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Tinker Bell is a 2008 movie starring the titular fairy from Disney's Peter Pan movies and their then-recently-launched Disney Fairies book series, and this movie itself also spawned no less than 5 sequels. While the completed movie was about Tinker Bell arriving in Pixie Hollow and the immediate time afterward, the original version that was under production was much different in terms of its plot. In early 2007, Disney began working on the true story of Tinker bell. It soon became scrapped, and a new version of the film was released in 2008.

It was originally called "Tinker Bell and the Ring of Belief"

There were some deleted scenes and storyboards, including a old logo

According to a user in YouTube, it possibly doccumented that, "Disney's Tinker Bell, released in 2008, underwent many script changes under many different directors during its production. After Sharon Morrill was ousted from her position at DisneyToon, the movie was delayed a year and almost everything was scrapped." Another user hinted that, "TinkerBell was a 2008 animated direct to dvd film. So they are spouse to make original film on dvd in 2007 they released in blu-ray and dvd 2008 delyed several reasons". They both have that same idea about what happened to the prototype.

Disney+ hinted that the bio for the 2008 result was that Tinker bell's story was finally revealed.

Synopsis

Our story begins long before Walt’s Peter Pan and unfolds in a magical land called Pixie Hollow – Tinker Bell’s home away from home in a secret part of Never Land where the fairies dwell.

Tink and her four best friends are filled with anticipation because they are about to become Wing Maidens and receive the power of Pixie Dust – the power to bring wonder and imagination to all the children of earth. But when Tinker Bell is deemed unready, she swipes the Pixie Dust for herself, which proves to have disastrous consequences.

Because of her transgression, all of the magic begins to disappear from the world of imagination. Now Tinker Bell and her friends must restore balance by completing individual quests that not only reveal their inner strengths, but empower them to save the world of imagination.

Background

One particular draft (sometimes referred to as "Tinker Bell And The Ring Of Belief" in certain promotional materials), which received a trailer and various tie-in stories on the Disney Fairies website, was about human children that believed in fairies being brought to Pixie Hollow, where they would attend fairy school. Attending fairy school was mandatory for fairies, as a fairy had to complete fairy school to be allowed to use pixie dust.

As part of John Lasseter's decision to greatly reduce and/or alter Disney's direct-to-video output, as he had just become Chief Creative Director of Walt Disney Animation Studios, he is reported to have seen a work-in-progress screening of the draft. However, he was extremely negative to the original version, deeming it as "virtually unwatchable" and demanded that the plot be heavily rewritten.

One of these changes was the voice of the titular fairy herself. Tinker Bell was originally going to be played by actress Brittany Murphy but was later replaced by Mae Whitman for unknown reasons.

Another potential factor was the budget had by then already reached $30 million, which was a lofty sum for a direct-to-video feature in the mid-2000s. The completed movie's release would later add yet more to the budget, resulting in a total cost of $50 million.

Plot

Though not everything is known about the original version's story, Some bits and pieces have been revealed about the film's plot in various early trailers and articles. The plot was originally described to be more "epic" than what was finally released.

The film revolved around Tinker Bell and her friends living in Pixie Hollow, as they all train to become "Wing-Maidens", who aid in continuing the "Ring Of Belief" that keeps imagination, and their world, in turn, alive. But through an unknown chain of events, Tinker Bell ends up breaking the Ring Of Belief, which causes all of the children in London to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. Now Tinker Bell and her friends must try to fix her mistake before it destroys all of Pixie Hollow.

A notable factor of the original version was that Peter Pan, the lost boys, and Captain Hook, would have also tied into the plot, though their exact roles are unknown.

More Information About the Plot

The movie was going to show how Peter Pan and Tinker Bell ended up meeting each other, and Captain Hook was supposed to appear, as well as other pirates. In the story, Tinker Bell breaks the Ring of Belief, which is somehow linked to Victoria (shown in the trailer) and the other orphan children. The trailers all include different plot points from different versions of the movie, but almost all of them show the same clips of Queen Clarion giving the main characters Pixie Dust.

Vidia does not appear in the original story, but Silvermist seems to take on a tougher personality.

One particular draft, which received a trailer and various tie-in stories on the Disney Fairies website, was about human children that believed in fairies being brought to Pixie Hollow, where they would attend fairy school. Attending fairy school was mandatory for fairies, as a fairy had to complete fairy school in order to be allowed to use pixie dust.

There were some Flash games on an older version (ca. 2006-2011, when it comes to the American version) of the official Disney Fairies websites that elaborated further on the draft's plot, including one Flash game that served as a tour of Pixie Hollow, but the Flash games are also lost. Another flash game, that served as a "Which fairy talent do you have?" questionnaire, placed Fairy Mary in the role of a class teacher at the school (In the released movie she had instead become the leader of the pots-and-pans talent group), which indicates that she could've had such a role in the first draft.

Basic information on random scenes

The Calling Ceremony

Queen Clarion calls forth the Pixie Dust. Silvermist, Fawn, Rosetta & Iridessa are chosen. Tinker Bell closes her eyes, hoping beyond hope… but Pixie Dust skips over her. Celebration erupts – but Tinker Bell’s left out. She’s devastated. Her friends feel awful for her.

The Crisis

Tinker Bell and friends have a plan, they choose to take Pixie Dust for Tinker Bell. They sneak into the tree and grab the Dust – but it vanishes!. Clarion searches for an answer. Silvermist, Fawn, Rosetta, Iridessa & Tinker Bell are handed quests. They must undo the damage or the world of imagination will vanish.

Somber News

Peter stomps in anger: “You have to help fix this!”. Peter unfurls a leaf, Tink is inside, [he] lays her down gently on her plaice in The Circle. Tinker Bell is then gone, the fairies hang their heads, all is lost.

But Then

Pixie Dust begins to swirl up behind them, swirls around Tinker Bell and restores her to life. Silvermist, Fawn, Rosetta and Iridessa's tears turn to joy as Pixie Dust swirls everywhere. The world of imagination is saved. Tinker Bell: “Peter” But… how?”

There isn't much information on the movie, but this is far from the full summary. Images found have led to dead ends, such as Sprite Island, which could be an unused location, a location in one of the many scripts, or a location in most of them that doesn't have enough storyboards to provide any further information on the film.

Production

This movie was the original version of the 2008 direct-to-DVD film, which was originally supposed to be released in 2007. The delay was a result of then head of DisneyToon direct-to-DVD operations, Sharon Morrill being ousted from her position on June 18, 2007 due to costs on the Tinker Bell movie growing to nearly $50 million, as well as frequent clashes with John Lasseter and Ed Catmull from Pixar Animation over creative differences. The movie went through several script changes and directors. The voice cast was entirely different, featuring Brittany Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Cameron Bowen, Emma Hunton, Zach Shada and America Young.

There were originally going to be 15 songs in the movie, including character songs.

After watching a work-in-progress version of this home premiere, John then reportedly told Bob Iger that "The Tinkerbell Movie" was virtually unwatchable. That -- if the Walt Disney Company really wanted to use this direct-to-video release to help move their new "Disney Fairies" franchise out into the mainstream -- its story would need a complete overhaul.

Iger then agreed to follow Lasseter's suggestions. And -- as a direct result -- some $30 million worth of animation had to be scrapped.

Character Appearances

This is a list of the characters that would have definitely appeared in this version of the movie.

  • Tinker Bell
  • Silvermist
  • Iridessa (originally named Candessa)
  • Rosetta
  • Fawn
  • Fairy Mary
  • Queen Clarion
  • Peter Pan
  • Slightly
  • Nibs
  • Cubby
  • Tootles
  • Twins
  • Captain Hook
  • Smee
  • Mullins
  • Wibbles
  • Turk
  • Black Murphy
  • Bill Jukes
  • Starkey
  • Victoria
  • Orphan Charlie
  • Orphan Twins
  • Orphan Adam

Availability

Several things survive from this earlier version. As many pieces of concept art, merchandise, promotional material, and even early trailers feature various elements from the earlier draft.

There were some Flash games on an older version (ca. 2006-2011, when it comes to the American version) of the official Disney Fairies websites that elaborated further on the draft's plot, including one Flash game (believed to be titled Discover Pixie Hollow) that served as a tour of Pixie Hollow. Another flash game, titled Hopeful's Quest, served as a "Which fairy talent do you have?" questionnaire, and placed Fairy Mary in the role of a class teacher at the school (In the released movie she had instead become the leader of the pots-and-pans talent group), which indicates that she could've had such a role in the first draft. These Flash games have since been lost to time, but a very small amount of YouTube playthroughs exist of them as of May 2021.

Brain Freeze Entertainment, who made storyboards for the film, has one of the sequences from the original cut and can be found on their website.

In January 2020, Walt Disney Animation Studios artist Barry Atkinson uploaded additional storyboard drawings with no commentary on ArtStation. It is unclear how many of them that were used in the movie draft's development.

Other than these, however, the original draft of the film has never been seen in its entirety.

Gallery

Artwork

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Evidence restored from draft

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Brain Freeze Entertainment storyboard sequence

Brain Freeze Entertainment's storyboards originally showed a Fairy beatboxer with musicians performing on stage. Although she felt brave throughout the sequence.

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Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ricG9QOeAIQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW_2TjqoLeM

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