A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two puffball pets engage in harmless flirtation.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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