Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure

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Parental guidance recommended under 5 (scary scenes), lacks interest over 8.

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure
  • a review of Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 22 October 2009.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes
Children 5 and over OK for this age group, although lacks interest over 8

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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.

Name of movie: Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: None
Length: 117 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure is an animated fairy story about the adventures of Tinkerbell who lives in pixie hollow. Tinkerbell (voice of Mai Whitman) is a tinker fairy and so makes, invents and fixes gadgets. As she can be impatient, some of these gadgets have a habit of going wrong and her impatience also means that she has a very quick temper.

One day she is given a very special task. She is expected to make a sceptre that will hold a moonstone at just the right angle so that when the next moon rises it will shine through the moonstone and produce special blue pixie dust that will keep the fairly tree alive for the next seven years. She feels very honoured as the other fairies know she is impatient and hence might not complete the task properly.

She only has a month to complete this and her friend Terence (Jesse McCartney) offers to help her. As time goes on she becomes very impatient with him as he is always cleaning up after her and giving her advice on how to make the sceptre just right. Inevitably they have a fight and the moonstone gets broken.

Tinkerbell then needs to journey to the island of the lost treasure where stolen treasure is buried and retrieve the magic mirror so that she can make a wish and get a new moonstone. Along the way she learns the value of patience and friendship.


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.

None of concern

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.

  • One scene includes scary trolls. Although they end up hugging each other and saying sorry, they may scare some children.
  • Big scary rats with red eyes chase Terence and Tinkerbell around the ship.
  • Tinkerbell creates a scary monster to scare the rats. Although it turns out to be just Tinkerbell making a shadow and using an echo, young children may not understand this and may find the scene worrying.

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

Thirteen and overinfo

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

None of concern

Sexual references

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Use of substances

None of concern

Coarse language

Nione of concern

In a nutshell

Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure is an animated adventure story for young viewers.

The main messages in the movie are:

  • the importance of not losing your temper
  • the importance of friendship
  • the value of being able to apologise if you are in the wrong.