Minor Curiosity – Tinkerbell

A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto a fantastic podcast called Cartoons to Castles. In each episode, the hosts Jessica and Melanie take their listeners on a journey through a different Disney topic. I highly recommend it if you are a hard-core Disney fan looking to learn more about Disney history. 

One of their earlier episodes provided an overview of DisneyToon Studios, which was responsible for creating The Goofy Movie, Disney afternoons, and for better or worse, the direct-to-VHS sequels of the 1990s.

I won’t spoil the episode but it also provides some insight on the Tinkerbell movies throughout the early to mid 2000s.

Image Credit: Disney

I have always loved Tinkerbell; how she is is more than just a random character in Peter Pan but a symbol for Disney’s magic. She opened each episode of The Wonderful World of Disney and begins the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks as she cascades through the air.

When the Tinkerbell Fairy movies were released, I was well into my college years, and they were not on my radar of must-watch material. However, after listening to the Cartoons to Castle episode, I figure why not give them a shot, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

I thought it was brilliant how the creative team not only expanded Tink’s character but made her an engineer! She still has her iconic ‘angry’ moments, but she is so much more than the jealous and vain fairy from the original Peter Pan. I loved her empowering transformation.

Image Credit: Disney – Tinkerbell (2008)

The movies are fun, light-hearted, and have some beautiful music. I think an ongoing TInkerbell series, or a Disney Fairies series for Disney+ would make a lot of people very happy.

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