I’ve been researching this one for a while so here me out. TinkerBell was originally Peter Pan’s sidekick in the 1953 film. She was feisty but we on,y saw one side of her, which was either loved by fans or hated.
TinkerBell later became an unofficial symbol of Disney in front of Disney movies, in video games and in the parks. It looked similar to this but she was more defined.
Anyway, TinkerBell has made her appearance on many films as Easter Eggs besides having her own franchise. I want to deep dive how the timeline works.
While the Tinker Bell films were some of the last to come out straight to video as part of the Disney Fairies franchise, they explain a lot in the timeline when it comes to Peter Pan and Return to Neverland as well as how the magic in Pixie Dust works. Tinker Bell was the first of the Disney Fairy Franchise and the film explained how fairies are born, and how the fairies work. We learn that Tinker Bell’s power is tinkering. While upset that she couldn’t go to the mainland, Tinker Bell discovers lost things, she ends up fixing them into a Ballerina music box. At the end of the film, Tinker Bell brings the music box back to London to return to Wendy, from Peter Pan. This means that the Tinker Bell films were set in the early 1900s. However, based on clues given to us in the films, it would make more sense if NeverLand was on its on-time system. The reason being is that Captain Hook was a young man in The Pirate Fairy, around his mid to late ’20s which would set the film in the mid to late 1870s. This would line up that he’s in his 50s or 60s by the time Peter Pan happens. Except for Return to NeverLand was set during the Blitz in England, which took place between 1940 and 1941. When we see Captain Hook in Return to Neverland, he doesn’t look like he’s aged a day since Peter Pan.
The second Disney Fairy film to be released was Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. During this film, we learn that a long time ago Pirates had found NeverLand to kidnap a fairy. they forced the fairy to create the Mirror of Incanta, which gave the pirates 3 wishes. We learn it was on a shipwrecked ship north of NeverLand. We also learn about the moonstone that creates the blue fairy dust which helps make the Pixie Dust Tree run.
In TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the fairies spend the summer on the mainland. TinkerBell meets the human girl Lizzy. Lizzy studies Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell helps Lizzy and her father Dr. Griffin with fixing up the house. In the end, TinkerBell taught Lizzy and her father to fly and the two keep the fairies secret while enjoying a picnic in the field surrounded by them. This explains why Tinker Bell was comfortable around humans. She always had a fascination with them, so when she met Peter Pan, their relationship was natural, we just still don’t have the full scope of how they met and how Peter Pan came to live on Neverland with the lost boys.
The fourth in the series is Tinker Bell: Secret if the Wings. In Secret of the Wings, we learn that the child whose first laugh created Tinker Bell also created her twin Periwinkle. We also learn that the winter fairies can’t be around the other fairies or things will go wrong. This does cut between a clip from the first Tinker Bell film and current. We know that at some point the fairies found a solution for the winter fairies to interact with the others because in the short Pixie Hollow Games and in Pirate Fairy, the winter fairies were gathered together with the others and were able to stay cold.
Tinker Bell and the Never Beast was the last film released, it focuses on Fawn and how her big heart can get her into trouble. One day she heard a loud sound and went to investigate, only to discover the Never Beast was waking up. Fawn observes Never Beast’s actions while also attempting on hiding him from the scout fairy Nyx and the others. It turned out the Never Beast was a monster from fairy lore but was there to protect the fairies from a storm. Pixie hollow had damage but together Gruff the Never Beast and the fairies worked to rebuild before Gruff returned to his cave for a long slumber. We are putting this film at the end of the timeline but it could fit anywhere between Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings.
Going back to The Pirate Fairy, we meet James Hook as a young Pirate with a crew stuck on NeverLand. We see they want to get back to London and go pillage but they don’t know about flying, or the possibility they can use it for their ship until Zarina, the fairy shows them. We also see a baby Tick-Tock the Crocodile. However, we also see a young Captain Hook in Little Mermaid 3: Ariel’s Beginning.
In The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel’s Beginning, we learn just why King Trident is so protective and why he forbids Ariel in the original The Little Mermaid to go anywhere near humans. King Triton’s Wife, Ariel’s mother, was killed by a pirate ship at the Mermaid lagoon. The same lagoon in NeverLand and by the same famous pirate who roams the waters, yes Captain Hook, who is much older by the time Ariel meets Prince Eric Now we do know that The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel’s Beginning was set approximately ten years prior to The Little Mermaid.
Then came The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, which is set 12 years after The Little Mermaid. In this film, we follow Melody, Ariel and Eric’s daughter, being called to the ocean. Melody was hidden from the truth that her mother was a mermaid. Ariel and Eric were afraid of the revenge from Morgana after they killed Ursula. At the end humans and merfollk were united. Between The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea and The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel’s Beginning we know that Atlantica will be fairly close to Neverland and where Ariel and Eric live. Beginning with The Little Mermaid, we can place the castle close to Monaco off the Mediterranean Sea. Through research, I found that Neverland would be an island off the coast of Belize due to an island having the same shape, and similar resources as Neverland is described throughout the films.
Speaking of the map, we are first introduced to Neverland in Peter Pan. In this film we learn about Peter traveling to and from NeverLand to London with TinkerBell, we learn about the lost boys, Captain Hook, and his fear of Tick-Tock the crocodile. Now it would make sense that Peter Pan has to fly all night and straight on to morning with Belize being about 14 + hours using a plane and that includes lay over, except Peter pan flies direct using the Pixie Dust Tinker Bell uses. We know Peter has done the trip for year’s because he had constantly returned to listen to Wendy’s stories before bringing her to Neverland. He took a long break but he returned to London at the end of Return to Neverland.
In Return to Neverland, we follow Jane. The film is set during World War 2 during the Blitz. Hook kidnaps Jane, mistaking her for her mother. Peter rescues Jane in which he learns that Wendy is grown and this is her daughter. Tick-Tock the crocodile is dead but now the Kraken is after Hook. And Hook can fly the ship, as we see from the begging, which he learned how to in The Pirate Fairy, bring it full circle.
Not to give away too much but if you remember back on our childhood, Tinker Bell was often opening films in the intro. Tinker Bell can also be spotted in The Black Cauldron, Aladdin and the King of Thieves among many of the compilation films. It is possible that Pixie Magic is stringer than just the ability to fly, as we get clues in The Pirate Fairy.