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Barbie As the Princess and the Pauper Movie - On Video & DVD

We had a chance to preview Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, set to be released on video and DVD on September 28th, 2004. 

"Long ago and far away..."

So begins the latest direct-to-video CGI-animated Barbie movie, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper. Based on Mark Twain's classic tale, this video/DVD is a modern-retelling of the story. It's Barbie's first musical, and it does a fantastic job of both entertaining kids and giving them something to think about. 

At the same moment, two identical baby girls were born. One, Princess Anneliese, had everything, while Erika, born to a poor village family, lived a life of hard work and poverty. Both girls were equally loved, but their circumstances were starkly different. The girls looked amazingly similar, with the exception of hair color!

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Princess Anneliese's mother, a widowed Queen, was encountering some serious problems. The gold had run out, and the her Kingdom was now bankrupt. In order to care for her people, she planned that her daughter meet Dominick, a young King in "need" of a wife. 

This movie explores the urge for freedom and the desire to be responsible. The princess is compelled to fulfill her duty to her mother and their kingdom by marrying Dominick. Erika, the pauper, feels responsibility to her own family, hoping to repay her parents' debt. Both girls are determined and adventurous, and their lives quickly become intertwined after Preminger (voiced by Martin Short), the Queen's "trusted" advisor, kidnaps the Princess. Erika will need to assume Anneliese's identity in order to foil her kidnapper. More suspense and complications arise when King Dominick falls in love with Erika, mistaking her for the Princess. A rather royal cat, Serafina, and her rival, Midas (a French poodle) are funny supporting characters in this exciting musical. The songs are charming—even Preminger sings a deliciously evil little ditty. 

 

The Barbie As the Princess and the Pauper Movie - On Video & DVD

coverThe DVD is loaded with bonus features, and the initial orders of both VHS and DVD include a bonus musical CD.

The movie features seven original songs by Broadway lyricist Amy Powers and composer Megan Cavallari, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is the world-famous doll's fourth full-length, direct-to-video feature film.

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Barbie As The Princess and the Pauper (VHS) or Barbie As The Princess and the Pauper (DVD) at Amazon.com]

Our Rating: A+  This movie is entertaining, fanciful, and contains some educational value to boot. 

 

Video and Software Games

 

coverGames based on the movie, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper, are now available. In the CD-ROM, kids follow Barbie, who takes on a dual role as both Erika and Princess Anneliese, as she gets ready for a crowning ceremony. This CD-ROM is a creative adventure, featuring puzzles, creative activities, and a quest for items. 

Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is also available for the GameBoy Advance platform. In this action adventure handheld game, kids join Barbie as two characters to help defend the royal kingdom from the evil villain, Preminger. The game includes mini-games and puzzles, and kids get to play as the royal cats, Serafina and Wolfie, as well!

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Barbie Princess and the Pauper (CD-ROM) or Barbie & The Pauper (for Game Boy Advance)]

 

Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper Toys

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Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper dolls, interactive plushes, and playsets are available. Click on an image above to link for more information, or to buy. 

Alternatively you can find all of the Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper toys offered by Toys R Us by following this link: Barbie Princess and the Pauper Toys

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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