Barbie Movies Reviewed - Which Ones Are The Best?

Updated on July 4, 2016

Barbie Movies Are the Best!

Since 1959, girls have adored playing with Barbie dolls. Is it the glitter, the beautiful countenance or the detachable clothes that make Barbie so famous? From observing my little six year old girl, I would have to say it’s definitely the magic princess factor, followed by the fabulous ballgowns that would make any woman weep for her childhood – a time when anything was possible and when you could be rainbow coloured in every sense.

I’d like to share with you my pick of Barbie movies, so that you can choose the most appealing and age appropriate ones for your child or grandchild and give them a magical gift. I’ve star scored my Barbie movies below, based upon how much my daughter and I have enjoyed them together. I hope that this information will help you in finding the perfect one!

The Princess and the Pauper

Ages 3 - 8 years | 5 out of 5 star rating

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An example of the picturesque landscapes, cute pets and wonderful ballgowns in the Princess and the Pauper Barbie film.Erika sings a song in her bubble bath. Princess Annaliese begins the famous duet in the courtyard.
An example of the picturesque landscapes, cute pets and wonderful ballgowns in the Princess and the Pauper Barbie film.
An example of the picturesque landscapes, cute pets and wonderful ballgowns in the Princess and the Pauper Barbie film.
Erika sings a song in her bubble bath.
Erika sings a song in her bubble bath.
Princess Annaliese begins the famous duet in the courtyard.
Princess Annaliese begins the famous duet in the courtyard.

One of our earliest favourite Barbie movies, the Princess and the Pauper was the movie which made Barbie musicals popular (it was the first Barbie animated musical ever made).

It has a beautiful, compelling soundtrack of seven original songs that make you want to sing, and the story is a romantic fairy tale based on a Mark Twain tale, with a handsome prince, cute pets, helpful friends and some villains that are not too scary.

The scenery is gorgeous, with a castle guaranteed to spark the imagination of any young girl and an old fashioned medieval town that will show them a small piece of history. My daughter (6 years old) enjoyed this movie very much and I think it’s a great signature Barbie movie, ideal for young children getting started with their collection.

Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper
Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper

This is a classic favourite, with the right elements that made it a bestseller when it was made. Great singing, a great fairy tale and good for kids to watch.

 

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale

Ages 4 - 10 years | 5 out of 5 star rating

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Barbie and Ken are reunited after a long journey in A Fashion Fairytale.Elise, Ken, Barbie and Aunt Millicent are delighted when they saye the business by holding a great fashion show.The cute pets, also with French accents and design talents of their own.
Barbie and Ken are reunited after a long journey in A Fashion Fairytale.
Barbie and Ken are reunited after a long journey in A Fashion Fairytale.
Elise, Ken, Barbie and Aunt Millicent are delighted when they saye the business by holding a great fashion show.
Elise, Ken, Barbie and Aunt Millicent are delighted when they saye the business by holding a great fashion show.
The cute pets, also with French accents and design talents of their own.
The cute pets, also with French accents and design talents of their own.

A modern style of Barbie movie, Fashion Fairytale is very distinctive, with sparkling gowns, French accents and marvellously snobby pets.

After a bad day, Barbie goes to Paris to visit her Aunt Millicent and helps her to get her fashion business functioning again after discovering the Flairies and the magic cupboard.

Although the title makes it sound like a fluff movie, I found Fashion Fairytale to be quite meaningful and reasonably good for young girls to watch. It is not about trendy fashion or body issues, but about original and classic fashion that inspires designer dreams and stories on creating genuinely gorgeous outfits without hangups.

Ken is very funny with his antics and this movie stands out from other Barbie movies because it has a bit of everything and is a positive experience for female fashion. It also deals with what winners do about jealousy (eg. dignity and forgiveness).

The villains are not scary at all, so it's a win/win with young children, though children younger than four years old may find the concepts hard to understand or the storyline a bit complex. You can expect your child to be asking for a sparkly looking dress or a poodle after watching this!

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale
Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale

Wonderful gowns, a funny Ken, French accents, the traditional cute pets and a cheerful message for girls make this movie rather good for little ladies of all ages.

 

Barbie: The Diamond Castle

Ages 5 - 8 years | 4 out of 5 star rating

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Best friends Barbie and Teresa.Liana and Alexa play instruments to deflect Lydia's evil spells.Magic gowns at the Diamond Castle.
Best friends Barbie and Teresa.
Best friends Barbie and Teresa.
Liana and Alexa play instruments to deflect Lydia's evil spells.
Liana and Alexa play instruments to deflect Lydia's evil spells.
Magic gowns at the Diamond Castle.
Magic gowns at the Diamond Castle.

An emotional and heartfelt Barbie movie featuring best friends who share a love of music and stand by each other throughout theirs adventures. The movie also has the usual adorable pets and a Pegasus.

My daughter enjoyed this one a lot and I caught her humming to the distinctive music played at the start and end of the movie when the best friends (Barbie and Teresa) sing and play their guitars. Mothers will like the soundtrack too!

The plot revolves around Barbie Liana and best friend Alexa, who discover a girl trapped inside a mirror. The two best friends share many adventures together on their way to the Diamond Castle.

Lots of flowers and fantasy with adventurous travels and helpful Ken clones who turn out to be great friends, this is definitely one for hardcore Barbie fans as the movie feels rather long.

However, a note of warning – the scary bits with the villains are prolonged in this Barbie film, so it’s better if a child older than five years views it.

Barbie and the Diamond Castle
Barbie and the Diamond Castle

The good thing about this movie is how the best friends share their hobby together and how the main characters stick together and help each other as a team. The Diamond Castle presents a real theme of togetherness.

 

Barbie: Fairytopia

Ages 3 - 6 | 3 out of 5 star rating

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Fairytopia title screen, showing the magical landscape.Elina and companion pet, Bibble, sit down to tea with Azura, the Guardian Fairy.Elina is elated when she gets her wings at last!
Fairytopia title screen, showing the magical landscape.
Fairytopia title screen, showing the magical landscape.
Elina and companion pet, Bibble, sit down to tea with Azura, the Guardian Fairy.
Elina and companion pet, Bibble, sit down to tea with Azura, the Guardian Fairy.
Elina is elated when she gets her wings at last!
Elina is elated when she gets her wings at last!

The Barbie Fairytopia collection includes Fairytopia (the original), Mermaidia and Magic of the Rainbow. Lots of fairies, flowers and insect friends abound in these very cutesy and girly productions. The Fairytopia series is a bit simplistic for adults, but young kids love it.

The main drawcard for my daughter in the Fairytopia series was the fairies, friendly stories and adorable small creatures. Likewise, a similar enjoyment was derived from the mermaids and sea creatures in Mermaidia.

As it only shows short segments of villains and scary bits, and focuses mostly on overcoming small life obstacles in a positive way, I’d say Fairytopia is appropriate for a much younger age group who are just starting on Barbie movies.

My daughter liked Fairytopia when she was four and five but became more interested in the stronger plot lines of other Barbie films as she got older. The star rating I have given for this reflects the fact that the Fairytopia series might only be appropriate for couple of years, then everyone will be bored with it, so don't pay too much when purchasing.

Barbie Fairytopia
Barbie Fairytopia

Fairytopia is suitable for very young children - adults might find it a bit dull. Mermaidia and Magic of the Rainbow are also two other Barbie movies in this series.

 

Swan Lake

Ages 4 - 6 | 4 out of 5 star rating

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Beautiful music and fantastic landscapes will inspire girls in Barbie: Swan Lake.The big draw card here is ballet dancing.Odette dances with Prince Daniel.
Beautiful music and fantastic landscapes will inspire girls in Barbie: Swan Lake.
Beautiful music and fantastic landscapes will inspire girls in Barbie: Swan Lake.
The big draw card here is ballet dancing.
The big draw card here is ballet dancing.
Odette dances with Prince Daniel.
Odette dances with Prince Daniel.

Another beautiful production from Mattel, in the spirit of the Princess and the Pauper, Barbie of Swan Lake involves lots of dancing, singing and a magical unicorn, waterfall and town.

Barbie stars as Odette, a baker's daughter in the town and she follows a unicorn into the Enchanted Forest behind a waterfall. The evil wizard Rothbart transforms her into a swan and tries to kill the Fairy Queen. Odette saves the Queen with some help from her friends and falls in love with Prince Daniel.

Once again, there are scary moments in this movie due to the villain Rothbart, but since Odette has help from the Fairy Queen and some little forest ballet dancers, it’s not quite as dark as some of the other Barbie movies.

Lots of Tchaikovsky music (performed by the London Symphony Orchestra) and lots of lush landscapes that my daughter really liked.

This was her second favourite Barbie movie at the time (I think it was the fact that it involved ballet and fantasy) and I found my four year old son really liked Swan Lake too (he only likes some Barbie movies).

Barbie of Swan Lake
Barbie of Swan Lake

If your child likes ballet and has a thing for fantasy, you can't really go wrong with this movie. It's quite beautiful and mothers will enjoy it too. You might only get a few years out of it, but it will be one of their favourites!

 

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (3D)

Ages 4 - 10 | 4 out of 5 star rating

Princess Annika's parents want to protect her from the evil wizard Wenlock, by keeping her in her in bedroom.
Princess Annika's parents want to protect her from the evil wizard Wenlock, by keeping her in her in bedroom.
Annika sets off on the next phase of her journey after getting the help of her new friends in the Cloud Kingdom.
Annika sets off on the next phase of her journey after getting the help of her new friends in the Cloud Kingdom.
Dancing while ice skating.
Dancing while ice skating.

Both my son and daughter got a kick out of getting the 3D glasses with this movie – there are a few 3D scenes in it and they are great!

We all enjoyed the Magic of Pegasus – there’s a lot to like about it, with the ice skating, lots of flying horses, dreamy cloudscapes and adventure based on a fairytale. The signature cute pet (a polar bear pup) is also found in this movie

The evil wizard Wenlock turns Princess Annika’s parents to stone and Annika finds new friends and has adventures to break the spell.

With music by Beethoven, the Magic of Pegasus has lots of travel to different places, little subplots and riddles going on which fit well within the spectacular computer generated landscapes.

Scary bits well were outweighed by the ability of Barbie and her prince to be creative and solve the problems fairly easily.

I recommend this movie for something a little different, as it is a good all-round Barbie movie experience for both girls and boys four years and up.

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus

Ice skating, flying horses, pretty cloudscapes, adventures and riddles abound in this good all round child pleaser with the additional feature of being able to watch bits of it in 3D. Glasses included.

 

Barbie: 12 Dancing Princesses

Ages 3 - 8 years | 3 out of 5 star rating

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Another beautiful Barbie castle, where the twelve dancing princesses live.Unlocking the doorway to the secret garden.Twelve princesses dance ballet in the Secret Garden of Wishes.
Another beautiful Barbie castle, where the twelve dancing princesses live.
Another beautiful Barbie castle, where the twelve dancing princesses live.
Unlocking the doorway to the secret garden.
Unlocking the doorway to the secret garden.
Twelve princesses dance ballet in the Secret Garden of Wishes.
Twelve princesses dance ballet in the Secret Garden of Wishes.

A nice Barbie movie with 12 princess sisters who like to do lots of choreographed dances. The story revolves around the discovery of a riddle which, when solved by dancing, leads to a secret garden where wishes come true. The 12 sisters work together to save their father and the kingdom.

The music in this movie is not as grabbing as in other movies, it is more of a classical style. The plot is OK, but not as compelling as say, The Princess and the Pauper - then again, this is just my family's opinion and it might be because we are a small family.

The movie looked OK when I bought it, but my daughter didn't end up watching it very much compared to her other Barbie movies. I have heard that some people's kids really adore this one....but don't know if it is because it's their first Barbie movie or whether they come from a large family or what the attraction might be.

Your child needs to like dancing to get into this movie, and my daughter might have found it hard to follow because there were more main characters to keep track of that could be indistinguishable from each other. However, after watching it again some years later, I did enjoy it again myself, and it's worth watching.

Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses
Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses

Overall, this movie is good and is a bit different from the other Barbie movies because there are more characters and a lot more dancing.

 

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    © 2010 Suzanne Day

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        Mary 

        5 weeks ago

        The Barbie movies were a large part of my childhood. I found it amazing when I was 14 and fighting the flu and watching them (I have all of them up to Pearl Princess I think) and I still thoroughly all of them...only cringing slightly at corny dialogue (*cough* Annika yelling at her parents at the beginning of MOP *cough*). Thank you for sharing your list. I would totally recommend Rapunzel and the Nutcracker (although be cautious if you have young kids for Nutcracker, I still am a little unnerved at the villain's design).

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        ZJJ 

        2 months ago

        The one thing I hate about this list is the ages. I am a 14 year old and still find myself watching these movies and enjoying them.

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        Hollie 

        5 months ago

        I like the fashion terry tell won the best

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        Person 

        6 months ago

        I agree with all of them I got the whole collection

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        Genovieve 

        7 months ago

        YES I LOVE THE 12 DANCING PRINCESSES

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        BibbleIsMyLifePurpose 

        12 months ago

        WHAT ABOUT BIBBLE???!!!!?

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        JESCA TALISLIS 

        16 months ago

        wow nice view,,,,,,,!!!!

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        Chihuahua 

        18 months ago

        I have every single babrbie movie except barbie and the dream house thing but it is on Netflix which I have so I can watch that! I think that the older ones are the best and their getting well just a bit worse by each movie. When I was young I had like 90 favourites!

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        Not tellin 

        18 months ago

        I found that the fashion fairytale was the best, it had amazing pictures are third best to the two newest ones(which were not on this list) the other ones on the other hand, they DEFIANTLY needed a new animator!

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        Anonymous 

        3 years ago

        My favourite was always Rapunzel and my stepsister adores The Island Princess :)

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        MLE 

        3 years ago

        My daughter liked Princess and the pop star and the barbie Christmas carol.

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        BarbieMad 

        4 years ago

        Thanks for this list about the best Barbie movies. I've been hunting down nearly all of them for my kids, who enjoy them very much.

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        Susan 

        4 years ago from India

        I have never watched any Barbie Movies but after reading your hub i think i should watch them once. Thanks Suzanne for sharing. Voted up and interesting.

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        trusouldj 

        7 years ago from Indiana

        Can't help being a little curious about these movies.

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        Pinky 

        7 years ago

        I think that Barbie a fashion fairytale was the best because the pictures are beautiful, it's a new idea, and it was very well done. The toys from that movie are also great.

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