Name: Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue
Running Time (minutes): 76
Description: Tinker Bell must team up with a rival fairy to keep their existence a secret from humans.
Stars: Mae Whitman, Lauren Mote, Michael Sheen
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family
Okay, so I guess an explanation is first required as to why I watched this. I still couldn’t watch Star Wars 8 with audio description, didn’t feel like watching yet another James Bond or Star Trek movie, the TV guide was yet again a disaster and I just have a soft spot for orchestral scores, but more on that later. The movie is quite okay, although Lizzy’s father was terrible, his voice work had ‘just pay me already’ written all over it. I really don’t understand why kids’ movies often attract the worst voice actors. Also, if the fairies can’t interact with the humans, what’s the point of holidaying on Earth? Didn’t know there were boy fairies out there either.
Now, the score. I was hoping for a symphonic extravaganza and wasn’t disappointed. It’s been some time since I’ve really enjoyed a soundtrack. Nearly everything was just perfect, but what really took me by surprise is how memorable the fairy-magic theme is: five notes, five little notes… and I believed and was spellbound. It’s definitely as memorable as Williams’ identity for Tinker Bell, just a little more magical and optimistic and less playful. This was my first Joel McNeely score and I’m already looking forward to hearing more of him. I only didn’t like the insertion of the songs: more magical score would have been much more welcome.
I would have liked the audio description to be narrated by a woman (it’s a bit of a girl’s film after all), but I suppose you can’t complain about things like this in a day and age where gender obsessions are being blown out of proportion everywhere. One song was rendered completely incomprehensible by the descriptions too, but then again, he didn’t have much of a choice there. At one point, I also thought he was making things too ‘literary’: when Tinker Bells is teaching Lizzy how to fly, he suddenly called them expert and novice.