If you say “Tinkerbelle,” everyone will know who you’re talking about, even if they haven’t seen or read Peter Pan.
She has become as much of a staple to little girls throughout America as the Disney Princesses. But what lots of people don’t know is where she got her name. In the book, Peter tells Wendy that she is named Tinkerbelle because she “mends the pots and pans.” In the new Tinkerbelle movie (which I watched, and sadly found myself laughing throughout the entirety of) she does NOT want to be a tinker… until she finds out that it really is the one thing she’s gifted at.
In Peter Pan movie portrayals, she is somewhat two-faced; angelic to Peter, with whom she is jealously in love, and diabolical to Wendy and her siblings. But after she makes a big mistake, she realizes what she’s done and sets out to save the day.
But still – is this really a good role model for young girls? My oldest niece, several years ago, was even convinced that Tinkerbelle was her guardian angel until it was explained otherwise to her. And look at the way Tink is dressed – what is she, a cute little fairy, or a voluptuous vixen in Fun Size?
I’m not a big fan of Tinkerbelle, and probably never will be. But still, Peter wouldn’t be Peter without his faithful Tinkerbelle (hair-puller or no).