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Soundtrack review: Tinker Bell – The lost treasure (Joel McNeely – 2015)

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Soundtrack review: Tinker Bell – The lost treasure (Joel McNeely – 2015)


Since I will probably going to watch a lot of these movies in the coming years, with my little girl, why not get a head start and check out the Intrada release of the score for “Tinker Bell – The lost treasure”. Tinker Bell is a favorite of mine from the Peter Pan stories and it’s good that she’s getting her own movies. This one is the second in the franchise and quite an adventure from what I read. Joel McNeely wrote the score and he is to Disney animated movies what Freddie Wiedmann is for the DC Universe animations.  I have to admit I know him from different kind of animations, the Seth MacFarlane sitcoms.

I smile before playing this score because I am anticipating magic. I know how Disney cartoons are supposed to sound, and there it is in the opening cue “Tapestry”. This is fairy tale music at its best. I hear chimes, I almost sneeze because of the pixie dust and I hear the fluttering of gentle fairy wings. Oh it seems I rushed with the pixie dust because it’s featured in the next cue, the sublime Celtic sounding “Pixie dust factory”. Could I get to hear after Bear McCreary’s wonderful “Outlander” another Celtic heavy score? It seems so when”Where are you off to” begins. I am just filled with joy when I hear this one. “Pixie dust express” brings back the jigs and I just feel like jumping from my chair. Where did this score come from? It feels as if Tinker Bell herself had started flying circles against my head poking me  every now and then and trying to turn my frown upside down.

“The hall of scepters” brings those signature Disney choirs that just melt my heart. I am immersed in this score and I feel like a child again ready to enter a magical world. Sometimes animation scores lose me at some point because I don’t find anything to connect with but it’s not the case here. This sound probably resonates deep in my childhood and Joel McNeely really understood how a score like this should feel like. He had time to develop this sound while working for all those Disney movies and I can tell. he’s comfortable with it and plays with it as if it were his own child. His music touches never forgotten resorts inside me and I see magic stars and raibows and fairies everywhere. Plus the Irish inserts make this even better for me. Like I said before this is my favorite kind of folk music and when I hear “The fireworks launcher” I am just enchanted.

“Tink tries for more pixie dust” opens with a shade of James Horner’s Pandora music from Avatar. Those first few seconds instantly echoed back to the blue world. It flies away then on its own and I don’t even follow where one cue ends and the other one begins because the music flows so naturally and carries me away into the world it created. The composition is so cohesive that I find it hard to actually highlight separate parts from it. And the Irish sounds…did I mention those already? Well it doesn’t matter, I’ll say it again because I am so happy to hear them. They fit here and make the fantasy even more beautiful.

I’ll let you listeners discover the magic for yourselves. This score will mean different things to different people and will bring back memories for everyone. Regardless if you’ve seen the movie or not or if you’re even into Disney animated features, the music alone will brighten up your day and make you see fairies and pixie dust everywhere. You want to hear a different kind of emotion? Listen to the wonderfully heartbreaking ” I was wrong”. You want action? Check out “Rat attack”.  There’s something for everyone in “Tinker Bell – The lost treasure” and I am very happy I got to hear it.

Cue rating: 88 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 19 / 57

Album excellence: 33%


If You Belive Main Title
Pixie Dust Factory

Pixie Dust Express
The Hall Of Scepters

Tink Tries For More Pixie Dust

Blaze The Stowaway

The Ship That Sunk

I Was Wrong

Where The Sunbeams Play

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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