Disney’s 42nd film.
My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that I found it to be better than its immediate predecessor. I like that the supporting cast has a lot more to do, and Vidia received a lot more focus as well. It was endearing to see the interactions between humans and fairies, especially at a time where Science was evolving.
There is no new information on the production of this film.
The story starts with a narrator explaining of the one time that fairies and humans interacted, while the fairies are travelling to the mainland for the summer season. Since this is the first summer that Tinker fairies are on the mainland, there is not much for them to do, or fix. Vidia (Pamela Adlon) thinks that Tinker fairies should not be in the main land, since they get obsessed with human products, and becomes to drawn to their world. Iridessa (Raven Symone) tries to hide the fact that there are humans nearby, but Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman) does not care to listen to their warnings.
She comes across a british family who is living in the cottage for the summer, but Dr. Griffiths (Michael Sheen) is too busy focused on his biology studies on butterflies to pay much attention to his daughter Lizzy (Lauren Mote), who is obsessed with fairies.
I have a question. Tinkerbell is born in the Spring, and they state that this is her first summer. Why was this film released after the last film? Wouldn’t it have made sense that this was the second film to be released?
Vidia tells Tinkerbell that they need to go back to their fairy haven, but they end up at a fairy-sized house that Lizzy set as a trap. Tinkerbell goes in, which Vidia tries to object, and long story short, Lizzy takes Tinkerbell into her cottage, which panics Vidia. I do not feel bad for Tinkerbell at all. There is eagerness, and then there is sheer stupidity.
Tinkerbell is now scared for her life, and is put into a cage by Lizzy, after her cat tries to eat her. She refuses to speak to the human, but any chance of her going home is crushed when it starts to rain (since the droplets dampen their wings, which is why Vidia and Tinkerbell were forced to walk earlier).
It’s nice to see you all for more than 2 minutes again. You all were missed from the last film, but it is great that yall are back, and actually have relevance to this film.
In the picture, Vidia tells them about Tinkerbell being trapped, and they need to follow her to get Tinkerbell back. Issue is, it is raining.
No worry; the Tinker fairies Bobble (Rob Paulsen) and Clank (Jeff Bennet) make a boat for them to travel across. Vidia feels a way when Iridessa, Silvermist (Lucy Liu), Rosetta (Kristen Chenoweth), and Fawn (Angela Bartys) put their hands together for teamwork. Tinkerbell eases up on her when she realizes the little girl has fairy drawings everywhere, and has fun in the little fairy house. Lizzy’s father enters the room, and gives her a bunch of books on his fieldwork, and gets annoyed when she constantly brings up fairies, since they are not real.
Once Lizzy starts talking about her beliefs on fairies, Tinkerbell ends up correcting her through body language and colors (since she cannot talk) that she is wrong, and teaches Lizzy all she needs to know about fairies through a conveniently timed montage song. While this is happening, her friends are sailing a small boat to get through the wet waters, which gets destroyed when they fall off a tiny cliff. Lizzy wants to show her father her field journal about fairies, but he refuses to look at them, since he has to go to a conference tomorrow night about butterflies….. So you go on vacation, only to go and leave your daughter for a seminar the day after.
Tinkerbell sees a butterfly that the animal fairies were working on caught in one of Dr. Griffiths cages, so she has him released, and he gets mad at his daughter for….. messing with his livelihood. They are really dragging out this conflict of fairytales vs reality, but that is how things were in those days. Tinkerbell soon teaches her how to fly with pixie dust, and he storms into the room, astounded that she tore apart her room. This causes him to rip all of her fairy drawings…… harsh. She is a 9 year old girl. If she was an almost grown woman, than that is another thing, but this? Too much.
While that is happening, the fairies are having fun chatting about anything, mocking Tinkerbell, and still confused about how this ended up happening. Vidia is feeling a certain way because she feels isolated, alone, and guilty. She confesses that she is partially the reason why Tinkerbell got kidnapped, as the door got accidentally stuck (Tinkerbell still refused to listen, and would have been kidnapped anyways). They forgive her, and are glad that she is helping, which says a lot compared to her behavior in the first film.
They make it into the house, and this is right when Tinkerbell reveals herself to the father to curse him off. He then realizes that his daughter is telling the truth, and is about to trap Tinkerbell in a jar, Vidia pushes her out of the way, and is trapped instead. He rushes to the conference, and tells his daughter to stay in the house. Of course this does not happen, as they give her pixie dust, so they can all travel to London to save Vidia. Of course they manage to change his mind, his livelihood is unknown, and the fairies hang out with the father and daughter reading her fairy book outside in the countryside.
I am shocked with the themes this film took on. It took on reality vs fantasy, and how they handled the development of Vidia. It seems like more happens in this film that the past two films. While the chronology is a bit weird, and I do feel like with this franchise, a lot of it involves playing it safe, there was a decent amount in this film.
The characters were actually pretty decent this time around, and I like the return of the more dynamic group. Regarding the human characters, they went through more growth than the fairies, though were not nearly as interesting.
She did not change whatsoever in this film. She is still as stubborn, and careless as she was before, and is sued to tell the Anti-Sciene/Pro-Believing Fantasy message between the father and daughter.
I remember first watching Tinkerbell in 2008, and remembering that she looked like a Disney character. At the time, I did not watch Hercules, or even know Megara’s name, but I knew they look alike. After watching this film, they are alike in personality as well. Vidia is caught in a situation where she needs to help Tinkerbell, and feels isolated and alone when she is with the other fairies. She learns it is okay to trust. I am not mad about this change, as she still has a snarky personality.
Lizzy is a little girl who is being ignored by her father regarding quality time, and her belief on fairies. As a character, she is not the most bland, nor annoying. Just eh.
Lizzy’s father is a biology scientist, specifically studying butterflies. He spends their vacation ignoring his daughter to focus on a seminar the next evening, and when his butterfly is released, he decides to take Vidia instead. I get the message they were going with, and while he is not a douche or completely unlikable, I feel like they went too far at times.
They are the reason why the other fairies were able to get to Tink by building a boat. They were a lot less obnoxious in this film.
She is pretty much the same. Fawn ended up doing a lot of the rough and dirty work regarding the boat, and getting Tinkerbell.
Iridessa is even more of a worryrat than she was in the first film. She tried her best to hide the fact that humans were near, and had no faith in anyone in the film.
Rosetta is a garden fairy……. but was complaining and whining about the mud…… She is probably the funniest one out of them all, but the most ridiculous. She was really not helpful to the others, and only provided them laughs.
Silvermist ended up being the moral compass for Vidia in the film, which has been her role through all of the films thus far.
There was really nothing special about this animation in this film. I know this is tiring, but this is the same old animation. Decent enough.
I can, and am saying the same thing about the music. Even though it is in the human world, and did not reflect the time of the setting, the songs and score are soothing, though not really memorable.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on August 10th, 2010 in Europe, and September 21, 2010 in North America, it made $1o million, and received positive reception.
People do not really mention this film much, since this was the point that people were starting to see the Tinkerbell franchise as a bit redundant.
28.5/40 = 71%
Review: May 15th, 2016.