is a 2008 computer animated film
based on the Disney Fairies
franchise being produced by DisneyToon Studios
. It revolves around Tinker Bell
, a fairy
character created by J. M. Barrie
in his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up
, and featured in the 1953 Disney animated film
, Peter Pan
and its 2002 sequel Return to Never Land
. Unlike Disney's two Peter Pan films featuring the character, which were produced primarily using traditional animation
, Tinker Bell
is being produced using digital 3D modeling. This film will be the first time that the Disney version of Tinker Bell will speak.
- Director - Bradley Raymond
- Writers - Cheryl Abood, Carter Crocker
Originally Brittany Murphy was up for the role of Tinkerbell but then later lost the role. The movie has experienced delays in connection with personnel changes in Disney management. According to a June 2007 article in Variety, Sharon Morrill, the head of DisneyToons direct-to-DVD division since 1994, was removed from this position due to problems with this film, including a budget that had expanded to almost $50 million, and "close to two dozen versions of the script and a dozen different directors." Pixar Animation executives John Lasseter and Ed Catmull were given leadership of Walt Disney Feature Animation after Disney purchased Pixar in early 2006, and although DisneyToons is not under their management, "they are said to have gotten increasingly involved in the unit's operations." Lasseter reportedly said that the film was at that time "virtually unwatchable" and that it would hurt both Walt Disney Feature Animation as well as the Disney Consumer Products line it was meant to support. Morill was moved to "special projects" and the status of the movie was seriously in doubt. Disney observer Jim Hill reported at the time that the complications surrounding this movie had resulted in a decision that Disney would no longer produce straight-to-DVD sequels to its feature films.
One of this film's working titles was Tinker Bell and the Ring of Belief.
The score to the film was composed by Joel McNeely
, who recorded the music with an 88-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony
at the Sony Scoring Stage
. Composer Joel McNeely was searching for a unifying component for the film's score when he saw violinist Mairead Nesbitt
perform on a PBS special and immediately knew her captivating combination of expressive Celtic style and full-bodied classical sound would provide the perfect complement to his rich score and Loreena McKennitt's touching vocals. McNeely composed music specifically to fit Nesbitt's distinctive style, and collaborated with the soloist to further polish the music for Celtic authenticity. The result is an old world, ethereal overtone that resonates with heartfelt emotion and color, and is particularly evident in Nesbitt's inspired, lyrical solo performances throughout Tinker Bell.
The movie's soundtrack will be released October 14, 2008, a week before the DVD release and will contain songs from and inspired by the film.
- "To the Fairies They Draw Near" - Loreena McKennitt
- "Fly to Your Heart" - Selena Gomez
- "How to Believe" - Ruby Summer
- "Let Your Heart Sing" - Katharine McPhee
- "Be True" - Jonatha Brooke
- "To the Fairies They Draw Near, Part II" - Loreena McKennitt
- "Shine" - Tiffany Giardina
- "Fly With Me" - Kari Kimmel
- "Wonder of It All" - Scottie Haskell
- "End Credit Score Suite" - Joel McNeely
The digitally animated character of Tinker Bell and other fairies appearing in the film were featured in Disney Channel bumpers in which they would draw the channel's logo with their wands. Rosetta's represents her webisode.
Frank Nissen, the director of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time directed a series of webisodes to promote the film on the "Fairies" channel of the Disney XD web site. Except for a few vocal effects, only one contains dialogue.
- Tink and the Bell: Tinker Bell finds a silver jingle bell and makes funny faces on the surface and then gets stuck in it.
- Tink and the Pepper Shaker: Tinker Bell finds a pepper shaker and plays with it.
- Fawn and the Log: Fawn attempts to wake some sleepy squirrels in a log.
- Fawn and the Butterfly: Fawn attempts to get a caterpillar out of its chrysalis so that it could turn into a butterfly.
- Silvermist and the Fish: Silvermist helps a baby fish get over a waterfall so that it can be with its family.
- Iridessa and the Light Bugs: With the help of Pixie Dust, Iridessa helps make light bugs glow.
- Rosetta and the Flower: Rosetta has some trouble in attempting to get a stubborn flower bud to open up. (This is the only webisode with two versions: one with dialogue and one without.)
- Tink and the Bird: This one was shown once on ABC in their special airing of Walt Disney's Peter Pan.
In April 2008, Disney announced that the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc
on October 28
. Contrary to the previous announcement of the suspension of direct-to-video sequels, they also announced three direct-to-DVD sequels to follow this film, also digitally animated:
- Tinker Bell: North of Neverland (working title, summer 2009)
- Tinker Bell: A Midsummer Storm (working title, summer 2010)
- Tinker Bell: A Winter Story (working title, summer 2011)
The film will see an exclusive theatrical release at the El Capitan Theatre between September 19 and October 2nd.