We own most of the Barbie movies and have watched them numerous times, but after this last movie, we won't buy anymore. Something's changed in management: animation is cheap with choppy movement, the character faces are different with wider eyes and rounder faces, not at all like Barbie doll faces, and worst, the characters act like brats. Barbie isn't Barbie at all. Neither is Ken. They act childish.
Barbie starts a fight with a co-star after the co-star rips her dress, and Ken runs in anticipation to watch--disgusting. The Barbie girls have grown to know and love would never have picked a fight. She's wiser than that. And Ken would never have delighted in it. I hate that the storyline all revolves around guys, which is completely inappropriate for this target audience, and that the source of all the movie's problems is jealousy. Even in the end, the fairy princess, who by title should be a role model and therefore wise, acts like a brat, wanting to keep her former friends imprisoned for abandoning her friendship.
Come on! This whole movie is shallow and a bad influence on young girls. It isn't even beneficial for teens, if they were to watch it. I had worried about a downward trend after A Fashion Fairytale's huge focus on glamour. Now I see I had good reason to worry. I wish I hadn't bought this worthless movie.
From now on we're switching to the new Strawberry Shortcake. She's still nice, sweet, wise, and the stories have great problem-solving that has nothing to do with boy-girl relationships. At least one movie-doll star is still a good influence.