The Disney Fairies saga continues in Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings as Tinker Bell is introduced to the forbidden Winter Woods and a chance to uncover a mystery about her sparkling wings. Along the way she learns more of her own origins and meets new friends that will be around for a long time.
The Film ★★★ 1/2
I was able to watch this film in theatres with my 6-year-old niece. I thought it would be good to get a balanced opinion of the show and win some “Super Cool Aunt” points while I was at it. After learning a lot about the franchise and even the title character—Tinker Bell—from director Peggy Holmes on our trip to Destination D (Episode 18), I was intrigued with what was going to be coming out.
Adventurous Tinker Bell sneaks into the forbidden Winter Woods in order to discover the secret of her glowing, sparking wings. Along the way, she meets a frost fairy named Periwinkle and together they set out to solve the mystery of the wings. But they need to hurry before their forbidden friendship is destroyed forever.
I have to say I was very impressed. I actually really enjoyed myself. There were even a few moments where I said to myself “Wow, I like this movie!” However, these moments wore off as the end got predictably sappy and tied everything up in a little bow…and that is why it went straight to DVD.
In it’s favor, the animation, music, and characters were all consistent and it didn’t drag on. I will also say that if they had wanted to, they only would have needed to improve on a few things and it could have been good enough for any audience on any screen. As it is, it was still an enjoyable movie.
The Features ★★
The features on the Flitterific Fairies Double Pack Blu-Ray were a bit weak. I halway expected “Pixie Hollow Games” to just be some lame game section that most kiddie DVDs contain. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that this was a full, 22-minute short! Pixie Hollow Games tells the story of the fairies version of the Olmpics and focuses on Rosetta and the rest of the garden fairies, who have pitifully come in last place every year. The short was fun, surprisingly well animated and a welcome addition to the features.
The other short is is preview of what I assume is an upcoming short Fright Light. It was a bit dissapointing, but I guess whet your palette for what to expect in the next Tinker Bell film. The other two features are two music videos of which I personally was not a fan. So all the extras in total are a short, a preview of a short and two music videos.
It would get “Rent it” status, but then again…don’t rent it. If you have a little girl who’s into the Disney fairies, then go ahead and buy it; if not, then you’re fine.
Rent/Skip/Buy It: Rent It.
Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings is available October 23, 2012. Buy it on Amazon.com.