Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

DVD cover
Directed by Bradley Raymond
Produced by Helen Kalafatic
Margot Pipkin
Screenplay by Joe Ansolabehere
Paul Germain
Bob Hilgenberg
Rob Muir
Story by Bradley Raymond
Jeffrey M. Howard
Starring Mae Whitman
Lauren Mote
Michael Sheen
Pamela Adlon
Lucy Liu
Kristin Chenoweth
Angela Bartys
Music by Joel McNeely
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment

(United States)
Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

Release dates
  • August 13, 2010 (2010-08-13) (UK)
  • September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) (US)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30—$35 million[1]
Box office $10,872,752[2]

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is a 2010 computer-animated comedy adventure film and the third installment of the Disney Fairies franchise produced by DisneyToon Studios. It is the sequel to the 2008 film Tinker Bell and the 2009 film, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and featured in subsequent adaptations, especially in Disney's animated works. The film was produced using Digital 3D modeling. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on September 21, 2010. Unlike the other films in the series, it takes place entirely away from Pixie Hollow.


Like the other fairies, Tinker Bell attends fairy camp on the mainland. When she attempts to go find some lost things, Vidia asks her if she's going to the human house, which isn't far from camp. The question makes Tink curious and eventually sneaks off. Vidia follows behind to watch over her. When she reaches the house, she is amazed by their "horseless carriage". She takes the time to flitter around under the car, while Vidia tries to get her to leave. Eventually they do, but on their way back to camp, Tink and Vidia stumble upon a fairy-sized house made by Lizzy, a human girl who wishes to meet a real fairy. Tink immediately heads in to investigate, despite Vidia's constant warnings. Tink claims it to be perfectly safe, so Vidia slams the door shut in an attempt to scare her but unintentionally locks Tink inside. When Lizzy begins to approach the house, Vidia tries to free Tink to no avail. Lizzy discovers Tink inside and takes her to her home. She prepares to show Tink to her father, Dr. Griffiths, a very busy and serious scientist, but upon seeing all the butterflies he has pinned in display for research, she decides to keep Tink a secret.

Meanwhile, Vidia rallies Rosetta, Iridessa, Fawn, Silvermist, Clank and Bobble to rescue Tink. They try to sail on a stream which would take them straight to the Griffiths' house. When their ship goes over a waterfall, Silvermist manipulates the water to create a mid-air stream. While this does save their lives, the boat is wrecked. They continue on foot but upon crossing a mudbank, Vidia gets stuck waist deep. While Clank and Bobble try to find something to pull her out, the other fairies are nearly run over by a car but are saved when Iridessa blinds the driver, who then vacates the car, giving the girls a chance to get Vidia out by grabbing onto the driver's shoelace.

Back at the human house, Lizzy reveals her fascination of fairies. Tink is flattered by her obsession and since Tink can't leave the house because it's raining outside, she decides to teach her nearly everything about fairies. They record their information in a new research book given to Lizzy by her father. During this time, they have grown a great friendship. After a while, the rain dies down, and Tink is able to return to camp. She gives Lizzy a hug and makes her way out but before she leaves, she watches Lizzy attempt to show her father the research. Unfortunately, Dr. Griffiths is too busy fixing the house's leaks to pay her any mind, so Tink returns and fixes the leaks, saving Lizzy's father from the burden. Afterwards, she makes the choice to release a captive butterfly Dr. Griffiths was planning on showing to a group of scientists. Thinking that his daughter was the one who set free the butterfly free, he sends her to her room.

Meanwhile, Vidia confesses to the rescue team that it was her fault that Tink has been captured. They comfort Vidia about the situation, informing her that it could have been worse without her presence. Once the rescue team finally reaches the human house, they are attacked by Lizzy's pet cat, Mr. Twitches. Despite being an animal fairy, Fawn is unable to immediately tame a cat under pressure. A chase ensues before she is able to find catnip, eventually taming the cat.

Back at the house, Tink shows Lizzy how to fly in her room with pixie dust. Then her father walks in, forcing Tink to hide in the fairy house. He finds footprints on the ceiling and sternly demands the truth. Lizzy tells him about Tink and shows him the research she and the fairy did in the book he gave her. Her father, however, still refuses to believe in fairies, and he and his daughter get into a disagreement. Angered by Dr. Griffiths stubbornness, Tink reveals herself and chides him. The sight of the fairy astonishes the scientist and prompts him to capture Tink so that he could take her to London for research, but Vidia arrives just in time and pushes her out the way. Vidia is instead captured by Dr. Griffiths, but Lizzy and the fairies are able to convince him to think otherwise.

In the end, Dr. Griffiths apologizes to his daughter for not believing her. Vidia is then freed, and she and Tink form a friendship. Lizzy and her father are now closer than ever.



The score to the film was composed and conducted by Joel McNeely, who scored the first two Tinker Bell films. In addition, the following songs were written for the film:

Soundtrack album

On February 16, 2015 Intrada Records (co-branded with Disney) released the soundtrack album.

  1. Introduction
  2. Summer's Just Begun - Cara Dillon
  3. Fairy Camp!
  4. The Horseless Carriage
  5. Curious Tink
  6. Lizzy Builds Her Fairy House
  7. Tink and Vidia Discover the Fairy House
  8. Tink Is Captured
  9. Trying to Escape
  10. We're Going to Build a Boat
  11. Tink and Lizzy Meet
  12. Tink Wants to Leave/Launching the Boat
  13. How to Believe (Fairy Field Guide) - Holly Brook
  14. Riding the Rapids
  15. I'll Never Forget You
  16. Tink Returns
  17. Fixing Leaks
  18. Father Never Has Time for Me
  19. Lizzie Flies!
  20. Father Discovers Tink/Vidia Is Captured
  21. Flying to London
  22. Race to Save Vidia
  23. Father Believes
  24. A Fairy Tea Party
  25. Summer's Just Begun (Reprise) - Cara Dillon
  26. How to Believe (EC Version) - Bridgit Mendler
  27. Come Flying with Me - Cara Dillon


The film's American premiere at La Cienega Park, where it was shown on an inflatable movie screen.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the film was released in cinemas on August 13, 2010, following a premiere held at the May Fair Hotel in London on August 8, attended by Lauren Mote."[3]

In the United States, the film had an outdoor premiere on August 28, 2010 as part of the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills, California.[4] Between September 3 and September 19, 2010, the film was shown at the El Capitan Theatre,[4] in order to make it eligible for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Disney qualified the film in an unsuccessful effort to expand the category's final nominations from three to five, as, under the Academy rules in effect that year, five films could only have been nominated in a calendar year in which 16 or more animated films were submitted.[5]

The film was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray on September 21, 2010.[4] Like the previous two films, Great Fairy Rescue debuted on the Disney Channel in November 2010.

Video game

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Developer(s) EA Bright Light Studio
Publisher(s) Disney Interactive
Distributor(s) EA Distribution
Director(s) Bradley Raymond
Composer(s) Joel McNeely
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) September 22, 2010
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is an adventure game for the Nintendo DS. Like in the previous games, the player plays as a fairy created by the player on the Mainland around Lizzy's house, using the touch screen to maneuver the character and play various minigames. The player must, for example, touch an arrow on the screen to move to another map or characters to speak to them.


International distribution



In Irish cinemas, on its opening weekend the film ranked at number #10, behind Toy Story 3, Knight and Day, Inception, Step Up 3D, The A-Team, The Last Airbender, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and The Karate Kid, and grossed €30,174 in its first week.


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  2. "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  3. Actress Lauren Moat attends the UK premiere of Tinker Bell and The Great Fairy Rescue, Wireimage
  4. 1 2 3 Solomon, Daina Beth (August 27, 2010). "'Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue' screens for free Saturday". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  5. Hammond, Pete (January 11, 2011). "OSCAR: So Many Toons, So Few Slots – Animation Feature Overview". Deadline. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
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