Barbie and the Diamond Castle

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Charming friendship tale ties into lots of toys.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 79 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Girls are smart, strong, and loyal. Only white characters are represented.

Violence & Scariness

A sword fight that never gets started. A dragon gets bonked on the head.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Many, many product tie-ins from Mattel: dolls, carriage, castle, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this DVD is clearly meant to sell more toys in the Barbie brand (the dolls, the carriage, and the castle can be purchased), it does have enough substance and skilled performances to engage a varied audience. Younger children may not understand the history of the muses, though the over-arching themes of friendship, connection, and harmony are meant for all ages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 3, and 5 year old Written byreadilyaparent February 12, 2010

Scary witch and her minion scared my daughter, sexual undertones scared me

My 3 year old daughter was incredibly scared by the flying creature the witch has chasing the girls. And thought it says no sexy stuff there is some pretty non-... Continue reading
Parent Written byembeau November 19, 2009

Barbie series is fabulous with great messages for little girls (age two and up)

My daughter (and all the girls at her preschool) all have seen the barbie series and talk about them endlessly. There is a silly, scary dragon in Diamond Cast... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 7, 2012

Wait Read this

i really believe that this movie is a great one from barbie but there's a problem.If you know that your children disgusts violence please watch a trailer i... Continue reading
Kid, 4 years old January 10, 2012

Terrible

This movie was far too scary for my four and a half year old daughter, she has had nightmares about the scary lady and the dragon. The stereotyping of the dumb-... Continue reading

What's the story?

BARBIE AND THE DIAMOND CASTLE is a story within a story. When Stacy (voiced by Stacie Chantal Strand) is having a fight with another friend, Barbie (Kelly Sheridan) and Teresa (Cassidy Ladden) tell her a story of a magical land, where two friends are confronted by a wayward muse who seeks to destroy all music but her own. In this land Barbie becomes Liana, and Teresa turns into a character called Alexa. They meet a girl trapped in a magical mirror who asks for their help getting back to the Diamond Castle, so that she can rescue the muses turned to stone by the malcontent muse Lydia (Kathleen Barr). The girls face hunger and loss of their home, they are tempted by promises, and their loyalties are tested.

Is it any good?

Music is a central theme of this film, and it gilds the plot in a surprising aura of skillfully crafted songs. The general score, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, is not cloying or overt, but rather serves to emphasize the theme of harmony among friends. Very young girls in particular will want to "play" Alexa and Lianna after they've seen the movie (and Mattel is happy to supply them with dolls and set pieces, of course).

Overall this is a mild film, which has a drifty ambience that may surprise adults with its watch-ability. The performances are not shrill, nor are the characters syrupy sweet or randomly evil. They seem actually rather innocent and self-effacing. And their tale is one with plenty of lessons. Connection and friendship are touted as being more important than having excess food, a closet full of clothes, or a bigger house. And loyalty trumps everything. Barbie says: "Real friends care even when you make a mistake." And she seems to mean it in this movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship and what it means to be connected. Have you ever invited a new friend into your circle of old friends? Have your friendships ever been tested? Why did Alexa decide to stay in the mansion when she knew she was breaking her promise to Melody and Liana? Why are friends important, and how are they different than family? How are they similar?

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