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Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Updated fable features romance; a few positive messages.

Movie NR 2004 85 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 3+

First movie I’ve ever watched in my childhood. I just hope these Barbie movies came out in this year. More technology and easy to give reviews. These movies could have been boost up. 🥺❤️ But these old Barbie movies got a good lessons and I learned a lot from it. I was abandoned by my parents growing up at the age of 3 and watching this, leads me to be successful.
age 5+

Really cute and charming barbie movie!!

I really like this movie! I love musical movies and I think this is a relly good animated musical. The songs are so beautiful. And even though the animation isn't spectacular, it's still surprisingly pleasant to watch; the pastel colours are very nice to watch with the dresses and the backgrounds. And both of the main characters are great role models for girls. This is definitely the best one of the barbie movies, you can defenitely tell that they didn't just wanna to sell toys with it, they also wanted to make a fun and clean musical movie. If you have a little girl who love barbie and musicals, this one is a must watch! :)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (16 ):

Barbie movies seem stuck in a limited approach to girl entertainment, often drawing on extremely traditional models and trying to update them; they almost succeed here. Princess Anneliese and Erika are both interested in things outside of their roles as princesses or servants (science and singing), and the film makes a point to show them making room for those interests, and even putting them first over romance, for a moment. But the big finish still centers around them pairing off, fairy-tale style.

Kids will enjoy the castle stand-in for the Barbie dreamhouse, the funny cat who barks, and the suspense of the swapped identities. The animation quality is expected for 2004, and much improved from previous Barbie films. Parents may appreciate attention drawn to class inequality, and the precious few scenes focusing on girls liking science, books, and less passive pursuits.

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