Box art for Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess

Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess

anime & animation, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

Join Mariposa & her new friend, Princess Catania, in this magical adventure to save the fairy land of Shimmervale. Together, the girls learn that with great friends, the sky is the limit!

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common sense

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

Highly marketed fairy adventure promotes cultural awareness.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess is the 25th direct-to-DVD Barbie movie, and like most of the films, the content is fine for almost all ages, but the marketing angle is the biggest concern. All the characters and some of the settings are available for purchase and are advertised within the DVD. There is mild peril as an angry fairy temporarily freezes fairies and destroys their energy source, but otherwise there's just humorous slapstick due to a clumsy main character. Mariposa, the Barbie fairy protagonist, is the royal librarian and a huge book lover who isn't overly concerned with fashion or looks. This story about inter-fairy relations is a kid-friendly study in cultural acceptance, friendship, and teamwork.

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 ones are your favorites: the ones where Barbie is in an established story or original ones like this one?
  • Kids: Does seeing this movie make you more interested in buying the Fairytopia-themed Barbies and accessories? Parents: How can you focus on the stories' positive messages without getting any merchandise?
  • Despite being a "perfect looking" Barbie, Mariposa isn't as interested in her looks as many other Barbie characters. 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?