A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A brief introduction to recognizing a constellation of stars, finding forms and shapes in the starlit sky.
Simple, easy-to-understand concepts, such as, "A positive attitude changes everything." Cautions against being afraid to take a risk and worrying about outcomes: "Getting out and doing your best is all that matters." Highly values being able to admit when you're frightened, when you need help, or when you're struggling to find answers to a problem. Promotes teamwork, supporting others, and commitment to a task.
Positive Role Models
Barbie is a take-charge, resourceful big sister. She is always kind and compassionate, listens to her little sisters, and is almost always an ace problem-solver (except when she's willing to admit she doesn't know how to solve every problem). All four sisters are respectful to each other and value their differences. They work well as a team, encouraging, supporting, and praising. No villains here -- the conflict arises out of situational mishaps. Lots of ethnic diversity.
Products & Purchases
Another entry in the vast Barbie franchise; this series of films is directed at the very youngest kids. An entire line of Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase is being released in tandem with this DVD.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase is an easy-to-follow adventure that finds Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea on a trip to a beautiful tropical island. Because of an innocent mistake, the girls become separated from their four adorable (puppies and must find them in a hurry. No one is ever in danger, and there are no villains here. The mild suspense comes from obstacles that delay their reunion with the pups a washed-out bridge, a mishap in a golf cart, conquering fear of a zip line) and their hurried efforts to get Chelsea to a dance contest on time. Meanwhile, the pups are in good hands, onboard a van with a band of lovable animals. Barbie is strictly "big sister" in this story, with no distractions to get in the way of her protective, encouraging care of the younger girls. It's a wholesome story in which the girls are faced with some challenging tasks and find they're quite capable of succeeding in all of them. Of course, Mattel has an array of "Puppy Chase" merchandise to sell: dolls, play sets, vehicles, and accessories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's nice seeing Barbie and her little sisters vaulting over gorges, scaling cliffs, and jumping horses over a crevasse; mainly, it's a far cry from fashion-obsessed Barbies of yore. And Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase is a gentle story. No evildoers along the way, just simple missteps and unexpected situations that get the crew in enough hot water to provide them with a mildly suspenseful, scare-free adventure. The too-adorable puppies may be a bit much for older kids, but the little ones will love them. With the Barbie & Her Sisters franchise, Mattel has covered the kid market from toddler to tween. Every new DVD has new dolls, toys, play sets, and accessories attached. At least this movie is pleasant enough, with sisters who genuinely like each other, behave well, are competent, and look up to their wonderfully aware big sister. It's OK for even the youngest viewers.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.