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Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Animated Barbie adventure has mild peril, positive lessons.

Movie NR 2021 60 minutes
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This film, intended for younger kids, sends the well-known teenager and her younger sisters on a fun and colorful adventure. The cruise ship and jungle island setting of Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, complete with Tiki statues, pirate references, and talking parrots, may even feel exotic to some. The animation is targeted at the youngest viewers, with soft-edged, stuffed animal-looking characters, though some of the stiff movements of the human bodies in the show could be a little off-putting.

Chelsea's solo adventure should appeal to kids' imaginations in the same way Dora the Explorer's do, where the stakes appear high but can actually be managed by a 7-year-old. A musical number and some references to DJs, vlogs, and smart phone apps also seem like portrayals of teens or tweens intended to excite kids younger than that. Chelsea's animal friends all have individual wishes for personality traits they'd like to have or hobbies they'd like to explore, and the film sweetly shows how they all ultimately discover they've had these traits and skills in them all along.

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