There is no toy more iconic than Barbie, and she has become a franchise where each Barbie film appears to be completely distinct from the previous one. The film series began in 2001 and has featured some of the most imaginative and extraordinary stories, with Barbie venturing into space, exploring the depths of the ocean, and living a life that defies traditional animated princess stereotypes. However, the early 2010s brought about a change, with Barbie becoming an actress and starring in films as a mermaid and a fairy. This was followed by a series of films aimed at young children, telling straightforward stories with valuable life lessons.
And then came “Life in Dreamhouse” – a truly meta television show that embraces its commercial origins and plays into the popular stereotype. “Life in Dreamhouse” includes fly-on-the-wall interview segments with its characters, framing the wacky events as if they were part of a reality TV show. With a new live-action Barbie film set to release on the 21st of this month, we can only hope that the best is yet to come.
So now, let’s delve into the top 10 Barbie films of all time:
10. Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009)
Set in mid-1600s Paris, this film follows Corinne D’Artagnan, a 17-year-old girl from Gascony who dreams of becoming a musketeer like her late father. When she arrives in Paris, she faces challenges and is even sent to work as a maid in the castle. However, when an attempt is made on the Prince’s life, Corinne reveals her training and teams up with her fellow maids to save the kingdom.
9. Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)
While not often included in lists of the best Barbie films, this unique choice offers a blend of a timeless tale and nostalgic charm. Barbie tells her younger sister, Kelly, the story of Eden Starling, a Victorian singer who demands her crew cancel their Christmas plans. This film is a delightful twist on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
8. Barbie of Swan Lake (2003)
Based on Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, this dazzling and magical film will awaken your childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina. The story revolves around Odette, a shy village girl who discovers her ability to save the Enchanted Forest from an evil wizard.
7. Barbie: Fairytopia (2005)
In the realm of Fairytopia, Elina wishes she had wings like the other fairies. However, an evil villain has made it impossible for them to fly. Elina embarks on a journey to stop the villain, and with the help of her furry friend Bibble, she sets off on grand adventures in this successful spin on classic fairytales.
6. Barbie: Princess Charm School (2011)
Unlike the earlier Barbie films, this original story focuses on Blair, a young woman who discovers she is a long-lost princess while attending a prestigious Princess Charm School. Offering a deeper and more engaging storyline, this film showcases Barbie’s growth and charm.
5. Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (2005)
Barbie takes on the role of Princess Annika in this enchanting film where she must travel to the Cloud Kingdom and break an evil warlock’s spell to save her family. With Brie Larson’s fantastic voice acting and exciting adventures, this film stands out as one of the best.
4. Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (2010)
Unlike other Barbie films, this movie focuses on fashion rather than embarking on a grand adventure. Barbie visits her Aunt Millicent in Paris to save her failing Fashion House. The film features fashion montages, side trips to Paris, and mentions of Barbie’s previous films and acting career.
3. Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (2006)
Staying true to the original story’s origins and themes, this film follows Barbie as Genevieve, who leads her sisters in discovering a magical realm where they can escape their mourning duties and dance every night. They must defeat the cunning Duchess Rowena and save their kingdom from her evil plot.
2. Barbie & the Diamond Castle (2008)
This modern Barbie film tells the story of friendships and a quest to find the Diamond Castle with the help of a magical mirror. With an intriguing plot featuring ogres, tavern performances, and adorable anthropomorphic puppies, this film offers a memorable experience.
1. Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004)
Considered one of the best Barbie films ever made, this movie has become a favorite for its iconic songs that have transcended pop culture. Loosely based on Mark Twain’s novel, the story follows the wealthy Princess Anneliese and the indentured servant Erika as they trade lives and discover love.
With these exceptional films and the upcoming live-action Barbie film, the world of Barbie continues to captivate audiences of all ages.
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Basant Kasayap is an entertainment aficionado who delves into the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. From Hollywood to Bollywood to regional cinema, she offers readers an insider’s perspective on the world of movies, music, and pop culture.