Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2

  • Review Date: March 5, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Less shopping, more friendship in undersea Barbie adventure.
  • Review Date: March 5, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Barbie movies are for entertainment purposes, but kids may learn a few incidental things like that the national dishes of Australia and Hawaii are pickled beetroot and poi.

Positive messages

Like most Barbie movies, this tale focuses on teamwork -- here, between Merliah and her surfing rival Kylie. The various mermaid ambassadors also work together against Eris' villainous pursuit to control the ocean. Merliah's friends aren't bothered by the fact she's a mermaid. Merliah is willing to help Kylie, even though she stole Merliah's magical necklace.

Positive role models

Merliah and her mother, Calissa, are visions of elegance, intelligence, and grace. They're intelligent and kind and only use their physical strength when defending themselves or others. Merliah, like all typical teenagers, is competitive and would like to prove she's better at surfing than Kylie, but in the end she does what's right for the merfolk even though it means she won't surf again.

Violence & scariness

There's mild violence when Eris lures Kylie to the whirlpool and traps her. The huge electric fish that follow Eris have enormous teeth and act menacingly. Eris' battle with Calissa and the mermaid ambassadors unleashes their biggest "nightmares."

Sexy stuff

The girls wear bikinis, but there's (for once) no love interests or opposite-sex flirting in the story.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

All Barbie videos are made with the underlying intent of creating more awareness of the newest Barbie line and selling the dolls and their accessories. However, there's less overall consumerism in this sequel than in the original, where the girls spent most of their free time shopping.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Barbie tale is actually less consumerist and superficial than other installments in the ever-growing direct-to-DVD franchise. The sequel to Barbie in a Mermaid Tale features a little violence, but nothing scarier than an evil mermaid who can make others' worst "nightmares" a reality (usually a mental or emotional fear). One of Merliah's friends is a bit ditzy, but overall the characters work together to defeat the nefarious, self-obsessed villain.

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What's the story?

In this sequel to Barbie in a Mermaid Tale, Merliah (voiced by Kelly Sheridan) the half human, half mermaid once again impresses judges in international surfing competitions. Her biggest rival is Kylie (Ashleigh Ball). With her magical necklace that allows her to turn into a mermaid whenever she wants to, Merliah checks in with her mermaid mother, Calissa (Nicole Oliver), in their underwater home of Oceana. Calissa invites Merliah to a special "changing of the tides" ceremony with all of the mermaid ambassadors of the sea, but Merliah declines in order to compete in a prestigious surfing invitational in Australia. The night before the competition, the evil Eris' (Kathleen Barr) fish lackey convinces Kylie to steal Merliah's necklace and transform into a mermaid. That leads to Eris being freed from her whirlpool prison and getting ready to take over the ocean -- if Merliah can't stop her.

Is it any good?

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As a rule, sequels to straight-to-video films aren't exactly going to wow audiences, but BARBIE IN A MERMAID TALE 2 is surprisingly less obnoxious and superficial than other films in the Barbie universe. There are no cute merman or human hunks to impress, and we're spared the many shots of the protagonist and her friends shopping that were so blatant in the original. And unlike Princess Charm School, which was all about make-overs and Cinderella-style transformations, this sequel is a call to action, a reminder of what's really important.

The movie takes a realistic look at how competitiveness can consume someone to the point that they're willing to do anything to win. There are also valuable lessons in tolerance (Merliah's friends don't mind that she turns into a mermaid), generosity, and courage. The animation in these videos is never as thorough as that in feature animated films, but the characters in Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 are more substantial than other Barbie creations, and the story is sweet and refreshingly romance free. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages of friendship and competition. How does Merliah overcome her desire to beat Kylie? What does Merliah's selflessness teach kids about doing what's right?

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  • How does this particular movie compare to others in the Barbie universe? Do you like that there are no boy-girl relationships or romantic themes?

Movie details

DVD release date:March 6, 2012
Cast:Ashleigh Ball, Kathleen Barr, Kelly Sheridan
Director:William Lau
Studio:Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Ocean creatures
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 9 years old April 19, 2014
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4
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COOlL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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Kid, 9 years old March 5, 2014
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9
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Merliah and Kylie rule!

Oceania each queen could change the name. Merliah=Merania Kylie=Kyanaia Anne=Anania Emma=Emanaia Alex=Alanaia Kay=Kaanaia Mermaid+Human+Movie+BarieinaMermaidTale2+Kylie= (Drum roll) SEA WEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Teen, 15 years old Written bykatherineee September 19, 2013
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5
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australian accent... really?

Prior to viewing the film i predicted that the storyline would follow Merliah back down into oceania, where she meets a guy and falls hopelessly in love.... etc. But the film has surprised me in a good way. the story is based on good values and offers a good insight into the negatives within the world of competition. However, all the good morals aside, I find the portrayal of the voice of the character Kylie (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) completely misguided and incorrect. While I understand that the characters "Australian accent" is supposed to be easy to realise and differ from the likes of the other american roles, the accent was completely off. At the start of the film i thought the character was a confusing mix of British/Scottish/New Zealand untill, a few minutes in, I found the that mix of acquired sounds was supposed to be that of an Australian accent. I actually found my self laughing so hard that i got my dad to come and listen to the character of Kylie say "you were lucky mate, but your lucks gonna run out down under, thats my terf". you can probably tell that I myself am Australian. hahahhaha
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