Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s out. It’s called “Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure,” and it’s the first feature film we’ve ever been involved in. An album featuring two (okay, one-and-a-half) songs (one has music by slammin’ film composer Joel McNeely with lyrics by Val and myself) is released on iTunes as of September 22 (but the movie’s out on October 20-somethingth.)
Enough with the parentheses: it’s out. It’s out, it’s out, it’s out, teenage (and pre-teen, sorry about the parenthetical) girls across the country are already writing comments and reviews on iTunes–and some of them even mention the songs we wrote. This album will more than likely sell more than 100,000 copies over the next two years–and the movie will more than likely sell over a million copies this year alone. This is, in case you don’t know, maybe possibly just a couple more copies than any one GrooveLily record has sold so far, so we can’t help feeling like this is a very big deal. We are reaching a wide, wide, wide audience, albeit an audience that wants to hear about fairies.
Keep in mind, it’s not any member of GrooveLily singing; it’s Méav of Celtic Woman singing “Where the Sunbeams Play” (the McNeely/Vigoda/Milburn composition) and Lisa Kelley, also of Celtic Woman, singing the opening/closing song from the film, “If You Believe,” whose interesting journey to the small screen has been documented here and here and tangentially, but movingly, here. Still, Celtic Woman is a big deal, and these women know how to sing their Celtic Butts off.
It’s not just the small screen, either–we were on tour when they did the big showing at El Capitan in Hollywood a coupla weeks ago, but we are getting to see it with our son this Saturday at a special family showing in a theater at 10 am–a very family-friendly time to see a movie. We prepped Mose by taking him to see Toy Story and Toy Story 2 this past weekend, and he has proven that when it’s a film he’s already familiar with, he’s more than willing to plant his tuchus in the seat and watch the whole frickin’ film. Mose’s familiarity with Tinker Bell & The Lost Treasure is limited to a quicktime movie of the early animatics for the opening sequence paired with our home demo of “If You Believe” with Val’s voice, but we suspect he’ll dig it–it’s a genuinely great quest movie with characters you care about. We are very, very, very proud.
So go: buy the soundtrack if you like, rent the movie on iTunes or pick it up in your local supermarket or toy store–you won’t be disappointed. Plus, our songs are in it, and there’s nothin’ wrong with that.