I am happy to announce that my guest blog post at Princess vs Peril was published today: Fairy Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves: Why Disney’s Tinker Bell Movies Matter. For those following my blog, it should come as no surprise that I revisited this movie franchise and went on about why it matters as much as My Little Pony. I also recommend following Princess vs Peril, if you don’t already do!
Preparations for my upcoming blog series A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom are going well. The logo is ready, as previously mentioned and I have the musical “theme” for the short videos. I have now done more than half of the scripting for the introductory video segments. Once they are all ready, I will move on to the preparation of the actual posts. After much deliberation, I have decided that I will work on having everything prepared before the launch of the series (posts and videos). I will of course edit certain posts as time goes by if the characters I’m analyzing undergo significant changes, but with much up in the air in my life, I don’t want to see the quality of this series diminishing or lacking time. This is why I am unsure of when exactly this series will be launched, though it will be this summer for sure. The more I work on it, the better it is coming along, so I am pretty optimistic about the final results and am looking forward to all the discussions it might spark.
In the past months, I brought up the possibility of expanding my online presence to another platform (I am not willing to add more than one as it is important that I can really engage with people without spreading myself too thin). I am still debating over it, but I might decide to go for a Tumblr account. The one time I tried it, I ran away screaming (and this isn’t stretching the truth much). I tend to love how it looks and I know quite a few people I interact with are also there. So I would be interested in having feedback from you Tumblr users. How flexible is the platform? Any recommendation for a theme/place to find free ones? How easy (or not) is the tagging/queuing system? I’d set up automatic shares on Tumblr like I have on LinkedIn and Twitter, but I’d look into being a bit active there. I also wonder how the sourcing aspect of Tumblr works. I know that I could just simply Google all of this, but being able to have actual input from users would be extremely useful. Thank you!
Links: Diversity, Writing, Social Media, Tinker Bell
- Redefining Disability #14: What I Want to See In Representation (And What I’m Sick of.) by Rose B. Fischer
- Sexualized Saturdays: “I’ve Never Done This Before” by Polyglotpisces
- Legion of Leia Interview: M. Elizabeth Hughes — Producer for The Guild, Husbands and Short Term 12 by Legion of Leia
- Everything I Learned From “Against YA” and More by Shannon A. Thompson
- Weekend Edition – Book Lust Plus Writing Tips and Good Reads by Jamie Lee Wallace
- On Blog Traffic and Engagement: How I do Engagement by Gene’O Gordon
- “Pixie Hollow Games” and Final Thoughts by Hannah Givens
The upcoming blog series A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars & Fandom is coming together bit by bit. I now have a logo/banner, music for the video segments, a model for the script writing of said segments and I hope to soon start preparing the first actual posts. I’m so excited about this project and I’m relieved that this is coming together the way it does so far. I’m still nervous about the actual taping, but I hope that it will go fine, since the editing will be easy in comparison!
Links: Feminism, Diversity, Batman, Star Wars, Tinker Bell, Tolkien, Wonder Woman
- Gender Inequality Discussions at The Writing Catalog
- Why White Men Might Be Pissed Off by I.O. Kirkwood
- Sci-Fi Women Friday: Ripley by Legion of Leia
- Review: Batman Returns by Jeremy DeFatta
- He’s a Main Character, Too: Respecting Lando Calrissian by Lucas Jackson
- “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”: I Love Tinker Bell Now by Hannah Givens
- “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”: Mostly Notes for Parents by Hannah Givens
- “Secret of the Wings”: More on Discrimination in Pixie Hollow by Hannah Givens
- “The Pirate Fairy”: A New Direction by Hannah Givens
- Lord of the Rings: The Murder of Deagol by Gene’O Gordon
- Wonder Woman and Transphobia by Lady Geek Girk
For the past couple of weeks, I have been able to write and schedule posts in advance, which has been very practical for my other projects. I have also continued to plot my upcoming blog series A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Star Wars and Fandom, and I hope to test taping the video segment for introductions this month. I’m not worried about the editing, but I have little experience in actual taping, so I hope it will go well and that my computer webcam will behave!
I have also updated my Appearances page with the recent book cover project and my two guest blog posts. This blog reached a milestone I didn’t see coming so quickly! I am past the 200 posts now! I am very happy of how my experience on WordPress has been so far and am looking forward to celebrating one year on this platform end of June!
Links: Feminism, Science Fiction, Disney, The Lord of the Rings, Writing
- Legion of Leia Interview: McKenzie Westmore — Host of Syfy’s Face Off by Legion of Leia
- Jeremy-Blog: Tough Ladies #7: Respect for Jennifer Hale by Jeremy DeFatta
- Sci-Fi Women Friday: Katniss Everdeen by Legion of Leia
- Putting Frozen In Context: The Princess, the Fat Lady, and the Followup Post #4 by Rose B. Fischer
- “Tinker Bell”: The State of Activism in Pixie Hollow by Hannah Givens
- Rape Made Me a Feminist by Sarahbeth Caplin
- Sexualized Saturdays: The Price of Existing While Female by Lady Saika
- Oh, My Pop Culture Jesus: Nuns in Geek Culture by Stinekey
- The Lord of the Rings as History: Who is the Narrator? by Gene’O Gordon
- Weekend Edition: Loss of an Artist Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips by Jamie Lee Wallace
- Software Review and Sample Use: Aeon Timeline by Rose B. Fischer
Believe 1.10 – Collapse: The opening dream nightmare sequence was creepy. Very touching moment between Tate and Bo when she woke up. Milton and Channing bantering as he is to remove the bullet she took from him, was a great moment. I love these two as well, as much as I love Tate and Bo. I find clever that Bo can have a hard time exactly figuring things out, from her visions when they translate to real life. I think it is well done how she has these powers but hasn’t fully mastered them. Tate, Bo, Ferrell and her daughter Sasha stuck together was an angle I hadn’t expected to see but makes for many great moments and much character development. Skouras still scares me and I guess that Zoe might bite the dust sooner than later (later scenes in the episodes confirm my inkling). And the new Orchestra prodigy, Dani, is kind of terrifying. Seeing Tate and Ferrell, Bo and Sasha, bond when stuck underground made for great scenes. I didn’t expect Milton to be able to reach them there on the phone. I like how they show that Milton still has his close bond with Bo. It is really important for Milton and Channing to still be big parts in Bo’s life. Seeing how great this show is growing, it makes me sad to know that it was cancelled. At least, I’m glad they’re airing the remaining episodes of this only season. Seeing Tate and Ferrell work together to get the bomber – despite her pushing him away – was one of these moments I wouldn’t have thought I’d get to see. Their discussion afterwards was compelling as well. The reunion scene with Bo, Tate, Milton and Channing was one of these family moments I adore. I was glad to hear how Ferrell wouldn’t work on the case anymore when we saw her at the hospital with her daughter. The last scene between Tate and Bo was so cute! They have come such a long way, together.
Game Of Thrones 4.07 – Mockingbird: Great opening scene between Jaime and Tyrion. Seeing these two talk and actually listen to each other. The way they have been bonding over the past while has been a great development (though in the back of my mind I still have Jaime raping Cersei and it leaves a sour taste in my mouth). I was glad to see Arya and the Hound again. Arya killing the man after she knew his name (thus adding him to his list) as well as the whole scene before showed how far she is coming. Her dynamic with the Hound is still interesting too. Jon Snow continues to be a fantastic character and I feel like strangling some of the Nightwatch leaders and their narrow minded and arrogant view. The scene between Tyrion and Bronn was great and depressing. Daenerys deciding to have Daario was predictable. I’m still not really sold on Daario despite the change of actor (for the better) this season. The scene between Melisandre and Stannis’s wife was creepy and gave me a bad feeling about what is to come regarding Stannis’s daughter. Jorah is still one of my favorite characters in the show. I like the special bond he has with Daenerys. Having a second Arya and the Hound moment was a treat and it was a huge one for them both. Seeing the Hound open up about his past was a significant step. Brienne! This episode is really a good one. It is a good change not to be bored or annoyed with at least half the episode, which had often been the case this season. I was glad to see Brienne find information about Arya. I didn’t see Oberyn visiting Tyrion coming, nor him deciding to be Tyrion’s champion. Sansa in the snow covered courtyard was visually beautiful. Her cousin is a complete idiot and I was relieved when Sansa slapped him, I admit. Of course, sleazy Baelish had to make himself look good again. I am surprised that Sansa doesn’t annoy me the way she did until like a few episodes ago. She isn’t a favorite of mine, but she is growing on me. Baelish still makes me extremely uncomfortable and I can’t stand him. Aunt Lysa is a madwoman. Se is one of the most annoying characters of the whole show. When Baelish killed her, he made himself useful for once. Not having to put up with Lysa is a huge relief as I was tired of seeing her again in this season.
Pixie Hollow Games: I was giddy when I was able to find this. I admit that I can’t wait for the next Tinker Bell / Disney Fairies movie, which comes out in 2015. So being able to get a little more from this series, thanks to this special was a treat. I admit that when I started it, I found myself unsure of whether I would really like it. It turned out much better than I expected and it was very much in the spirit of the movies. I hope they do other specials focusing on the other fairies, as they did with this for Rosetta! I very much like the new character, another garden fairy, Chloe. I hope we get to see more of her in the future. I was glad when the extremely annoying male fairy, Rumble, was outsmarted and shown that his ways were wrong, by his own partner, Glimmer.
I was curious to see how Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy would be, since my friend Rose hadn’t seen it yet and mentioned that the reviews weren’t so good. Yet, I approached it like the previous ones, since I enjoyed every other movie of the series until then. I really liked the movie and I think they did a solid job with it. I wasn’t disappointed.
I’ll admit that I didn’t care for the pirates, despite finding it a nice touch in term of overall storytelling in regards to the Peter Pan universe. I much preferred the baby crocodile in this type of universe elements. This baby was so cute! I don’t like crocodiles but I wanted to cuddle this one! The way they do the animals and insect animation still is one of my favorite things about this movie series.
I liked the character of Zarina, the pixie-dust talent fairy who is introduced. They did a good job at having her be a natural part of the universe and with her interactions with not just Tinker Bell but also her friends and other familiar characters. I found it interesting how she also had this scientific approach to her own work and using her own talent, with her alchemy (as she calls it pixie-dust alchemy) at the end of the movie.
I think that having one year between the opening with Zarina messing things up and deciding to run away on her own, and then the rest of the story was good, as it made it credible why so much would have happened and make sense with Zarina’s change. I admit that while I understand that pixie dust can be dangerous, I would have kind of expected Tinker Bell to be less wary of Zarina’s experiments at first, but I think it can be explained because Zarina didn’t really give her time to compute everything.
Showing Zarina go “dark” so to speak, in a way that Tinker Bell could have as well, was a clever plot idea. The fact that she went her own way for a year makes it all the more credible that she would take time to consider that her road wasn’t the smarter one, but it also helped her discover her alchemy talents on a new level. With the help of Tinker Bell and the others (and understanding that she was being just used by the pirates), seeing her realize that she could still do good and help fellow fairies was a great narrative.
I liked how the regular fairies got their talents mixed up for most of the movie. Showing them struggling with the temporary ones and all the banter that happened at times was entertaining. It also promoted the team spirit because they had to explain to one another how to go about certain things that would be natural to her, in between having some instinct about the temporary talents. I loved that Vidia inherited the tinker abilities. It was to be expected given her history with Tinker but it still was something to see!
On a final note, Everybody sleeping for a long part of the story at the big festival reminded me of Sleeping Beauty!
I loved Tinker Bell And The Secret Of The Wings, to the point that I think this is my favorite! It could have easily been just one mess of a too quick info dump but the movie was beautifully done, which is all the more commendable as I believe this is the shortest one! It could have easily been a cheap “pre-Frozen” production, but while I see similarities in the design, this is the only thing. Both movies are very different. I love the look of the Tinker Bell movies. The animals in this one made for a cuteness overload! I wanted the Lynx every time I saw the feline on screen!
I think that the story was very well handled, both about the personal and the larger scales. I was happy to see Tinker Bell find out she has a sister. I like how she and Periwinkle look alike and yet are very different. I think that working on how they were sisters but had their own personalities regardless, was clever, including in looks. It was also interesting to see the Winter Woods beyond a couple of locations and characters. I think it did a lot to how well executed the movie is. I liked how we even got to see them little, albeit for very brief moments.
It was also nice to see both their groups of friends, as it would have been too easy to just show Periwinkle in Tinker Bell’s world without a hint of her own environment in terms of relationships. I liked the Keeper a lot! He was a great character. Finding out about the history behind the separation between Pixie Hollow and the Winter Woods was a beautiful scene, especially in light of the confirmation later on about this story truly being about Queen Clarion and Lord Milori. Lord Milori was a great character and I liked how his disability was part of who he was, but shown as just one of his many facets, not in a reducing fashion, especially as it was only truly revealed late in the movie. I admit that I didn’t think twice about the fact that he flew on a bird most of the time. I just thought that it was pure Winter Wood fashion, especially as he is far from the only Winter fairy to do that!
The whole ending with relationships being rekindled or new ones blossoming with the two seasons now interacting more was great especially as seeing many of the recurring characters now making contacts and forming bonds with Winter fairies added a lot to the movie. I like that while Tinker Bell is the main character, many others have room for screen time and development too.
Can you tell that I am on a Tinker Bell rampage? Yes, I thought so. I am still surprised of the quality of these movies. I had always liked fairies, but the most familiar I ever got with anything related to Peter Pan’s universe was thanks to Once Upon A Time, as I never even saw the original Disney movie or any other screen adaptations. I only read bits and pieces about it otherwise. So Tinker Bell wasn’t a favorite character of mine in any fashion, but I am very grateful that I found out about this movie series because they are great watches with a lot to find in them.
After having been so satisfied with the second movie, I was a little unsure of how I would find Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I admit I wish we had seen Blaze more, because I really have a soft spot for the character! One of my favorite parts in this opus was to see Vidia’s evolution. I am happy that the scriptwriters didn’t keep her just an antagonist. Seeing her still have her bit of rivalry with Tinker Bell but being willing to help her because they are both fairies and possibly friends (all the more when the other fairies really welcome her as part of the friend group after she confesses and apologies for what actually happened), that meant a lot to me.
I think that the communication between Tinker Bell and the human child Lizzie was a great development or next stage to what was seen between Tinker Bell and Blaze in the previous movie. Seeing how communication beyond regular verbal exchange can happen is something I find fascinating. It was once again well executed. I really liked the character of the human child and was happy to see Tinker Bell helps her reconnect with her father, despite the difficulty.
Seeing the fairies come up with creative ways to get through trouble and solve given problems continued to show how magic can help with many tasks, and still require hard work from its practitioners, the fairies.
I enjoyed the first Tinker Bell movie, but Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure won me over even more. I thought that it said a lot of things and the design was beautiful. I liked the autumn aspect and all the gorgeous colors. I love how nature is shown, with all the flora and the fauna. All the animals are well done and many of the bugs remind me of how they looked back in A Bug’s Life, which makes me happy. The firefly, Blaze, totally won my heart! So expressive! I think it’s always smart to have characters who don’t talk and do everything through facial expressions and body language. It makes for different types of communication and interaction.
I continued to like how all fairies, tinkers or nature oriented ones, use their talents for many tasks and make the world follow its course. I like the practicality of it once again, especially as it showed how it didn’t prevent them from being creative. Seeing Tinker Bell be even more of a tinker and explore new inventions was great too. I like the trial and error that goes on again, as even with magical powers, not everything necessarily fall into place at once.
The scene when Tinker gets uncomfortable and can’t focus because of Terence being around was very well done. I know that she also went out of line when she got so angry at him, but the way it was shown that sometimes even when the other person is well meaning, you just need to be on your own for whatever you are working on.
The movie did solid work at showing how friendship can go through trouble even when both persons try their best and that misunderstandings and accidents happen. That was brilliantly accomplished and I liked that they needed time to figure things out and forgive each other and that Tinker could accept his help when she was ready.
I also liked how Blaze was part of the friendship narrative and also the example of the two trolls too. I didn’t see it coming with the trolls but thought that it worked well.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed this movie even more than the first one, and like the character development that takes place and the evolution of the dynamics.
I recently discovered the Disney Fairies movies thanks to Rose’s recent post called Why Tinker Bell Is Awesome. The latest title sounded vaguely familiar but that was it. Reading her post, I fell like I just had to watch the movies. I do like fairies a lot, and that goes back to even prior to living near the actual Broceliande forest, as I do these days. So I was able to find all the five movies and embarked on watching them all.
So, I started with the first volume, Tinker Bell. I liked the movie because of all the learning experience as Tinker Bell not only discovers her talent but has to learn how to do things. Seeing the fairies use their powers to attend to “daily” tasks was something I found really compelling and thought that it was a good use of magic, and that it didn’t hinder coming up with “rational” approaches. I liked the settings when the fairies have to discover their talent. Seeing male and female fairies was also something I found neat. Finding rather solid diversity amongst the fairies was also a lovely surprise.
I think that Tinker Bell’s mistakes are well depicted, because she is willing to learn, and learning through trial and error is a common and useful approach. The way she first likes her talents but then worries that they’re useless and limiting makes sense as one’s talents can set you apart and learning to make the best of it – even when you have supportive friends – can take time. Self acceptance isn’t an easy road and I found it well portrayed in this movie. Being able to learn to stand up to bullies (as the fast flying fairy can be considered as one besides being an antagonist) is also shown in the story.
Watching Tinker Bell eventually come to love her talent and see how she can be of help to the others, her friends supporting her, to the point that they’re the one asking for Tinker Bell to go to the mainland with them, was touching and heart warming. I also have a soft spot for the different animals shown in the movie, especially Tinker Bell’s companion.
On a final note, I was very happy to see Loreena McKennitt involved in this project!