Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels
MPAA Rating: G
Released on DVD and Blu-ray: Oct. 28, 2008
Genre: Animated, Family, Musical
Runtime: 78 minutes
Directed by: Bradley Raymond
Cast: Mae Whitman, Kristen Chenoweth, America Ferrera, Raven Symone, Lucy Liu
DVD Extras: "Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow" – an interactive map which takes viewers into Pixie Hollow; "Ever Wonder" – a 4-minute live-action piece depicting fairies doing their jobs in our world; "Fly to Your Heart" Music Video by Disney cutie Selena Gomez; Deleted Scenes; “Creating Pixie Hollow" – 10 minutes of the filmmakers discussing the making of Tinker Bell.
Sex/ Nudity: Not much, but there IS a scene where Tink gets ogled by her fellow boy tinkers when she dons her (very) short dress for the first time.
Violence/Gore: Some peril when a hawk swoops down on the fairies, cornering two in a tree. Wild thistles destroy a part of Pixie Hollow, but no one is hurt.
Which Kids Will Like It? Kids who love sweet, animated tales with lots of color and music.
Will Parents Like It? Yes, Tinker Bell is a sweet movie with a positive message about being true to yourself.
Review: Tinker Bell is bright, colorful, and filled with sweet characters – the perfect remedy for these difficult economic times. The story begins with the birth of Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman), the result of a child’s first laugh (that’s how fairies are born).
Tink floats through the air, first as a dandelion, then materializing in Pixie Hollow, the home of the fairies, where she's greeted by Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston). She’s then instructed to find her fairy talent, and learns that she’s a "Tinker" (thus, the name), a fairy who fixes things.
Fellow Tinkers Bobble (Rob Paulsen) and Clank (Jeff Bennett) are happy to have a new colleague, but Tink isn’t too sure about her post, especially after learning that other fairies help to bring the seasons to life. Rosetta (Kristin Chenoweth – she even sounds like a fairy!) works with plants and flowers, Fawn (America Ferrara) works with animals, Silvermist (Lucy Liu) works with water, and Iridessa (Raven-Symone) works with light. But Tink learns to love and appreciate her own talents, despite the manipulations of a villain fairy, Vidia (Pamela Adlon), who’s jealous of how the other fairies accept Tinker Bell.
Again, I’ll reiterate that this is an adorable and fun movie, with a good message for all kids (although, admittedly, it will probably appeal to girls more than boys). It stresses the importance of finding your own talents and being part of a community. It also emphasizes equality between boys and girls. Bobble and Clank are boy tinkers, but they never judge Tink because she’s a female in what might be considered a male-dominated skill. That’s great!
The CG-animation is crisp, clean and colorful. And at 78 minutes, the story moves along quickly, is full of action and comedy, and even includes a fun mouse, named Cheese.