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Tinker Bell (DVD)

By Christopher Gildemeister


Release Date: October 28, 2008

Starring: Voices of Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symone, America Ferrera, Lucy Liu, Jane Horrocks, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen, Pamela Adlon and Anjelica Huston

Recommended age: 5+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: green





Chases, crashes, very mild fantasy violence


“Snail brain,” “stupid,” “stink,” “tushie”


Mild selfish behavior


Created by a “baby’s first laugh,” the famed Disney pixie Tinker Bell is born in Pixie Hollow in the magical world of Neverland. Administered a magical “aptitude test,” Bell is assigned to the Tinker clan, which makes the tools other fairies use to accomplish their tasks. But Bell thinks being a Tinker is dull, and envies the fairies who create beauty, bring forth Spring and get to visit the Mainland, the world of humans. Trying to be something she is not, Bell brings disaster on Pixie Hollow. But when she learns to work with the other fairies and accepts herself for who she is, Tinker Bell becomes one of the greatest pixies ever. 


Tinker Bell is devoid of offensive or problematic content. The “fast-flying fairy” Vidia thinks she is better than Tinker Bell and is mildly selfish, snobbish and competitive. Tinker Bell at first is ashamed of her assignment as a Tinker and calls the job “stupid,” hurting the feelings of her friends. The comically incompetent Clank and Bobble make a few very mildly insulting remarks to one another, including calling one another “snail brain” and saying each other “stink.” At one point Tinker Bell is chased by fireflies, another fairy calling out “Watch your tushie!”  Some very mild fantasy-style action includes Tinker Bell being chased by a hawk and pursued by magical “sprinting thistles,” which scratch her rear and cause some crashes and property damage in the magical Pixie Hollow.  


The DVD offers several charming bonuses, including deleted scenes; a “Tinker Trainer” interactive DVD-ROM activity; “Creating Pixie Hollow,” detailing behind-the-scenes information on how the movie was animated; a “Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow,” which shows more details of the land of the fairies featured in the film; “Ever Wonder,” a short live-action feature showing pixies at work in the “real” world; and “Fly To Your Heart,” a music video by Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. 


Tinker Bell is a delightful animated film, perfect for young children and filled with enchanting visuals in the Disney tradition of fairies performing such magical feats as painting ladybugs, creating rainbows and transforming winter into spring. The story emphasizes the values of accepting oneself and being proud of one’s talents, and working harmoniously with others for the greater good. For parents and long-time Disney fans, the film’s final moments even offer a subtle link to Disney’s classic film (and Tinker Bell’s debut picture) Peter Pan.


Because of its family-friendly messages and enchanting animation, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Disney’s Tinker Bell with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this DVD for children over age five.


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