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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not academically educational, but the movie definitely tries to teach positive social lessons.
"Faith, trust, and pixie dust," is the message repeated by the fairies as they muck through the (literal) mud to help their friends. Teamwork is an important theme. Plus, the movie supports the idea that parents should encourage kids' imagination and creativity and find ways to spend time with them despite busy schedules. There's also a solid message of girls being strong and resourceful (with a few girly stereotypes thrown in).
Positive Role Models
Tinker Bell is impulsive and doesn't always think about how her actions affect others, but she's also smart, curious, and ultimately pulls through for her friends. Tink is a much friendlier fairy compared to her character in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
Violence & Scariness
Several tense scenes, including Tinker Bell and another fairy getting caught by humans. A cat threatens Tink and, later, other fairies. A group of fairies travels through a dark thunderstorm, once crashing dramatically and later almost getting hit by a car.
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Products & Purchases
Tinker Bell and Disney 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. The DVD package comes with coupons and a booklet of other products. Trailers promote Tinker Bell merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is a sweet fairy story with several tense scenes in which main characters seem to be in peril. But everything always works out in the end, and there's enough humor to balance the tension. In one scene, a parent wrongfully accuses a child of lying -- and the resulting tears might upset some sensitive kids -- but the emotional scenes aren't too drawn out. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Disney's fairy world is a gorgeous place to inhabit -- colorful and full of drama and personalities -- but unlike some other kiddie franchises, the Tinker Bell fairies pack a slightly edgier punch. Some of the characters are brassy or grumpy or impetuous -- which is a nice contrast to the constant cheerfulness and eternal optimism that can sap any hint of realism out of other kids' movies.
That's not to say that isn't filled with earnestness that will appeal to the youngest viewers. In The Great Fairy Rescue, the action focuses a bit more on the fairy-loving girl than Tink and her friends, which is a departure from previous films in the collection, but provides a nice variation on the formula. The flying scenes during the climax will fill young kids with wonder and encourage them to fantasize about magical worlds.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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