Returning to Pixie Hollow, Walt-Disney brings forth the next chapter in the "fairy tales" about Tinker Bell and her friends in TINKERBELL AND THE LOST TREASURE. The Autumn Revelry is approaching and this year's festival will be particularly special as it will occur during a blue harvest moon. When such a moon appears, the fairies use a precious moonstone to restore the Pixie Dust Tree. A special scepter for the celebration is created in which is placed the moonstone. The moonstone is an incredible rare object and without it the fairies will not be able to restore the Pixie Dust Tree which will ultimately mean there will be no more fairy dust. Tinker Bell is chosen to create the scepter, but during an unintentional accident she destroys the moonstone. Tinker Bell's only hope is to journey on a quest across the sea to find a mythical mirror that has one wish to grant to whoever can find it.
I have to admit, I was surprised by TINKERBELL AND THE LOST TREASURE. TINKERBELL was pretty good, but I thought the stories following it wouldn't be as well written or the characters as well developed. That's what usually happens in sequels like this--they are just made to cash in. But that's not really the case here. There are parts of the movie that are predictable and the movie is clearly aimed at 5-12 year-old girls. Still, there are moments of surprise and things don't exactly turn out as one expects. The animation is a fantastic feast of vivid colors. Objects appear real, but not too real. It's just the right mix.
I enjoyed TINKERBELL AND THE LOST TRESURE. It was good enough to make me wonder if the next project in the series, TINKERBELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE (to be released Fall 2010) will be able to continue what seems to be a nice series of animated movies. Recommended for fans of Tinkerbell, younger children, and anyone who likes all things Disney.
The special features on the DVD include a music video performed by Demi Lavato, scenes that were deleted from the movie with introduction by the director and producer, "bloopers", a featurette about the new Pixie Hollow Garden at Walt Disney World, and the Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow tour where Terence and Tinkerbell guide a tour through the Autumn Area of Pixie Hollow. I enjoyed the deleted scenes and the bloopers the most. The introduction at the beginning of the deleted scenes really provide key insight into the filmmaking process. The bloopers are a lot of fun because this is an animated picture so there really aren't any real bloopers; they are clips of scenes where things go wrong but the fairies are actually actors pretending to be fairies.
Note: The review that follows is of the "Combo Pack" edition of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure in both the DVD and Blu-ray formats, released on October 27, 2009. Based on my observations of the young children who watched this film with me, this latest Tinker Bell film will be an especially popular animated feature among those in the 4-ten age group. Although it lacks the powerful story line and colorful characters found in Snow White and Pinocchio, it offers abundant charm … more
Tinkerbell is back for a whole new season of adventure inTinkerbell and the Lost Treasure. Pixie Hollow is all abuzz with preparations for autumn and Tinkerbell is hard at work on her latest invention when she is unexpectedly summoned by Queen Clarion and the Minister of autumn. Tinkerbell fears that she's in trouble again, but is instead delighted to find out that Fairy Mary has recommended her for the important job of creating a one-of-a-kind scepter that will focus the light of an unusual blue harvest moon through a rare moonstone in order to replenish the pixie dust tree's supply of pixie dust. Tinkerbell gladly rises to the challenge, accepting her dust-keeper friend Terrence's offers of help, but as the days fly rapidly by, pressure begins to build and Tinkerbell becomes annoyed by Terrence's constant attention. Sending Terrence away on an errand seems like a good idea, but what he brings back inadvertently causes the almost finished scepter and the incredibly rare moonstone to break into pieces. Tinkerbell lashes out at Terrence and then departs alone on a desperate quest to fix the moonstone. What Tinkerbell learns on her journey is that she must take responsibility for her own actions and that the power and value of true friendship is much greater than she'd ever imagined. Like the firstTinkerbell, the colors and clarity of animation are simply breathtaking in this production, but the story lags somewhat thanks to a lengthy set up and a general ...