The World’s Most Famous Fairy Tinker Bell Immortalized in Wax as the SMALLEST CREATION EVER at Legendary Madame Tussauds
London, England, November 10, 2008 – Celebrating the release of TINKER BELL, an all-new movie on Disney DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def, the world’s most beloved fairy, Tinker Bell was immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussauds in London, Monday, November 10th as the smallest wax figure in the history of the legendary waxworks.
Sitting pretty at just a mere five and a half inches tall, this little pixie with the big personality has been created with all the same love, artistry and attention to detail as Madame Tussauds’ other remarkably life-like human figures – but this time on a much more pixie-sized scale.
“Undoubtedly, some of our celebrities are smaller than others but Tinker Bell is tiny on a scale we’ve never handled before; for context the average figure is somewhere between five and six foot tall – Tinker Bell is just five and a half inches!” says Liz Edwards, PR Manager of Madame Tussauds. “Our studios team is essentially employing all of the usual techniques and tools, although many have had to be sized down, and the sculptors have had to apply an even steadier and precise hand to the job.”
Studying hundreds of drawings, 3D photos and footage from the tiny superstar’s first feature length movie TINKER BELL, Madame Tussauds artists feel they’ve captured the perfect form of Miss Bell for all to enjoy – in wax.
Crafting a perfect clay sculpture of tiny Tink set the process in motion. The sculpture is then used to make wax moulds for the final figure. Once moulded, hair and colour artists continue the process taking another four to six weeks to finish. Ten layers of oil paints are used to build up colour and give a translucency to the skin tones and to achieve a realistic texture. Tinker Bell will be featured in her leafy-green fairy dress complete with delicate wings, made especially for her. Crafted from the lightest materials possible, it was well over a four week process to achieve the right, truly ethereal pixie look.
SOME TINY TINKER BELL WAXWORKS FACTS
- Height : 5.5 inches
- Width of eyes : 2mm
- Length of eyelashes : 1mm
- Length of fingers : 4mm
- Size of fingernails : 1/2mm
- Waist size : 1.5cm
From the storytellers of Walt Disney Pictures under the watchful eye of John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and the storytellers at Walt Disney Pictures, comes a spectacular, full-length CG animated movie filled with magic and adventure. An all-new original film that reveals many of life’s wondrous mysteries of nature, Tinker Bell takes flight on home screens everywhere with a treasure trove of captivating bonus features on Disney DVD and Blu-ray™ Disc.
Introducing extraordinary new characters, Tinker Bell is enhanced by an impressive voice cast widely acclaimed for performances on stage and screen. Mae Whitman (Nights in Rodanthe) gives Tinker Bell her first true voice, and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) provides the voice of the mischievous Fawn, an animal fairy. Five-time Image Award honoree Raven-Symoné (College Road Trip) fills the illuminating role of Iridessa, a light fairy; Tony® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) offers the elegant tones of Rosetta, a garden fairy; and two-time SAG Awardee Lucy Liu (Dirty Sexy Money) plays Silvermist, an endearing water fairy. In addition, singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney lends his voice to Terence, keeper of the pixie dust, and Academy Award® winning actress Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor) reigns over Pixie Hollow as the voice of Queen Clarion.
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Photo 1: Sculptor Steven Mansfield poses with a tiny waxwork model of the fairy Tinker Bell, which was unveiled at Madame Tussaudes on November 10, 2008 in London, England. The figure is the smallest ever created at the attraction, measuring only five and a half inches.
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