Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the subplot in this Disney movie is about an argument between friends. The two main characters argue and blame one another until they realize that they need to take responsibility for their actions and forgive each other. Younger children might not understand what all the shouting is about or why the characters seem so sad when they think about their friendship. Several scenes might also frighten very young children -- one involves two scary-looking trolls who try to intimidate the main character before turning silly, and another is an extended scene, aided by intense music, where rats chase the main characters through a dark shipwreck.
While there is nothing overtly sexual in the movie, the female fairies dress in figure-flattering clothing and pose coyly in several scenes, as well as in the marketing materials (like the DVD case).
Tinker Bell's journey brings her into a dark shipwreck where she sees scary shadows and hears spooky sounds. A big group of rats chase her and her friends in a tense scene that might scare very young kids. The two trolls seem scary at first, and their grotesque appearance might frighten the youngest viewers. Tinker Bell falls out of her balloon at one point, but she's OK.
The trolls call each other names like "stinky breath" and "unibrow" in a playful manner, until one troll takes it too far and hurts the other's feelings. An apology soothes his feelings quickly.
The overwhelming message is the value of friendship. At one point, Tinker Bell says, "It's great to have friends who will help you out," and this is when she realizes how sad she is to have damaged her friendship with Terence. When one of the trolls hurts the other's feelings, he apologizes quickly and they make up.
Disney and Tinker Bell are huge brands with merchandise nearly everywhere. There's a line of Pixie Hollow products (dolls, toys, etc.), a website, a video game, a book series, and even a magazine. The DVD contains a booklet of advertising
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