Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spreading a little Fairy Dust: Tinker Bell DVD Released Today!

"Have you ever wondered how nature gets its glow — who gives it light and color as the seasons come and go? " from Tinker Bell, the Movie

If you hadn't heard about the new Disney Tinker Bell DVD before this, you must have been visiting Neverland. Hopefully all this press hasn't gone to Tink's head. I'd hate for her to forget her Peter Pan roots. Luckily, Disney draws some of Tinker Bell's life from her character in the book by J.M. Barrie. The movie starts out with the birth of a new fairy, Tinker Bell.
"when a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born, and as there are always new babies there are always new fairies. They live in nests on the tops of trees." - Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition) by J.M. Barrie
After her birth, Tinker Bell must discover her talent. She learns she is a tinker fairy. However, like in Peter Pan, a tinker fairy does not perform very glamorous tasks. They fix and make instruments for the other fairies to use.
"She is quite a common fairy," Peter explained apologetically, "she is called Tinker Bell because she mends the pots and kettles." - Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition) by J.M. Barrie
Tinker Bell is not happy working as common tinker fairy mainly because tinker fairies don't get to visit the mainland. She tries to learn a new talent but fails miserably and ends up making a huge mess of Pixie Hollow, endangering the arrival of spring (the fairies are responsible for changing the seasons.) Fortunately she is able to redeem herself by inventing gadgets to help make the other fairies' work easier and faster. In the end, she is allowed to visit the mainland to take back a music box she repaired to a little girl named Wendy who lost the precious toy.

Disney has created a marvelous interpretation of Pixie Hollow for the movie. It sparkles and shimmers like pixie dust. Little girls will love it and will take the message to heart: be true to yourself. Hopefully, some of those same little girls will grow up and pursue mechanical occupations themselves! One happy surprise for me -- Loreena McKennitt is the narrator of the movie and sings the theme song, "To the Fairies They Draw Near." I'm a long-time fan of hers, and her Celtic, fairy-like music fits Tinker Bell perfectly.

Read Peter Pan
Now is as good a time as ever to read the book, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. At Project Gutenberg, the free online e-books site, you can read the text and listen to the audio for free!

Get a Rebate
Minute Maid has a good UPC promotion going on involving Disney movies. Get a $5 rebate when you buy Minute Maid juice plus one of the following DVDs: Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell, WALL•E or The Chronicles of Narnia:Prince Caspian.

Tinker Bell DVD Giveaways:
Momsational - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 11/3/08
Classy Mommy - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 10/30/08
Amanda - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 11/5/08
Mama Divas - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 10/31/08
An Ordinary Life - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 10/31/08
Mommy Goggles - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 11/1/08
LI Kids - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 11/2/08
Seven Dogs and a Baby - Tinker Bell Giveaway Ends 11/30/08