The Tinkerbell Movie -- A Daughter's Favourite Fairy Comes to Life!
My daughter has been obsessed with Tinkerbell since she was about three years old. While I remember this little fairy from my own childhood as being part of the Peter Pan classic, my daughter knows her only as the famous fairy from Pixie Hollow, the part of Neverland where the fairies live and work their magic. She sees Tinkerbell dolls in the store, posters, activity and coloring books, storybooks and more, and her big blue eyes light up with real wonder. There isn't much that can get her attention like Tinkerbell can!
I can't say that I liked the phenomenon at first. This warped Tinkerbell wasn't the one that I remembered, and I wasn't sure about the new animation that is so simplistic and appears relatively easy. It's easy for people my age to miss the "old Disney" and of course there's the fact that I am not entirely comfortable of Disney's ownership of icons such as Peter Pan (which is a J.M Barrie classic, and not a Disney classic!).
The truth of the matter, however, is that Tinkerbell in her new form has really grown on me. I've watched two of the movies with my daughter, and I'd like to watch the rest of them as well. My family now stalks the television listings to see when the movies are going to be playing so that we can record them and pre-view them for her. More and more, even the adults in the house are enjoying these shows!
Is Tinkerbell a Good Movie for Children?
My daughter is about to be five years old, and in general, I'm very hesitant about television for her. She has an uncanny ability to pick up the worst habits from any show that she watches and in the mean time often dismisses the more positive lessons of the programs that are available for young children. We have to be very careful, for that reason, about what she watches and what she learns from the programs that she watches. In general, we have to avoid programs that attempt to teach a lesson, since she often takes the wrong lesson away from these shows.
Like most Disney movies, Tinkerbell has proven to be an exception to our general rule about avoiding television for our daughter. This movie keeps her interest, captivates her, and has given her confidence and a sense of belief. I find the Tinkerbell movie to be empowering, and a good means of entertaining my daughter when she needs to have some calm and quiet time.
For my daughter, Tinkerbell has been very good for her, and we will continue to promote this movie and its franchise in order to entertain her and give her something to believe in and enjoy. Not only are there now four movies in the series, but there are dolls and other toys for her to enjoy. Plus, Tinkerbell can always introduce her to the world of J.M. Barrie and the original Neverland and Peter Pan!
What About Adults? Will They Enjoy Tinkerbell?
I found the movie captivating. It was easy to watch and I enjoyed the time that I spent watching Tinkerbell. After a while I found that I even enjoyed the animation in the movie and the rendering is really fantastic, as it always is with Disney. The only thing that really bothered me was the total reinvention of Tinkerbell, who is no longer the sassy little fairy that she originally was but who instead has become rather sweet and innocent. This is a bit confusing when the original was more like Vidia than the current rendition of Tinkerbell.
The truth is that I'm not sure how much I like that, since this is a complete opposition to the original character as conceived by J.M. Barrie. Tinkerbell was always a sassy little thing who had little use for mainlanders. The fairy has been completely reinvented, and that makes me question Disney's legitimate rights to do so.
Other than that singular complaint, however, I think that adults will enjoy Tinkerbell with their children, and anyone who is already a Tink fan will probably enjoy having this movie in their collection.
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