Sweet movie with good message
C. Taylor | Yukon OK | 03/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Our three and a half year old daughter wanted to see this movie after seeing a preview on the Nick Jr website. The only other Barbie movie we have watched was the Nutcracker, and while it was a cute movie with beautiful ballet sequences, it had too many scary parts for her. We watched A Mermaid's Tale tonight as a special treat after a particularly traumatic day involving blood testing for allergies. I was pleasantly surprised in this movie. The animation is fantastic, beautiful and lifelike. The characters are sweet. And the story line (you must realize we are talking it's for small children who love Barbie and fantasy) is easy to follow and fun. My daughter loved it. The "scary" parts weren't too scary, some sharks, a few jelly fish, and the mean Queen. And while she is mean, it's nothing like the Queen in Sleeping Beauty that can give very young children nightmares for weeks. The movie's message is that it is okay to be different. We are very particular about what we let our daughter watch. She watches Max and Ruby, the Wonder Pets, The Berenstain Bears, Little Bear, Olivia and occasionally Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. She has seen the Tinkerbell movies, but didn't enjoy the other Disney movies, as the bad guys are always too scary. She doesn't see any network TV or commercials in general. She saw the commercial for this on the Nick Jr website, and only after we had watched it first. My husband and I especially appreciated the fact that there weren't references to things she wouldn't understand, there weren't jokes thrown in for the adults only, and that is was sweet and simple with no violence, no name calling and nothing offensive. I would gladly watch it again with her, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a parent who was looking for a sweet, fun movie for little girls who love pretend and make-believe and believe it's possible Mermaids are really out there in the ocean somewhere."
The Other Little Mermaid
RD Rauser | Edmonton, Canada | 03/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, everybody knows we're not dealing with Pixar here. I suspect Barbie movies are churned out of some nondescript factory in New Jersey (though I have yet to confirm those suspicions). But be that as it may, we accept Barbie movies for what they are: pleasant and relatively wholesome vehicles for selling products and offering parents a 1 and a 1/2 hour reprieve from the bedlam created by young girls. With that intro, here is my eight year old's review (as dictated to me):
"This movie is an enjoyable, unforgettable adventure. It is one of the best movies with fantasy. It has a great story and animation. This movie is a delightful film to watch."
M. E. Senior | NY | 03/26/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My 6 year old has enjoyed most of the Barbie movies, including this newest offering. This is very much like all the rest, except as my 9 year old (who sat through it semi-interested several times) pointed out...there are no "boys." Wow! That's huge...every other Barbie movie has at least partially centered around a male character helping to solve the problem/save the kingdom. Besides a brief appearance by her kindly/wacky surfer dude grandfather, it's all girl power in this one. Pretty refreshing really!"
Cute for kids and grown-ups too
Mom of two | 04/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this for a pajama party for my daughter's 6th bday. Eleven little girls (and one 4yo little brother)absolutely loved it. Granted, since it was a bday party, after about 50 mins they were ready to move on to cake, but it still held their attention longer than I'd expected. We've watched it a few times since, and both my 6yo daughter and 4yo son are mesmerized from start to finish. And I can actually say, I enjoy it too. There is more humor than I've seen in many younger kids' movies, and even though my kids didn't get some of it, I had a few good chuckles. I don't think I could watch it as many times as I've watched CARS, but it's alot easier on adults than any other Barbie movie and most of the other little girl movies we've seen.
As far as the "occult" stuff...give me a break. The destinies were funny little characters and the whole thing is completely harmless. Kids movies, especially girls' ones, are SUPPOSED to be magical. There's no need to take the *magic* and turn it into something treacherous, especially when the movie presents so many positive messages like this one does.