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Parents need to know that the subplot in Disney's Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is about an argument between friends. The two main characters argue and blame one another until they realize that they need to take responsibility for their actions and forgive each other. Younger children might not understand what all the shouting is about or why the characters seem so sad when they think about their friendship. Several scenes might also frighten very young children -- one involves two scary-looking trolls who try to intimidate the main character before turning silly, and another is an extended scene, aided by intense music, where rats chase the main characters through a dark shipwreck.
What's the story?
In TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE, the second DVD in the new Disney Fairies franchise, Tinker Bell is chosen to make the fall scepter for the autumn celebration, a very special task that will help the fairies create the all-important fairy dust. While building the scepter, the hot-headed Tinker Bell ends up breaking the magical moonstone that helps to create fairy dust, and she blames it on her friend Terence. She then sets out on a long and treacherous journey to find a lost treasure that she hopes will restore the moonstone to its original state. She meets an adorable firefly and two goofy trolls along the way, who gently teach her lessons about friendship. She eventually finds the treasure, apologizes to her friend, and together they come up with an ingenious solution to her broken moonstone problem.
Is it any good?
This beautifully animated Disney movie will enchant viewers by bringing them into a lovely fantasy world filled with quirky characters. Though the plot of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure doesn't break any new ground, it's layered enough to keep the attention of both younger and older kids. The characters are more complicated than those in other tales oriented toward this age group, which makes watching a more rewarding experience.
Amid the very earnest scenes where Tinker Bell and Terence worry over their argument are a few very funny moments to lighten the mood.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about arguments like the one in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. Have you ever had an argument with a friend? What happened and how did you resolve it?
Why did Tinker Bell and Terence get upset with one another? What made them decide to be friends again?
Talk about what made kids want to see the movie. Did they see an ad on TV? Did they see Tinker Bell toys in the store?
- On DVD or streaming: October 27, 2009
- Cast: Mae Whitman, Raven Symone, Anjelica Huston
- Director: Klay Hall
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Friendship
- Character strengths: Communication, Courage, Humility, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 76 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
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