I took flight to the Big Apple for the new DVD release of Disney’s new animated feature Secret of the Wings. The movie takes you on a journey with Tinker Bell, one of the world’s most beloved and iconic characters as she discovers she has a sister, Periwinkle.
Before even seeing the film in Disney’s private screening room on Park Avenue and 59th Street, I went on an unexpected adventure myself. I sent a text to Jessica Rossman, who splits her time there with longtime boyfriend Gordon Bethune. I thought we would be able to grab a drink; instead she invited me to sit at their table at Sotheby’s for the New York Academy of Art auction and dinner.
In Secret of the Wings, Disney once again pulls out all the stops when it comes to color and animation.
There was just one problem: I didn’t have a cocktail dress. So I literally hauled ass down the street and picked up a little black dress from Zara. After the movie, which is short and sweet at only an hour and 14 minutes long (we’ll get to more of that in a moment) I hopped a cab and headed for the event.
When I arrived the auction was still going on. In the crowd I saw Brooke Shields sitting in the third row looking stunning. Paintings were going from anywhere from $2,000 to $40,000 with the proceeds going towards art scholarships.
At dinner, I was greeted by other Houstonians including famed make-up artist Edward Sanchez. Fashion designer Cesar Galindo had canceled so I took his coveted seat. Sitting just two tables over were actress Naomi Watts and her love interest, actor Liev Schreiber. Yes, she’s even prettier in person!
Now back to why I came to NYC in the first place. In Secret of the Wings, Disney once again pulls out all the stops when it comes to color and animation. In the story, the Winter Woods remains mysterious and forbidden to Tinker Bell and the other warm fairies. When Tinker Bell sneaks over the border she finds a whole new world of adventure and she meets Periwinkle, who she later discovers is her sister.
Secrets of the Wings has lots of familiar voices, including Angelica Huston, Timothy Dalton and Mae Whitman, who is currently starring in the TV show Parenthood. Although Huston was unavailable for interviews, Dalton was more than happy to talk about lending his voice. Casually dressed in jeans and tennis shoes, his hair is longer and gray, but he still has those amazing blue eyes. It really didn’t matter what he had on with that accent, I could have just sat there and heard him talking about the weather.
It really didn’t matter what he had on with that accent, I could have just sat there and heard him talking about the weather.
Dalton was paired with the handsome young Matt Lanter who you may know from CW’s 90210. However I know his voice from Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the Cartoon Network — remember, I have a 7 year-old-boy.
Both were charming, enjoyed being part of the Disney family and, get this, had never met before they sat down for the day’s worth of interviews at the Ritz-Carlton. They explained that’s what happens when you do animated films; you usually don’t see or meet any of the other actors.
Playing Tinker Bell is the lovely Whitman. She’s young but sophisticated in so many ways. She’s been in show business since the tender age of 3 and has starred in movies including Independence Day, One Fine Day and Hope Floats. She doesn’t watch too much TV; even though she’s on a show in fact she’s an avid reader.
Director Peggy Holmes told me she couldn’t think of any one better to play Tinker Bell. It had to be her. As you’ll see in the clips from my interviews with the actors, there's a lot to like about them and the film. But remember, you can’t see it in theaters; it’s only available on DVD and coming out this week. With the holidays right around the corner, it makes for a great stocking stuffer for girls of all ages.