In this third Tinker Bell movie, Tink and her friends are spending the summer on the mainland. On her first day, Tink is captured by a little human girl, and they become friends. The other fairies also play important roles, but the focus is on the female fairies from the first two movies this time instead of Terence and Blaze.
Again, I like seeing the same supporting fairies in each movie. It really gives a sense of characters with ongoing lives, and I like the implicit representation of how in real life, you’re going to be interacting with people for a long time, whether you like them or not. I loved that Vidia ran to get help for Tink even though Vidia was the one at fault and didn’t even like Tink. Just because two people don’t get along doesn’t mean either one is a “villain.” Vidia was my favorite character in this movie. I also loved Mr. Twitches, the big glarey cat. I love the cat scowl and the “put me down” squirm. Cat people, you know what I’m talking about.
Note for parents: This movie may be scarier than The Lost Treasure, particularly due to a scene of a butterfly looking terrified in a lepidopterist’s study, complete with alarmed shots of dead butterflies pinned to boards. Gruesome.
Parents may care less about this, but maybe they ought to… The father’s attitude toward the little girl and the butterflies/fairies really illustrates how much it can hurt for a parent to make light of the things you love and to be cruel to living things, or even to be cruel a toy the kid believes is real. I mean, I knew my plushies weren’t real, but the whole point of imaginary play is to treat them like they are. Don’t kill your kids’ stuff.
The animation is still lovely and very expressive, although it didn’t seem as nuanced for the human characters. This may partly be that Tink has to express herself visually through a lot of the movie, since the humans only hear jingling noises. (It holds up for the other fairies and humans, though).This is the first time that’s been established, since it’s the first time humans and fairies have interacted in the movies, so it’s another step toward the Tink we know from Peter Pan. I liked how the necessity for charades kind of lends itself to Tink coming across more easily offended, like she is in Peter Pan. It’s not part of the plot, just something I noticed… It’s really interesting how different she seems when you can hear her talking versus when you can’t and she’s having to overact to get her point across. As Natacha has pointed out, there are a lot of kids who’ll benefit from seeing characters communicate nonverbally in this movie and the previous one.
Overall I didn’t like it as much as the second one, but I liked it as part of the series.