My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching this film is that it is alright. It is interesting how they explain the relations between the two characters, though I am confused that there are Winter fairies, but the other seasons do not have designated fairies. I also wish that there is more development with the characters.
There is no new information on the production of this film.
The story starts with all the fairies of Pixie Hollow preparing for Winter, with the Tinker fairies preparing to send baskets to the Winter Woods…….. I do not get why there is a separate land, and separate fairies to specifically handle Winter. We have not seen separate fairies and lands for Spring, Summer, and Fall, so I do not get this at all. Probably for more marketing than anything. Tinkerbell (Maw Whitman) helps Fawn (Angela Bartys) train some of the animals to hibernate, before they help the animals cross over to the Winter Woods. We learn from Fawn that they do not cross to the Winter Woods since it is way too cold for them, and vice versa for the Winter fairies.
She soon reads it, and sees that a page is bitten. After talking to another fairy from the library, she is told that the author lives in the Winter Woods, so she plots and plans to go there. This is accomplished by sneaking into one of the baskets that the Owls take from the Tinkers to the Winter Woods. She sneaks to the library in the woods to overhear another fairy named Periwinkle (Lucy Hale) freak out about her sparkling wings, which starts to appear the closer Tinkerbell and her get. The author Dewey (Jeff Bennett) show a visual aid of how they are sisters, meaning that they were born from the same baby laugh, but ended up in different worlds of Pixie Hollow. This seems logical, since I had worries of how they were going to explain this one.
Lord Milori (Timothy Dalton) of the Winter Woods shows up while the two fairies are hiding, and talks to Dewey about the Wingology book that was found. He tells him that if a warm fairy shows up, that they have to be sent back, since it is too cold, and the safety of fairies is a priority. After he leaves, Dewey tells them to be careful, and the sisters spend time together.
She goes back to her house, and tells Clank (Jeff Bennett) and Bobble (Rob Paulsen) about her plan to get her sister to come over. The next morning, they make an ice shredder, and ring it to the border, so Periwinkle can travel abroad fine. They get the other fairies, and they are told the story, but Vidia (Pamela Adlon) thinks it is a bad idea, though is constantly scolded by Rosetta (Kristen Chenoweth). The ice fairies bring the block of ice to make their plan carry through, and Periwinkle enjoys her day with Tinkerbell and her friends. The ice starts to run out, and Periwinkle overheats, which causes them to send her back to the border. Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) and Lord Milori show up to the border, and sadly tell the sisters that they cannot see one another ever again. The sisters have a heartbreaking moment to say goodbye, and Milori takes his owl to fly the tinker machine into the river, which will eventually cause a snowstorm.
Everyone realizes that something is wrong, as the entirety of Pixie Hollow is getting colder. Tinkerbell has a flower that was covered in frost, but is still alive. She meets up with Periwinkle and her friends to ask for their help, and it is explained that the frost keeps the warmth inside, protecting it from the cold. Since it is cold enough for the winter fairies to cross the border, they fly over to cover the warm lands before the snowstorm hits it. The other winter fairies show up, since they know something is wrong, and easily covers the area with frost.
The warm fairies are instructed to go in the pixie tree, while the winter fairies stand outside, as the snowstorm finally covers the area. The snowstorm passes, but the weather is somehow nice enough for both fairies to fly around peacefully, but Tinkerbell’s wing is ripped. Both sisters’ wings start to glow and connect together, which repairs her wing, and the old couple decide to rekindle their romance. I am assuming that their connection made their lands accommodate for one another, though the light fairies still have to wear coats to cross to the winter lands. Fairy Mary (Jane Horrocks) becomes friendly with Dewey, Rosetta hooks up with one of Periwinkle’s friends named Sled (Matt Lanter), and all of them are friends.
Now that I am thinking about it, the characters are not really strong at all. Sure, they do their job fine enough, but as a franchise, a lot of them are getting weaker and weaker, though the supporting cast is only good at best.
With the winter features being added to the film, there is a refreshing look to the animation, and it is clear that DisneyToons was feeling more comfortable with CGI by this point.
I cannot really say much about the music in the film. It is not really noteworthy, but there is nothing really wrong with it, if that makes sense.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on August 31, 2012 for a limited schedule in the United States, though being released in October 23rd,, 2012, it made $67 million. Critically, it seems to have made mixed reviews.
From what I call, not a lot of people speak about this film, but it seems to be one of the more favoured ones in the franchise.
28.5/40 = 71%
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There was some production information about this film, it was going to be called Tinkerbell and the Mysterious Winter Woods and it was set to come out in 2011, trading places with Pixie Hollow Games (which was set to be called Tinkerbell and the race through the seasons).
I’m mixed on this film, it does have the usual maturity of the franchise but it lacks something truly innovative.