2010 Certificate: u

Synopsis

Dressed up in eye-catching CGI, Disney's iconic fairy gets her first big-screen outing after weaving her magic on DVD. During the fairies' visit to summery England, Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) drifts away from her friends after meeting a human for the first time - lonely country girl Lizzy (Lauren Mote). They develop a special bond but her concerned fellow fairies organise a daring rescue. A treat for anyone yet to earn their Pixie Hollow wings.

Director

  • Bradley Raymond

Cast

  • Mae Whitman

  • Michael Sheen

  • Lauren Mote

  • Lucy Liu

  • Kristin Chenoweth

Review

For a long time we've all fallen for the common misconception that gravity plays a part in Earth's continued rotation around the sun.

However, that's simply what the fairies wanted us to believe. Or so claims Tinker Bell as she delivers one of the few adult-pleasing lines in Disney's second fairy-powered feature.

Lizzy is a little girl living with her father in the English countryside in England circa 1930. The pair share a lovely cottage just a stone's throw away from Pixie Hollow, a thriving community of caterpillars, butterflies and fairies, who hold the whole thing together as they paint wings and deliver magical dust.

Tinker Bell is just one of several fairies who have left Neverland to spread summer around England.

But this isn't the Tinker Bell you are used to. Rather, against the backdrop of pre-war England, this is a wisecracking Tinker Bell of 2010, with her band of fairies plucked straight from fairy nightclub.

Being just a child, and with no siblings or mother to speak of, Lizzy is obsessed with fairies, something her science-loving father Dr Griffiths (Michael Sheen) fails to comprehend.

When Tinker Bell wanders from the fairy factory (think A Bug's Life or Bee Movie, but with less wit or invention) with a slightly more spiteful fairy in tow, she comes across Lizzy's fairy playhouse under a tree.

Inadvertently caught in the house, Tinker Bell is effectively fairy-napped by Lizzy, and taken back to the cottage to play with her new-found friend.

Friendship blossoms between the two. The other fairies, however, have a rescue plan in mind, and sooner or later Tinker Bell will have to go home. But not before teaching Dr Griffiths a thing or two about the downsides of being cruel to butterflies and failing to believe in magic.

For the target audience, this is no doubt a magical ride, with enough thrilling sequences, fairy dresses and flying dust to excite little girls the world over.

Rich Phippen