Box art for Barbie: The Pearl Princess

Barbie: The Pearl Princess

anime & animation, children & family

Join Lumina, the Mermaid princess, and her best friend Kuda, a pink sea horse, as she calls on her magical pearl powers for an unforgettable adventure in a beautiful mermaid world!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5

Rapunzel-like Barbie tale stresses fashion and appearance.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie the Pearl Princess is a straight-to-DVD feature film tied to a new line in the legendary doll brand. This particular movie is another undersea Barbie-as-mermaid adventure that features some mild violence (a royal captain of the guard orders someone to poison the king and later kidnaps the princess and orders his henchman to "get rid of her") and romance (flirting and dancing). Some families may not appreciate how much this story focuses on appearance, makeovers, and fashion (the main character is a gifted hair and wardrobe stylist). Although the movie has generally positive messages, the tie-in to the dolls and all the girly-girl stereotypes may not sit well with families looking for more gender-neutral role models and less merchandise-targeted entertainment.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why these Barbie movies are so popular. Do you have to be a fan of the dolls to enjoy the movies? Which of the Barbie movies do you prefer: the ones in which Barbie is in an established story or in which she's in an original story, such as this one?
  • Kids: Does seeing this movie make you more interested in buying the Pearl Princess-theme Barbies and accessories? Parents: How can you focus on the stories' positive messages without getting any merchandise?
  • A lot of the movie focuses on the mermaids and other creatures getting makeovers. What are some of the messages about beauty and gender that get communicated in Barbie movies and toys? Is this movie different in any way?