Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tinkerbell Lives!

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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

what do you think of what you've seen of the movie Steve? Does it look like Lasseter was right to change the story? Do you think it's a worthy DVD? What about a theatrical release? Will Lasseter be influencing the other sequels?
Thanks much.

Steve Hulett said...

what do you think of what you've seen of the movie Steve? Does it look like Lasseter was right to change the story?

Prana (the Indian CG house) was doing quite credible animation on the old stuff that was junked. (I saw a few minutes of footage.)

I know little of the earlier story lines, but I'm aware they kept changing. I purposely don't look at boards or continuity because it's not my gig anymore. (Plus -- and I'll be truthful here -- in the past year and eight months of hanging out on the internets I've learned it's wise to keep my yap shut.)

But judging from the earlier reactions of the story crew, nobody was thrilled or had many positive things to say about the earlier incarnations of Tinkerbell.

Now they're a) upbeat and b) talk nice.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

What will DisneyToons be making once the Fairies stuff is done? I mean, I know they're no longer gonna make the cheapquels so...

What are they gonna animate? Also, will they be doing any of their future projects in 2-D animation? I love hand drawn animation, I wish the Tink movie would have stayed traditionally animated.

uncle John's Cabin said...

Is there any part of Disney animation not under the control of John Lasseter at Disney now? He seems to have his fingerprints on everything animated from the company.

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