PIXIE DUST FOR ALL
Are you ready for a new Tinker Bell? Then clap your hands and say, "I DO believe in fairies!"
Your wish will be granted, thanks to DisneyToon Studios, which is making a film tentatively titled "The Tinker Bell Movie," due on DVD, or possibly in theaters, in 2007.
The CG-animated film is the tale of Tink, Peter and the Lost Boys (before Wendy) set in the real world, Neverland and Pixie Hollow with scads of fabulous flighty fairies. Rumor is there will be a "Mean Girls" rivalry between Tink and another willful sprite.
Expect mega-major toy marketing around this much-anticipated family film. And big news: Tink will probably talk! But who willbe the voice of Tink? Disney's lips are sealed, but Hollywood buzz is that she will be a major star, and she's "sassy and spunky."
Well, it probably won't be Julia Roberts
, who played Tink in Steven Spielberg's "Hook" (1991). She's a bit long in the tooth to be a young pixie. How about Brittany Murphy
, who has a cute, crackly voice. Or maybe Dakota Fanning
currently the voice of Lilo in "Lilo and Stitch 2," who inside sources may be the voice of Little Marie, the white kitten in the upcoming "Aristocats II" (2007). Whoever does Tink, she'll be directed by Jim Kammerud
("The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea," "101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure.")
Also coming next year from the Mouse pad: "Bambi II," with Alexander Gould
(who voiced Nemo) as Bambi and the mellifluously voiced Patrick Stewart
as his dad. Insiders say the tale will be a coming-of-age story that has Bambi coping with the death of his mother.