"...when the first baby laughed for the very first time, its laugh shattered into a thousand pieces and they all went
skipping about. And that was the beginning of fairies..." This means that every day for years and years new fairies were
born into Never Land keeping company to the world's most famous fairy, Tinker Bell.
She's the shapely sprite who has become a Disney icon second only to Mickey Mouse himself. And yet Tinkerbell
has largely been a woman of mystery. Where did she come from? Where are her fellow fairies? And the burning question: Was
she REALLY modeled on Marilyn Monroe?
Tink originally appeared in J.M. Barrie's play, "Peter Pan." Well, sort of -
onstage, the pixie never appeared in person, but was traditionally represented by a beam of light. When Walt Disney decided
to film "Peter Pan," how to represent Tinker Bell was one of the great dilemmas to be resolved. Ultimately, Disney and his
animators decided to put the mischievous fairy on the screen - but to keep with tradition in having her "voice" be a tinkling
bell that only Peter can understand.
Although Tinker Bell's vavoom figure and winsome blonde appearance have led generations
of moviegoers to compare her to Marilyn Monroe, animator Marc Davis actually modeled her on actress Margaret Kerry. The Studio
was quick to point out that although Tink might LOOK like Ms. Kerry, her capricious and sometimes downright mean personality
had nothing to do with the actress!
"Peter Pan" was
a hit, but it was Tinker Bell who went on to become a cultural touchstone. The pixie proved so popular that she became something
of an ambassador for Disney. In the process, her image has become less jealous pint-sized femme fatale and more dispenser
of pixie dust, although that touch of mischief still remains part of her appeal.
These days you
can see Tink at the opening of "The Wonderful World of Disney," in the air at Disney theme park firework shows, and on every
Disney DVD. She's prominently featured in the 50th Anniversary parade at Disneyland, "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams," and Tinker Bell costumes and toys rival Disney
Princess gear in popularity among little girls.
Although she's a beloved and instantly recognized character, there
are many unanswered mysteries about Tinker Bell, stemming all the way back to "Peter Pan." Where did she come from? Who are
her friends? Where does Tinker Bell go when she isn't hanging out with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys? These are questions that
are never answered by Barrie, or by the film. But Tink is
such a vivid presence that for more than 50 years, children have wondered about her.
These burning questions led the
Disney team to develop a detailed story about Tinker Bell and the world from which she comes. Tinker Bell's world will be unveiled in a story first introduced in the novel "Fairy Dust and the
Quest for the Egg" (available this month) by Gail Carson Levine of "Ella Enchanted" fame. The books feature illustrations
by David Christiana. There's also a global Web site at DisneyFairies.com where we can meet the fairies and a get a glimpse
of their world and pastimes.
"I was so glad when the people at Disney Publishing invited me to be part of the project,"
Ms. Levine commented. "To enter the world of Peter Pan and weave in a new landscape has been an enormous honor. I'll be thrilled
if readers join the fairies' quest and go on clapping and believing and keeping Never
Land young forever."
We learn that Tinker Bell is, in fact, a
talented tinker - good at mending metal objects with her little hammer. This refers all the way back to a little joke in Barrie's Peter Pan - Peter claims that Tink is a common "tinker" sort
of fairy. Tinkers, in Victorian England, were traveling tinsmiths.
By exploring Tink's world, the artists of Disney
hope that they will give the enduring fairy new dimension - and a new place in the hearts of children (and adults) everywhere.
If you believe in fairies, clap your hands forTinkerBell!
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Tinkerbell charms all who know her with her sparkling smile and kind heart. Although
she can have a bit of a temper, she is fiercely loyal and will go out of her way for those she loves. No one could have a
better friend than Tink.
Who is Tinkerbell?
Tinker Bell is the jealous pixie who glows brightest
for Peter Pan. Her voice sounds like a tinkling bell and a sprinkle of her pixie dust can make you fly. But this pixie
can turn spiteful if she suspects that Peter's attentions are diverted to anyone but herself.
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