Barbie as The Island Princess

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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A surprising treat -- but too many toy spin-offs.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 86 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Two characters who might have been enemies in another studio's hands end up being kind to and supportive of each other -- good girl-power message. And the well-sketched villain gets a timely comeuppance. The main character never wavers in her self-awareness, making her irresistible to the prince. Extremely positive images of kindness to animals.

Violence & Scariness

A few scenes of short-lived peril. A depiction of a near-drowning.

Sexy Stuff

Chaste romance -- nothing more graphic than a kiss at the altar.

Language
Consumerism

Unavoidable, because this is part of the Barbie franchise. Toy aisles are crowded with spinoffs related to this movie, from dolls to a hairstyling head.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gentle story will appeal to children who love animals and/or Barbie, and that its original music score may even draw in the grown-ups. The main character talks about missing the family from whom she was separated at a young age. A depiction of a near-drowning is harrowing, and younger kids may need some help understanding the villain's motivation, which is presented in song. The traits that define the heroine are bravery and compassion, not just beauty.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylittlemuddyboots April 20, 2009

Good movie for little girls!!

It's a good one, my girls loved it, especially with all the talking animals!! Very cute movie!!
Adult Written byLikaLaruku September 17, 2011

Possibly the worst Barbie movie ever.

This is essentially a rip-off of Disney's Little Mermaid, only replace the braindead mermaid with a vapid Mary Sue who talks to animals. The most interesti... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byshrinemiko7 April 9, 2008

Cute kids flick

I was so happy when Mattel decided to write another Barbie musical! Family loyalty is a big theme in this movie...it was nice to see no inner-family rivalry as... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNectaria December 3, 2009

What's the story?

The movie opens on a desert island where Barbie appears as Ro (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), who washed ashore years earlier and has befriended three animal sidekicks: an elephant, a red panda, and a pompous peacock. Her devotion to her animal "family" is a recurring theme. But Ro's idyllic life is turned upside down when the island is discovered by Prince Antonio, who begs her to return with him to his kingdom. Ro agrees to go, curious to see whether she can find the human family from which she came. Drama ensues when they arrive in Abalonia to find that the prince has been betrothed in his absence, to the very sympathetic Luciana.

Is it any good?

A nice twist in this movie is that Luciana and Ro are NOT pitted against each other, and in fact help each other when they have the opportunity. And the prince, from the start, is attracted to the girl with personality and verve, not just beauty. Overall the folks at Mattel seem to have caught on that parents are looking for female role models with more than just good looks.

The movie's lush original score, which is performed by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, lends it a quality not often found in children's movies, and the lyrics are catchy as well. The computer-generated animation in these movies continues to improve with each new film; seeing the fabrics sway as the characters move in their ornate gowns is a treat. With BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS, parents can rest assured that the subject matter is entertaining and kid-appropriate, and put their energies toward worrying about all the commercialism surrounding it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Ro might have learned to talk to the animals. Do you and your pets have any special ways to communicate? Do you think you would prefer to live on Ro's island or in Prince Antonio's castle, and why?

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