Disney's Secret of the Wings
by Phil Boatwright

Tinker Bell’s adventures continue in this 4-disc combo pack that includes both a Blu-ray and regular DVD, plus scads of pixie-dust-laced extras. The animated kids’ fantasy has the tiny residents of Pixie Hollow venture into the forbidden Winter Woods where Tinker Bell discovers a secret that will change her life forever. She comes face to face with a frosty fairy named Periwinkle, the only fairy who can help unlock the secret of the wings. Okay, I gotta tell ya: Periwinkle is Tink’s…sister!

I have a 7-year-old niece who loves Tinker Bell. So a couple of years ago when the first in a series of Tinker Bell movies found its way to DVD, I showed it to her. This first episode, and the subsequent sequels to some degree, are beautifully made, engaging and charming. Even to an old guy like me.

I was captivated (I’m a critic, I can say things like that) with this new installment. The color, the design, the voices, even the story are Disney at its finest. As the film is gentle, sweet natured, and will cause little ones to use their imagination, it is a perfect picture for parents to share with their little girls – and for uncles to watch with their beloved nieces. (I have a feeling I’m going to be a hero come Christmas morning.)

Tinker Bell stars the voices of Mae Whitman as Ms. Bell (Nights in Rodanthe), and Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor) reigns over Pixie Hollow as the voice of Queen Clarion. The film is rated G and the themes consist of working together, doing the right thing, caring and sacrificing for others, and appreciating your siblings.