Movie Review: 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure'

In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tink -- a creator, an inventor, a scientist and one of Disney’s strongest female characters yet -- is asked to design and create the scepter for the Autumn Revelry. Her best friend, Terrence, offers his help (boy sidekick alert), but his clumsiness irritates Tink, and they quarrel. After Tink accidentally breaks the moonstone meant to give the scepter its magic, she ends up on a solo quest to restore the stone.

The movie claims to promote the power of true friendship, but that’s only part of the message. Tink blames everyone except herself for what’s happened in a very relatable way -- this is the classic “you made me drop that!” battle taken to extremes -- and it’s her acceptance of the responsibility, along with the science and mechanical skills she uses along the way, that really sold me on this one. I’ve been devoutly anti-Disney Princess (more because of the relentless merchandising than the films), but I bought the magic of Pixie Hollow hook, line and sinker.

Besides the tough-girl heroine, the animation and surroundings are pure Disney, creating a world any child would love to enter. Could we wish Tink were a tad less scantily-clad? Indeed we could, but if a winged, girly scientist with perfect hair (kept neatly out of her way) gets girls to imagine themselves tinkering around underneath a car, I’ll take it.

KJ Dell'Antonia

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