A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn about saving the earth, plus positive lessons about friends, family, and more.
Positive (if heavy-handed) message about the importance of saving the earth and being green. Strong themes about the importance of family and friendship.
Positive Role Models
A disrespectful, materialistic child is being raised by overindulgent, distracted parents -- but they all learn important lessons about family and friendship by the end. Tiny Twillerbees emphasize the message that there's no such thing as being too small to make a difference.
Products & Purchases
As with all the Barbie media products, doll tie-ins and accessories are available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Barbie vehicle bears virtually no resemblance to the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, aside from the name of the main character. Repeated scenes of spoiled and materialistic kids and clueless parents are intended to set the stage for transformation. Corporate sabotage in the name of saving a patch of forest is depicted repeatedly. Predictable, safe family fare. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Definitely some fun eye candy here, in the form of the richly hued animation of flowers, trees, and a posh glass penthouse. The Barbie franchise has hit on a consistent movie formula and stuck with it: a main character, either fairy or princess, who must overcome various forms of evil with the help of animal sidekicks, determination, and some good old-fashioned grrrl power. This DVD is no different. The evil is threefold: modern corporate development at the expense of the ecosystem, shallow friendships, and clueless, overindulgent parents. Never fear, Thumbelina has them all covered (thanks to an assist by Twillerbee girl friends and a smiling dog.)
Good, positive messages are given about the true meaning of friendship in a materialistic world, the virtue of saving nature, and the ability for small people to accomplish big things -- always a nice message in a movie aimed at children. Unfortunately, the movie is so predictable from the opening scene that even the youngest viewers are unlikely to wonder about its outcome, and older kids will grow quickly bored.
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