I love my sister very much. She is my best friend and always has been. Right now, she lives too far away. It is only 4 hours, but it is far enough to make me miss her. When I previewed Secret of the Wings in 3D at the Disney Animation Studios, I sat on the edge of my seat with tears brimming in my eyes as the story of two long-lost sisters found each other. To my embarrassment as the story line moved along, my tears swelled to a full on sob as the fairies learned they were never to meet again. I was so engrossed in the movie, I forgot it was an animated feature and became involved with the characters. I will not go too much into the movie because I do not want to spoil the surprise but it is funny, poignant, and you will fall in love with the Disney fairies all over again.
As every little girl growing up, I was in love with Tinkerbell and the idea that fairies really do exist. My sister has two daughters and she is able to share in her love of fairies with them , dressing them up, playing with fairy dust and watching Tink on TV. I was envious. I had three boys, and I did not think they would have much interest in little girls playthings. However, I was pleasantly surprised that they were just as entranced with fairies as I was. When we were watching Peter Pan just the other day, both of my boys began chanting emphatically, “I do believe in fairies. I do! I do!” I was so excited! While I would not dress them up in fairy wings, I was pleased to find out that they would be interested in a fairy movie.
As if on cue, the commercial for Secret of the Wings came on the Disney Channel, and Jakobi proclaimed, “I want that for Christmas!” I know that director, Peggy Holmes, would be pleased. When we talked with her before the preview, she was so bouncy and full of pride for her movie. She had every right to be proud. I was astounded to find the amount of research and work that goes into such a short film. All of the names of the characters in Winter were named after something blue. Peggy explained why this was so, “We needed to sort of create this magical winter, and the images I was drawn to were all the whites and the blues. So, we decided to research all the different shades of blue and find the names out of that.”
We wondered about the process of introducing Tinker Bell’s sister, Periwinkle and learned she was originally slated to be sort of a “co-worker” in fairyland, but that didn’t have the emotional impact they were looking for. After embracing the, “universal idea that it’s your very right to know your sister,” the creative process of Periwinkle was born. Peggy had three sisters, understanding “that bond that happens between sisters. That sort of unspoken thing. That you just look at each other and you know. You don’t have to talk about oh I would go to the end of the earth for you. You don’t even have to like say it. You know? You can-you just do it.” I think she did a fantastic job considering I was hooked from the first 5 minutes of the movie. A little fairy told me there is much, much more in store for Tinker Bell and the rest of the Disney Fairies. You can keep up-to-date with the on Facebook and Twitter at #DisneyFairies.
I took the quiz to find out which fairy I am, and it turns out I have equal parts of each fairy in me! Does that make me an all-around-fairy?
Secret of the Wings is coming to 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on October 23 in just a few days. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Watch the clip from the movie below.
Tinker Bell & Cast Celebrate at Secret of the Wings Premiere!
October 20, 2012 – New York. Tinker Bell and her sister Periwinkle stepped out on to the red carpet together today at the Disney Digital 3D™ premiere of Secret of theWings. They were joined by film talent Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Timothy Dalton (Lord Milori), Raven-Symoné (Iridessa), Matt Lanter(Sled) and Filmmakers Peggy Holmes (Director), Michael “Makul” Wigert(Producer). Special guests included Ken Paves (Celebrity and “Periwinkle’s” hair stylist), Sandra Lee, 2012 Miss USA Olivia Culpo, Donald Trump Jr., Kerry Butler, Kimberly Chandler (wife of New York Nicks player Tyson Chandler), Clare Foley (Sinister), Brent Zachery, Gretta Monahan, Faith Wladyka (Blue Valentine), Mackenzie Aladjem (This is 40), Suzie Ketchum (Basketball Wives) and Alexis Welch (wife of New York Knicks star A’mare Stoudemire).