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Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings

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Parental guidance recommended under 4 (Some possibly scary scenes)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
  • a review of Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 September 2012.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 4 Parental guidance recommended due to some possibly scary scenes
Children 4 and over OK for this group, but likely to lack interest for older children

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: None
Length 75 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings is the latest film in the Tinker Bell series which features the adventures of the Pixie Hollow fairies.  In this movie adventure Tinkerbell (voiced by Mae Whitman) sneaks across the forbidden border between the Summer Woods and the Winter Woods where she discovers her wings sparkle magically.  Curious to understand the magic of her sparkly wings, Tinkerbell ventures across again in an attempt to find the ‘Keeper’, the keeper of all knowledge, who can give the answers to her questions.  Once in the Winter World however Tinkerbell discovers an unexpected surprise which brings hope of making Pixie Hollows a united fairy land once and forever.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Separation from a sibling

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

None of concern

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

There are some scenes in this movie that may be a bit worrying for very young children, including the following:

  • When Tinkerbell goes into the Winter Woods after she has been forbidden, she sneaks around so that none of the winter fairies see her.  Some children may find the suspense of these scenes slightly tense but when she is discovered she is greeted with kindness.
  • The Summer world is overtaken by a dangerous ‘freeze’.  All of the fairies and the animals in Pixie Hollow have to hide away until the freeze defrosts.
  • Tinkerbell’s wings are covered while she is in the Winter woods and during one scene she falls from a large cliff and can not fly.  She is saved at the last minute by a large cat.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Nothing of concern

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Nothing of concern

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

There is no product placement in this movie. However, the Tinkerbell franchise has associated merchandise that is related to the movie

Sexual references

Nothing of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

There is very mild sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • The Queen of the Fairies and the Winter Lord kiss.
  • Rosetta flirts mildly (flutters her eyelashes and acts coyly) with one of the winter fairies

Use of substances

None of concern

Coarse language

None of concern

In a nutshell

Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings is a simple and magical tale of the Pixie Hollow fairies who discover the winter worlds for the first time and find an expected world of fun. The film is aimed at young children, although some under fives may find some scenes a little worrying. The film is likely to lack interest for children from upper primary school age.

The main messages from this movie are:

  • the importance of  looking out for each other
  • the strength of family

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • belief in the unknown
  • friendship and love

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