'Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure' (2 Disc Blu Ray)
(Mae Whitman, Angelica Huston, Raven Symone, Jesse McCartney, Kristen Chenoweth, et al / 2-Disc Blu Ray / G / 2009 / Disney)
Overview: 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.
Blu Ray Verdict: My five year old granddaughter loved the first Tinker Bell movie (Tinker Bell (BD Live) [Blu-ray]) and has been anticipating this one with regular updates to me on just how many days still remained until it would be "available in stores everywhere on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc". Luckily for her I know someone who knows the editor of this magazine and so, well, he hand delivered it to us for review this very same afternoon!
Though my enjoyment of the film could not possibly have matched the pleasure I took in watching my granddaughter's face glow with joy, gasp with dismay and dissolve into laughter as SHE watched the film, I'm happy to admit that I darned well liked it, too.
'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure' in a genuine delight. Moms, dads and grandparents should be entertained right along with the little ones. The story of friendship, arguments, placing blame and taking responsibility is a very good one for the target audience (and the rest of us as well, for that matter). But above and beyond the story, what really stands out for me in this film is the incredible amount of creativity that lies behind it.
The Imagineers have done a wonderful job "tinkering" with the natural elements of Pixie Hollow to make everything: clothing, tools, everyday items, machines to complete each fairy's work, etc. It's so much fun to see what they come up with. My favorite touch was the cricket clock.
I also enjoyed getting a chance to go beyond Pixie Hollow and see a little more of the world surrounding Neverland. I liked seeing more of Terence, got a big kick out of the wise owl (there are more scenes with the owl in the extras), loved the calla lily trumpets and found the trolls very amusing.
Extras: Though I'm sure she wasn't getting all the jokes, the "bloopers" had both my granddaughter and me laughing out loud. I was also happy to see some of the beautiful drawings from In the Realm of the Never Fairies: Secret World of Pixie Hollow, The (Disney Fairies), which I absolutely loved, used in one of the other bonus features, "The Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow".
Because the Blu-Ray package also includes the regular DVD, it seems a great buy to me - certainly worth the extra $5 I paid for it. I have a Blu-Ray player and the film looked gorgeous on it; I have not watched the DVD disc yet to compare them.
I've heard that two or three additional Tinker Bell films are planned, with the next being Tinker Bell & The Great Fairy Rescue. I can only hope my granddaughter anticipates the coming films with the same enthusiasm she anticipated this one and that I'll be with her as she views each of them for the first time so that I can watch her face reflect their magic as well. [MK] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
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
Pixie Hollow comes to Florida: Discover how the filmmakers help transform Epcot Center into Pixie Hollow