Tinkerbell (Whitman) and her friends are visiting the mainland when they meet a little girl called Lizzie (Lauren Mote) and Tinkerbell is captured. While she and the girl bond, her friends launch a rescue mission.
Some time ago, a clever marketing bod at Disney noticed that Tinkerbell products sold by the fistful, and suggested giving Peter Pan’s companion her own franchise. This third instalment is the first to hit cinemas, but it’s not the sort of story where a lack of familiarity with the characters will prove any impediment. It’s also not the sort of tale to entertain anyone over the age of 9; the characters are stock and the plot predictable. While there’s great voice work from an unexpectedly solid cast (Kristin Chenoweth, and Raven-Symoné also feature) and lots of colour and fairy magic for the kids, this is emphatically not a cartoon with any ambitions to cross either the gender or the age gap.
By adult standards, its pretty bad. For the under-10s, however, it has enough pixie dust and fairy wings to make it a must-see.