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Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow

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Simple story with positive messages, lush animation.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: March 25, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Virtuous characters are easy to spot and are rewarded; less admirable characters learn lessons about teamwork, and the meanest character is neutralized.

Positive role models

Elina selflessly rescues a mean fairy, and all the apprentices learn to work together to thwart the threat to their kingdom.

Violence & scariness

Evil fairy threatens to destroy Fairytopia, but carnage is limited to wilting a symbolic flower bud.

Sexy stuff

Two puffball pets engage in harmless flirtation.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Because Barbie plays the main role, there's no getting away from the toy tie-in. Character dolls, books, athletic shoes, and playsets are advertised in the DVD insert, and one of the games on the DVD can be interactive if played with a tie-in doll.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is an evil fairy who threatens to destroy idyllic Fairytopia. The heroine, Elina, is ostracized by other apprentices at fairy school, but meets two friends who are kind to her. When one of the mean fairy students needs help, Elina selflessly goes to her rescue, and all the apprentices learn to work together to thwart the threat to their kingdom. Girls under 8 will get the most out of the simple story on this DVD, and because it's Barbie, they will probably be begging for all the merchandise to go with it.

What's the story?

In MAGIC OF THE RAINBOW, Barbie is back as Elina, the good fairy who has earned her wings, turned into a mermaid, and then back into a fairy. This time she's working with other fairies to save Fairytopia from green-haired Laverna, who wants to plunge Fairytopia into ten years of bitter winter by stopping the annual spring ritual to produce the first rainbow of the season. Elina is chosen as an apprentice to one of the seven Guardian fairies who oversee Fairytopia and report to its leader, the Enchantress. Elina attends fairy school with six other apprentices, most of whom resent her fame for saving Fairytopia in the past. They learn skills in magic, flance (that's flight plus dance), and luminescence. Meanwhile, the Enchantress' jealous sister, Laverna, plots to gain her sister's crown. As Laverna moves forward with her plan, Elina must get the self-involved and resentful apprentices to work together and outmaneuver Laverna's powerful fairy magic.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Children between 4 and 8 will probably enjoy the simple story, flat characters, and the triumph of good over evil. The subplot of Elina's pet puffball Bibble, whose attention is split between a loose tooth and a new friend, will work for younger kids in the tooth-losing stage as well.

There is a concise and helpful introduction recapping Elina's adventures in the first two movies, and like the other Fairytopia movies, the animation is lush and mesmerizing. Some viewers may notice that flance instruction looks suspiciously like the Dance Dance Revolution video games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Elina's arrival at the Crystal Palace. How did she cope when the other apprentices weren't nice to her? 

  • Have you ever been nervous to go to a new school or classroom? How did you handle it?

  • The fairy apprentices, even the ones who don't like one another, have to work as a team to save the day. Why is it a good idea to work as a team? What would have happened if they didn't help one another?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 13, 2007
DVD release date:March 13, 2007
Cast:Alistair Abell, Kathleen Barr, Sharon Alexander
Director:William Lau
Studio:Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:not rated

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Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written bytoddmillervt July 13, 2010

Maudlin consumerism that has great message and role models

We don't have a t.v. and don't live near any stores, so the consumerism angle is not a factor for us. The story is told in a way that really appeals to the best in my 4 y.o. son and 6 y.o. daughter. They LOVE it. Usually after a movie they are all wound up and react angrily. After this (and most other Barbie movies) they are very sweet and polite. It's painful for me to watch it, but the Barbie movies are the go to movies for us when our kids want to see something.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byBeckstar October 31, 2011

lovely!

One of my favourite Barbie films. Very enjoyable. Nothing wrong with it
Adult Written byjajfamily April 9, 2008

lack of diversity

I have several of the barbie movies and my daughter is in love with them. I enjoy watching them with her. However, I've noticed the lack of diversity in every single one that I have watched. They are all white people. I am white myself but my children are multiracial and I know lots of other children of different races. I think barbie needs to start coming out with movies that depict different cultures and races. Why are they all the White race. I love the movies but I think that barbie needs to think about a little more diversity when it comes to culture and race.

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