Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is the second of the Disney Fairies direct-to-video films, released in 2009. As with the previous film, there’s a moral behind the film, and it’s handled pretty well despite becoming very obvious very quickly.
After failing to make a new method of transportation to help get the fairies to and from the mainland, Tinker Bell is selected to create the new Autumn Scepter, designed to hold the Moonstone, which creates the blue pixie dust used to rejuvenate the pixie dust tree.
While initially happy to have Terrence, the dust fairy, help her with creating the scepter, she quickly becomes irritated at his overbearing helpfulness. After Tinker Bell kicks a pocket watch brought by Terrence, causing the front to pop open and smash the newly completed scepter, she explodes in typical Tinker Bell fashion, complete with glowing red face.
After telling Terrence to get out, Tinker Bell continues fuming and accidentally breaks the fragile Moonstone. That evening, while trying to think of a way to fix things, she hears the tale of a magical lost mirror which has one remaining wish, so she sets out to find it.
The animation and 3D work in this film is an improvement on the first, with the texturing and detail being the most obvious improvement. I think a little more time was spent giving the environment and characters a better overall feel.
I also noticed the animators included a lot of little quirks Tinker Bell has in the original Peter Pan film, including the stomping around and her face turning red. The motions she makes are very close to those made in the Disney original, and I applaud the animators for their hard work in getting that right. Tiny details, but nice to see the attention to detail.
The story is again pretty basic, but still enjoyable for kids of all ages. Unlike many other “for kids” direct-to-video releases I’ve seen, there is nothing insipid or shallow here. The story has a good lesson to teach about being humble and friendship in general, and I thought it was presented in a manner which kids will understand and parents will appreciate.
Overall, I really enjoyed Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. While not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, it is a good solid film, and I’d be comfortable sharing it with any child. Disney really hit the mark!
Release Date: October 27, 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: G
Violence: 1 (menacing rats, tinker temper tantrums)