Box art for Barbie & Her Sisters In a Pony Tale

Barbie & Her Sisters In a Pony Tale

action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family

At a fun-filled riding academy in the Alps, Barbie and her sisters go on the vacation of a lifetime and Barbie finds the horse of her dreams.

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common sense

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

Barbie and her sisters have sweet, magical, Swiss adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie and Her Sisters in A Pony Tale is a direct-to-DVD offering starring the popular Mattel doll. Like all Barbie features, this one has a direct merchandise tie-in to a set of equestrian Barbie (and her sister) dolls and their corresponding horses. The movie is fine for younger kids but does contain one potentially scary moment when wolves menacingly creep up on Barbie and her horse until another more powerful horse intervenes and scares the wolves away. The language includes some colorful insults exchanged by bitter rivals such as, "You hair of a child's nostril" and "You pig of a dog of a mule." It's not a major plot point, but there is a little romance between Skipper and a Swiss equestrian. Kids might learn a thing or two about equestrian competitions.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the allure of horse stories. Why do you think horses appeal to audiences, especially young girls, so much?
  • Talk about how to separate the movie and its characters from the Barbie products in stores. We have tips on how to manage product placements and advertising in pop culture.
  • How does this particular movie compare to others in the Barbie universe? Do you prefer the Barbie movies where she's a fairy tale or fantasy character or the more realistic ones? Do you like the movies with the sisters or ones only about Barbie?