Barbie: Star Light Adventure

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Smart heroine saves the galaxy in outer space adventure.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 79 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Clearly stated messages throughout about following one's heart. In conversation and in song, promotes listening to one's "heart and following it to the end." Everything comes from the heart: courage, leadership, and hope. Also advocates trusting oneself, as well as believing in yourself. "Anything is possible when you look to your heart."

Positive Role Models & Representations

No curvy, shopping-obsessed Barbie here. This Barbie is serious (with a twinkle in her eye), is responsible, has a deep connection with the world of nature, is a loving friend and daughter, and works hard to do the right thing. She admits to not always following rules perfectly and to sometimes acting before she thinks, but she uses good instincts and does follow her heart. There are no villains here, only a king who is headstrong and vain, but he learns to trust and respect others. Ethnic diversity is accomplished via characters of different colors and shades.

Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon action includes a practice martial arts bout, careening through an electrical field, and several falls, from hover boards, through space, into a deep hole. Everyone immediately recovers; no injuries.

Sexy Stuff

This DVD promotes dozens of new Mattel Barbie dolls, toys, and related merchandise, all with the Star Light Adventure theme.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in Barbie: Star Light Adventure, Barbie is a take-charge, smart, and successful teen. She's come a long way from her origins as a curvy beauty who primarily focused on appearance, clothes, and social activities. This Barbie has a can-do attitude, participates in her community (in this case, a distant galaxy), and is a solid role model for her fans. In fact, other than one ball gown, Barbie's attire is all practical, appropriate for her character's active lifestyle. Some mild cartoon action, including a challenging journey through an electrical field, falls, and a sparring match with a teammate, is delivered with a light hand, only a bit of suspense, and no serious consequences. The story and accompanying original songs are chock-full of clearly-stated (and repeated) messages about believing in yourself, taking a risk when it's the right thing to do, and always listening to your heart (i.e., your better instincts). It's important to note that setting Barbie on an adventure in a high-tech, far-off universe is a boon for Mattel and its licensees, providing them with a wide variety of new marketable characters, products, and media entries.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJami S. August 23, 2018

Why does the mom always have to be dead

Seriously. Another kid’s movie where the mom is dead and died when Barbie was young. Why on earth is this the single most common thread among kids movies??? You... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrandy S. April 23, 2018

Best Barbie movie yet!

To the point but easy to follow, little sisters & baby of 1 & 1/2 watched the whole thing very intently. It's different from all the others... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySarah_Jane June 20, 2020

Absolutely Incredible!

This movie is INCREDIBLE. Not only is it chock full of positive roles models and important messages easily digestible for younger audiences (without losing any... Continue reading

What's the story?

Far, far away from Earth in another galaxy, Barbie (voiced with high spirits by Erica Lindbeck) lives an idyllic life with her widowed dad (Michael Chandler) and her beloved pet, Pupcorn, in BARBIE: STAR LIGHT ADVENTURE. Barbie is a hover-board champion, is gifted at communicating with her planet's creatures, and spends her days in a magical world filled with peaceful beauty. On the galaxy's Capital Planet, however, a legendary prophecy is about to come true. It has been said that one day the stars that light the world and maintain harmony for all who live in it will dim and eventually disappear, and the galaxy will be plunged into darkness; only a special being, with the heart of a leader, will be able to restore the stars. As the stars begin to fade, King Constantine (Dwight Schultz) tries and fails again and again to return them to their sparkling glory. As a last hope, he summons a group of volunteers to help. Barbie is one of those volunteers. Along with Sal-Lee (Kimberly Woods), Prince Leo (Robbie Daymond), and some eager sprites, Barbie, spurred on by memories of her deceased mom, uses her wisdom, her desire to make a difference, and her special talents to lead the way and try to make the skies whole again.

Is it any good?

A solid story, eager fans, and a Barbie who is cool, smart, and a great role model spell success for Mattel and its licensees who've introduced a new line of dolls and toys based on this concept. Barbie: Star Light Adventure sets Barbie and her dad in a magical, high-tech, timeless universe with an unspoiled environment and a diverse population. Barbie is faced with meaningful challenges and rises to the occasion with only a few missteps, which she is quick to admit. The straightforward messages presented about being true to oneself, following one's heart, and how anything is possible are never subtle. In fact, the lessons are heard so many times in conversation and multiple original songs, that, though worthy, they become repetitive. It's nice to see how far the Barbie creators have come in making their brand relevant and positive for today's kids, particularly girls. This movie is a welcome entry for old fans and a pleasant introduction for new viewers. Its mild action and simple-to-follow plot make it appropriate for most kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this DVD has been released in tandem with many new Barbie: Star Light Adventure dolls and toys. How does the movie help sell the toys, and how do the toys help sell the movie? How does your family deal with the pressures of this promotion?

  • Barbie admits that she isn't perfect; she often questions things too much, and she sometimes acts before she thinks. How does acknowledging our shortcomings help us make better choices? Think of one lesson you've learned from a mistake you made. How did it change your outlook or your behavior?

  • Villains often learn nothing in stories and never change. This antagonist is different. What did King Constantine take away from his adventure with Barbie? How did the filmmakers show that he had changed? 

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