Genre: Childrens/CG Animation/Fantasy
Age range: 3 yrs+
Runtime: Approx. 78 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home entertainment
Tinker Bell - Summary
With a baby’s sweet laughter, a new fairy is born. Queen Clarion and the fairies of Pixie Hollow anxiously greet the new arrival, and the Queen instructs this newly born fairy to find her talent. A glowing hammer, representing the tinker talent, illuminates the new pixie’s destiny; and Queen Clarion dubs the little lass…Tinker Bell.
Tinker Bell is in awe at the beauty and magic in Pixie Hollow, and she can’t wait to get started. But her enthusiasm fades when she realizes that tinkers aren’t the most glamorous of fairies, and they don’t even get to go to the Mainland with all the nature fairies who get to usher in spring! A determined Tinker Bell enlists the help of her newfound friends – Rosetta (a garden fairy), Silvermist (a water talent fairy), Fawn (an animal talent fairy), and Iridessa (a light fairy) – to find herself a new talent, so that she too might be a part of the nature fairies’ marvelous work. Trying to be something one isn’t rarely works out well, however, and Tink begins to worry that she will never find her place in Never Land.
Tinker Bell - Guide Review
The magical world of Pixie Hollow and the Disney Fairies has to be straight out of little girls' most imaginative and heartfelt dreams. The beauty and majesty of nature meets splendid whimsy with these tiny fairies and their intricate homes situated inside of flowers, fashioned from toadstools, and nestled in tree branches. The fairies' fanciful names allude to their special talent and the role they play in the land of fairies and in nature. Their unique personalities are conveyed through their actions, clothing, and even their accents.
True, the story doesn't explain why fairies have different accents (tinkers seem to have Irish accents, while Rosetta talks like a southern belle), but their speech and mannerisms are fitting for their personalities. The music in the movie, which has a heavy Celtic influence, also brings in a cultural element. I was thrilled that they chose the rich, Celtic-style music for the movie; it works perfectly with a story about the tinkers, who wear mostly green as they happily go about their spirited, fast-paced work.
My only disappointment with the movie is that some fairies' outfits are unnecessarily skimpy. I mean, Tinker Bell cuts that leaf down to next to nothing! Luckily, the fairies' innocent natures take the focus away from their revealing outfits and keep it more on the whimsy; however, it was still a distraction for me as I thought about all of the little girls who will want to dress like fairies after seeing the movie. *Note to Disney: Fairy outfits do not need to be strapless and show a lot of leg to be cute! (Little girls would love a more reasonable outfit just as much, and parents would love them more, which would make more money for you.)
Tinker Bell - Topics to Talk About
- One of the lessons Tink learns in her story is that it is important to "bloom where you're planted" (the movie doesn't use the exact phrase, just the idea, but the phrase seems fitting to describe the moral in a fairy movie). What does this mean, and how does it apply to us in real life?
- Why did Vidia try to sabotage Tink? How is jealousy bad for both the person who feels jealous and the person they are jealous of?
- One of Tinkerbell's strongest traits is her stubborn tenacity. What are the merits and the downfalls of this trait?
- Why was Terrance surprised that Tink knew his name? What does this show about Tinkerbell's character? What does Terrance help Tinkerbell learn about herself?
Tinker Bell - DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Features
- Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow: Tink and Queen Clarion take you on a tour of some areas of the ancient Realm of Fairies. (You can choose the area to view on a map of Pixie Hollow; some areas of the map are not yet available, which is a little annoying, but it looks like they may become available on future Disney Fairies movies.)
- Ever Wonder: A short film of our world with fairies creating masterpieces in nature unbeknownst to the humans.
- Creating Pixie Hollow: Fascinating and educational, this feature explains some of the artwork and principles behind the movie.
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Video; "Fly to Your Heart," performed by Selena Gomez