SECRET OF THE WINGS
The Little Fairy
Starring: The voices of Mae Whitman,
Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton,
Angelica Huston, Lucy Liu,
Raven-Symoné, Matt Lanter,
Jesse McCartney, Debby Ryan
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Walt
Director: Bobs Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
Executive Producer: None
Producer: John Lasseter, Makul Wigert
Writer: Tom Rogers, Ryan Rowe
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO, The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures)
Alan Horn, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
The movie opens with Tinker Bell and her friends preparing baskets to be taken by owls from the land of the summer fairies to the land of the winter fairies. When Tinker Bell assists a friend in herding some rabbits from their summer quarters to the winter quarters, she comes to a log bridge between the two regions. One side looks like summer. At the middle of the log bridge, the world becomes covered in snow and ice. Summer fairies aren’t permitted in the region of the winter fairies, and winter fairies aren’t permitted in the summer region. The wings of each kind of fairy can be destroyed by prolonged exposure to the opposite temperatures.
Tinker Bell’s curiosity is stronger than her commitment to obedience. She makes herself a winter outfit and ventures into the winter fairy region. There, she discovers she has a winter fairy sister named Periwinkle. The two become instant friends and Tinker Bell devises a snow-making machine to enable Periwinkle to visit the summer fairy region. This leads to a catastrophe that requires heroic effort on the part of both summer and winter fairies to overcome.
The movie shows that the leaders of the summer and winter fairies had good reason to keep the two groups apart and shows the danger of disobedience. However, the end result is that Tinker Bell’s rebellion has a lasting positive result. It’s the same theme as in THE LITTLE MERMAID where humans and merpeople learn to get along because of Ariel’s rebellion (after they’re forced to work together to avert a catastrophe).
The truth is that rebellion against one’s parents can end in catastrophe. Parents, teachers, and friends can try to help, but a dabble in the dark side can lead to deaths, incurable diseases and even suicide. Praise God that He’s rescued many from lives of rebellion, including this reviewer, but there are many that don’t get rescued.
Sadly, the theme of rebellion is popular with young audiences and Hollywood knows it. Movies, DVDs, and television shows aimed at young children often feature smart and fun children teaching adults a thing or two about life. The media-wise parent will at least recognize the theme in movies like SECRET OF THE WINGS and have a good talk with their children about the very real dangers of disobedience.
Children need to know that God really does know what’s best for them. To disobey Him is to invite problems. There will never be a day when rebellion against God leads to God learning a lesson from mankind about what’s really best.
SECRET OF THE WINGS shows that the fairy leaders had good reasons to keep the summer and winter fairies apart. It also shows the dangers of disobedience. However, the end result is that Tinker Bell’s rebellion has a lasting positive result. The same thing occurs in THE LITTLE MERMAID where humans and merpeople learn to get along because of Ariel’s rebellion after they’re forced to work together to avert a catastrophe. The truth is that rebellion can end in catastrophe. Children need to know God really does know what’s best. There will never be a day when rebellion leads to God learning a lesson from mankind about what’s really best.