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 and I appreciate the absence of Disney's darker themes (e.g. separation from loved ones as well as humiliation and repudiation, as in Dumbo) that upset many younger children. Tinker Bell is a creature of mischief whose various adventures entertain rather than generate concern. The plot (such as it is) involves Tink in a journey by hot air balloon from Pixie Hollow to locate a new moonstone to produce the fairies' magical dust. Blaze (a lightning bug) is her enlightening companion and, of course, there are lots of complications and disruptions before Terence appears to rescue them. At least a few younger viewers will pick up on the understated life lessons that Tink learns from her experiences but the primary objective, as always, is to affirm certain basic human values such as faith and trust.
The quality of image and sound is outstanding, as is the musical score. Bonus features include "Fairy Bloopers: Fairies Make Mistakes Too," "Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow: Explore the magical Guide This Time in the Autumn Area of Pixie Hollow," "Pixie Preview: Exclusive Animated Vignette" featuring Tink and her friends, deleted scenes with filmmaker intros, and "Pixie Hollow comes to Florida: Discover how the filmmakers help transform Epcot Center into Pixie Hollow." However, as is also true of so many other recent Disney re-releases, younger children will have little (if any) interest in the bonus features, other than the games and musicales, whereas many of their parents, grandparents, and other older family members will enjoy "behind the screen" material. I always do. In fact, I have purchased a number of DVDs that, together, cover most of the history and operations throughout the years that Disney led the company.
I think each "Combo Pack" (i.e. providing both DVD and Blu-ray versions) is really quite a bargain. Even for those who do not have Blu-ray capability now, they will have it sooner rather than later. Also, their children's or grandchildren's friends may have it and this film can be shared with them. Blu-ray technology creates the clearest images I have observed thus far, lacking only the spatial dimensions of 3D.
Those in need of some pixie dust in their lives will cherish this film.
Only a year after 2008’s Tinker Bell DVD release, the little fairy was back in sequel called The Lost Treasure. While it was slated for direct-to-DVD release, it actually earned a short (one week) theatrical run so as to be Oscar nomination eligibility. All of the case of the original film reprise their roles with a few new characters being introduced here along the way. The story takes place in the mystical Pixie Hollow (within Neverland) once more but this time … more
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 … more
Another great fairy movie! Very vivid and colorful and full of adventure and friendship. What I love about these Tinkerbell movies are that they are perfect for younger kids; not scary or over their heads at all. But really it is a great movie for all ages. It "makes my heart super happy," my 3 year old says. She has a short attention span (like most toddlers) and doesn't like anything even remotely scary, but she loves this movie and sat through the whole thing, even asking me to pause it when … more
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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 ...