Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
Featurette-(4:37) Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow
Outtakes-(3:55) Completed sequences deleted from film.
Deleted Scenes-(15:32) Eight story-boarded unused sequences.
Featurette-(8:18) Backstage Disney : Pixie Hollow Comes to WDW.
Music Video-(3:23) Demi Lovato's "The Gift of a Friend"
Featurette-(4:45) Blu-ray Is Suite - format promotion
|Year Of Production||2009|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (57:00)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Klay Hall|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Hebrew Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Slovak Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Just in time for last Christmas, Disney released the second instalment in their Tinker Bell series, and it is a safe bet that the DVD helped stuff the stocking of many under eight young ladies around the land. Although the first Tinker Bell was a minor delight, and found instant acceptance from its target audience, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure improves on the first entry and provides an hour and a quarter of entertainment that will enrapture little girls, while providing enough substance, in its tale and its telling, to occupy any straying adult who has found him or herself in Tink's domain.
The previous film having established the fairies and their functions in and around Pixie Hollow, the plot of Lost Treasure focuses upon Tink herself, and her assigned task, which is to create the prestigious Autumn Sceptre. The previously established characters are still here, including Tink's fairy friends Rosetta, Silvermist, Iridessa and Fawn, but there are two new characters who provide much of the charm and entertainment of the film. First there is Terence, a Pixie Dust fairy - male - whose job it is to distribute the daily supply of Pixie Dust to all the fairies in Pixie Hollow. Terence, with cute teenage charm, assists, or at least attempts to assist, Tink in her sceptre creating task. Along the way Tink also encounters Blaze, an extremely mischievous, inventive and enthusiastic firefly. Much is made of the creative use of Blaze's lighting capabilities as the lovable bug accompanies Tink on her colourful adventure.
This movie is a product designed for a specific audience. Modest in length, vibrantly colourful and active, heavily laced with humour, excitement and romance, there is nothing here to test the attention span of a five-year old. But there is more here than just the superficial gloss. Tink is a real personality, and a flawed one. She is frequently impatient, and bossy, with Terence the major brunt of her unpleasantness. There are lessons in personal relationships to be learned here. There is also a strong thread of nature awareness running throughout the movie. No preaching, or "message" about conservation, but an awareness of the beauty of nature, in its myriad of changing forms, and the interdependent nature of existence.
Contributing strongly to the "nature awareness" theme is the look of the film. It is gorgeous, vibrant, rich and lush, with an immense colour palette artistically controlled to at times startling effect. While I am sure that this does look stunning on Blu-ray, which is available, the standard DVD version is nothing to be sneezed at. The audio is on a par with the quality of the visuals, with at times quite exciting use of the surrounds. There is plentiful movement across the fronts, and the surrounds are alive with excitement and action - and music.
As we would expect, the animation is superb, with wonderful facial expressions throughout. The voice talent is excellent, but it is once again a shame to have the marvellous Kristin Chenoweth voicing Rosetta, and not singing. She does function as narrator, but what a waste of talent. Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell) is excellent again, with Jesse McCartney (Terence) and Eliza Pollack Zebert (Blaze) contributing to the enjoyment. Other recognizable voices are Jane Horrocks (Fairy Mary) and Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion).
Recently, there has been a resurgence of female oriented movies, which seem to be covering the full age spectrum. There has been the surge of adult female fare, such as Mama Mia, The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City, the teenage phenomenon of Twilight, and this Tinker Bell series for the littlies. It's comforting to see an erosion, any erosion, of the fourteen year old male domination of filmed entertainment. I don't need to urge you to buy this one, your young daughters will already be begging for it.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||SONY BLU RAY BDP-S350, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung LA55A950D1F : 55 inch LCD HD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||VAF DC-X fronts; VAF DC-6 center; VAF DC-2 rears; LFE-07subwoofer (80W X 2)|