Barbie Mariposa (Spanish Audio)
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First off, its a story-within-a-story. The first ~10 minutes and last ~5 minutes are Elina telling the story to bibble. My girls love Elina and Bibble so they are of course happy to see them again.
The movie itself follows the Fairytopia formula very closely. Instead of Laverna, you have Henna. Instead of bibble, the bunny. Instead of fungi, you have Skeezites. Its a race against time. Its a formula that worked very well before, and could work again.
But whats missing? Gone are the bright uplifting moments, like the appearance of the crest of courage, the changing from fairy to mermaid and back, Bibble talking funny after eating magic berries, and other things that made the other movies more fun. My kids react nicely to the best movies, but not this one. There is a lot of drama, but not very much happiness to balance it out.
A bit more about the drama: Most of the Fairytopia movies are driven forward by mock drama and very plain and pale threats (a weed grabbed me, yikes! A firebird is chasing me! I have to hide from some bumbling Fungi, who might do very little to me!). This works well for 3 to 5 year olds, who don't need a serious reason for the drama that older children do. Mariposa is dramatically different: most of the action and drama in this movie is the constant fear of death. I wish they could have been a bit more inventive.
The plot follows a similar vein: in other Fairytopia movies, the driver of the plot was that everyone was getting sick because of laverna, that Elina then had to save mermaidia from getting sick, that if they didn't stop laverna there would be 10 years of winter.Read more ›
While some may dislike Chiara Zanni's performance as Mariposa rather than the familiar Kelly Sherdian (who voices Elina from Fairytopia in the movie), I really liked her natural performance, and she really made the character of Mariposa stand out. Credit must also by given to Nicole Oliver, who voices the wicked fairy Henna. Henna is one of the most clever Barbie villains to date--she's only defeated by a margin of two seconds, and everyone in Flutterfield adores her! Mariposa and her friends really have to work to bring her down, and it's very exciting!
The movie is also GORGEOUS to behold. Every scene and background is beautiful! Standout locations include Flutterfield itself, the Bewilderness, the Waterwhirls, the underwater realm, and especially the Cave of Reflection.
If you only watch one Barbie movie, this should be it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivery was great. On time. The 3 stars goes toward the movie itself. There definitely have been much better Barbie movies made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gina Helminiak
My daughter loves watching this movie. She loves the colors and fairies and also the adventure.Published 5 months ago by Shawna Killgore
The label says the correct movie but the wrong movie was in box!Published 6 months ago by laura aiello
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