From The Lost Treasure, we jump ahead about nine months to follow Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Gang (PHG) to Fairy Camp on the Mainland. Through Tinker Bell’s curiosity, she ends up meeting and befriending a nine-year-old girl, Lizzie, who happens to love fairies – even though she’s never met one.
Since the rest of the PHG think Tinker Bell has been captured, they must brave a rainstorm to cross the meadow from fairy camp to Lizzie’s house (hence “The Great Fairy Rescue“).
Meanwhile, Lizzie’s father, a scientist who studies butterflies (lepidopterist), implores her to study real things (i.e. not fairies) and gives her a field journal. Lizzie and Tink work together to fill the journal with research about, what else, fairies.
While this is probably my least favorite of the Disney Fairies collection, it does have some redeeming qualities. We finally get to see Vidia (previously Tink’s nemesis) develop as a character. She makes a mistake, owns up to it, seeks forgiveness, and learns the meaning of friendship.
Also, the music throughout the movie is delightful. “Summer’s Just Begun” and “How to Believe” are frequently stuck in my head, and I don’t mind at all.
Clank & Bobble: “We’re gonna build a boat!”
Terence: “Don’t worry, you’ll find something to fix.”
Lizzie: “Father. Father. Father. Father!” (It’s annoying but accurate.)
Rosetta: “It’s exactly what you think it is! Catnip!”
Why do fairies need wings to fly? We’ve seen them make inanimate objects float just by sprinkling pixie dust; and humans need only dust and “happy thoughts,” yet fairies need dust AND wings – dry wings at that, if they get wet they can’t fly.
In Tinker Bell, we learn that only the nature talent fairies go to the mainland, yet now, Terence (a dust keeper) asks Tink if she’s excited to go to her first fairy camp, and acts as if he’s been there before. Is this an error in canon, or have there been huge changes in the last year?
Why doesn’t anyone listen to Silvermist? When the water fairy tells you there’s going to be a storm, trust her. Also, at one point they have to cross a muddy “river.” Why don’t they just ask Sil to part the water for them to walk through more easily?
Even though it’s not the strongest of the films, it still has a good message (for parents, too) and is worth the time.