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Barbie: Princess Charm School

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Barbie stars as Blair Willows, a kind-hearted girl who is chosen to attend Princess Charm School, a magical, modern place that teaches dancing, how to have tea parties and proper princess manners. Blair loves her classes, as well as the helpful magical spirits and her new friends, Princesses Hadley and Delancy. But when royal teacher Dame Devin discovers that Blair looks a lot like the kingdom's missing princess, she turns Blair's world upside down to stop her from claiming the throne. Now, Blair, Hadley and Delancy must find an enchanted crown to prove Blair's true identity in this charming and magic princess story.

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    • Actors: Diana Kaarina, Morwenna Banks, Nicole Oliver, Brittney Wilson, Cathy Weseluck
    • Directors: Zeke Norton
    • Writers: Elise Allen
    • Producers: Shawn McCorkindale, Shelley Tabbut
    • 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: September 13, 2011
    • Run Time: 81 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0055SNHP2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    After increasingly disappointing installments in the Barbie movies line (they had been going down since Mermaid Tale) Barbie has given us a glimmer of light. Princess Charm School (originally dubbed "Princess Prep School" but later changed to the more toddler-friendly "Charm") brings back so many of the wonderful, whimsical elements we've grown to love about Barbie. Blair is not a movie star, uber trendy and loaded with cash & fashion. She is not an overly preppy teen whose biggest flaw is that her dress isn't up-to-date. She is a very down-to-earth girl who works hard to keep her family afloat. She has problems that, with the help of a very likeable character, she works through.

    Friendship, forgiveness, kindness, family bond, never giving up, discovering your own talents, and overcoming your own obstacles are all celebrated. The animation (Barbie's face in particular) shows great improvement. For the first time since the Three Musketeers, our heroine doesn't look like an alien Bratz doll with bug eyes and a pointy chin! And the ridiculous Sequin has been traded in for Prince, a cute golden retriever. Alexandria Privet is an excellent character, exhibiting confidence and good manners. She is ladylike and kind-- something you don't often see anymore. Blair, too, is humble and sweet. Towards the end, she begins to show a bit of an "attitude" and has the mindset that "the crown is mine, I DESERVE IT" which is a bit concerning, but she seems to be still worried about her family.

    There are really no bad elements in the movie; the disappointments come more in opinion matters. I miss Kelly Sheridan's voice terribly...
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    After a rough patch of less than stellar animation and storytelling (diamond castle, fairy secret), Princess Charm School looks to have been given better production values. My 8 year old says this is definitely her favorite of the Barbie movies so far (though she misses the movies with songs a lot).

    The story theme is simple: every girl has the potential to be a princess. Blair, an ordinary waitress at a pastry shop in a thinly disguised inner city NY type of location, wins a yearly lottery to attend a prestigious "Princess Academy". There, she deals with rivalry and class difficulties while befriending fellow 'outcasts' in her dorm. Her main rival, Delancy, and Delancy's mother provide the strife and adversity for Blair as she tries to fit in. The girls learn that there is a long lost princess and Blair fits the description - but she can claim the title only if she can beat Delancy and her avaricious mother to the throne on coronation day.

    Unlike previous Barbie DVDs, the characters are unique to the story and do not look recycled from previous DVDs. Also, it was nice to see that the main rival, Delancy's mother, was not a red head (though she wore the typical green color of all of the villains in Barbie movies). And as with Princess Luciana in Island Princess, Barbie will win over the heart of Delancy and foil Delancy's mother's plans to steal the throne of the country.

    The characters do resemble their dolls more - though the side characters still have little to do in the movie other than exist as a reason to be a doll. But the animation of the characters is greatly improved - the 3d animation is less distracting and 'unreal' than in previous DVDs.
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    My five year old daughter is particular about what she watches. Of the previous Barbie movies, she only liked the Mermaid movie and Fashion Fairy Tale. The last Barbie movie, the one where there were fairies did not appeal to her, but it had nothing to scare her. This new movie, Charm School, starts out pleasant, but when Blair gets home from work, and we discover her mother is sickly, and needs care, my daughter got concerned. And then when Blair actually leaves her sick mother and her younger sister to go to a school where she must live, she got upset. My daughter is dealing with going to kindergarten and being separated from me for the first time, so I think this hit too close to her current personal experiences. Then when Blair gets to the charm school, she isn't treated kindly by most of the other girls, and again, this upset my daughter. The "villain" of the show is a mother who wants her daughter to become the princess, and she is very unkind to Blair, says and does mean things, and by this point, my daughter wanted it turned off she we never finished it. As a grown-up, this movie seems to have potential, but if you have an easily upset child, especially one who doesn't want to watch anything mean, unkind or sad, this isn't for you.
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    The latest Barbie movie, Princess Charm School, features the story of hard-working Blair, who is adopted as a young child into a poor family. After her sister enters her into a contest, she wins a scholarship to Princess Charm School, where it is hoped she will earn the skills to become a Lady Royal.

    I think there are many positives about this movie. The animation is I think better than any of the other Barbie movies, and we've seen them all. This movie carries over themes we've seen in other Barbie movies where someone who has acted terribly towards Barbie or other characters experiences a change of heart and is able to become friends with Barbie's character and I think that is great. Having good character is emphasized as being a desirable trait, and this movie makes I think an invaluable point about confidence: Nobody "can make you feel inferior without your consent."

    I am however, concerned with the continuing trend of dressing Barbie in skirts that are overly short and that I as an adult would not feel comfortable wearing. To borrow a phrase Barbie used in "Fairy Secret," they're a little too breezy and certainly not an appropriate model for young children. The characters in the earlier Barbie movies dressed classier, and in some cases acted in a ways I would feel much more comfortable with my child emulating. I also think some of the "manny and peddy" and materialistic swooniness that has crept into the last several Barbie movies, and does indeed show up in this one too, is not so desirable. A movie can be modern and relevant without so much of these things.

    I am also lukewarm about some of the similarities with the Harry Potter story. Blair's parents are killed in a car crash when she is 1 and she is left on somebody's doorstep.
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