Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

 
A few tense scenes add drama to family and friendship tale.
  • Review Date: September 16, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 72 minutes

What parents need to know

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. 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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sweet fairy story has 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.

What's the story?

When Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) and the rest of the fairies move to their summer encampment, 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?

QUALITY
 

Disney's fairy world is a gorgeous place to inhabit. It's colorful and full of drama and personalities. 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 TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they like about Tinker Bell. Do they like her because they recognize her from 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 21, 2010
Cast:Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu, Mae Whitman
Director:Bradley Raymond
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Friendship
Run time:72 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 1 and 5 year old Written byBuckyD December 8, 2010
age 3+
 

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. Tinkerbell herself is far friendlier and although she strays from what fairies should be doing, the lesson is well-communicated that there are consequences to not following the rules. The positive message that friends come to one another's aid is well-done here, and both female and male fairies play a role in that. I wasn't too keen on the "faith, trust, and pixie dust" chanting, because really what was shown on screen was fortitude and character -- not faith or trust. I guess those don't lend themselves to preschool chanting, though. Also, it seemed that the human adults in the movie were made to be targets of anger rather than support, as well as fostering a negative feeling about science. For many kids, this is going to require some discussion to undo. Not only does Daddy The Scientist kill butterflies, ignore his daughter, and discount her literary/art project, but then he steals her fairy to go have it killed to inflate himself in the scientific community. I thought we wanted little girls to be interested in science, not think it was an evil endeavor...
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent Written bywood12piper October 29, 2012
age 4+
 

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, thankfully, likes tinker bell. She wanted to watch this over and over. It had a sad part which made her cry and a few scary scenes but she was ok with them as they were fairly brief. The dad finally comes around in the end and learns his lesson. The other thing I thought was a little wacky, was that the fairies were responsible for changing the seasons and for making rainbows, not quite the message I expected. Recommend for ages 4 and over, it might be a bit too scary for 3 yr olds.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Parent Written bymom2twogirls1boy November 17, 2010
age 3+
 

Finally a Great Disney Movie Perfect for Young Viewers

Wow, Disney finally came out with a movie that doesn't involve name calling and person on person violence! Bravo! I like this one the best out of the 3 Tinkerbell movies out thus far. It's the tamest and the "chase" scene is very benign. My 3 and 5 year old girls love this! I love when I hear them putting their hands together and chanting "faith, trust, & pixie dust!" You're only young once!
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Great messages
Great role models

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