Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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As an adult, this movie is ok. My three year old would give it 10 stars if she could! It's CGI and not the best animation. The story line is what would be expected.Published 1 month ago by Chart1144
I purchased this for my 4 year old granddaughter. DVD looked new and played perfectly. Fast shipment. Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Jen
My girls (7 & 4) have become major fans of the Barbie movies! Thankfully there are a lot of them to choose from! Read morePublished 1 month ago by HLMo
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