Friday 9 December 2011

Barbie Movies An Overview

My 5 year old daughter received a Barbie movie for her birthday. I was leery that I would end up watching the movie over and over again. I was concerned that it would just be an advertisement for more toys and that the story would be so poor as to be mindless drivel. I was greatly surprised. Mattel Entertainment is the producer of these films and they really did a good job. I have now watched almost all of the second generation Barbie Films with both my daughter and son. They are a mix of traditional stories told with new twists; stories about young women finding out who they really are, told in a series around fairies. The stories present strong female characters, with good plots and good animation. The artwork is not a Disney or Pixar but the really strong stories make up for the slightly lower quality graphics. I was so impressed with these movies I decided to write this post. There has yet to be one that has been a disappointment and a few have become family favorites!

First generation (1987-1992)

Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World (1987)
Barbie and The Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth (1987)
Dance! Workout with Barbie (1992)

Second generation (2001-present)

Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
Barbie as Rapunzel (2002)
Barbie of Swan Lake (2003)
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004)
Barbie: Fairytopia (2005)
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (2005)
The Barbie Diaries (2006)
Barbie: Mermaidia: Fairytopia (2006)
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (2006)
Barbie as the Island Princess (2007)
Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (2007)
Barbie Mariposa: Fairytopia (2008)
Barbie and the Diamond Castle (2008)
Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)
Barbie Thumbelina (2009)
Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009)
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale (2010)
Barbie: A Fashion Fairy Tale (2010)
Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011)
Barbie: Princess Charm School (2011)
Barbie: A Camping We Will Go (2011)
Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011)
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 (2012)

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