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C W Oberleitner
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Tinker Bell: Return of the Dark Fairy

By C. W. Oberleitner
February 27, 2007

All the fairies—including Tinker Bell!—die, Neverland disappears, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are enslaved in the real world, and children all over London lose all joy and imagination…then there’s the requisite “no kid’s movie is complete without fart jokes scenes.” And that’s the stuff we can print after the response we got following publication of last week’s A Tale of Two Tinker Bells.

Read the full story at www.o-meon.com

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A Tale of Two Tinker Bells

By C. W. Oberleitner
February 22, 2007

Last week, Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment, the Disney Company’s direct-to-video distribution arm, announced that the long anticipated Tinker Bell movie “will arrive worldwide in fall 2008.” Now comes word that, even as the movie struggles to make that three-month window, two powerful Disney animation executives are tugging at the iconic fairy’s wings in an effort to get their version of her story made.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Toy Store

Last week, Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products (DCP), announced that Tinker Bell, a direct-to-video CG-animated film starring the iconic fairy first introduced in the J. M. Barrie play Peter Pan, would be released in the fall of 2008.

Tinker Bell—the movie—was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 2007. The film’s release was to coincide with the launch of the new Disney Fairies franchise. The merchandise, much of which is in stores now, will include toys, books, games, and clothing based on new characters introduced in the film.

Earlier reports indicated that testing had revealed the film’s story wasn’t appealing to a broad enough cross section of children and tweens, the target market for the Disney Fairies line of merchandise. Tinker Bell is the first of a series of four films, which will be released over a three-year period, and Mouse House execs were worried it might not be strong enough to sustain such an “epic” franchise.

Enter John Lasseter, the creative head of Disney/Pixar animation.

Lasseter, as he has done with virtually every animation project in the works at Disney, reviewed Tinker Bell and ordered up a series of changes to the film’s original storyline. Those changes, however, were not the main reason for the delay in releasing the film.

Sources close to DisneyToon Studios, the direct-to-video production arm of Disney animation responsible for Tinker Bell, report that animators have been working on what amounts to two separate versions of the film, and that it is this double duty, “that’s wearing everyone [the animators] out and keeping the thing from being done.”

Although veteran Toon Studio director Bradley Raymond is helming Tinker Bell, it is studio head Sharon Morrill who reportedly is ordering up even more changes to the film, most of which undo the changes mandated by Lasseter, that has caused production to drag on.

According to sources, Morrill is very close to the Tinker Bell project, having worked closely with Disney Consumer Products from the beginning on the “synergy” required between the two divisions to successfully launch the Disney Fairies franchise.

Cover art for Never Faires one of a series of books from the Disney Fairies line of merchandise.
Image copyright© Disney Enterprises

Lasseter, who divides his time between Disney’s Burbank facilities and Pixar’s studios in Emeryville, would hold meetings with Toon Studios’ animators, who would work closely with him on changes he wanted made in the film. Reportedly, during his absences, Morrill would review the work being done and frequently order work to continue on the original scenes from the movie.

“For quite some time, when John [Lasseter] would return to check on our progress,” said a Toon Studios’ artist, “he’d be shown one version of the film—his version. At the same time we also had Sharon’s version in the works.”

Many animators complained about the workload created by producing two versions of the same film at the same time.
Moving On

It’s not certain exactly when Lasseter realized that DisneyToon Studios was attempting to make an end run around his vision for Tinker Bell. However, last week’s announcement by DCP chairman Andrew Mooney can most likely be taken as an indication that all parties are now pulling together to get Ms. Bell out the door.

While calls to Disney animation for comment were not returned, a Disney Studios executive, not connected to the production of Tinker Bell, did say it was his understanding that both Lasseter and Morrill had moved on beyond any differences they had over the film’s production.

Disney’s version of J. M. Barrie’s Neverland sprite has rarely been out of public view since she first appeared in the 1953 release of Walt Disney’s Peter Pan. Despite her role as Pan’s magical companion and Wendy Darling’s often jealous and spiteful rival, Tinker Bell has been almost as much a symbol of the Disney Company as Mickey Mouse. Her appearance during the opening seconds of the various incarnations of the Disneyland and Wonderful World of Disney televisions shows has been seen by billions the world over. For nearly 50 years, millions more have cheered as she files high above Cinderella’s castle during Disneyland’s fireworks display.

Voiced by actress Brittany Murphy, Tinker Bell will speak for the very first time in her starring role in the movie Tinker Bell, due in video stores during the fall of 2008!

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Matt Wilson
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quote:
In the first film, one of Tinker Bell’s best friends discovers that there are “boy fairies” in the world. Heretofore, all the fairies in Neverland’s Pixie Hollow were female. Turns out the boy fairies had previously been banished to another part of Neverland.

Tink’s friend and a boy fairy fall in love, somehow a war ensues, and the boy sacrifices his life for the girl. Then, for reasons that still aren’t clear, the girl goes off to a concert by an all-girl fairy band, occasionally referred to in house as “The Pixie Chicks.”

Of course in the second of the three films, we discover the boy is not dead and by the end of the third film, all is well and happy in Neverland once again.

Uhh.. come again??
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Inkan
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Yeah, I agree, Matt. While I wouldn't have been as outraged as this article purported Lasseter was, I wasn't impressed with the plot. The premise of boy fairies and girl fairies living completely apart seems too freaky, [Confused] , and begs for uncomfortable questions about how on Earth does this pixie society function. [Eek!] The plot sounded too much like "West Side Story", and it's a cheat to have a character who appeared to die not be dead after all.

Of course, this article seems a lot like the Jim Hill articles: all gossip. I'm very dubious about taking these o-meon articles seriously; especially as they tend to make particular individuals look damnable. For instance that Jim Hill article about "American Dog" left me very skeptical, because it made Lasseter look like a real jerk making insane decisions.

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Boy faeries are called Brownies. They also manifest as other supernatural beings. Did anyone study Celtic/Norse mythology in the story department?

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Huh... and I thought Brownies were 'girl' scouts.
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Patty B
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In the Disney Fairies storybooks--Pixie Hollow-- now in stores, boys are called 'swallow men' and they live among the fairy, should I say women?

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quote:
boys are called 'swallow men'
Beg pardon? [funny]
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Patty B
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Quote from the book:"A great old maple tree grows in Pixie Hollow, and in it live hundreds of fairies and sparrow men..." so a slip up by me [Roll Eyes] [Frown] OOPS! Had to type that whole thing out just to be sure I got it right this time--it's another kind of bird! Yikes! I never thought of it the other way!

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