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Children's Video/DVD Review: Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper


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DVD Released: September 2004

Reviewed: September 2004

Our Recommended Age: 5-10

Our Rating: A+

 

 

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"Long ago and far away..."

 

So begins the latest direct-to-video CGI-animated Barbie movie, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper. Based on Mark Twain's classic tale, this video/DVD is a modern-retelling of the story. It's Barbie's first musical, and it does a fantastic job of both entertaining kids and giving them something to think about. 

 

At the same moment, two identical baby girls were born. One, Princess Anneliese, had everything, while Erika, born to a poor village family, lived a life of hard work and poverty. Both girls were equally loved, but their circumstances were starkly different. The girls looked amazingly similar, with the exception of hair color!

 

Princess Anneliese's mother, a widowed Queen, was encountering some serious problems. The gold had run out, and the her Kingdom was now bankrupt. In order to care for her people, she planned that her daughter meet Dominick, a young King in "need" of a wife. 

 

 

This movie explores the urge for freedom and the desire to be responsible. The princess is compelled to fulfill her duty to her mother and their kingdom by marrying Dominick. Erika, the pauper, feels responsibility to her own family, hoping to repay her parents' debt. 

 

Both girls are determined and adventurous, and their lives quickly become intertwined after Preminger, the Queen's "trusted" advisor, kidnaps the Princess. Erika will need to assume Anneliese's identity in order to foil her kidnapper. More suspense and complications arise when King Dominick falls in love with Erika, mistaking her for the Princess. A rather royal cat, Serafina, and her rival, Midas (a French poodle) are funny supporting characters in this exciting musical. The songs are charming—even Preminger sings a deliciously evil little ditty. 

 

 

The DVD is loaded with bonus features, and initial orders of both the DVD and VHS include a bonus musical soundtrack CD.

 

 

 

Our Rating:


 

A+

 

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Reviewed September 2004
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