Tinker Bell meets Periwinkle and ventures into the winter woods with her and Tinker Bell’s other friends to find the secret of fairy wings.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Disney is serious about getting behind the Fairies of Pixie Hollow. This is the fourth film in about five years and there are plans for another one to be released in 2014. Disney is actually establishing continuity and laying groundwork for a series that has yet to receive a film release. However, it seems to be intensely building on a world that most believe ended with J.M. Barrie. While I can’t say that I’m a super fan, I admire the work that is being done here. Especially since it doesn’t fall into the usual Disney Direct-to-Video traps.
The basic plot of “Secret of the Wings” deals with the problems caused by warm and cool fairies intermingling. Before you start expecting racial politics to enter into the world of Fairy relations, we discover that their co-existence can create weather events that threaten the sanctity of their world. It’s nothing major, as long as it isn’t sustained. However, Tink has just discovered that her long lost sister is a Cool Fairy. As a result, she has to discover what means the most to her. Saving her world or bonding with her sister.
The Blu-Ray packs comes to life in 3D and 2D. The 3D presentation has to be the best effort I’ve seen for 3D on a DTV product to date. The animation is rendered in crisp in a Pixar fashion with a defined environment and field of depth. When Tink and her friends take flight, they will zoom off the screen and past your glasses. I also noticed when comparing the 2D and 3D presentations that colors seemed a lot warmer on the 3D transfer. I’m used to 3D transfers naturally being darker due to active shutter glasses, so this was quite surprising.
The featurettes are pretty strong, but they don’t really inform. Plus, you get the obligatory music video from Disney teen talent. What I found to be most informative was the inclusion of the Pixie Hollow Games special that aired last fall. Being a neophyte to this world, it helped to inform about what had just happened in the main movie. You also get a DVD and Digital copy to complete your all around media experience. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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Voice Talent Mae Whitman is joined by Tinker Bell and Periwinkle at the NY Premiere of Secret of the Wings