Growing up, one of my favorite stories was Lisa and Lottie
, a book that was made (twice!) into the movie "The Parent Trap."
The story of the two girls, who meet at summer camp and discover that they are twin sisters separated during infancy by their divorcing parents, thrilled me no end. Imagine! Perhaps somewhere I - like those lucky girls in the book - could find one of those oh-so-mythical creatures - a SISTER - waiting for me
. I dreamed that a sister would be a bosom buddy, a pal, someone whose innermost thoughts would be just like mine. We could do girl things together, instead of my having to play chess with my older brother, who only played with me to hone his own skills at that vile game. A sister! If I had a sister, we could do each other's hair. We could share clothes. We could be FRIENDS.
And there certainly wouldn't be any chess.
Disney's new film Tinker Bell and Secret of the Wings
was made for every little girl who has longed for a sister of her own. Granted, we have no such situation in this house. With 3 boys and 3 girls, we have ample sibling interactions of every kind. So I wondered if my girls would still be captivated by this fantasy of 2 fairies who discover that they are long-separated twins ("born from the same laugh," as the movie puts it - apparently, the fairy facts of life are not nearly
as awkward to explain as are human ones).
Would Rachel and Susie identify with the fairies' delight upon their finding each other? Or would my girls wonder what all the fuss was about, knowing - as they do - that life with a sister isn't always all it's cracked up to be?
I HAVE talked about the puppy problem
Anywhoo, Rachel (10) loved the many twists and turns of the plot; and (naturally, considering her checkered past
) she enjoyed watching Tinker Bell and her new-found sister breaking the rules just to visit each other. The devotion! The derring-do!
Susie (7), on the other hand, wasn't able to focus on the FUN! SISTERS! part of the movie, as she was too worried about whether or not the fairies would be able to save the fairy dust tree. Also, her father shows her "The 3 Stooges" way too much; so I think she was waiting for the part where everyone would start poking each other in the eyes.
As for myself, I was impressed by the quality and variety of the character's voices. Animated films have come a long way since I was a kid, I must say. Along with Timothy Dalton and Anjelica Huston, the cast of voices includes the woman who spoke for Ariel, long ago, in The Little Mermaid
. And I was surprised to learn that an actual hairdresser designed the hair for Tinker Bell's twin sister. Slightly jealous here, actually - where's my
personal hair designer when I need him?
Or maybe that's the sort of thing a sister would be good for...
And, now, to celebrate the release of Tinker Bell and Secret of the Wings
, Disney has given me a “Flitterific Fairies Blue-ray™ Double Pack”, which is a Blu-Ray/DVD combo,
to give away to one of my readers. To participate in the sweepstakes, please answer the question, "What does sisterhood mean to you?
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: it features videos, activities, and games for your favorite fairy enthusiast.
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