Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Gorgeously animated fairy fantasy teaches friendship lesson.
  • G
  • 2009
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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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. Additional themes include communication, perseverance, and teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tinker Bell is a pretty good role model with normal flaws. She's industrious, creative, curious, passionate, and courageous. But she's also quick to explode, clumsy because she's often rushed, and tends to blame others. But through the movie, she learns humility and 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).


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.


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

What parents need to know

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byKrampster March 12, 2010

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 o... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 4-year-old Written bySuperallu October 23, 2009

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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byemorris2008 May 16, 2020

Awesome Movie! Nothing bad at all.

Awesome movie! I really enjoyed it. Tinker Bell does get really angry a few times and there are some rats with glowy red eyes at one point. The rats may scare k... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byccee633 September 10, 2017

The best Tinkerbell film!

The animation is AMAZING! I love the backgrounds! This film is a good watch for kids and their parents. Teaches a lesson and has great atmoshpere, As someone wh... Continue reading

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?

  • How do the characters in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure demonstrate humility, communication, and courage? What about perseverance and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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