While I was in LA for #DisneyMoviesEvent I had the rare opportunity to visit Disney Toon Studios and screen Secret of the Wings in 3D and Interview with Director Peggy Holmes. Before going into the screening room we were greeted by none other than John Lasseter, my knees were weak. He’s the man responsible for so many of my daughter’s favorite Disney animated movies. In my eyes, he’s a hero of sorts. Peggy Holmes, the Director of Secret of the Wings popped in to introduce the film, she’s such a ball of energy and her love for Tinker Bell and this movie is prevalent. She cheered for Tink and lead us into the screening room. Both her and John’s energy were palpable. It’s easy to see why these Disney movies turn out so good.
Interviewing Peggy Holmes
After watching Secret of the Wings Peggy Holmes came in and answered some questions and gave us some insight into Secret of the Wings. Here are a few things I think you will like to know. I found it all very interesting and never knew so much time and effort went into these movies. You can even share with your children, once they watched Secret of the Wings. It’s all so fascinating.
How did you pick the names of the fairies?
Peggy looked at photography of winter and noticed there were so many awesome looking whites and blues. Peggy and her team researched different shades of blue and found so many neat names. Lord Milori was named as such because Milori is a shade of blue, if you didn’t know already, I had no idea. Periwinkle became Periwinkle and so on.
About The Research
Since Tinker Bell and her identical twin sister Periwinkle finally meet in this film, Disney brought in an actual specialist to teach them about twins and how they interact with each other, especially twins that didn’t grow up together. You’ll see in the film that both Tink and her sister Periwinkle have a lot of the same habits and hobbies, they even have identical wings. Peggy and her team wanted to make these sisters as believable as possible and the specialist came in a did a huge presentation for them. It’s fascinating how deep the research went for this movie.
Can you believe Peggy even brought in a Doctor of Snow, I didn’t even know there was a such thing as a Doctor of Snow. He helped make the story more believable? The entire movie is scientifically correct. Periwinkle was originally going to be an icicle fairy but instead she was changed to a frost fairy. The Doctor of Snow taught everyone that frost protects from freeze. So, if they didn’t want to kill out all the fairies and freeze Pixie Hollow they would have to adjust accordingly, and they did.
Peggy wanted the winter fairies to be a little hipper than the warm fairies. The winter fairies have more angular hair. Since Periwinkle’s hair needed to look good from all sides they decided to hire a hairstyle expert and brought in Ken Paves. Ken came in and dyed wings, cut hair, and worked closely with the animators to make the winter fairies hair look totally believable.
Thoughts on Secret of the Wings
In Secret of the Wings Tinker Bell and her fairy friends journey into the forbidden world of the Winter Woods. Adventure and curiosity of the unknown lead Tinker Bell to discover a magical secret that changes her world forever.
I thought this movie was phenomenal. You would think Secret of the Wings would be totally girly because it’s about fairies, but it wasn’t. There is plenty of guy fairies and dude power to go around. The little guy in your family will love this movie too. Secret of the Wings is suitable for both genders and all ages. Everyone will find this movie captivating and fun, moms and dads included. Gather your clan around for a great family movie night. I can’t wait to let my 5-year old see this movie, she’ll love it.
I’m so happy I had a chance to screen Secret of the Wings and interview with Director, Peggy Holmes. This was definitely an experience I’ll never forget and I’ve got a better appreciate for all the hard work and dedication that goes into makes Disney animated films.
Disney’s Secret of the Wings will be available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack, DVD, and HD Digital October 23.
Disclosure: Disney provided me with a trip to LA in return for my honest review on the movies and events mentioned above. All expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation was given. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own.