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Barbie Presents Thumbelina (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O3M370
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Flying Fairy Recycling Game
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    Product Description

    Barbie Presents Thumbelina - a brand new tale with a classic character. Meet Barbie's new friend, a tiny girl named Thumbelina, who lives in harmony with nature in the magical world of the Twillerbees that’s hidden among the wildflowers. At the whim of a spoiled young girl named Makena, Thumbelina and her two friends have their patch of wildflowers uprooted and are transported to a lavish apartment in the city. Here they learn of construction plans that threaten to destroy the land of the Twillerbees! Harnessing the magic of nature, Thumbelina sets out to prove that even the smallest person can make a big difference.

    Barbie knows that even the smallest person can make a difference in the world, so when she leads a group of young children on a tree planting expedition in a nature preserve, she makes sure that each child knows that his or her action is important and meaningful. To illustrate her point, Barbie tells the kids the story of a young Twillerbee named Thumbelina who vowed to save her people and their world from destruction in spite of enormous odds. When humans Evan and Vanessa decide to raze an extensive flower field to build a new factory, their spoiled daughter Makena demands a patch of the flowers be brought home in hopes of impressing her equally spoiled friend Violet. Twillerbees Thumbelina, Janessa, and Chrysella, who live in the field with hundreds of other Twillerbees, are accidentally transported with the flowers. Before they can escape and return home, the three discover the plan to destroy their field. Thumbelina resolves to stop the destruction of the fi! eld by appealing to Makena and her parents while Janessa and Chrysella return home with plans to sabotage the demolition equipment and delay groundbreaking. Makena is initially uncooperative, but Thumbelina's heartfelt appeal and her genuine offer of friendship eventually persuade Makena to try to convince her parents to halt construction. Can one small girl and one tiny Twillerbee possibly save the Twillerbees and their habitat? Perhaps anything is possible if you believe. (Ages 3 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad April 27, 2009
    This movie is drastically different from the other Barbie movies. They are trying to do their good deed by making a movie with an environmental message. This appears to be a calculated move from a marketing standpoint, rather than genuine concern for the environment since the only effort Mattel has made is with the items associated with this movie (recylced packaging for the toys, etc.). Nothing makes blatant commercialism stand out like a sore thumb like trying to package it as anti-commercialism. We all know that the Barbie movies are commercials for their toys (like the TV cartoons we grew up with), but as parents we've tolerated it with the Barbie movies because they've so far done alright at putting good moral lessons into them and making them relatively entertaining. This movie is not on the same level as the previous movies in a few ways. The writing, particularly in the dialog department, is very weak and stilted. They have built everything around their obviously half-hearted attempt at "doing a good deed for the environment" and it shows in that every element involved in the "green theme" is poorly executed. The dialog in these parts is atrocious, cringe-worthy jargon. It sounds more like a cheap PSA than movie dialog. The premise is horribly flawed that they would be trying to build a factory so far out of the way that they have to attack a field of flowers that nobody ever goes to. That they transplant a section of the flowers from the field to Makena's room using an excavator (and apparently so quickly and cleanly that the twillerbees inside have no idea where they are or what has happened) is positively laughable. Read more ›
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars WORST Barbie Movie...and I love Barbie Movies! May 22, 2009
    By Gill
    I was so excitied to get the Thumbalina movie for my 4 - going on 5 year old. We both have grown to Love Barbie's Princess & the Pauper, Diamond Castle, etc. I was so excitied for a New Barbie Movie - as Diamond Castle was great! So I was expecting the same from Thumbalina I loved the Thumbalina story when I was young. Well, I was wrong!
    First, this movie has nothing to do with the original Thumbalina...except for the name and it's a fairy. Second, this movie did not display the type of behavior I want my young lady watching. The girl in the movie is portrayed as a "spoiled Rich Brat" , who's parents give her anything she wants. They zone in on the fact that the girl and her two friends are very into high fashion...and have competition on who has the newest Name Brand Fashion item ( and I am not talking on the lines of Guess....rather Gucci). I find it very annoying that Barbie would want to expose young girls to this. Now, in their defense, Thumbalina helps turn the bratty girl into caring about the forest...but seriously they spent so much time showing the bratty rich snobby girls judging each other so much...I felt the damage was already done. I could see this movie may be better for 13 age - as they are aware of cliches, and catty girls. Now the enviromental message in this movie is not a strong one. You could teach your child more, by planting a tree or garden. The sad part is that this dvd is literally going in the trash. I don't even want to recycle it.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great; a nice change March 20, 2009
    My four-year-old and her friends LOVE this movie (my 2 1/2 year old, too), and while I have to agree that the snobbish attitudes of the rich girls aren't my favorite, overall, I liked the show and thought it was a nice change from the many Barbie movies that have an evil "villain" character in them. True, it's not really the story of Thumbelina, but it's a cute, refreshing story, not scary at all for little ones, and I quite enjoyed it myself, for what it is. I recommend it.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled Rotten March 23, 2009
    Awful- I am glad I rented it before buying it. Not a good story about thumbelina, the daughter character is spoiled rotten, the friends are obnoxious brats, the parents are ridiculous- "we'll give you whatever you want, dear" This is not a good role model movie at all, no lessons learned other than how to act spoiled and rotten! SKIP THIS ONE- I wish I had never let my daughter, age 6 watch it.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbelina- very interesting..... April 2, 2009
    First of all, this is from a 13- year- old who loves Barbie. I have seen the movies; I love 'em all. I like Thumbelina a lot, but I do have a few peeves with it.
    1. It's very different. A change from all the princess movies. Don't get me wrong! I LOVE the princess movies, but a change is always nice.
    2. It inspired me to help the enviroment more.
    3. The Twillerbees are very cool- I love their home!
    4. It's a good story, but there isn't any scary stuff. It's hard to have a good movie without a little bit of fright, or on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff.

    1. The animation is NOWHERE NEAR as beautiful as the older ones! It remids me of movies like Toy Story. I DID NOT like the construction Boss Myron. He looks completely unrealistic and despicable.
    2. I didn't like the way the parents were portrayed as "kiss-ups." It's a way of undermining parents authority. Although you must understand, it's not that they are dumb slobs, but they are too busy and don't have time for their daughter. So they simply let her have whatever she wants. It's the classic "rich kid" case- a daughter longing for attention and getting it from her firends because it's unavailable from her parents.
    3. Barbie tells the story to a redhead, brown- eyed Emma, along with a group of kids. I missed the one-on-one, heart-to-heart sister relationship between Barbie and her sisters.
    4. "Ashlyn", Violet's friend, is SOOOO irritating!!! All she says is "Ch-ya!" grr....
    5. I didn't like the way Thumbelina and her friends appeared to the kids at the end. I like the more mystery, where Barbie might say something like, "Maybe..." but you never see the fairy-tale people- so the kids are just left thinking.

    Overall, I really like this movie.
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