Secret of the Wings

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Secret of the Wings
Secret of the Wings DVD cover.jpg
Directed by Bobs Gannaway
Peggy Holmes
Produced by Michael Wigert
John Lasseter
Screenplay by Bobs Gannaway
Peggy Holmes
Ryan Rowe
Tom Rogers
Narrated by Anjelica Huston
Starring Mae Whitman
Lucy Hale
Lucy Liu
Angela Bartys
Megan Hilty
Timothy Dalton
Music by Joel McNeely
Studio DisneyToon Studios
Prana Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

Release dates
  • August 16, 2012 (2012-08-16) (Ukraine)
  • August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) (United States (limited))
  • October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) (United States)
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $51,507,647[1]

Secret of the Wings is a 2012 computer-animated comedy film, based on 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. Secret of the Wings is the fourth film in this series. In the film, Tinker Bell ventures into the forbidden world and discovers a frost fairy named Periwinkle. 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. Anjelica Huston narrates. The film is also known as Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.


At the beginning of Winter, everyone prepares for the fourth and final season of the year. Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) wants to go to the Winter Woods due to her very curious nature. She sees that the tinker fairies make snowflake baskets which are carried by snowy owls, who then deliver them to the winter fairies, and learns that there will be another shipment tomorrow.

Later that day, Tinker Bell volunteers to help Fawn (Angela Bartys) take the animals to the Winter Woods to hibernate. While Fawn is busy Tinker Bell crosses the border into the Winter Woods, and her wings start to glow. Seeing this, Tinker Bell is convinced that she is meant to explore the Woods. But Fawn warns her that her wings are freezing and rushes her off to the fairy hospital. After being examined, Tinker Bell remains curious about her sparkling wings in the Winter Woods. So Tinker Bell flies off to the Book Nook, where she finds a book titled Wingology, but unfortunately, the page on "Sparkling Wings" has been chewed up by a bookworm. A reading fairy (Thomas Lennon) tells Tinker Bell that the author of the book, the Keeper, might be able to help her. Unfortunately, he lives in the Winter Woods.

Preparing herself for the Winter Woods and using the final shipment as her only chance, Tinker Bell sneaks into the workshop and climbs inside one of the baskets and waits for the owls, with help from her friends Clank and Bobble. She gets picked up by an unexperienced owl and makes her way across the border. Suddenly, the owl accidentally drops the basket, and Tinker Bell crashes into the snow. Realizing her book has been flung from her bag, she tries to get it back before anyone finds it. However, Lord Milori (Timothy Dalton), the Lord of the Winter Woods, finds the book and asks Sled (Matt Lanter), an animal fairy, to return the book to the Keeper. Using this as an opportunity Tinker Bell follows Sled to the Winter Library.

Upon arriving, she spots the Keeper, Dewey (Jeff Bennett). But before she can talk to him another winter fairy rushes into the room and proclaims that her wings were sparkling the day before when Tinker Bell's wings begin to glow and sparkle as well. Tinker Bell meets the frost fairy, whose name is Periwinkle (Lucy Hale). The girls ask Dewey to explain what exactly is happening to their wings. Bringing Tinker Bell and Periwinkle to a platform and positioning their wings, the whole chamber becomes filled with images of the mainland. They see a baby's first laugh that splits in half and journeys to the mighty and all-powerful Pixie Dust Tree in the form of two white dandelion seeds. Tinker Bell and Periwinkle realize that they are fraternal twin sisters.

Suddenly, Lord Milori arrives, concerned about the book on Wingology, warning Dewey to send any warm fairy back to the Warm Side. Dewey tells the two they can spend a day together before Tinker Bell has to return home. Periwinkle shows to Tinker Bell the things she collected and tells them she calls them "found things" to which Tinker Bell calls lost things. Next, they go to the Frost Forest to meet Periwinkle's best friends Gliss (Grey DeLisle) and Spike (Debby Ryan). They skate on the ice and the bond between the sisters strengthens even more. They joyfully spend the whole day together.

That night at Periwinkle's home, as Tinker Bell builds a fire to stay warm, she realizes that if she can make it warm in the Winter Woods, she can make it cooler at her home. Suddenly, the snow floor melts beneath them, it is weakened by the fire. Seeing this, Dewey tells the girls that Tinker Bell has to go home. The girls are upset that they may never see each other again, but Tinker Bell comes up with a plan. When the three fairies reach the border, Tinker Bell whispers to Periwinkle to meet her at the border tomorrow.

When Tinker Bell arrives home, she asks her friends Clank (Jeff Bennett) and Bobble (Rob Paulsen) for help. Later, some of her other friends learn about Tinker Bell's sister and excited at the prospect of meeting her (Peri) decide to help Tinker Bell.

The next day, Tinker Bell arrives at the border with Bobble and Clank, pulling along a snow-maker. Now able to keep Periwinkle cold enough, Peri crosses the border to the warm side of Pixie Hollow. She meets Tinker Bell's friends, Fawn, Iridessa (Raven-Symoné), Rosetta (Megan Hilty), Silvermist (Lucy Liu), and Vidia (Pamela Adlon) and continues her tour of the Pixie Hollow.

Tink notices Periwinkle's wings wilting. The snow-maker runs out of ice, and there isn't enough snow to keep Periwinkle cold, so Tinker Bell and Periwinkle return to the border. Lord Milori appears and instructs Periwinkle on how to fix her wings. Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston), arrives too, and sadly explains to the girls that they can never see each other again and that it was her who created the rule that warm and winter fairies should remain apart. As the girls leave, the snow-maker gets knocked by Lord Milori into the stream, and creates a massive snowstorm.

Later that day, Queen Clarion tries to make Tinker Bell understand why the rule about not crossing the border was so important, as does Lord Milori with Periwinkle. They are told the long ago story of two fairies who had met and fell in love. One of them was a winter fairy and the other was from the warm seasons. They met every sunset at the border, where Spring touches Winter. But as their romance grew stronger, they wished to be together and share each other's worlds. And so 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 reluctantly realized that some fairies should remain apart.

The trapped snow maker begins to freeze the Autumn Woods. Queen Clarion, Tinker Bell, her friends and the Ministers arrive at the stream to find Clank and Bobble attempting to free the snow-maker. They succeeded in pushing the machine into the water, but that it isn't over. Showing that there's a freeze coming, Queen Clarion tells everyone to save the Pixie Dust Tree for the freeze will kill the tree, eternally stopping the flow of pixie dust and therefore making it impossible for fairies to fly.

All fairies try everything they can to save the Pixie Dust Tree - the tinker-talents placing the leaf blankets on each branch of the tree, the animal-talents evacuate the frogs into a safer place, Iridessa evacuates the fireflies on one of the periwinkles of Rosetta and Silvermist evacuates the snail into a safer place and Tink evacuating some animals into her house. Tink then notices that a flower that Periwinkle had covered in frost is still alive, despite its cold surroundings. Tinker Bell flies straight to the Winter Woods but on her way falls into the snow. Tinker Bell then asks Gliss and Periwinkle why the flower was still alive so Gliss explains that frost tucks warm air inside, and Periwinkle suggests that they could frost the Pixie Dust Tree before the freeze comes so Tinker Bell and the frost fairies fly to the Pixie Dust Tree.

Meanwhile, at the tree, Bobble, Clank and other fairies try to place some blankets on a branch of the tree, but the strong winds blow them away. To the Queen's fear and disappointment the plan is failing but then Tinker Bell, Periwinkle and some of her friends arrive. They explain the power of their frost to Queen Clarion, and they get right to work, but Spike realizes that the tree is too big for them to finish in time. Then Tinker Bell spots the rest of the frost fairies who came to help frost everything else that isn't frozen. Accomplished of frosting the whole Hollow, Lord 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 Queen Clarion who his gives his cape to so she can keep warm, revealing that he has a broken wing (hence why he flies around on a snowy owl), and that he and Queen Clarion are the fairies who fell in love in the story. Lord Milori then orders all the fairies to stand guard all over the Pixie Dust Tree.

Some time later, the freeze begins to melt and pixie dust begins to flow again. All the fairies celebrate, however Tinker Bell reveals that she broke a wing when she flew to the Winter Woods since they had to save the tree and warns Periwinkle to go back to the Winter Woods before her wings wilt. As the sisters hold hands and say goodbye, they touch their wings and blindingly white light bursts from their wings, which slowly healed Tink's broken wing.

In an epilogue, it is shown that the warm fairies now cross over into the Winter Woods and that the two "seasons" now interact and become good friends and even lovers.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell, a skillful tinker fairy. Her fraternal twin sister is Periwinkle.
  • Lucy Hale as Periwinkle, a frost fairy from the cold Winter Woods. She is Tinker Bell’s fraternal twin sister born of the same baby's first laugh and match.
  • Lucy Liu as Silvermist, a water fairy and one of Tinker Bell's best friends.
  • Angela Bartys as Fawn, an animal fairy and one of Tink's best friends.
  • Raven-Symoné as Iridessa, a light-talent fairy and one of Tink's best friends.
  • Megan Hilty as Rosetta, a garden fairy and a friend of Tink.
  • Pamela Adlon as Vidia, a fast-flying fairy who is the former nemesis-turned-friend of Tink.
  • Rob Paulsen as Bobble, a tinker-talent sparrow man and Clank's best friend.
  • Jeff Bennett as Clank, a tinker sparrow man and Bobble's best friend, and Fairy Gary, the Scottish-accented overseer of the pixie dust fairies.
  • Anjelica Huston as Queen Clarion, the ruler of Pixie Hollow.
  • Timothy Dalton as Lord Milori, the lord of the Winter Woods and Queen Clarion's love interest.
  • Jane Horrocks as Fairy Mary, the overseer of the tinker fairies.
  • Jeff Bennett as Dewey, the keeper of all fairy knowledge and wisdom, the owner of the Hall of Winter, and Lord Milori's confidant. His pet is Fiona, a lynx.
  • Grey DeLisle as Gliss, a frost-talent fairy and a best friend of Periwinkle.
  • Debby Ryan as Spike, a frost fairy and another of Periwinkle's best friends.
  • Matt Lanter as Sled, a frost animal-talent sparrow man, one of Periwinkle's best friends and Rosetta's romantic love interest.
  • Ben Diskin as Slush, a glacier ice-talent sparrow man and one of Periwinkle’s friends.
  • Jesse McCartney as Terence, a dust keeper and Tinker Bell's best friend. In the film, Tink tells Periwinkle about their escape from the Pirate ship.


The film was given a limited theatre release in the United States on August 31, 2012 and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 23, 2012. According to Disney's website, the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD releases will also include the short film Pixie Hollow Games as a "Bonus Adventure".

In France and the Netherlands, the film is released in theaters on October 10, 2012, under the titles "Clochette et le Secret des Fées" (Tinker Bell and the Faeries' Secret) and for the Netherlands "Tinkerbell en het Geheim Van De Vleugels" (Tinkerbell and the secret of the wings). The film was released theatrically in several international countries and has grossed $51,507,647 worldwide.



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