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What is Tinker Bell?

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Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell is indeed a 2008 American computer-animated movie created by DisneyToon Studios. This is the first episode in the Disney Fairies franchise. Tinker Bell is a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, and featured in the 1953 Disney animated picture Peter Pan and its sequel Return to Neverland in 2002. Tinker Bell was created utilising digital 3D modelling, as opposed to the conventional animation used in Disney’s two Peter Pan films starring the character. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the film on DVD and Blu-ray on October 28, 2008.

Tinker Bell is the first Disney picture in which Tinker Bell had a spoken part. Brittany Murphy was the initial choice for the part until it was given to Mae Whitman.

The film has gone through two dozen script revisions and has been directed by a number of different people. The film was created in CGI by Prana Studios, an animation studio based in India.

The film was supposed to be released in the fall of 2007, but it was delayed due to changes in Disney management. According to a June 2007 report in Variety, Sharon Morrill, who had been the president of DisneyToons direct-to-DVD business since 1994, was fired owing to issues with the picture, which included a budget that had ballooned to about $50 million. Although DisneyToons is not under their control, Pixar Animation Studios directors John Lasseter and Ed Catmull were appointed leadership of Walt Disney Feature Animation when Disney bought Pixar in early 2006, and “they are thought to have grown increasingly involved in the unit’s activities.” According to reports, Lasseter stated that the picture was “nearly unwatchable” at the time.

It would also harm both Walt Disney Feature Animation and the Disney Consumer Products segment it was supposed to assist. Morill was reassigned to “special projects,” and the film’s future was in jeopardy. According to Disney watcher Jim Hill, the difficulties surrounding this picture led to the decision that Disney would no longer develop direct-to-DVD sequels to its major films.

Joel McNeely created the film’s score, which he recorded at the Sony Scoring Stage with an 88-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony orchestra and Celtic violin soloist Máiréad Nesbitt.

Soundtrack
The movie’s soundtrack was released a week before the DVD release on October 14, 2008, and includes music from and inspired by the movie.

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