Secret of the Wings

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Secret of the Wings
Secret of the Wings DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byPeggy Holmes
Produced byMichael Wigert
Screenplay byBobs Gannaway
Peggy Holmes
Ryan Rowe
Tom Rogers
StarringMae Whitman
Lucy Hale
Lucy Liu
Angela Bartys
Megan Hilty
Timothy Dalton
Narrated byAnjelica Huston
Music byJoel McNeely
Edited byMark Rosenbaum
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

Release date
  • August 16, 2012 (2012-08-16) (Ukraine)
  • August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) (United States (limited))
  • October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) (DVD release)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30—$35 million[1]
Box office$67,537,798[2]

Secret of the Wings (originally titled as Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods or alternatively Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings) is a 2012 computer-animated fantasy film, and the fourth in the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and featured in subsequent adaptations, especially in Disney's animated works, and how she ventures to the Winter Woods and meets her twin sister, Periwinkle, who is a frost fairy. The film was directed by Peggy Holmes, and co-directed by Bobs Gannaway.[3][4] Starring the voices of Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu, Megan Hilty, Raven-Symoné and Angela Bartys, it also features new cast members who include Matt Lanter, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Hale and Debby Ryan, while Anjelica Huston narrates.


At the beginning of winter, everyone prepares for the final season of the year. Out of curiosity, Tinker Bell wants to go to the Winter Woods. The tinker fairies make snowflake baskets which are delivered by snowy owls. Later that day, she helps Fawn take the animals to the Woods to hibernate. While Fawn is busy, Tink ignores Fawn’s previous reminder that warm fairies cannot cross and crosses the border, and her wings start to glow and sparkle. Seeing this, Tink is convinced that she is meant to explore the Woods. But Fawn warns her that her wings are freezing and rushes her to the fairy hospital. After being examined, she remains curious about her wings. Tink then flies off to the Book Nook, where she finds a book on Wingology, but finds the page on "Sparkling Wings" chewed up by a bookworm. A reading fairy tells her that the Keeper, the author who lives in the Winter Woods, might be able to help her.

Wrapping herself in a warm winter coat and tucking her wings inside it, Tink uses the final shipment as her only chance, she sneaks into the workshop and climbs inside one of the baskets. She gets picked up by a novice owl and makes her way across the border. The owl then accidentally drops the basket, and she crashes down onto the ice. Realising her book has been flung from her bag, she tries to get it back. However, Milori, the Lord of the Woods, finds the book and asks Sled to return it to the Keeper. Tink then follows him to the Winter Library. Upon arriving, she spots the Keeper, Dewey. But before she can talk to him, another winter fairy rushes into the room and proclaims that her wings sparkled the day before. While secretly listening to the winter fairy, Tink notices her own wings start to glow and sparkle again. As the winter fairy exclaims to Dewey the same thing is happening to her, Tink looks around the corner and sees the winter fairy with sparkling wings, just like hers. Tink meets the fairy, whose name is Periwinkle.

Astonished, Dewey brings the two to a platform and positions their wings before the whole chamber becomes filled with images explaining their origins: that Tinkerbell and Periwinkle were born of the same baby laughter. The two then realize that this would make them sisters. Suddenly, Lord Milori arrives, concerned about the book, warning him to send any warm fairy back. Dewey tells the two they can spend a day together before Tink has to return home.

Periwinkle shows Tink her world, meeting Peri's friends and spending the day together. That night at Peri's home, as Tink builds a fire, she realizes that if she can make it warm there, she can, in turn, make it cooler at her home. Suddenly, the floor melts beneath them before crumbling completely. Periwinkle quickly rushes to Tinkerbell’s aid as Tink cannot fly due to her wings being tucked into her coat to protect them from freezing. Periwinkle grabs Tink’s wrist and struggles to pull her up. Just before they hit the ground however, Dewey’s snow lynx, Fiona, catches them. After being reassured by the sisters that they are ok, Dewey tells them that the Winter Woods are too dangerous for a warm fairy and that Tink has to go home. When they reach the border, Peri and Tink pretend to hug goodbye but Tink whispers to Peri to meet her at the border tomorrow. When Tink arrives home, she asks Clank and Bobble for help, and they bring her other friends to help. The next day, Tink arrives at the border with Bobble and Clank, pulling along a snow-maker. Now able to keep her cold enough, Peri crosses the border to the warm side of Pixie Hollow. She meets Tink's friends and continues her tour. After a while, Tink then notices Peri's wings wilting; the machine is running out of ice. They then return to the border. Lord Milori appears and instructs Peri on how to fix her wings. Queen Clarion also arrives and sadly explains that they can never see each other again.

As the girls leave, the machine gets knocked by Milori into the stream and creates a massive snowstorm. Later that day, Queen Clarion tries to explain to Tink why the rule is important, as does Lord Milori with Periwinkle. They are told the story of two fairies, one warm and the other a winter fairy, who met and fell in love. As their romance grew stronger, they disregarded the dangers across the border. Sadly, one of them broke a wing, for which there is no cure. From that day, Queen Clarion realized that some fairies should remain apart.

Meanwhile, the trapped snow-maker begins to freeze the Autumn Woods. They, along with Tink's friends and the Ministers, arrive at the stream and find Clank and Bobble attempting to free it. They succeed, but a freeze is coming. The Ministers realise that the freeze will hit the pixie dust tree, and Queen Clarion tells everyone to save it or the freeze will kill it, eternally stopping the flow of pixie dust. They try everything they can to save the tree. Tink then notices that a Periwinkle that Peri had covered in frost is still alive, despite its cold surroundings. She flies to the Winter Woods but, on her way, falls into the snow. She then asks Peri and her friends about the frost around the flower, and Gliss explains that frost acts like a blanket, keeping the warm air inside. This gives Peri the idea that they could frost the tree before the freeze comes, and they then head to the tree.

Meanwhile, at the tree, their plan is failing, to the Queen's disappointment, but then Tink and the others arrive. They explain the power of their frost, and the Queen agrees. After a while, Spike realizes that the tree is too big for three of them to finish in time. The rest of the frost fairies then arrive to help. Accomplishing the frosting of the whole Hollow, Milori states that they've done all they can. He then warns the warm fairies that the freeze is upon them and they must take cover, including the Queen whom he gives his cape to, revealing his broken wing and that he and Queen Clarion were the fairies in the story. He then orders all the winter fairies to stand guard over the tree.

Some time later, the freeze begins to melt and pixie dust begins to flow again. All the fairies celebrate. However, Tink reveals that she broke a wing when she flew to the Woods and tells Periwinkle to go back home before it gets too warm. As the sisters hold hands and say goodbye, they touch their wings. Suddenly, blindingly white light bursts from their wings and slowly heals Tink's broken one. In an epilogue, it is shown that warm fairies now cross over into the Winter Woods by the Winter Fairies frosting their wings. Tink and Peri are together, as their two worlds have become one.



The film was given a limited theatre release in the United States between August 31, 2012 and September 13, 2012.[5] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 23, 2012.[6] It was the first film in the Disney Fairies franchise that was released in 3D.[7] The Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD releases also include the short film Pixie Hollow Games as a "Bonus Adventure".[8]

The film was released theatrically in many countries and grossed $51,507,647 worldwide.[2]



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