Many hearts sank when Disney announced a spin-off series of direct-to-video films featuring Peter Pan’s frisky fairy sidekick Tinker Bell, but far from trashing treasured memories of the studio’s beloved 1953 classic, her animated adventures have been surprisingly enchanting.
Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings, Tink’s fourth solo outing, again boasts richly coloured animation, a classy voice cast (including Anjelica Huston, Timothy Dalton and Lucy Liu) and a story perfectly pitched to delight little girls.
This time the impish fairy (voiced by Mae Whitman) trespasses in the forbidden Winter Woods and discovers that she has a long-lost sister, a frost fairy named Periwinkle (Lucy Hale). Yet when she builds a snow machine in a bid to allow Periwinkle to visit her own springtime realm, her invention accidentally triggers a dangerous freeze that threatens to destroy Pixie Hollow and its vital pixie-dust tree.
The story is slight, but the gentle humour and mild suspense will keep young viewers engaged, and the impressive animation provides its own magic, particularly in the moments when Tink sets foot inside the Winter Woods and her wings gain a shimmering iridescence.
Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings soars onto Disney Blu-ray™ and DVD on 8th April.
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