The film opens with Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman, Ann Veal on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and now a star on PARENTHOOD) seeing a car. Since fairies can't be seen by humans for fear of discovery, the rest of the fairies hide. But Tinker Bell follows. As a “Tinker Fairy” she wants to discover how the car works.
She becomes trapped by Lizzy (Lauren Mote) who lives with her scientist father, Dr. Griffiths (Michael Sheen of THE QUEEN and 30 ROCK). The father has a collection of butterflies pinned to the wall. Fearing that Tinker Bell will wind up the same way, Lizzy keeps her hidden from him, and Tinker Bell teaches her about fairies.
Meanwhile, Vidia (Pamela Adlon of KING OF THE HILL and GREASE 2) and the rest of the fairies (featuring the voices of Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu and Raven-Symone) try to rescue Tinker Bell. Their attempts are hampered by a rainstorm that makes it impossible to fly.
As with the previous films, the computer animation is beautiful. Especially on Blu-ray, this is a great looking disc. Once again produced by Pixar's John Lasseter, this isn't quite at Pixar level, but it is pretty close.
This film is geared more to the younger audiences. While the second in the series, TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE I found to be one of the better animated films in recent years, this is more for the kids. Parents may enjoy it too, with a terrifically staged chase scene at the end.
WHAT IS ON THE BLU-RAY?
This is a 2 disc set, featuring the Blu-Ray as well as a standard DVD version of the film.
DELETED SCENES (14:44) - The director and producer introduce deleted scenes in various stages of completion (from storyboards to fully realized sequences).
MUSIC VIDEO “How To Believe” by Bridget Mendler (3:02)
DESIGN A FAIRY HOUSE (1:48) - A group of kids build fairy houses at EPCOT while the winner of an online contest has her house designed.
TANGLED PREVIEW (3:39) - A preview of the upcoming animated film.
There is also a game FAIRY FIELD GUIDE where, with the remote. you create your own field guide, as seen in the film.
SHOULD I BUY IT?
This is sure to be a welcome addition to a Disney Fairy fan’s library.