Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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A few tense scenes add drama to family and friendship tale.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 72 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 14 reviews

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Educational value

Not academically educational, but the movie definitely tries to teach positive social lessons.

Positive messages

"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 & representations

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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Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1 and 5 year old Written byBuckyD December 8, 2010

Less peril and more modeling positive relationships.

This installment of the Tinkerbell franchise is far less scary than it's previous two predecessors, with just enough action and peril for the preschool set... Continue reading
Adult Written bywood12piper October 29, 2012

Good little Tinker bell movie

I rented this based on other reviews from this site and it was spot on. My 4 1/2 yr old daughter, who has not yet been bitten by the Disney princess bug, thank... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byyumi akimoto May 18, 2011
this movie is very good!!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byhannahdug May 14, 2017

Great movie that encourages imagination and also entertains the audience

Personally I think that this movie is for any age and I think this is the best Tinkerbell movie in the franchise! It tells the story of a 9 year old girl called... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) and the rest of the fairies move to their summer encampment in TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE, Tink looks around for something to fix. But when all the other fairies seem to have things under control, she sets off exploring with her friend Vidia (Pamela Adlon). When Tink's curiosity gets the best of her, she ends up trapped and captured by a fairy-loving 9-year-old girl. While at first scared by the girl and her mean cat, Tink and the girl soon form a tender cross-species friendship. When a storm keeps Tink from returning to her friends, she and the girl end up learning about each other, including that the girl's scientist father (no mother appears in the story) is distracted and disapproving of his daughter's interest in fairies. In the meantime, a group of fairies attempts a treacherous journey through the storm to rescue Tinker Bell. In the meantime, the girl and her father's broken relationship ends up being the perfect thing for Tink to fix, and all turns out well in the end.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they like about Tinker Bell. Do they like her because they recognize her from Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, advertising, or from toys at the store?

  • Talk about the movie's theme of "faith, trust, and pixie dust." What do those words mean to the fairies? Do those ideas mean something in kids' real lives?

  • Talk about how girls and boys are portrayed in the movie. Are girls more or less resourceful in this movie than in other movies or TV shows? How about the boys?

  • How do the characters in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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