Barbie Dreamtopia

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Barbie's little sis learns lessons in candy-colored world.

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Chelsea learns teamwork, kindness, and compassion as she goes on her adventures, and each lesson is easy for a kid audience to understand. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are racially diverse in both Chelsea's real world and in Dreamtopia. Barbie serves as a mentor for the younger kids, and is wise and supportive. 

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Consumerism

You can purchase Dreamtopia-specific Barbie products. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie Dreamtopia is an animated series about Barbie's little sister, Chelsea, and her adventures in the real world and in Dreamtopia, an imaginary land she visits in her imagination. Each episode begins with a situation that Chelsea needs help with; for example, how to fairly judge two competing lemonade stands, so she looks to the imaginary world of Dreamtopia to have a similar adventure that will help her find an answer to her real life predicament. It's predictable but sweet, and the princesses of Dreamtopia (though based on real toys that kids may want to buy after viewing) are supportive of each other and Chelsea. 

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What's the story?

BARBIE DREAMTOPIA is a series about Barbie's little sister, Chelsea, and her adventures in Dreamtopia, a fantasy land that she visits in her imagination. Each episode begins with a situation that Chelsea needs help with; for example, how to fairly judge two competing lemonade stands, so she looks to the imaginary world of Dreamtopia to have a similar adventure that will help her find an answer to her real life predicament. Dreamtopia is populated with many princesses who are named for the color of clothiing they wear: Orange, Purple, Yellow, etc., along with Rainbow Princess Barbie, who is their kind ruler. 

Is it any good?

This predictable but sweet series will appeal to younger kids who love Barbie's world and this particular version that includes a super colorful imaginary world. Even though its plots aren't totally fresh, kids will likely be won over by Dreamtopia itself, a land in the clouds full of fantastical creatures. The framing of Barbie Dreamtopia makes its positive messages clear, and Chelsea learns something new about doing the right thing in each episode. Fans of Barbie herself should know that the iconic character isn't the star of the show; she serves as a mentor and someone to look up to for her sister Chelsea. The fact that you can buy a doll version of every character isn't easy to ignore, but the show stands well enough on its own for some mild entertainment. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Barbie. Why do you think she's been such a popular character for so long? 

  • How do Chelsea and Barbie get along in Barbie Dreamtopia? Do you have an older or younger sibling? How do you have fun together? 

  • Families can talk about imagination. How does Chelsea use her imagination to help solve real-world problems? Have you ever done that?

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