Up until now, Tinker Bell’s story of how she met up with the world of humans remained a mystery. We know the winged contessa hung out with the Lost Boys and Peter Pan. She earned the name Tinker Bell by “tinkering” with things. And through Pixie Hollow, she’s shown us a whole world of fairy friends that controls the forces of nature. But who was the human that first heard the sound of her ringing bell voice? Now, in the third chapter from the pre-Peter Pan anthology, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, DisneyToon Studios tells how this ambitious blonde lights up the lives of humans for the very first time.
Landing on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on September 21, the Great Fairy Rescue introduces the sprightly Pixie and her fairy world to a human girl named Lizzy. We caught up with acclaimed actor Michael Sheen, who voices Lizzy’s father, Dr. Griffiths, and director Bradley Raymond to get a better look at this enchanting new tale.
Bradley says he was inspired by everyone who has ever wished — or at least secretly hoped — that a magical place like Pixie Hollow actually exists somewhere in the world. “I wanted to tell the story from the point of view of our audience,” he says. The director was inspired by how a child interprets folklore and mythical stories of distant lands — they believe every word of it. “In the first film, Tinker Bell is so interested in human belongings or as they’re know to the fairies, lost things. She was naturally intrigued with humans so it only makes sense that she would want to go find out more about them. It’s a very natural progression in the telling of her story.”
In the first two films, Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, audiences only get to see the world through the perspective of a Pixie, deep in forests and under large blades of grass. With Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, they’ll see it through the eyes of a little girl. Right from the start, Bradley, a veteran director who created the first Tinker Bell film and several other Disney direct-to-DVD releases, including Lion King 1½ and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, knew that if humans and fairies had to meet, it would have to be through the imaginative mind of a child. “Adults think they know everything,” he says, thinking of the way adults lose their sense of wonder as they age. “And Lizzy is anyone who has ever wished to discover a magical being. As a kid, I know I always wanted to meet the tooth fairy!”
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