Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
October 20, 2009 by Dennis Amith
“Another magnificent animated film featuring one of Disney’s most recognized iconic characters, ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ is a heartwarming adventure about friendship, teamwork and trust. The animation looks incredible and the music is absolutely enchanting. Overall, a solid sequel that fans of the first film will definitely want to check out! Even if you haven’t watched the first film, you can still enjoy this film. Definitely recommended for the whole family!”
TITLE: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
DURATION: 80 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English 5.1 DTS HD-MA (48 kHz/24-bit) French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
RATED: G (General Audiences)
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Directed by Klay Hall
Written by Evan Spilotopoulos
Produced by Sean Lurie
Line Producer: Josh Prikryl
Music by Joe McNeely
Edited by Jeremy Milton
Casting by Jason Henkel
Featuring the voices of:
Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell
Jesse McCartney as Terence
Kristin Chenoweth as Rosetta
Pamela Adlon as Vidia
Lucy Liu as Silvermist
Raven-Symone as Iridessa
Angelica Huston as Queen Clarion
Grey DeLisle as Lyrica/Viola/Narrator
John Di Maggio as Minister of Autumn
Jane Horrocks as Fairy Mary
In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Tinker Bell’s greatest adventure yet takes place in Autumn, as the fairies are on the mainland changing the colors of the leaves, tending to pumpkin patches, and helping geese fly south for the winter. The rare Blue Moon will rise, and when its light passes through the magical Fall Scepter that Tinker Bell has been summoned to create, Pixie Hollow’s supply of pixie dust will be restored. But when Tinker Bell accidentally puts all of Pixie Hollow in jeopardy, she must venture out across the sea on a secret quest to set things right.
Along her journey Tink meets new friends, including Blaze, a cute and courageous firefly that helps Tinker Bell complete her mission. It’s a long and dangerous journey, full of astonishing encounters, a few narrow escapes and a daring rescue by Tink’s friend Terence. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is an exciting adventure and a once-in-a-blue-moon experience for the entire family.
Another magnificent animated film featuring one of Disney’s most recognized iconic characters, ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ is a heartwarming adventure about friendship, teamwork and trust. The animation looks incredible and the music is absolutely enchanting. Overall, a solid sequel that fans of the first film will definitely want to check out! Even if you haven’t watched the first film, you can still enjoy this film. Definitely recommended for the whole family!
Tinker Bell, a fictional character that was developed back in 1904 by J.M. Barrie and later on in 1911 in the novel “Peter and Wendy” is best known for her appearance in the 1953 Walt Disney film “Peter Pan”. The character is quite iconic for Disney, as she is quite literally the unofficial mascot for the Walt Disney Company and can be seen in many of their commercials and in 2008, the character received her first animated film which was direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray.
After the success of the first “Tinker Bell” film in 2008, the whole gang returns for the second film titled “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”.
In the second film, Klay Hall (“King of the Hill”, “The Simpsons”) takes on the directorial reign of the film and partners with producer Sean Lurie (“The Wild Thornberrys, “Rugrats in Paris”), screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos (“Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie”, “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning”, “The Nutty Professor”) and composer Joel McNeely (“Tinker Bell”, “The Adventures of the Young Indiana Jones”, “The Fox and the Hound 2”, “Lilo & Stitch 2”).
In “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”, Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, “Family Guy”) a.k.a. “Tink” is selected to be the fairy to create the Fall Scepter and be responsible for the Moon Stone and to use it and restore the Pixie Dust Tree. The Moon Stone has been handed down from generation to generation and is very fragile.
In fact, a Moon Stone’s has been found several hundred or so years, so Tinker Bell must be careful with it. The goal is that 30 days from now, a light will hit the Moonstone and produce blue pixie dust that will restore the Pixie Dust Tree. So, she has 30 days to create a fall scepter that will hold the Moon Stone and prepare it for the big day.
Within the first three weeks, she and her best friend Terence (voiced by music artist Jesse McCartney, “Summerland”, “Greek”, “Tinker Bell”) work in trying to get the materials need to create the Fall Scepter but Tinker Bell is slowly getting frustrated as it seems that Terence is in her way.
Now with a few days left until the big day, she and Terence get into a heated argument when the Fall Scepter ends up getting destroyed. In the heat of her anger, she tells Terence that perhaps she doesn’t want him as a friend and to make things worst, because she was so angry, she ends up destroying the Moon Stone.
With the entire village expecting the Blue fairy dust to revitalize the Pixie Dust Tree, Tinker Bell must find a way how to make this event happen and find a replacement for the Moon Stone. She overhears a conversation about a treasure in which a mirror will grant a person a single wish. With that being the last resort, Tinker Bell and her firefly Blaze trek into the unknown and dangerous area in order to find this treasure and hopefully get a new Moon Stone. But unbeknownst to her are the dangers that lie ahead.
Can Tinker Bell find a new moonstone in time or will she cause major problems for her entire village?
Disney presents “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” Blu-ray with a DVD which features the same contents on the Blu-ray version.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1). If you thought picture quality was solid with the 2008 release of “Tinker Bell”, the second film is even more flawless and very detailed. Every character and Pixie Hollow are vibrant with colors, sharp and everything is quite detailed including the skin of the characters. You actually see Tinker Bell’s cheeks having some color and also the skin pigments of other characters as well. Especially when the film focuses on the ogres and seeing the detail on their skin. That’s pretty awesome!
And I can continue to list so many positives from the plants, the clothing, the accessories and the beautiful backgrounds, the lush green grass, the water effects, the trees and even the animals are well detailed with their hair effects. Also, the special effects via CG rom the lighting effects utilizing the pixie dust and then my favorite, the animated facial expressions, is just definitely great to look at. Although not a big budget theatrical film, “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” looks absolutely beautiful.
So, for the most part, this High Definition transfer of the film is absolutely pristine and gorgeous to look at. Another solid Walt Disney release on Blu-ray!
As for the accompanying DVD, the film is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced or 16×9 Televisions.
As for the audio, the audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/24-bit), French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and all sound effects come alive. Dialogue is clear and understandable through the front and center channel, as is the beautiful orchestral music. Good use of the surround channels as the flow of sounds from the action sequences can be heard all around. From the ambiance of the workers at Pixie Hollow, the sounds of debris and junk that Terence finds hitting the floor and of course near the end which features several action sequences. Overall, a well-done lossless soundtrack. The DVD, the film comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound soundtrack with French and Spanish language tracks.
As for subtitles, the film is presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.
“Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” comes with the following special features presented in 1080p and standard definition. Audio is in English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0. Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish:
- Bonus Short – (4:45) A Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow – Featuring a short (utilizing artistic cutouts) narrated by Tinker Bell and Terence.
- Outtakes and Bloopers – (4:00) Scenes You Never Saw – Outtakes and bloopers from the film.
- Deleted Scenes – (16:08) – Featuring eight deleted scenes with intros by Director Klay Hall and Producer Sean Lurie. Utilizing hand drawn story reels and voiced by the talent, Both Hall and Lurie set up the scenes that were originally planned for the film and reasoning why the scene was cut.
- Backstage Disney – (8:19) The creation of Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden at Walt Disney World. Both Director Klay Hall and Producer Sean Lurie visit the attraction and seeing how the movie being brought to life and how it all came together.
- Music & More – (3:23) “The Gift of a Friend” music video featuring Demi Lovato.
- BD-Live enabled
The accompanying DVD comes with the exact special features (sans the BD-live) but it does come with a few other special features not included on the Blu-ray:
- Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite! – (4:45) The two stars of “Suite Life on Deck” promote Disney Blu-ray.
- Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go – (1:03) An explanation of what digital copy is all about.
“Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” was another enjoyable film featuring the popular and iconic Disney character.
The world of Pixie Hollow created by the animators was absolutely magnificent. Colors are vibrant, animation this time around features more detail than the previous film. If anything, we know how Tinker Bell is as a character from the previous film, but in “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”, we get to see an angry and frustrated side to her and also see her friendship with Terence being tested.
But it’s a film that will attract younger and older audiences with its friendly screenplay and beautiful animation and music. Every character from the first film are back and overall, it was an enjoyable film. The Blu-ray definitely continues Disney’s commitment for the best quality for their High Definition releases (again, picture and audio quality are both magnificent) and there’s really nothing to be disappointed with this release at all. Also, included is a DVD for the kids or for long commutes as well.
Parents who are wondering if this film is scary at all, there really is no scary parts. There is one scene where Tinker Bell and Terence try to avoid rats but that’s probably the extent of it. The Ogres are not necessarily scary, young children may find it scary but my young toddler watched it and didn’t flinch at all. And most importantly, you do not need to watch the first film in order to enjoy this second film.
Overall, if you are a looking for a Disney animated release for the family, “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” is highly recommended!
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