I continued on with the Tinker Bell series last night and was not only quite surprised, but ended up stopping stitching just to watch them!
First up was the next movie in the series, Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue. Considering this was the third in the series, I wasn't expecting much, but it was surprisingly very good and it quickly became my new favorite so far.
When I was a kid, instead of one imaginary friend, I had a whole colony of little fairy people. They all had names and they all served a specific purpose (which was usually for either my enjoyment or my benefit). Most of them were actually boy fairies...there weren't a lot of girls in my little "family". This movie hit home in a lot of ways because I remember pleading with my mother to believe me when I said that "the fairies did it!" after some great catastrophe.
This movie finally answered my question as to what happened to Tink's voice...nothing, humans just can't hear it and fairies sound like bells when they talk. My fairies didn't, they spoke with a British accent, but knowing me, that's not that shocking.
Then it was time for The Secret Of The Wings. After the success of Fairy Rescue, I again wasn't expecting much but ended up with yet another new favorite and even teared up more than once! Tink has a sister! Considering this was movie 4, there was still no lax in quality of the animation either. CG animation has different feels, but the more Pixar-quality 3D type does have a more polished look than the old CG type (which basically consists of some hand drawings and computer coloring and rendering). No matter how good with a stylus you are, I've never seen stylus-drawn art that looks better than hand-drawn (at least not where animation is concerned), so software generated is always going to look better (although hand-drawn, hand-painted cells will always be the best, no software can recreate pen and paper).
There was also a short on this disc, Pixie Hollow Games. I thought Pixie Hollow Games was the next full-length movie in the series because I have a disc for it too, but apparently, it's just a short. That changes my totals up in a different way than I was expecting, but hey, a 20 minute short meant I could finish all the Tink movies, so I wasn't too bummed about it. This one also was more of Rosetta's story versus Tink's.
The actual next movie was The Pirate Fairy. Although my hopes were still high, this one disappointed. I knew the streak couldn't last through the entire series, but I did really want to like this one. A young Hook and a VERY young Tic-Toc Croc make their debut in this one, but it still wasn't enough to save it. Zerena, the Pirate Fairy, just wasn't likable. And the fact that they reconstituted scenes from previous movies was just lazy.
There were three shorts on this disc, two animated and one live action called Cro-u-mentary. I was hoping it was about Tic-Toc, but it wasn't and it was quite boring. But alas, on with the movie trailer:
By the time I got to the newest one, Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast, I wasn't expecting much, especially since the NeverBeast looks like a cross between Falkor from The Neverending Story and Tim Burton's version of the Cheshire Cat. Boy, was I wrong! I had yet another new favorite and ended up bawling like a baby at the ending (and I'm not kidding...straight up bawling). I do find it funny that they keep calling these movies "Tinker Bell and" because they really haven't been Tink-centric since Lost Treasure. This one is pretty much Fawn's story.
Again, there were two shorts on this one, an animated one and a live-action one about "real" NeverBeasts, but it was so boring (and it was late and my contacts were all screwed up from crying), that I just fast-forwarded through it after about two minutes, so I'm not counting it in my totals.
Full-Length Animation: 27
Animated Shorts: 202
Live-Action Shorts: 5
Mixed-Medium Shorts: 1