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Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon September 5, 2012
Format: DVD
Mattel's tradition of putting out singing friends movies in Autumn (and fairytopia themed movies in Spring) continues with Princess and the Popstar.

In this movie (which follows the previous Barbie movie The Princess and the Pauper story similarly), Barbie is Tori, a modern princess wishing for a bit more freedom away from propriety. Meanwhile, Nikki stars as popstar Keira - who wears a wig in the same tradition of Hannah Montana and is a popstar by day and normal girl by night. Keira longs to be away from the responsibilities of being a popstar (making the next album, paying her employees, the late and long hours). Tori is hounded by her Aunt to become a proper and noble princess - but Tori is too full of mischief to be a boring girl like that. With the aid of a magic microphone (Keira) and hair brush (Tori), the girls are able to exchange places and enjoy each other's worlds.

The DVD contains all the singing and original songs you expect from the friends' series of Barbie DVDs. And, of course, that bit of fashion and magic that has come to be the hallmark of the modern Barbie movies.

My 9 year old loves each new DVD the best and this one is no exception. It's as entertaining and good for rewatches. The best recommendation - she has been singing the songs from the movie non stop since we got the dvd.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
Format: DVD
This is another in a long line of fun Barbie movies. Many reviewers complain about this being a rip-off of Barbie: Princess and the Pauper, but it should be understood that this is not a rip-off, merely a different telling of a classic tale. The pop-style songs in this movie are vastly different than anything in Princess and the Pauper, which had a more traditional Broadway style, so I'm not sure what other reviewers are referring to when they say the same songs are being reused here. Similar themes represented in various songs does not make them the 'same songs', just like the same theme of the movie doesn't make it 'the same movie.' This is a fun, enjoyable movie with a light, pleasant touch. If you are looking for deep, meaningful themes and profound messages, you won't find yourself beaten over the head with them here. This is a fun movie, made for fun, for little girls (and anyone who likes a good movie) to enjoy. As with all of the newer Barbie movies, this is more modern in its overall feel, but happily, still retaining a good traditional foundation. The pop songs are, for me anyway, less enjoyable than the classical music of the early Barbie movies, but while they aren't brilliant, the movie still has a light and easy sense of fun, so if you're not too obsessed with this being the greatest movie of all time, just take it on its own merits and enjoy it for the truly fun movie it is, you'll be thoroughly pleased with it. Enjoy!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
Format: DVD
This does have the same basic idea as Princess and the Pauper but is it the same movie? Not at all! The girls are more carefree and childish in this film, I mean that in the best way possible. You get two entirely different characters from Keira and Tori than we did with PatP's Anneliese and Erica. For one, these girls seem much younger and reflect teenagers of today. Also the music is bent towards pop (obviously) and they don't spend nearly as much time focusing on love interests as they do on showing the girls beginning to really see the world around them and how they can make a difference. This is not to say that PatP wasn't good, I love both movies equally, I just think its unfair to lump the two together when the only thing they have in common is that theyre both loosely based on The Prince and the Pauper (Popstar being VERY loosely based). As for the similar song, I assumed Tori was a descendant of Anneliese's royal family. I could be wrong but they were looking through that book and she sang the same words not to mention her palace was on a cliff overlooking her kingdom. Even if that's not the case it's their movie, they can copy it if they want. The thing I found ironic was that even though this seemed like a younger film my 5 yr old cousin didn't find it nearly as engaging as PatP but my mom and I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
for little girls it's a good movie. mine are 7, 4, and 3. they all like to watch this movie.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
Format: DVD
My eldest daughter has been watching these movies since she was 2. My husband and I would find ourselves humming the songs to Swan Lake or singing the songs to Rapunzel. I loved the messages, the music, and the fact that my daughter was being introduced to classic stories/composers in a new, fun way. I hate to say that these movies have just become too commercialized. This is especially evident with this last movie. Sure, it was "cute" and many young girls will still love it. But my now 10 year old was unimpressed and herself called it a bad knock off of Pauper. I truly wish Mattel would go back to classic story lines and important messages for our young girls. Barbie movies were a bi-annual tradition in my house, as the girls were always excited for the newest one. This is the first one we didn't buy right away for our collection (opting for Redbox instead) and I am honestly glad I only spent $1.20 on it. And I have to add, the Perfect Day song was already something already written and used in a Wii Cheer game... I feel like this movie was just thrown together quickly and cheaply just to put something out in Fall 2012.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
Format: DVD
When I get a Barbie adaptation of a story, I am not expecting a faithful retelling.

But I don't think it is too much to ask for them to get an inkling of the basic message right.

This retelling of Prince and the Pauper misses the point that being poor sucks.

The princess and the pop star are each well-off, gorgeous, blah blah blah. It is really more of a City Mouse, Country Mouse than Prince and the Pauper.

Gritting my teeth at the changed message was bad enough: this has got to be the worst written song collection I have ever experienced.

"When I was young, I played for fun..." Listen. That doesn't rhyme. The approximate rhymes are atrocious. Let me remind you that this is for an age group learning to read, and approximate rhymes hinder the learning of that skill.

"Here I am!!! Burning like a spark!" (A spark isn't burning.) "Spark! Light up the DARK again!" (Sparks don't light up the dark.)

Lazy, lazy lazy.

The usual Barbie message of "Be true to yourself, as long as you are well-off, tall, slender, and white" is intact. Goody.

My daughter, who got this out of the library, is tall and blonde and therefore can't see how insulting the message is. So she happily dances around the house singing the horrible songs. Two stars for the sheer enjoyment my target-audience daughter experiences.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
Format: DVD
I think Barbie has run out of ideas. The story is just like their Princess and Pauper even some of the songs have the same tune! I prefer the original...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I got this as a Christmas present for my niece. She really loves this movie and so do my kids and my friends kids
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I admit that I bought Barbie The princess And the popstar fuel my creativity/imagination for my writing goals. I am fortunate to have purchased Barbie The princess And the popstar as a holiday promotion for less thAn 3 dollars at my place of employment. Basically, the movie illustrates what happens when BaRbie switches places with one of her favorite pop stars. The following are some of the bonus features to barbie the princess & the popstar dvd: outtakes, music video, barbie life in the dreamhouse webisode, And polly pocket webisode.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
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I thought the last few Barbie movies were a little too grown up for the young audience that is interested in these movies, but this one is great. The story is reminiscent of Princess and the Pauper and the songs that the "pop star" sings are all familiar because they come from the other movies. My girls LOVE this movie!
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