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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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%