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|Barbie in a Christmas Carol|
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Barbie? in A Christmas Carol is a heart-warming adaptation of the classic Dickens story filled with cherished Christmas carols, fabulous fashions and lots of laughs! The tale stars Barbie? as Eden Starling? the glamorous s... more »
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Great holiday movie
A. O'Quinn | KY | 11/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter and I were introduced to the Barbie movies last winter and since then have purchased every movie. I bought this latest one for her two days ago and she has already watched it several times. She loves the singing (traditional Christmas tunes) and the cat Chuzzlewit. I did feel as though the animation went back a step from the last few Barbie movies...it could easily be mistaken for one of the older Barbie movies. For this reason, I rated it a 4/5. The writers do a good job in updating the original classic to make it more appealing to younger viewers. The original themes are still there, but the characters (especially the ghost of yet to come) are not nearly as terrifying as in the book. My daughter is three and was was able to sit through the entire movie without being scared (she was scared a few times in the Magic of Pegasus and Mariposa). I recommend this movie to anyone who loves the other Barbie movies or has a child that does.
******(SPOILER ALERT***** The part of Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Barbie (as Eden Starlight). She is a theater diva whose signature line is "In a selfish world, the selfish succeed". She lives her life by this and on Christmas Eve, she receives a visit from her Aunt Marie (dragging her chains of burden), who tells her that she will be visited by three spirits. She wants Eden to know that she made a mistake in raising her to believe that selfish people succeed. The first spirit appears (Spirit of Christmas Past) and takes Eden back in time to her childhood. We see her escaping the house she shares with her Aunt and sledding to visit best friend Catherine. The girls sing together for Catherine's family and are having a great time when there is a knock on the door. It is Aunt Marie, who goes in a tantrum. The spirit brings Eden back to present and Eden explains that she was never allowed any more Christmas get togethers with Catherine and her family. We begin to see why Eden is the selfish diva who hates Christmas so much. Not long after, the second spirit (Spirit of Christmas Present) arrives and brings Eden to several different places. First, to the backstage area where her crew are celebrating in spite of the fact that she demanded they didn't. They are throwing tomatoes at her picture (her friend Catherine included) and we see her begin to realize how demanding she is. Then, we are taken to the local orphanage, where Catherine has been helping the kids with Christmas caroling in hopes that the orphanage will not have to close come spring. One little girl in particular (played by Kelly) captures Eden's heart. We see some compassion from her and then she is taken back to her room for the last spirit. The spirit of Christmas future arrives (not scary at all) and tells Eden that she is going to show her the future based on the track that her life is following right now. We see Eden and Chuzzlewit at the backstage area, which is dirty and secluded. Eden wonders where her crew are and why everything appears the way it does. We learn that Eden fired her crew on Christmas for being late and since then lost her status as theater star. She is poor and alone in a selfish world. She discovers that Catherine has become a famous fashion designer and Eden decides to pay her old friend a visit. She is saddened to discover that Catherine has become the woman that Eden used to be(cold hearted and selfish). She begs the ghost to take her back. She wants to change! She awakens to find it is Christmas morning and that she can change her future. She gives her emplyees gifts, bonuses and the day off. She goes to the orphanage and adopts it in order to prevent its closing. She also makes up with Catherine and goes to spend Christmas with her and her family once again. The movie is narrated by Barbie (wearing the gown from the new Holiday Barbie series). She is telling the story to her little sister Kelly, who has thrown a fit and declared that she hates Christmas (she wants to stay at home on Christmas Eve instead of attending the hospital charity ball)."
A new Christmas Classic!
D. Vance | Central USA | 11/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is another real winner from Barbie! The story is well told and the music is wonderful classic Christmas songs that had everyone singing along. I wondered how they would handle The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come without scaring the little ones, and they did it beautifully! The animation seems a little "flatter" than The Diamond Castle, but still very nice. This is a video the whole family can enjoy together. (Even my teenage boys hunkered down to watch!)"
M. Bowen | 11/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie I think infact its the best that the Barbie makers have done! I know I'm 27 and I watch Barbie movies, deal! LOL I want to buy it now and share the wonder of it with my nieces and nephews!
Great movie, good storyline, great songs, and beautiful animation!
A real treat for all those dreaming of sugar plums this time of year.
MADE A HIT IN OUR HOUSE
S. Canada | New York | 12/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My daughters ages 6 and 3 loved this movie. I dont really think my 3 year old grasp what the story is about, but just being a barbie and a princess fan, was enough for her. We've only had this movie a few days now and they haved watched it 10 times easy and pretty much know all the words to all the christmas songs and try to dance along as well. I only gave it a 4 because, I didnt approve of the statment "I HATE Christmas" that was used twice in the movie, once by the little girl Kelly and again by Eden. My girls know this word as being a bad word and everytime they watch that part of the movie, they yell out "OOOOOOOOOO! they said a bad word" and now I have to explain why its still not ok for them to use it. I wish they could have used a better choice of words in those two scenes as this is a G rated movie. Other than that, this movie would have gotten a 5 all the way. I enjoyed it myself."