First of all, this movie made me aware that I’ve been mentally misspelling “Tinker Bell” my entire life. Doesn’t it seem like it should be “Tinkerbell”? Why the space between “Tinker” and “Bell”? Every time I type “Tinker Bell”, I have to force myself to put the space in the middle. It’s just not right.
Regardless, I have some major issues with the morals in “Tinker Bell and The Lost Treasure”.
Tinker Bell is entrusted with a vital task to the survival of not only the fairies but all of nature. The fairies, who are responsible for the passage of seasons, need pixie dust to fly and complete most of their tasks (though this confuses me. They have wings. Why don’t the wings work without pixie dust. I can see why people need pixie dust to fly, but why fairies?). The fairy queen gives Tinker Bell the only moonstone found by the fairies in hundreds of years. The moonstone uses a special type of moonlight one special night a year to make pixie dust (or a special pixie dust starter. I’m a little unclear on this). Tinker Bell is supposed to make a scepter to hold the moonstone in a way to best use the moonlight to make pixie dust.
Tinker Bell works really hard to make the scepter and is nearly finished about two days before the special moonlight night when her friend accidentally breaks the scepter. That alone put the pixie dust manufacturing and therefore ALL OF NATURE in danger, but did Tinker Bell tell her superiors about the threat or seek outside help to get her scepter done sooner? No. Of course not. That would make her look bad to others.
While trying to figure out what to do about the broken scepter, Tinker Bell kicks this stopwatch, which pops open and crushes the precious moonstone vital to pixie dust production. That’s right, she breaks the only moonstone the fairies have found in hundreds of years. It is only two days before the special moonlight.
Surely now she should tell her superiors.
BUT SHE DOESN’T.
Instead she decides to search for a legendary magical mirror in a sunken pirate ship on a far away island and runs off on a dangerous mission all by herself. Clearly this is what our children should do if they break something important to us– go to a deserted island and search for potentially fictional treasures.
It’s just irresponsible.
In the end, at the very last minute with no other choices left Tinker Bell realizes she can use the broken moonstone to capture even more moonlight and improve pixie dust production.
But she still doesn’t tell anyone what happened. She lets the other fairies believe she purposefully broke their precious moonstone and that she was brilliant to think more reflective surface area meant more pixie dust.
And they are HAPPY she broke their only moonstone because it worked.
What if it hadn’t worked? If she HAD done it on purpose, how is it ok to break the only moonstone found in hundreds of years without asking first?
I’m really bothered that she took credit for the broken moonstone as if it were a brilliant idea instead of an accident. I don’t get how this is morally ok, I don’t like that she didn’t tell ANYONE where she was going or never let anyone know there was a problem with such a vital part of fairy life. She could have had help. More minds working on a solution could only be a good thing. They were on a time crunch. They needed an answer fast. It was not ok to just run away to a far away island looking for some magical solution.
But no. In the end, Tinker Bell is rewarded for her brilliance.
And she doesn’t deserve it.
And I will never ever understand why the writers thought this was ok. Other lessons are learned in this movie, but the lying and the undue credit just really bother me.
Now I need to rewatch the other Tinker Bell movies to see if Tinker Bell always gets away with murder. Maybe the mean-spirited Vidia is just giving Tinker Bell the treatment she deserves.