A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tinker Bell must learn to appreciate the fairy talent she has rather than attempting to change it. Themes include curiosity, gratitude, and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Tinker Bell tries very hard to have a different fairy talent and eventually accepts and appreciates what she's best at. Her talent as an inventor and fixer goes against girl stereotypes. A mean-spirited fairy gets her comeuppance.
Violence & Scariness
A hawk swoops down menacingly on the fairies, cornering two in a tree and snapping its jaws. Some slapstick humor when things fall apart and animals get bonked. Renegade thistles destroy a section of Pixie Hollow, but no one gets hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tinker Bell gets ogled briefly by her fellow tinkers when she dresses in her very short dress for the first time.
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"Tushie" is the most you'll hear.
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Products & Purchases
Disney and Tinker Bell are huge brands with merchandise nearly everywhere. There's a line of Pixie Hollow products (dolls, toys, etc.), a website, a video game, a book series, and even a magazine. Most things are highlighted in the booklet insert, along with food and airline offers and more Disney DVDs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tinker Bell has a simple story that's mild on violence -- only one scene with a hawk snapping its jaws at fairies may be frightening -- and has a few good lessons about accepting and enjoying your own talents. The DVD has a Fast Play feature that lets you start movie without the remote, but it also pushes you to four previews for Disney movies and an ad for Disney Rewards. It would actually be faster to go to the menu and hit "play." There's also plenty for sale in the Tinker Bell line: dolls, toys, books, a magazine, a video game, and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet and simple straight-to-DVD story is geared especially to kids of the age most likely to clap their hands and exclaim "I believe in fairies!" Tinker Bell does a lovely job of introducing the world of Pixie Hollow with some lush animation and a dreamy, Celtic-infused soundtrack featuring Loreena McKennitt.
But the story is a little too simplistic and mild for older kids who love the world of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. Tinker Bell makes a mistake, learns a simple lesson, and saves the day. Her sidekick fairy friends -- all voiced by some great talent -- will doubtless do more for doll sales than they do for this story; except for the "mean one" Vidia (Pamela Adlon), their personalities aren't very fleshed out.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.