The long, corporate bad dream is over. Tinkerbell will hit a Best Buy or Walmart near you in one year:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment has selected October 28, 2008 as the direct-to-video DVD and Blu-ray Disc debut for Tinkerbell, one year and two days from now. The Peter Pan character's first starring and speaking role, courtesy of Brittany Murphy, was originally scheduled for release this year until Pixar's famed creative mastermind John Lasseter voiced his displeasure with the film's direction which lead to a major creative overhaul.
I was a young man when this picture was first developed. With a full head of thick, brown hair. Twinkling eyes. But as time rolled along, year after year I listened to story crews quietly gnashing their teeth as they worked on various incarnations of Tink.
It began life as a traditional, hand-drawn, DisneyToons Direct-To-Video feature. Then it morphed into a cg feature. Then it got 60% of the way through production when Mr. Lasseter at last viewed it and said something to the effect of: "Uh, I think we need a reboot."
So now the new, refurbished Tinkerbell is on track for release just before our national elections reach their frenzied high point. And from what I'm told and see, the new specimen will be a decided step up over the old one.
Perhaps the older, unused footage will one day find its way to a supplemental disk of the Super-Deluxe Tinkerbell which will no doubt roll out in 2009.