Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

  • Review Date: October 25, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Gorgeously animated fairy fantasy teaches friendship lesson.
  • Review Date: October 25, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

No explicit educational lessons, but plenty of positives about friendship and forgiveness.

Positive messages

The overwhelming message is the value of friendship. At one point, Tinker Bell says, "It's great to have friends who will help you out," and this is when she realizes how sad she is to have damaged her friendship with Terence. When one of the trolls hurts the other's feelings, he apologizes quickly and they make up.

Positive role models

Tinker Bell is a pretty good role model with normal flaws. She's industrious, creative, curious, passionate, and brave. But she's also quick to explode, clumsy because she's often rushed, and tends to blame others. But through the movie, she learns how her actions affect others, and she does her best to make changes.

Violence & scariness

Tinker Bell's journey brings her into a dark shipwreck where she sees scary shadows and hears spooky sounds. A big group of rats chase her and her friends in a tense scene that might scare very young kids. The two trolls seem scary at first, and their grotesque appearance might frighten the youngest viewers. Tinker Bell falls out of her balloon at one point, but she's OK.

Sexy stuff

While there is nothing overtly sexual in the movie, the female fairies dress in figure-flattering clothing and pose coyly in several scenes, as well as in the marketing materials (like the DVD case).

Language

The trolls call each other names like "stinky breath" and "unibrow" in a playful manner, until one troll takes it too far and hurts the other's feelings. An apology soothes his feelings quickly.

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. The DVD contains a booklet of advertising

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the subplot in this Disney movie 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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In this 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?

QUALITY
 

This beautifully animated Disney movie will enchant viewers by bringing them into a lovely fantasy world filled with quirky characters. Though the plot 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about arguments. 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 27, 2009
Cast:Angelica Houston, Mae Whitman, Raven Symone
Director:Klay Hall
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Friendship
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byKrampster March 12, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

Good but didn't teach the morales.

In general this was a very good movie. I agree that in general Tinkerbell is a good role model for kids, but there are a few things I didn't like in this one: 1. The rats part towards the end was pretty scary. I find that muting it solves the problem for kids that get too scared. Do they need to have such scary parts in movies targeted at smaller kids? 2. Obeying the rules: Tink wanted her friend to break the rules, and I was happy to see him say no. Then I was sad to see him give in. So we had a talk about that. 3. Asking for help: Tink got into a ton of trouble by trying to find a way to hide her mistake rather than ask for help. Now I wish the movie would have covered these topics itself instead of requiring the parent to step in and teach the morale. The fairy mother could easily tell her at the end that she should ask for help rather than break the rules and cover it up. I want to see good morales taught. This is making me question if we want to purchase the movie or not. Do I want my kids continually watching a movie where after covering up the truth and not getting caught they're rewarded?
Kid, 12 years old May 28, 2010
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4
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Good Fantesy Movie

Souroisly? This is one of my faves. (Big fan of fantasy movies). Sure, the girl fairies outfits are a little, "Reviling," but they don't even show anything. Tink's temper reminds me of mine, and, like me, she learns that can have consicghs. The peril can be a little 2 intense, like when Tink gets knocked 2 the ground.Blaze is soooooooooooooo cute. The little baby firefly is so cute! When Tink apologizes 2 Trernce, its sweet. I like this 1! ;)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bySuperallu October 23, 2009
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4
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Good for 4 year olds but there are a couple of iffy scenes

My daughter loved this movie and was hooked from beginning to end. She didn't understand every emotional aspect but did understand that people were being mean and needed to apologize. She wasn't phased by the trolls but the rats did have her snuggling a little closer to me. She was very concerned about Tinker Bell's well being when she fell down. I was a bit surprised about that. She loved the movie and I would recommend it. There is some name calling by the trolls so if your child picks up on those things, it might be best to give it a year or two. There's a scene where lots of rather scary looking rats come and try to get Tink and her friend so those that are a bit sensitive to those things might also want to hold off or at least have an adult present to snuggle during the scary parts.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages

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