Box art for Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses

Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses

anime & animation, children & family

Barbie stars as Princess Genevieve who, with her eleven sisters, discovers a magical world, saves their father's kingdom, and proves that the power of family can overcome all obstacles!

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common sense

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

Barbie fan's dancing dream is sometimes too scary.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fairytale-based fantasy combines elements that will appeal to little girls -- it's all right there in the title -- and themes that might scare them, too: The princesses' father is being slowly poisoned by a cruel relative who also bullies the girls. Parents should also be aware of the large number of product tie-ins they'll find mentioned in the insert, featured online, and in the toy stores.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the sisters work together to save their family. Although escaping into the magical dancing land is fun, why is it important for them to return home? If you had a magical land to go to every night, what would it be like, and would you bring your siblings with you? Would your magic place require a tiara and a dress or comfy PJs and play clothes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

2 stars

I really liked the added elements to this story though it was no Brothers Grimm and strayed far from the original fairy tale. I think the dancing was a bit repetitive and the animation in places was dreadfully awful but it was still cute and I enjoyed it for what it was.

- crazydannielle16, Sunday, February 15, 2009

2 stars

I liked the voice talent and the way they animated the dancing. That's all though. The rest is just girlie kiddie stuff.

- SpunkyJamez, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 stars

some great dance sequences and good classical music. a cute story, although not true to the actual fairy tale.

- yomisso, Saturday, October 31, 2009