Box art for Barbie as The Island Princess

Barbie as The Island Princess

anime & animation, children & family, music & musicals

Barbie stars as a little girl who grows up on an island with a family of animals, but when a Prince discovers her, she explores civilization - and uncovers a plot to take over the kingdom!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score


common sense

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

A surprising treat -- but too many toy spin-offs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gentle story will appeal to children who love animals and/or Barbie, and that its original music score may even draw in the grown-ups. The main character talks about missing the family from whom she was separated at a young age. A depiction of a near-drowning is harrowing, and younger kids may need some help understanding the villain's motivation, which is presented in song. The traits that define the heroine are bravery and compassion, not just beauty.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Ro might have learned to talk to the animals. Do you and your pets have any special ways to communicate? Do you think you would prefer to live on Ro's island or in Prince Antonio's castle, and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

2 stars

It was okay for a kids movie. It had some really great computer animation but the storyline was just contrived.

- crazydannielle16, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

5 stars

My favorite barbie movie weird better than the rest of them Good movie

- Purplecat341, Saturday, August 16, 2008