Tinker Bell

 
Sweet, simple story is best for young Tink fans.
  • Review Date: October 21, 2008
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Tinkerbell must learn to appreciate the fairy talent she has rather than attempting to change it. 

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.

Sexy stuff

Tinker Bell gets ogled briefly by her fellow tinkers when she dresses in her very short dress for the first time.

Language

"Tushie" is the most you'll hear.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Fast Play feature that lets you start the DVD without the remote 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. This simple story is 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.

What's the story?

TINKER BELL tells the fairy's story from her creation after a baby's first laugh (as in the Peter Pan book by J. M. Barrie) to her first adventure. After landing in Pixie Hollow, Tink (voiced by Mae Whitman) finds that she's a tinker fairy -- one who builds and fixes things for the other fairies to use as they change the seasons. When she finds out that this means she doesn't get to go to the real world with the other fairies, she decides she doesn't want to be a tinker and tries to find a new talent, with disastrous results. Only by embracing her original talent can springtime be saved.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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!" It 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Tinker Bell learns to accept her talent, even if it isn't as glamorous as what the other fairies do.

  • Why is Tinker Bell's talent so important to all fairies?

  • Do you like to invent or fix things?

  • Would it be more fun to you than pollinating flowers or making dew drops on spider webs?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 22, 2008
DVD release date:October 27, 2008
Cast:America Ferrera, Mae Whitman, Raven Symone
Director:Bradley Raymond
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies
Run time:78 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 3 year old Written bybouba April 4, 2011
age 4+
 
Very rare to find a movie actually without any kind of violence/monsters/really bad guys. Not much nastiness around except for maybe a very mild rivalry between Tinkerbell and on other fairy. Not too long, lovely little music, my 4 year old daughter enjoyed it a lot. And I can assure anyone that I am VERY VERY VERY careful when choosing a DVD as I feel alreadya bit guilty of letting her sit and watch for 90mns.... First was Aristocats, now Tinkerbell has passed my PG!
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Parent of a 4, 4, and 7 year old Written bymagasalee March 18, 2011
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