Cover Art and Menus: 9/10
They really got the cover and menu right this time. The cover is full of artwork, and the effect is so much better than the last movie. We get to see Tink and her host of fairy friends, and Lizzy, who is Tinkerbell’s new human friend. The background is rich and full, and the overall clarity is just like the movie, which really comes off well in this straight to home-release. The menu features the same type of clarity, with a shot of Tinkerbell’s fairy house, with Irish type music playing in the background, due to the setting of the story, which is in Britain. A very nicely done package.
- Deleted Scenes – We are given 5 deleted scenes, each with introductions from the director Bradley Raymond. They are so-so, and aren’t really much needed.
- Music Video – The obligatory Disney music video is included here, complete with Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler singing. Mendler is on the very popular Suite Life On Deck. The music video is your average fair for this type of release.
- Design A Fairy House – We are also given a brief glimpse of several kids building their own versions of fairy houses while at Disney’s Epcot Center, complete with director Bradley Raymond discussing the set-up.
- Fairy Field Guide Builder – This is kind of an interesting extra, as it is based on the fairy field guide that Lizzy makes in the movie. It is full of trivia and while it is aimed at small kids, it was interesting to see how they turned this into an interactive game.
- DVD & Blu-Ray – Disney includes both the Blu-ray and the DVD release, and if you have read any of my other reviews of children’s movies, you know that I am a fan of having both.
The Movie: 7/10
The presentation for Tinkerbell & the Great Fairy Rescue is amazing, and the story strives to be really good as well, but the pacing is just a bit off. It takes way too long to get to the meat of the story, and then it is over in a flash, which for kids movies is the wrong thing to do. Picking up as the third release in the Tinkerbell Disney franchise, this movie again reprises the fairy world, and Peter Pan’s little troublemaker fairy Tinkerbell in her own surroundings. The gang is again all here as Tinkerbell is captured by a human girl named Lizzy, whose father is a scientist in the England countryside. Lizzy has made a fairy house, and Tinkerbell stumbles into is, and is caught by the young human, who takes the opportunity to study the fairy. Lizzy creates a journal where she documents every aspect of Tinkerbell, as the two slowly become friends.
Tinkerbell’s friends (who in past movies have been almost enemies at points) come to rescue her, and when they do, Lizzy’s father manages to capture one of the fairy crew. Being a scientist, he decides that he will unveil the little creature at a conference in London, which would thus out the little creatures once and for all.
This movie is extremely beautiful looking, and the story, while thought out, seems to meander at the beginning before exploding in a whirlwind at the end. It really made for a difficult viewing, as the pacing was slow, then frantic, and then over. I thoroughly enjoyed the detail in every scene, and it looks like Disney really spent a lot of time and effort in making this release (like all of the Tinkerbell releases so far) look and sound great. This third release is a great little movie, and will be enjoyed by those who have seen the first two. The voice acting is strong, the video is stunning, as is the audio, and the story is quite good, even if the pacing is a bit weird. Disney has really made a strong showing in the Tinkerbell line, again, and Tinkerbell & the Great Fairy Rescue is another solid little Blu-ray release.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Stunning, even for a straight to home release type of movie. Disney spares no expense in the Tinkerbell line of movies. They have the crisp look and feel of a big budget theater release, and they are amazing on Blu-ray. The sound is rich and crystal clear as well. There is ample use of the rear speakers, and the video clarity is amazing. I liked this release even better than Tinkerbell & The Lost Treasure, which itself was my favorite in the Tink series.
These releases are aimed at a very young female audience, but amazingly they are done in a manner that is fun to watch for boys and girls. My son who is now 5, is still balking at watching this release, but I reminded him that he watched that last Tinkerbell movie with me and he really enjoyed it. (He has not asked since to re-watch that one, which every parent will note means that he did not REALLY love the movie). As he is now “older” he seems to have firmly drawn a line in the sand about which movies are for boys, and which are for girls, but I think I will be able to sneak this one in for a viewing, just to let him know a real boy can watch all types of movies, and he will more than likely get into it. Tinkerbell & the Great Fairy Rescue is a great little release, and worth a watch, especially if you happen to be of the very small female persuasion.
Overall Score 8/10