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Barbie Presents Thumbelina

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Eco-friendly story unrelated to real Thumbelina story.

Movie NR 2009 75 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 2+

Barbie as Thumbellina

This is such a great animated film for the kids. It is aimed at younger kids to promote self-belief (even small people can make a difference) and to introduce the importance of the environment. I particularly like how it satirises the mom's exaggerated reaction to bugs. Also barbie is in it, she is the teacher/carer that tells the story to the kids. Great messages about true friendship and appeals to kids love of fairies and condemns consumerism. Love Love Love this film!
age 8+


I was VERY disappointed in this film. Barbie wasn't in it, but this disappointing 'Thumbelina' which has a sort-of ugly looking face. It was supposed to have a good message about saving the earth. Which was WONDERFUL, but no Barbie in it made it unenjoyable and the characters weren't too nice to look at. I also know the true Thumbelina tale and it put shame on the orginal. It had NOTHING To do with the true Thumbelina by the way

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (14 ):

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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