Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Blu-ray Review)19 Oct, 2009 By: Stephanie Prange
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Voices of Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Anjelica Huston, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Jesse McCartney.
Direct-to-video kidvids from Disney have varied in quality over the years. Sometimes they seem like strung-together TV episodes. Other productions are at or near theatrical quality.
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is one of the latter. It has the beautiful animation from the first in the series, Tinker Bell, and a quality script that shows the magical touch of Pixar’s John Lasseter. Disney is obviously handling this important franchise with care.
In Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell is charged with the task of creating a special scepter to hold the stone that will restore Pixie Hollow’s supply of pixie dust. An unfortunate accident threatens Pixie Hollow as well as Tink’s friendship with Terence and sends her on a journey during which she meets a new friend, the lightning bug Blaze.
Extras are the same on both the DVD and the Blu-ray Disc — though the animation really shines in HD. Special features include alternate scenes and deleted scenes that didn’t make it into the feature, a guide to Pixie Hollow (with rather disappointingly crude animation), and an overview of the construction of the Pixie Hollow exhibit at Epcot in Florida.
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is another quality addition to a franchise that is sure to pay dividends for Disney for many years to come.