The latest in Disney's direct-to-video animation efforts is this charming sequel to "Tinkerbell", the enjoyable effort from last year that allowed the famed fairy to get her own franchise. In the sequel, Tinker Bell (voiced by Mae Whitman) has settled into fairy life, and while she's happy, she still hasn't lost her occasional touch of a temper.
Queen Clarion (Angelica Huston) bestows the honor of crafting a special scepter for the Autumn Revelry. However, when her pal, Terence (Jesse McCartney) comes over to check up on her, an accident occurs and Tink's temper gets the best of her, driving Terence away. Despite her good intentions, Tink also puts a downer on the Autumn festivities.
Determined to try and set things right after her troubles, Tink sets off beyond Neverland in order to find a magical treasure that can replace the equally magical stone she broke. If she doesn't, the supply of pixie dust for her and her friends provided by the pixie dust tree will diminish. Joined by an adorable little firefly, Tink searches far and wide, running across unexpected obstacles and characters.
As with the prior film, "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure" may not be without some faults, but it's otherwise a mostl charming family film that's wholesome without being too sappy. One of the biggest positive surprises is the animation quality - while not up to a theatrical release, the CGI animation doesn't look that far off from feature-film quality, showing off a very pleasing amount of detail and lovely backgrounds. Voice work is also generally pretty good, although some of the supporting characters are a little one-dimensional, as this is mostly Tink's show.
Overall, "Tink and the Lost Treasure" is another pleasant surprise from the studio. The picture is a fine follow-up to the charming previous film, delivering an enjoyable story, a nice message and solid animation.
This set provides both a Blu-Ray and DVD edition of this title.
VIDEO: "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure" is presented in 1.78:1 (1080p/AVC) on Blu-Ray by Disney. While the CGI-animated film may not show the level of detail that Pixar films show, the animation quality is certainly a step above most direct-to-video animated fare, and the animation looks absolutely gorgeous on this Blu-Ray transfer. Sharpness and detail are thrilling, as the smallest details are presented with crystal clarity. No edge enhancement, noise or other concerns are seen. Colors looked bold and bright, appearing well-saturated and pure throughout. Black level remained solid throughout the proceedings, as well. Overall, the presentation looked fantastic.
SOUND: The DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack delivers about as much as one might expect from a family film like this. Surrounds are not aggressively used, but they are put into play for some mild effects and ambience at times. Audio quality is just fine, with well-recorded dialogue and effects.
EXTRAS: "The Gift of a Friend" music video by Demi Lovato, "Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow" feature, "Pixie Hollow Comes to Walt Disney World" featurette, deleted scenes and bloopers. A DVD edition of the film is also included.
Final Thoughts: "Tink and the Lost Treasure" is another pleasant surprise from the studio. The picture is a fine follow-up to the charming previous film, delivering an enjoyable story, a nice message and solid animation. The Blu-Ray edition offers stunning video quality, fine audio quality and a few minor extras. Recommended.
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