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Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses

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Product Description

In Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, Barbie will dance her way into your heart in this fun and enchanting all-new adventure. Join Barbie as the beautiful Princess Genevieve and her eleven dancing princess sisters as they discover a secret entrance to an amazing, magical world where wishes come true! But when their dad is in danger of losing his kingdom, Princess Genevieve and her sisters must work together in order to save the day and their dad. They learn that the power of family can overcome all obstacles!


While every princess should learn and demonstrate proper etiquette, twelve young princesses learn the importance of doing good deeds and following their hearts in Twelve Dancing Princesses. When an overwhelmed King Randolph seeks the aid of his cousin the Duchess Rowena in acquainting his twelve young daughters with appropriate princess etiquette, the overly strict Duchess forbids dancing, singing and anything that makes the girls happy. The girls' misery increases when their father suddenly becomes ill and the future looks bleak until the princesses discover that twelve special books bequeathed to them by their late mother open the gateway to a magical world where wishes are granted and dancing is celebrated. Eventually, maturity demands that the twelve princesses return to the real world and confront Duchess Rowena in order to save their father and his kingdom. This CGI animated production features music by Felix Mendelssohn, ballet choreography by the New York City Ballet, and wholesome messages about morality and the power of family. (Ages 3 to 9) --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

  • The Merry Memory Ballet
  • "Shine" Music Video
  • Trailer Gallery

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Kelly Sheridan, Catherine O'Hara, Nicole Oliver, Jennifer Copping, Lalania Lindbjerg
    • Directors: Greg Richardson
    • Writers: Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser
    • Producers: Jesyca C. Durchin, Jennifer Twiner McCarron, Shea Wageman
    • 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:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
    • Run Time: 81 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000GGSMNK
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    By A. Woodley on September 30, 2006
    Format: DVD
    A nice return to good Barbie movies. This is (loosely) based on the fairy tale of the 12 dancing princesses. Rewritten and remodelled for a Barbie-style ballet movie.

    Genivieve is the 7th of 12 princesses. Her father calls for the Duchess Rowena to look after them as his wife is dead. The duchess has plans of her own, and with her strong-man servant and her monkey, she works to take over the kingdom and get rid of the 12 daughters. She starts by taking all the fun and colour out of their lives, trying to quash their spirit.

    Genivieve, however, discovers a secret magical kingdom below the floor of their bedroom where the princesses can escape at night and dance the night away until morning. They have their dancing shoes from Eric, the Cobbler who also happens to be extremely gorgeous and nice - and not a little in love with Genivieve. When Rowena discovers the secret stairwell she seeks to trap the princesses down there forever. But toghether they escape, and rush to save their father who Rowena is attempting to kill.

    It is a lovely movie, there is lots of dancing which is beautifully done given there are twelve characters it is easy to form nice chorus lines etc. 3 are little Kelly sized girls, there are 2 teenagers and the other 7 are adult sized. There could be some confusion, luckily they are named alphabetically from A to L according to age - unfortunately many have very un=princessy names like Lacey, Hadley and Courtenay.

    The animation is lovely although there is an odd piece of oddity in the filming. For some reason near the end when Genivieve is luring Desmond away from his post she seems to go out of focus slightly, it might be my particular player.
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    Before we first rented one of the Barbie videos for my daughter, I was expecting them to be trite, over-commercialised, and over-sugary. However, I have been pleasantly surprised.

    Yes, they do have a lot of commercial spin-offs and a high saccarine count, but the quality of the Barbie films we have subsequently bought or rented, including "12 Dancing Princesses," was significantly higher than I had expected. They have not just kept my children engrossed for hours - including my son as well as my daughter - but introduced them to some beautiful stories and truly wonderful music. On more than one occasion I have been listening to a CD of a classic such as Beethoven's pastoral symphony, or The Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's magic flute, and my daughter has recognised and expressed appreciation of the music, and correctly remembered which Barbie film had used it. ("Magic of Pegasus" and "Mermaidia" respectively.)

    The soundtrack to "Twelve Dancing Princesses" is mostly adapted from some of Mendelsohn's best work, including "A Midsummer night's dream" and the Scottish and Italian symphonies. It also includes a lullaby sung to the King by the 12 princesses which was based on a 16th century anthem by Byrd, the recording of which was sung beautifully by Melissa Lyons and the Women's Occidental Glee club.

    The story is loosely based on the children's story. "Barbie" plays "Princess Genevieve", the seventh of 12 daughters of a widowed King (e.g. seven young women, plus a pair of twins who appear to be about 11 and a set of triplets who appear to be about 6.) Like the original, the story is about 12 princesses who having been banned from dancing, sneak off every night through a magic passage and take a magic barge to a special island where they can dance all night.
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    A Kid's Review on September 23, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This movie is very nice.I like all the sisters,my favorite ones are Genevieve,Fallon, and Lacey!Twyla looks cute when she's dancing.:)I liked the part when they go into the magical world, and seeing it outside, that was really cool! I also liked the preview for Barbie Princess Collection; and Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow. I'm looking forward to buying it! ( But I have to wait a whole year. sigh. ) Anyway,I really like the Shine music video. The game on the disc is really short,I got bored of it. I really love the dvd,and the song the sisters sing to the triplets on their birthday! PS.I think Mattel should make 2 more musicals. Princess and the Pauper was so good!I don't want the first musical to be the last musical! PS.Please vote on my review!PS.The monkey Brutus,was SO rude. :(
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    By Fireflies on September 20, 2006
    Format: DVD
    My 3 yr old, my 9 month old and myself have been eagerly awaiting the release of "The 12 Dancing Princesses" and now that we've seen it, we all three love this movie!!!

    How beautiful the scenery and gorgeous musical score! And such a sweet story about 12 royal sisters trying to grow up in a Kingdom without their mother (it is implied she passed on years before). Their father (the King) tries his best to raise them as young ladies but feels he has fallen short so he asks his cousin the Duchess to help teach the girls to be more refined. I found several points where it was so touching, I got misty eyed! And both my daughters were completely engrossed for the entire movie! All I can say is, it's far more enchanting than any of the other Barbie movies. It seems Barbie's movies just keep getting better and better! This is a beautiful addition to any little girl's collection because it teaches how to stick together as a family, more specifically with your siblings. It is absolustely beautiful in everyway (music, animation, characters, storyline, etc)!!! :D I only wish I could give this movie 12 stars!! :D
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