Tinky winky stinky

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM REVIEWS -

TIN­KER BEL­LAND THE LEGENDOFTHE NEV­ERBEAST Di­rected by Steve Loter. Voices of Mae Whit­man, Megan Hilty, Lucy Liu, Raven-Sy­moné, An­gel­ica Hus­ton, Mel B G cert, gen­eral re­lease, 69 min Par­ents who (for this rea­son alone) badly mist­imed the birth of their daugh­ter may have come to view the Dis­ney- Toon Stu­dios as a Christ­mas men­ace to com­pare with Aunt Deirdre’s rubbery plum pud­ding.

For the past few years, Walt’s low-rent chop-shop has been knock­ing out cheap and ex­haust­ingly cheer­ful DVDs that, in a few un­lucky ter­ri­to­ries, end up on the big screen. They’re never very good. They’re rarely en­tirely aw­ful. They al­ways make money.

Though bear­able enough, the Tin­ker Bell films are surely the most ide­o­log­i­cally sus­pect. The de­li­ciously catty men­ace from Peter Pan long ago evolved into a bland chat­ter­box who spends reg­i­mented days among equally un­in­ter­est­ing sprites at a mys­tic re­sort run by a be­nign fairy queen.

In this uni­verse, no­body is al­lowed to be any­thing other than ver­mi­celli thin, fa­nat­i­cally

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