Bradley Raymond Talks Great Fairy Rescue
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue marks the third in the cycle of four home entertainment features, which finishes its two-week Oscar-qualifying theatrical run at the El Capitan Theatre this week before bowing on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 21st from Walt Disney Home Ent. This time out, Tinker Bell partners with her rival fairy in order to keep secret their existence from humans. Bradley Raymond helms from a script by Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir. Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim ) voices Tink, with guest appearances by Michael Sheen, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone and Rob Paulsen.
Bill Desowitz: You directed the first Tinker Bell movie, which sets up the origin story, so what's different about this third movie?
Bradley Raymond: What's different about this one is I wanted to tell a story about what it would be like to meet a fairy. I love telling wish-fulfillment stories about ordinary characters who have extraordinary things happen to them and I thought it would be fun to see Tinker Bell meet a human for the first time. And we go into the point of view of a human and what it would be like to meet a fairy. I was inspired by Peter Pan and that moment where Wendy got to go to Neverland and meet Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.
BD: What else did you want to explore with the characters?
BR: In telling the first story, Tinker Bell learns how to be a fairy, and I love seeing the rivalry with Vidia [Pamela Adlon], who's aloof and somewhat of an outsider; and now Vidia continues to be agitated by Tinker Bell and must rescue her, and she bonds with everybody.
BR: Well, in the first one, we got to see her origin story and see her fascination with human objects -- we call them "Lost Things." Then we get to see those firsts, like she didn't know that she sounds like a jingling bell to humans and she learns this when interacting with Lizzy, and she teaches her how to fly. So it's very interesting to see how the audience knows more information than the character and makes for a greater connection.
BD: So it's really about Lizzy and her father, Dr. Griffiths?
BR: Yes, they're voiced by Lauren Mote, who is this wonderful 14-year-old English actress, and Michael Sheen. Coming from live-action, a lot of the acting comes from their eyes and face, and to be able to act with just your voice is a different type of art form, and he picked it up right away. He was so natural and is a fascinating actor, so he really got the character right away; he helped create how he would come across and be more likable. He was able to capture that warmth that we needed.