Genre: Childrens animated
Age Range: Ages 4-8
Runtime: Approx. 86 minutes
Barbie as the Island Princess - Overview
In this CG animated full-length movie, Barbie stars as Rosella, a beautiful princess who was stranded on an island as a young girl. Rosella grew up with the animals on the island. She learned to understand them and even to speak with them. One day, when handsome explorer Prince Antonio discovers their small tropical island, the lives of Rosella and her animal friends are changed forever.
Prince Antonio convinces Rosella to come back to his kingdom and discover civilization. Intrigued by the adventure, and the thought of possibly finding out who she really is, Rosella agrees to the journey and brings her animal friends with her. Rosella's simple life becomes very complicated, however, when she discovers a sinister plot in a land where she is struggling just to fit in.
Barbie as the Island Princess - Review for Parents
While the animation in Barbie as the Island Princess looks a little bit computerized and is not of the highest quality, the movie is fabulously colorful and the animals are adorable. A beautiful tropical island and an enchanting castle create the perfect settings for a movie geared toward little girls, and beautiful princesses in ball gowns add to the royal excitement. Beyond the animation, the music is surprisingly good, and for girls in the targeted age group, the story is captivating. In other words. little girls will adore this movie.
In the story, Barbie plays the part of the adventurous and kind animal-loving Princess Rosella. Rosella exemplifies qualities such as kindness, honesty, and selflessness. The other beautiful princess in the film, Princess , is also kind and chooses to be honest. Her mother, however, is quite the opposite and in one scene commands her daughter to go and make herself prettier.
As is to be expected in a Barbie movie, there is a heavy emphasis on beauty and wardrobe, but the movie creators have tried to temper this emphasis with an even stronger focus on positive character traits. Additionally, while the movie is a a typical fairy tale love story, the prince clearly chooses his bride-to-be based on her character and the things they have in common.
Barbie as the Island Princess - DVD Bonus Features
- Barbie Island Karaoke Club: Sing 7 songs from the film with singing options to sing alone or follow along with friends
- Movie Outtakes: Laugh along with funny outtakes from the filming of the movie
- "I Need to Know" Music Video: Watch a music video featuring a song from the film
- DVD ROM Printables: Sheet music, lyrics, and activities for island fun