four seasons, but it was released before Secret of the Wings and scaled down. A sixth film, titled The Pirate Fairy, was released April 1, 2014, scheduled to be followed by Legend of the NeverBeast in Spring 2015. The series is a spin-off of and prequel to Peter Pan and its sequel, Return to Never Land.

Films[edit]

Tinker Bell (2008)[edit]

Main article: Tinker Bell (film)

Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) is born from the first laugh of a baby, and is brought by the winds to Pixie Hollow (which is part of the island of Never Land). She learns that her talent is to be one of the tinkers, the fairies who make and fix things. Two other tinker fairies, Bobble (Rob Paulsen) and Clank (Jeff Bennett), teach her their craft, and tell her about the fairies who visit the mainland to bring each season. Tink is thrilled and can't wait to go to the mainland for spring.

While out working, she meets Silvermist (Lucy Liu), a water fairy; Rosetta (Kristin Chenoweth), a garden fairy; Iridessa (Raven-Symoné), a light fairy; and Fawn (America Ferrera), an animal fairy. After meeting them, she notices Vidia (Pamela Adlon), a fast-flying fairy who immediately dislikes her because of her unusually strong talent. Vidia challenges her to prove she'll be able to go to the mainland, and Tink creates several inventions, which she shows to the Minister of Spring (Steve Valentine). But Tinker Bell soon learns from Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) that only nature-talent fairies visit the mainland.

She tries her hand at nature skills—making dewdrops with Silvermist, lighting fireflies with Iridessa, and trying with Fawn to teach baby birds to fly but she fails miserably at all of these. Meanwhile, Bobble and Clank cover for Tink when questioned by Fairy Mary (Jane Horrocks), the tinker fairy overseer. When Tinker Bell returns, she tries to explain, but Mary simply responds that she knows, and expresses her disappointment with Tink's actions.

On the beach, Tinker Bell finds parts of a music box and figures out how to put them together. Iridessa, Fawn, Silvermist, and Rosetta witness her doing this, then tell her that she was tinkering and that she should be proud of her talent—if this is what she's good at, the mainland shouldn't matter. But Tinker Bell still wants to go to the mainland. She asks Rosetta if she'll still teach her to be a garden fairy, but Rosetta says that tinkering is Tinker Bell's talent.

As a last resort, Tinker Bell asks Vidia for help in becoming a garden fairy. Vidia craftily tells her that capturing the sprinting thistles would prove her worth. However, once she sees Tink making progress, she lets the captured thistles loose, and in attempting to recapture them, Tink destroys all the preparations for spring. Tink decides to leave, but after talking with the dust-keeper Terence (Jesse McCartney) about how important his job is, she realizes the importance of a tinker.

Tinker Bell redeems herself by inventing machines that quicken the process of decorating flowers, ladybugs, etc. This allows the other fairies to get back on schedule, thus saving the arrival of spring. Vidia is punished for prompting her to cause the chaos, and Queen Clarion allows Tink to join the nature-talent fairies when they bring spring to the mainland. Tinker Bell is given the task of delivering the music box to its original owner (shown to be Wendy Darling). The narrator ends by saying that when lost toys are found or a broken clock starts to work, "it all means that one very special fairy might be near."

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)[edit]

The fairies (Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Angela Bartys) are getting ready for the season of leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and pumpkins: autumn. Every eight years they create a new fall scepter to hold a precious moonstone. This moonstone will create blue pixie dust that will restore the Pixie Dust Tree. It is the Tinker Fairies' turn to create the new scepter and they choose Tinker Bell as the maker.

Tinker Bell gets her friend to help with the scepter project, but she has trouble coping with Terence because he tries too hard to be helpful. Tinker Bell finds him annoying and noisy. An accident occurs, causing the precious moonstone to break. She goes on a quest to find the magic mirror that grants three wishes. However, pirates had already used up two of the wishes before they sank their ship. This means that Tinker Bell only has one chance to make a wish with it. She finds the ship and the lost mirror, but Tinker Bell ends up messing up her wish on her new friend Blaze and cannot use it to restore the moonstone. Terence finds Tinker Bell and they work together on the broken moonstone to make a new scepter.

After returning to Pixie Hollow, Tinker Bell is ready to present the scepter to Queen Clarion. As the scepter is revealed, all the fairies see the moonstone in pieces and are alarmed but, as the moon rays fall, the moonstone shards create increased surface area through which the blue moon rays can pass, thus creating the biggest amount of blue fairy dust in history. Then Tinker Bell leads the fairies to the Pixie Dust Tree where they strengthen it with the fallen blue pixie dust. The movie ends with the song "Take to the Sky".

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)[edit]

Years before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) met Lizzy (Lauren Mote), a little girl with a steadfast belief in the power of pixie dust and the magic land of fairies. During the fairies' summer visit to the flowering meadows of England, two very different worlds unite for the first time and Tink develops a special bond with a curious child in need of a friend. As her fellow fairies (Raven-Symoné, Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Bartys, Pamela Adlon) launch a daring rescue, Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of all fairykind in jeopardy.

Pixie Hollow Games (2011)[edit]

Main article: Pixie Hollow Games

Originally planned to feature the entire ensemble cast of the earlier films in Olympic-style games spanning the four seasons, presumably due to the original plot vetoed by the producers, the story was scaled back into a shorter scenario focusing primarily on Rosetta (Megan Hilty) and a new fairy character, Chloe (Brenda Song). They are teamed up against Rosetta's will representing the "garden fairies" in a competition in which they hope to unseat the undefeated "storm fairies". They overcome their differences and Rosetta's fear of getting dirty, to emerge victorious at the end of the games.

Secret of the Wings (2012)[edit]

Main article: Secret of the Wings

Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) crosses over to the forbidden area in Winter Woods, where it is always winter. While there her wings begin to sparkle so she sets off on a quest to discover why. She is overjoyed to learn that her wings sparkled because she was close to her sister, Periwinkle (Lucy Hale). They were born when a baby's laugh split in two. They visit for a few hours before Tinker Bell is told she has to leave. Determined to help her sister visit Pixie Hollow, she crafts a contraption that grates snow to keep Peri cold during her visit. The device malfunctions badly, causing a freeze to slowly envelope Pixie Hollow.

Tinker Bell flies to Winter Woods to get Periwinkle and her friends to help save Pixie Hollow. They realize that frost protects the trees in Winter Woods from the cold, so the winter fairies all work together to frost the trees of Pixie Hollow to save from the accelerating freeze. They learn, however, that when Tink crashed in Winter Woods she tore her wing, and broken wings can't be repaired. But when Tink and Peri come together their wings again sparkle, and they learn that identical wings can heal each other, so they restore Tink's broken wing. They also discover that winter fairies can frost the wings of warm-weather fairies, keeping them from breaking in the cold, thus allowing them to visit their friends in Winter Woods.

The Pirate Fairy (2014)[edit]

Main article: The Pirate Fairy

Another feature-length film, titled The Pirate Fairy,[1] (originally titled Quest for the Queen)[2] was released on April 1, 2014.[3] The film was originally scheduled for Fall 2013, but another DisneyToon Studios film, Planes, took its place.[2] A trailer for the film was released on the Secret of the Wings Blu-ray and DVD on October 23, 2012.[4] It was directed by the Secret of the Wings director, Peggy Holmes. The film introduced new characters, Zarina, voiced by Christina Hendricks, and James aka Captain Hook, voiced by Tom Hiddleston.[1] Carlos Ponce also voiced one of the characters in the film.[5]

The official Disney synopsis reads: "When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow'’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink'’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow."[1]

Legend of the NeverBeast (2015)[edit]

Legend of the NeverBeast will be released in Spring 2015. It will be directed by Steve Loter.[1] Composer Joel McNeely will return for the film.[6]

The official synopsis reads: "Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can'’t judge a book by its cover—, or an animal by its fangs, —so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tink and her friends aren'’t so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast."[1]

Short films[edit]

Pixie Hollow Bake Off[edit]

A six-minute short film, titled Pixie Hollow Bake Off, aired in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2013, on Disney Channel. Lisa Faulkner provided a voice for a baking fairy named Gelata.[7]

The short was released in the United States as a bonus DVD in a Walmart-exclusive edition of The Pirate Fairy on Blu-ray Disc, but with Giada De Laurentiis as the voice of Gelata.[8]

Theme songs[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes
Tinker Bell 89% (8 reviews)[10]
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 100% (4 reviews)[11]
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue 71% (6 reviews)[11]
Pixie Hollow Games N/A
Secret of the Wings 58% (19 reviews)[12]
The Pirate Fairy 73% (15 reviews)[13]
Legend of the NeverBeast N/A
Average ratings 78%

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Budget Reference
Media sales Foreign Worldwide
Tinker Bell September 18, 2008 (2008-09-18) $52,911,033 $9,199,510 $62,110,543 N/A [14][15]
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27) $55,558,800 $8,582,265 $64,141,065 N/A [16][17]
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) $46,088,142 $10,872,752 $56,960,894 N/A [18][19]
Pixie Hollow Games November 19, 2011 (2011-11-19) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Secret of the Wings October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) $67,260,700 $67,084,376 $134,345,076 N/A [20]
The Pirate Fairy April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) $22,945,248 $48,721,036 $71,666,284 N/A [21][22]
Legend of the NeverBeast Spring 2015 (Spring 2015) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total $244,763,923 $144,459,939 $389,223,862 N/A N/A

Recurring characters[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Liu, Ed (June 13, 2012). "Disney Delays "Planes" to Fall 2013, "Quest for the Queen" to Spring 2014". Toon Zone. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry (December 5, 2013). "FIRST LOOK: Disneytoon Studios' "The Pirate Fairy"". Animation Scoop. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ KageNoAku (October 25, 2012). "Tinker Bell – Quest for the Queen Sneak Peak 1080p". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Actor, Singer, Composer, TV Personality Carlos Ponce Named Recipient of Hispanicize 2013 Latinovator Award". PR Newswire. March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Joel McNeely to Score Disney’s ‘Legend of the NeverBeast’". Film Music Reporter. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ Falconer, Daniel (October 16, 2013). "Lisa Faulkner Exclusive Interview - 'The Pixie Hollow Bake Off'". Female First. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "‘The Pirate Fairy’ Short ‘Pixie Hollow Bake Off’ with Giada De Laurentiis a Walmart Exclusive". Stitch Kingdom. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "WATCH: Tinker Bell 'The Pirate Fairy' Clip with 'Who I Am' by Natasha Bedingfield". Stitch Kingdom. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tinker Bell (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Secret of the Wings (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Pirate Fairy (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue". The Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
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  21. ^ "The Pirate Fairy". The Numbers. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Pirate Fairy". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

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