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Rashid Irani's Review: Tinker Bell...

india Updated: Dec 05, 2009 12:36 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
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Tinker BellTinker Bell And The Lost Treasure

Voices of: Mae Whitman, Jesse McCartney

Direction: Klay Hall

Rating: ***

This second edition of the adventures of a tantrum-throwing yet irresistibly cute fairy oozes so much charm that it is likely to entertain even those viewers who have had their fill of animation movies.

The key to its appeal, especially for the kiddie audiences, is that the mini-story is narrated with utter simplicity and clarity.

In a crisp and constantly absorbing running time of 80 minutes, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure follows the many highs and as many lows in the life of the petite Tink, absolutely delectable in her blonde hair, green dress and speaking in a voice (rendered by Mae Whitman) that is sugar-plum sweet.

Tink is assigned by the Queen (Anjelica Huston) to set up the Autumn Spectre in time for the oncoming Blue Moon festival.
Thrilled to tiny bits, our eponymous heroine goes about her task diligently, only to discover her mission spinning out of control.

Culprit? Her close friend, the dust-keeper (McCartney, amiable) is to blame, leaving no option to the heroine but to go off on a magical but also perilous journey to secure the ingredients essential for the Blue Moonstone. In the process, that classic message is conveyed to the audience — you may lose your cool on your friends but never ever feel that they have let you down intentionally.

A typical Walt Disney cartoon feature, it engages that heart as well as the mind with a caravanserai of marvelous characters ranging from the querulous trolls at the ‘Troll Gate’ which Tink must cross to the adorable firefly who accompanies her on her quest.

The colours, the visuals and the humour are first-rate, asserting that there may be several animation film studios in the
fray today, but Disney does retain its pioneering edge.

To be sure, …the Lost Treasure directed by Klay Hall may not be in the class of Jungle Book or The Lion King.
Still it has so much imagination, good old-fashioned values and cheer on display that it is ideal for a weekend family outing. Enjoy the warmth.