Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Kelly Sheridan, Lee Tockar, Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Venus Terzo
Directors: Walter P. Martishius, William Lau
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Barbie stars as Elina in her first-ever Fairytopia movie. Come join Elina and discover a magical new land filled with fairies, flowers, and enchanting experiences! Just through the rainbow, in the world of Fairytopia, live... more »
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Sharon S. from PARKERSBURG, WV
Reviewed on 2/12/2013...
Another hit! My 3 yr old grand-daughter watches this movie all of the time!
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Good Movie for Little Girls
Lunataina | Miami, Florida, USA | 03/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice movie for little girls. My four year old absolutely loves it. Of course it has Barbie and fairies so it was an instant hit. As any mom who has to watch movies over and over again I appreciate quality in children's movies and look for movies my daughter will love and I will not go crazy watching reapeatedly. My daughter truly enjoys the movie. It was a let down for me.
The movie is 70 minutes long (compared to 78 min for Nutcracker, 83 min for Rapunzel, 83 min for Swan Lake, and 85 min for Princess and the Pauper) and seems to be meant as a set-up for a series of Fairytopia movies and to sell fairytopia dolls. (if you see the feature in called Meet New Friends, or something along those lines, it shows many of the products related to the line, which is one the most shameless promotions I've seen for the series. No inspirational true life stories of girls achieving their goals or anything of the sort in this one, unlike some of the previous movies which did include some nice extras).
The movie introduces a lot of characters that are not at all developed and has a very flimsy story. I guess that is why I am not giving it 5 stars. I've seen what Barbie movies can be, and this one was not the best. The previous four Barbie movies based on classic stories are wonderful. I can watch them with my daughter every time and do not get tired of them. They are extremely well developed for this kind of movie. They used well known voice talents that brought a certain credibility to the movies which I had not expected when I first saw them advertised. This one is not in the same level as the previous four. It is sort of like the difference between Disney's Aladdin and the two sequels. The sequels were not bad, but they just were not as well produced as the first one. While the first four Barbie movies were almost flawless within their category of little girl movies, and actually raised the bar in quality animation and storytelling within said category, Barbie Fairytopia is just one more movie for your child's collection. Not really one to stand out.
After all is taken into consideration, Barbie Fairytopia is a cute movie with a nice message. Little kids will more than likely want to see it again and again. Little girls will probably want to dress up as Barbie - Elina for Halloween this year and want Fairytopia birthday parties. It is deffinitely not a waste of money. It is just not as good as the previous Barbie movies.
I just hope that Barbie's next movie, Barbie and the Magic of Pegassus (scheduled for fall 2005 release), is more like the kind of movie we have come to expect from the franchise.
Contrary to Someone Else's Review - this is the Worst Yet!
C. Tickle | 04/26/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Someone who said this was a good movie because it was 'original' and the others were bad since they were loosely based on fairy tales sounded to me like a literature fan. And those fans are upset at how Barbie altered the plots of the movies.
I have one message for you. Moviemakers take a story, and they are NOT supposed to produce an exact movie clone of it. It's been done too many times before. How boring the movie world would be then!
The other Barbie movies I gave ratings of no lower than four stars. But this trash - one star!
Animation - It sucks. Big time. They look like they came out of the animation lab incomplete. The other Barbie movies are much better, and more realistic.
Character Development - None. From the beginning of story, the characters are either labelled as caring or wicked. Nothing else. Plus, Barbie, or Elina and Bibble REALLY irritated me with fake sweetness and innocence this time, and Barbie's never done that before. In fact, I wished the wicked fairy had more screen time than her!
Plot - Very predictable. The other movies always surprised me with unique plots - in the good way. Elina is a wingless fairy who must save her fairy world and earn her wings, and the bla...bla...bla... Not very original either. We've all seen this before. Plus, it's not smoothly flowing like in the other movies. Someone is an outsider, and must prove her worth to everyone, by saving the day - if you want to see this plot, watch Balto instead! It at least has a plot that makes sense.
What really irritates me about this plot is the fact that the queen or some ruler is kidnapped at the very beginning of the movie. That is NOT right. This is why there's no character development in the movie - the kidnapping does not allow time for that, so the characters are just labelled with traits and are forced to stick with them. The characters should at least be allowed some character development before the conflict begins!
Conflict - An outsider who is wingless must save Fairytopia from evil and earn their trust and her wings. Unoriginal. Period.
Humour - None.
Colour - Too bright to be as realistic as even traditional animation! Bad move, Mattel!
Overall - Bad movie with a good message. But it takes more than just a good message to make a good movie.
My sister, brother and I all got up in the first half of this movie, and turned it off. That's the first time we've ever done that with a Barbie movie.
My rating - 0.5 stars.
My sister's - 0 stars.
My brother's - 1 star.
I'm sorry I have to give this movie one star. I'd REALLY like it to be 0.5.
If you enjoyed the other Barbie movies as much as I did, avoid this one. Your kids will hate it, and so will you. You would've wasted money on this piece of junk.
It seem that when Mattel switched from traditional tales as base for a movie to original stories, they made a BIG BAD MOVE.
Mattel, your next movie had better be better than this one, or I'm pulling the plug on Barbie permanently. I'll always treasure the other Barbie movies, though."
Love this movie!!
Colleen McKinney | Nunnelly, TN | 03/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this as a gift for a special little girl, but she already had one so I kept it. My son loves it. He watches it and laughs at Bibble. The cartoon is about Barbie saving Fairytopia. She is the only fairy in the place who doesn't have wings. The town gets into trouble and Barbie takes action. She saves the day of course and in the end she gets her wings. This movie is great for kids and for adults."