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SEL Movie Spotlight: Tinker Bell

By Rital Miller and Joslyn Stamp

The animated film Tinker Bell l released in 2008 follows the story of a fairy named Tinker Bell as she feels that her role in Pixie Hallow isn’t appreciated. Tinker Bell tries to change her role since she believes being a tinker fairy, responsible for building everything in the hallow, isn’t what she should be doing. When Tinker Bell makes a mistake, she learns her role is valuable and that she should focus on her talents.

The movie uses many SEL elements like showing how Tinker Bell compared herself to her other friends (like Silvermist, Rosetta, and Fawn who have powers with water, light, and animals). Even when her friends try and teach her how important she is, she doesn’t listen which ends up disturbing the balance of the hallow stopping the start of spring. Tinker Bell has to look inward and value her powers to save Spring and restore peace to Pixie Hallow. Another element is how jobs can be looked upon in the real world. Tinker Bell feels as if her job isn't good enough which can relate to how some people view their careers since they may not be making as much money as others. But Tinker Bell and all the Tinker fairies make everything for Pixie Hallow, the same way our farmers and many trade school careers contribute to our society today.

I would recommend this movie to kids ages 5+ since it can be hard for toddlers to understand but it is a really good message to children that all jobs are important. The Tinker fairies are portrayed as nerdy and awkward, and Tinker Bell doesn't believe she belongs to that group. But both Tinker Bell and the viewers learn that not everyone should go where they stereotypically think they belong and you can succeed in any career.

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