In honor of the upcoming Barbie live action, let’s recount the good old days of classic Barbie cinema.
Barbie has been a beloved icon since her debut in 1959. Her image has adorned countless products, from toys to clothing, and has been a source of inspiration for young girls around the world. In addition to her physical presence, Barbie has also made a name for herself in the world of entertainment, particularly in the realm of cinema. While many of the more recent Barbie movies have been well-received, there is a special place in the hearts of many fans for the classic Barbie movies. In other words, it is well established that the old Barbie is simply better.
These classic Barbie movies, produced from 2001 to 2010, are known for their enchanting stories, memorable characters, and stunning soundtracks. The first of these movies, “Barbie in the Nutcracker,” was released in 2001 and set the tone for what was to come. The movie tells the story of Clara, a young girl who is transported to a magical world where she helps the Nutcracker defeat the evil Mouse King. The movie is a classic tale of good versus evil, with a touch of romance and plenty of magic.
Since the release of “Barbie in the Nutcracker” many more of some of arguably the best Barbie movies of all time came onto the scene in the near following years including my all time favorite, “Barbie and the Diamond Castle”.
Some may disagree but I strongly stand by the fact that this movie had the most goated soundtrack of all movies and ultimately had my favored plot line, as a child and to this day.
Whilst every young girl had their favorite, each movie ultimately had its own unique quality that adamantly stood out above each other. There was the peacock gown of the Island Princess, the monarch wings of Mariposa, the dreamy underwater aesthetic of Mermadia, a magical paintbrush that let Rapunzel paint herself outside of the tower, and bibble (among others).
Another supposedly more heartfelt reason as to why the classic Barbie movies are superior is because of their positive messages. Each movie has a strong moral lesson at its core, teaching young girls about the importance of courage, kindness, and perseverance. For example, in “Barbie as Rapunzel,” the movie teaches girls to believe in themselves and to never give up on their dreams. In “Barbie and the Diamond Castle,” the movie emphasizes the importance of friendship and working together to achieve a common goal. The more recent movies have flat storylines and predictable endings and especially a lack of emotional connection linking to a strong moral.
All in all, the classic Barbie movies are timeless. Despite being released over a decade ago, these movies still resonate with young girls today. The stories and characters are just as engaging as they were when they were first released, and the messages are just as relevant. In a world where trends and fads come and go, the classic Barbie movies have stood the test of time.
Finally to note in summary, despite the horrible graphics and animation quality, these movies are still gorgeous and beautifully crafted, with stunning and memorable music. They have positive messages that inspire imagination and ethics. To this day they are captivating young audiences more than a decade after their release. If you’re looking for a movie that will inspire, entertain, and enchant, look no further than the classic Barbie movies. I still happen to find myself staring longingly at my old dvd and vcr collection of these Barbie wonders.