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Barbie: A Perfect Christmas
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The movie is about Barbie and her 3 sisters making it to NY for Christmas and they get snowed in at an inn that is getting ready for Christmas. The girls begin to wonder if the owner and the workers are Santa's helpers. While stranded, the girls discover what really makes a perfect Christmas.
These movies are made for children, so, from my children's perspective I will give this movie 5 stars.
To be fair, my daughter likes it a lot (if she were doing this review she might even give it more stars), and I can see how it would appeal to younger kids, and fact, this movie seems to be really targeted towards a younger age than the last few. With Santa as an invisible cast member in this flick, I think that is to be expected. I think there are some nice messages about how spending time with family is important and can be better than anything else in life. I even think some of the songs are catchy, though definitely there is a strong pop influence.
For anybody who wants a plot breakdown, Barbie and her sisters are planning their "perfect" Christmas in New York City, where each one will be doing an activity by themselves that they really enjoy. But nasty snow storms ground their flight and leave them seeking shelter seemingly in the middle of nowhere at the Tannenbaum Inn, where they are welcomed by the every-jolly Christie Clausen and the Elif family. With a heaping dose of magic from a frequently mentioned, but never shown Santa Claus (Christie's Uncle), the sisters learn for themselves that spending time together is what really makes their Christmas perfect.
When seen from the eyes of a child, this is a cute movie...and since it is for the children, their perspective matters in determining if this movie is worth buying. I don't regret it...I may not watch it when she grows up, but for now it is good for her.
"Barbie in the Nutcracker" was made 11 years ago and the characters looked more alive than in this drek. In this movie, Barbie and her sisters are lifeless automatons with robotic motions, plastic faces, and dead staring eyes. The toy dolls have more personality! Mattel has always cut costs by using motion capture (recording people in suits like Avatar) rather than using actual animators, but I honestly didn't think you could make animated characters look this stiff and dead in 2012.
As for the movie itself, it is vanilla bland and harmless. The message is fine,if not somewhat overstated. There are so many songs jammed in to help pad out the thin story that even my daughter grew tired of them after a while. I'm so happy that she is growing out of Barbie, because I honestly wouldn't want to reward Mattel with any more of my hard-earned money for such sub-par offerings.
Their last, best movie was "A Mermaid's Tale". It was well done and was the last to star Kelly Sheridan as Barbie's voice. Unfortunately, she must been cost reduced as well, but she will always be THE voice of Barbie.
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Got this for my girls to watch. They have several other Barbie movies they love to watch over and over (Secret Door, Rockin' Royals). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gadget Girl
I love this film and I am 43 LOL. I bought it for my four year old of course, and she adores it. It arrived in the mail promptly with no problems.Published 1 month ago by Marlo Parmelee
I have to watch this about every other day. My four year old loves it. It is a great movie!Published 1 month ago by TiffJo
My daughter cannot get enough of this movie. Its heartwarming and gives space to imaginative kids.Published 2 months ago by Michelle Lopez
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