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Since her film debut in 1987 in Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World, Barbie has been a virtual actress starring in several feature films and short films. After a fourteen-year absence, Mattel commissioned Barbie to be featured as a heroine of several princess or fairy-themed stories to accompany a franchise of related dolls and accessories.

Since the release of Barbie in the Nutcracker in 2001, Kelly Sheridan has consistently provided the speaking voice to Barbie in almost all films.

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[hide]*1 First generation (1987 - 1992)

[edit] First generation (1987 - 1992)

[edit] Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World

Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World
Produced by Eric S. Rollman

Andy Heyward

Written by Bill Dubay

Martha Moran Ruth Handler

Starring Sharon Lewis
Music by Haim Saban

Shuki Levy

Release date(s) 1987
Running time 50 min.
Country USA
Language English
Followed by Barbie and The Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth

Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World is a 1987 TV special created by DIC Entertainment with Saban Productions featuring popular Mattel character Barbie. The story was based upon the Barbie and the Rockers line of dolls, which featured Barbie as the leader of a rock band. The special originally aired in syndication as a two-part TV "mini-series" with each installment lasting approximately 25 minutes; part two was entitled "Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth". The two-part special was later released on video as a single "movie".

[edit] Production

Released in 1987, "Barbie and the Rockers" employed standard 2-D cel animation. The film was directed by Bernard Deyries and Bill Dubay and written by Dubay, Martha Moran and Barbie creator Ruth Handler. The film was produced by Eric S. Rollman.

[edit] Plot

Barbie's rock band has just completed a successful World Tour and decides to perform one last concert in Space, while orbiting the earth, to promote world peace. Then in Part 2 ("Barbie and the Sensations"), when Barbie and her band, whose name has unexplainably been changed to the Sensations, come back to Earth, they find that they have inadvertently traveled back to 1959 (which happens to be the year the first Barbie dolls were introduced).

[edit] Songs

Here's the titles of the songs in order of appearance in "Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World":

  • Barbie and the Rockers theme
  • Catch Us If You Can (Dave Clark Five cover)
  • Best Friends forever
  • I'm Happy Just to Dance With You (The Beatles cover)
  • Do You Believe in Magic? (The Lovin' Spoonful cover)
  • Reachin' For The Stars
  • Everybody Rocks

[edit] Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth

Released in 1987, Barbie & the Sensation take a trip back to the '50s and take a visit to the malt shop.

[edit] Plot

After the first great concert for peace in space, Barbie and her band The Sensations are going to come back home. During the trip back to earth, on the space shuttle, they start to play a song ("Rockin Back"), few seconds later a "time warp" tunnel is forming in front of the Shuttle. Then they see there are a lot of clocks going backward inside the tunnel, at the end of that, the Shuttle lands on a strange airport. After the landing they meet Dr. Merrishaw (probably an astronomer engineer) and his daughter Kim, and learn they are in the year 1959, and then brings them around the city to have a look change. At the end, after a performance at Cape Canaveral, Dr. Merrishaw helps Barbie and the Sensations return to their time. Back in the present, they have a big concert, where Barbie is reunited with an adult Kim and meets her daughter Megan.

[edit] Songs

  • Rockin Back
  • Dressin Up
  • Do you wanna dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
  • Here comes my baby (Cat Stevens cover)
  • Blue Jean Boy
  • Everybody Rocks
  • Ending Titles - Barbie and The Rockers Theme Instrumental
  • Dancing

[edit] DVD Release Status

The miniseries has not been seen since its original broadcast, and the VHS release has been out of print since the 1980s. The film has not been released on DVD, except for Italy. Additionally, of the songs performed by the group, four of the songs are covers: Do You Believe in Magic, originally recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful, I'm Happy Just to Dance With You, originally recorded by The Beatles, Here Comes My Baby, originally recorded by Cat Stevens, and Do You Wanna Dance, originally recorded by Bobby Freeman. For any DVD release, these songs would have to be licensed.

[edit] Cast

[edit] Dance! Workout with Barbie

Main article: Dance! Workout with BarbieDance! Workout with Barbie was a 1992 children's workout video 'starring' a stop motion animated Barbie and live-action children including Jennifer Love Hewitt.

[edit] Second generation (2001 - present)

[edit] The Nutcracker

Main article: Barbie in the NutcrackerBarbie in the Nutcracker is the first of the Barbie film series, released in 2001 and promoted as "Barbie's first ever movie". It is loosely based on the classic story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman and includes the music of the ballet by Tchaikovsky.

[edit] Rapunzel

Main article: Barbie as RapunzelBarbie as Rapunzel was released in 2002 and is adapted from the classic fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

[edit] Swan Lake

Main article: Barbie of Swan LakeBarbie of Swan Lake was released in 2003. The story is loosely adapted from the Swan Lake ballet and features the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

[edit] The Princess and the Pauper

Main article: Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper was launched and promoted as "Barbie's first musical" in 2004. This release was heavily marketed and even had its own float in the 2004 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is loosely based on the Mark Twain story The Prince and the Pauper. It is not, however, related to the 1939 film The Princess and the Pauper.

[edit] Fairytopia series

Fairytopia is the second Barbie movie to have sequels. The Fairytopia series includes:

The Barbie: Fairytopia Film Series stars Barbie as The Beautiful Fairy Elina.

[edit] The Magic of Pegasus

Main article: Barbie and the Magic of PegasusBarbie and the Magic of Pegasus, released in 2005, is a variation of the princess rescuing the prince theme, and it has been released in 3D.

[edit] Barbie Diaries

Main article: The Barbie DiariesThe Barbie Diaries features Barbie as a teenager who starts a band with her best friends, and comes into the possession of a seemingly magical diary. The film was released in 2006.

[edit] The 12 Dancing Princesses

Main article: Barbie in the 12 Dancing PrincessesBarbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, released in 2006, is loosely based on the fairytale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The film stars Barbie as Princess Geniveve Princess Geniveve."

[edit] The Island Princess

Main article: Barbie as the Island PrincessBarbie as the Island Princess, released in 2007, places Barbie as Princess Ro on an island in the South Seas.

[edit] The Diamond Castle

Main article: Barbie and the Diamond CastleBarbie & The Diamond Castle was released on September 9, 2008. It was marketed and promoted as "Barbie's first best friends movie"; the film stars Barbie as Princess Liana. The Film co-stars Teresa, a doll from the main toy line, as Princess Alexa, Princess Liana's Best Friend.

[edit] A Christmas Carol

Main article: Barbie in a Christmas Carol Barbie in a Christmas Carol was released on November 4, 2008 and promoted as "Barbie in her first Christmas movie". Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, it follows the story of a girl named Eden Starling who doesn't believe in Christmas.

[edit] Thumbelina

Main article: Barbie ThumbelinaBarbie Thumbelina was released on March 17, 2009 and is based loosely on the fairy tale of Thumbelina.

[edit] The Three Musketeers

Main article: Barbie and the Three Musketeers Barbie and the Three Musketeers was released on September 15, 2009 and is based on the Alexandre Dumas classic tale The Three Musketeers

[edit] Sing Along with Barbie

Main article: Sing Along With Barbie Sing Along with Barbie is a songhits DVD from Barbie Entertainment released on 2009. It features 12 music videos from Barbie movies, including Connected from Barbie and the Diamond Castle and All for One from Barbie and the Three Musketeers.

[edit] A Mermaid Tale

Main article: Barbie in A Mermaid TaleBarbie in A Mermaid Tale was released March 9, 2010. Set in Malibu, it tells the story of a superstar swimmer and surfer who doesn't know she is really half mermaid.

[edit] A Fashion Fairytale

Main article: Barbie: A Fashion Fairy TaleBarbie: A Fashion Fairy Tale is the third film since The Barbie Diaries where Barbie plays herself throughout the entire film and she goes on her own adventure; it also co-stars other dolls from the Barbie line-up. Join Barbie in a colourful, modern-day fairytale filled with fashion, friends and fun! Barbie and her dog Sequin jet off to visit her Aunt's amazing fashion house in Paris, and much to her surprise it's about to be shut down forever. After she discovers three enchanting Flairies with sparkle-magic powers, Barbie comes up with a brilliant idea to save the business. She even inspires Marie Alecia, a shy fashion designer, and together they create a dazzling runway fashion show. Barbie shows that magic happens when you are being pink.

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