Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses

Movie review by Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Barbie fan's dancing dream is sometimes too scary.

NR 2006 81 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 13 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Homophobic Undertones

This is a great movie; it features beautiful art and a stunning discography. The story is engaging and realistic. But there are some unfortunate prejudices that shouldn't be overlooked. The princesses are color coded, and yet there are 4 purple princesses. A third of them are purple, but there is no yellow princess. Mattel's hesitation to complete the rainbow reflects their homophobic ideologies, which I feel like sends a hateful message to young children. also I'd like to put the monkey in a cement mixer full of glass shards and tumble him for miles

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Too much swearing
age 5+

Very Charming

Very charming I do get some pleasure out of the Barbie movies, and the 12 Dancing Princesses is no exception. The animation is mostly full of lovely colour, fluid backgrounds and nuanced facial expressions. True, the animation in the dance sequences is not very inspired, but none of it is bad as far I could see. The music is whimsical and catchy, the dialogue is decent with some fun moments even with some corniness, the story has a lot of charm and heart making an existing story fresh in terms of storytelling and while the characters are not much different from the types of characters from the previous Barbie movies they are likable still. The voice acting is solid from all involved. Overall, a very charming movie. 10/10

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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