Tinker Bell (2008)

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 7/10

Relatively positive message, good cast, so-so animation

Weird mixed message about potential

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Tinker Bell

Studio:  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Genre(s):  Animated/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Family

Release Date(s):  September 18, 2008

MPAA Rating:  G


Every time an angel dies a fairy steals the wings…

Tinker Bell is born in Pixie Hollow but learns that she’s destine to be a tinker…who never gets the chance to see the mainland.  As Tinker Bell tries to change her destiny, she finds that being a tinker might be all she is skilled to be.  When a jealous fairy named Vidia tricks Ticker Bell, disaster strikes that could keep spring from ever happening.

Directed by Bradley Raymond, Tinker Bell is a spin-off story from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up which was produced by Disney as Peter Pan in 1953.  The movie is a follow-up to Return to Never Land (2002) and started a series of Fairy movies by Disney.


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Peter Pan has never been a favorite of mine.  I find the story weird and loaded with mixed messages for kids.  A Peter Pan spin-off seemed like it had potential, but the movie is also loaded with mixed messages.

The odd thing about this story is that it is both positive, and it is negative.  The positive aspect of the story is that Tinker Bell learns that through ingenuity and creativity, one can achieve greatness.  The negative aspect of this story is that Tinker Bell lives in a caste system and one can never transcend their cast.  Tinker Bell was a tinker and never could be anything else…but she made the best of it.


Tink…it is good to know we’ll always be better than you

The movie did cast a pretty good group of actors and actresses to do the voice work.  Arrested Development and Parenthood vet Mae Whitman provides the voice of Tink and Anjelica Huston plays the queen Clarion.  Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera, and Raven-Symoné play Tink’s fairy friends.  It feels that the movie is casting not only for this film but for the future film spin offs.

The movie ditched the previously used classic animation in Peter Pan and Return to Never Land and utilized 3D animation.  The animation feels rather cheap in the sense that it isn’t as polished as a Pixar film, but the actual camera work for the animation is quite good.

Tinker Bell will entertain kids, but I don’t know that I like what they may take away from it.  Sure, Tinker Bell does end up accepting her post in life and not everyone can do everything…but it is kind of a morbid perspective for the target age of the film.  Tinker Bell was followed by Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue in 2010.

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