Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 4+
Centers on sisterhood and family, with a wee bit of peril.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Secret of the Wings is the latest direct-to-DVD Tinker Bell movie and features a sweet story about sisterhood and teamwork. There's not much to worry parents -- even those with preschoolers -- but a few tense scenes might make little kids a bit sad at the thought of Tink or her sister Peri not being able to fly. In one sequence, it seems like a weather-related disaster will demolish Pixie Hollow. A fairy couple kisses and another fairy overtly flirts with a brawny male fairy. Overall, however, this is an upbeat tale about the power of family in fairydom.
- Families can talk about the theme of sisterhood. How does finding Periwinkle change Tinker Bell? What do they learn from each other? What do you appreciate about your sibling(s)?
- How does Tinker Bell's stories compare to other movies about fairies?
- Is the brief romance necessary for the movie? Why do so many movies aimed at young girls feature kissing or love stories?
The good stuff
Educational value: Not educational but does provide positive lessons.
Positive messages: This installment in the Tinker Bell universe promotes family, teamwork, and sisterhood. Once they meet, Tink and Periwinkle overcome all odds to get to know each other and not be permanently separated. The importance of sisterhood and of family is emphasized by Tinker's relentless pursuit of finding a way to stay by Peri's side.
Positive role models: Tinker Bell is brave and curious and a bit of a risk-taker. Her curiosity leads her to the discovery of her fairy sister Periwinkle, and together they decide that their connection is worth breaking rules to keep. Even though they're disobeying their leaders, they each prove how important it is to be with your family. All of the fairies band together to keep their beloved fairy dust tree alive.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: A few tense scenes when it seems like either Periwinkle or Tinker Bell have damaged wings. In a key sequence, the fairy lands begin to freeze over, threatening the very existence of Pixie Hollow and the fairies' ability to fly.
Sex: A girl fairy flirts with a hunky guy fairy. There's one kiss at the end.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: The Tinker Bell franchise is full of merchandise tie-ins -- costumes, apparel, games, apps, dolls and more. The theme song is performed by Disney star China Anne McClain and her sisters.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue