Returning for her third direct-to-video movie
with Tinker Bell and the
Great Fairy Rescue (available
this week on Disney DVD and Blu-ray), everyone’s favorite pixie comes face to
face with her first human being … and it’s not Peter Pan.
Continuing with the various season-themed plots of its predecessors, Great
Fairy Rescue finds our heroine
(once again voiced by Mae Whitman) attending “Summer Fairy Camp” on the
“mainland” (England, circa 1920s). Alas, the close proximity of humans and all
their various gadgets and gizmos proves too much for a certain tinker fairy.
With the haughty speed fairy Vidia (Pamela Adlon) in protesting pursuit, Tink
risks breaking the cardinal fairy rule (“don’t be seen by humans”) and sets
out to check out a neighboring home.
The residents of said home are Dr. Griffiths (Michael Sheen, of The
Queen and Frost/Nixon fame),
a preoccupied entomologist, and his young daughter Lizzy (Lauren Mote), a
curious, imaginative child crazy about (naturally) fairies. Soon after
arriving at their summer home, Lizzy puts out a homemade “fairy house” to lure
them to her and, before you can say “Faith, trust and pixie dust”, she’s
captured Tinker Bell.
Despite being locked in a birdcage and menaced by a pudgy cat, Tink quickly
discovers that Lizzy just wants to learn more about fairy folk like her. And,
since she can’t fly home due to a nasty storm outside, Tink decides to stick
around and teach her a thing or two about fairies (including a flying lesson),
even if they do have to overcome a certain language barrier.
Meanwhile, Vidia has returned to camp and told all the other fairies --
Rosetta (Kristin Chenoweth), Silvermist (Lucy Liu), Iridessa (Raven-Symone),
Fawn (Angela Bartys), Clank (Jeff Bennett) and Bobble (Rob Paulsen) -- that
they have to save Tinker Bell from the humans, and thus the “Great Fairy
Rescue” of the title begins.