Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Fun and gentle mystery introduces new toys to buy.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain and sell toys, not educate.

Positive Messages

"The best part of having an adventure is sharing it with people you love." Encourages continuing to try even when obstacles are set in your path or results aren't readily achieved.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Barbie and her sisters are spunky, determined, resourceful, and always kind and supportive of one another. Their youthful grandmother (as curvaceous as the girls) is warm, reliable, and intelligent. Some ethnic diversity (Barbie's good friend Christie is brown-skinned). Bad guys are buffoons.

Violence & Scariness

Two clueless crooks engage in slapstick action: tumbles, hits over head. Climactic sequence finds Barbie's gang in a cave with a scary bridge to cross, a rockslide, bats, shaky ground, and crooks chasing them. Puppies attack baddies, biting and stopping them.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Mattel introduces new toys (pups, a carnival set) based on this film to its already vast toy brand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure is a cheery adventure for Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea as they visit their grandmother in their hometown of Willows. Positive messages about sharing, determination, and selflessness are central elements of the story. The four sisters and their grandmother are always caring, supportive, and thoughtful family members. The only jeopardy comes in the form of two buffoonish crooks who continually tumble, bump, and make mistakes. Mild suspense accompanies the group during the climax when the crooks chase them through underground caverns with a rickety bridge, bats, and a rockslide. No one is hurt. This new Barbie adventure introduces four new puppies to the Barbie brand, including plush animals, Barbie dolls with accompanying small pups, and carnival toys.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 10, and 17 year old Written by3girls4ever October 30, 2015

Just like us!

Parents need to know that Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure is a cheery adventure for Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea as they visit... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 11, 2016

Really good movie-Some slow bits-

SPOILERS:This movie is amazing! It's good for ages 7 and up, because of the bad guys trying to get to the treasure, the girls getting locked in a cave. But... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byA.J. Vids December 29, 2017

Great movie

I really think that this movie is awesome! Some frightening scenes and dumb villains but that just adds character to the movie. A little language.

What's the story?

Excitement is in the air in BARBIE & HER SISTERS IN THE GREAT PUPPY ADVENTURE. Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea are delighted to take a trip on their own to the town in which they were all born: Willows, a picturesque small village in the Midwest that is way different from Malibu. The girls' grandmother still lives in Willows and has a wonderful surprise for each of them. Four puppies were recently born to her dog Tiffany, and each girl will get one of her own. The adorable puppies are perfect matches for everyone. Plus, there's Willow-Fest, the annual carnival that comes to town and brings back many wonderful memories for Barbie. Things get even brighter when an old map is discovered in Mrs. Roberts' attic, a map that will hopefully lead them to a long-buried treasure. While Barbie renews old friendships and discovers that Willows is facing an economic crisis, Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, and the pups enthusiastically follow the map's clues. Unbeknownst to them, however, two wicked carnival workers are aware of the treasure, too. It's a race to the prize as the girls discover the fun and beauty that comes from both sharing an adventure and helping others.

Is it any good?

This movie is fun for young Barbie fans with adorable pups to cheer for, slapstick bad guys to root against, and new toys available to add to Mattel's already substantial treasure. The story is simple and clear, intercutting Barbie's growing awareness of her hometown's neediness with the younger girls' treasure hunt. The two story lines come together by the film's end in a way that provides the strong messages and gives fans a peek at Barbie's life before she moved to Malibu. It's interesting to note that Barbie's youngish, modern grandmother is as curvy, beautiful, and idealized as the girls themselves. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Barbie and her sister dolls. How realistic-looking are they? In real life, why is it a good thing that everyone is different in looks, personality, and interests? What makes people special?

  • If you have a grandmother (or grandmothers), how is she similar to or different from Barbie's grandmother? Draw a picture of your grandmother and describe what you like best about spending time with her.

  • Do you agree with the girls' decision about what to do with the treasure they found? Why, or why not? What would you do with a treasure if you found one?

  • How does this movie help sales of Barbie dolls and the toys that come with them?

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