From April 9 to May 21, there were 4 shorts released to the YouTube channel about Barbie and Chelsea switching bodies while at Camp Starlight with her sisters, Brooklyn, Daisy, and other characters who usually only appear in shorts. A video was uploaded recently which combines all 4 episodes, which is perfect since camping is a big part of summer.
What's on your mind?
I don't know if any of you remember My theory about there are multiple barbies from different universes, I made one of those tag yourself memes about it! Who are you?
I know it's not Halloween yet but who is your favorite villain in the Barbie films? For me it's the Mouse King, not just because he was voiced by Tim Curry and is the only animal villain (so far...) but because he was intimidating and was not someone you'd want to mess with.
I watched the first few episodes like two or three days ago (I don't remember :P) and here are my thoughts on it:
The series is 26 episodes long. TWENTY SIX. Isn't that a little too long for a track like this? It could've been wrapped up in 12 episodes as well, but now they're just unnecessarily dragging it.
Malibu was acting completely obsessed with Brooklyn. Like, you know "oh we both have the same names and get along really well and I wanna stay with her and start a music group nothing else!" I have never seen her act like that with anyone else. Not to mention their friendship was rushed. Like bffs in day? That's kinda unrealistic. For comparison, Isla and Malibu's friendship was written better than Brooklyn and Malibu's. How? Isla and Malibu knew each other for just 3 days, but Malibu had to gain her trust and she helped Isla get back the gemstone dolphins and even saved her from Marlo. So obviously they'd be good friends. Then we have Amelia and Malibu who looked alike. Amelia wanted to stay away from the cameras and live like any normal girl would. Malibu helped her dream come true, and she saved her from Johan with her friends. So they'd be good friends too.
She left highschool. SHE LEFT HIGHSCHOOL. That kinda annoys me (just Asian nature, don't mind me please). Both Malibu and Brooklyn should've completed school first in my opinion, but it's their choice so I can't say anything else.
George and Margaret clearly didn't want Malibu to drop out of Golden Beach High. They weren't against her in Handler either. Malibu should've respected her parents' decision instead of going against it and trying to convince them into something they didn't want. (If I did that I would've gotten a flying sandal right on my face lol.)
I love Brooklyn, but 3 movies and a 26-episode long series with Brooklyn? Isn't that a little too much? She's being overhyped by Mattel. We didn't get to see Isla and Queen Amelia that much, like at least make a cameo appearance, like Isla in Mermaid Power and Queen Amelia at the end of It Takes Two maybe?
Now a different point: what about her friends in California? Malibu seems to have totally forgotten about them. It's always Ken who calls her first. Teresa, Daisy, Nikki and Renée would probably be sad because how little Barbie talks to them. Taffy? Malibu forgot about her probably. Skipper is gonna be overburdened. Trey is gonna go back to his bratty self. Chelsea would have no one to comfort her. Malibu just seems obsessed with her Spotlight Solo and selfish at this point.
They forgot about Trey and Tammy, I want more of themmmmm
Jeez this is turning into a rant, so let's just talk about what I liked:
• The soundtrack, but I didn't like the theme song at all. My favorite song so far is Find My Way Home.
• Ken's hairstyle. He looks so much better I swear!!
• Jackson and Jayla having two dads! LGBTQ representation!
And now what I disliked:
• Rafa and Brooklyn's voice. Dissatisfied.
I mentioned this in another thread (look at the comments in the link below), but I figured it would this topic deserves its own thread. In any case, when it comes to Barbie: It Takes Two, the reception is very interesting. In this wiki fandom, it's somewhat polarizing with people who really love the series and people who take issue with it (whether they find it good or bad). On sites like Twitter and YouTube, I see almost nothing but good comments about it. IMDb and Common Sense Media do also give the show good reviews, but they're very few and more general. This is certainly quite interesting. Why do you think that's the case?
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So I've watched a lot of the various YouTube shorts that have been coming out since 2019. I'm talking about the shorts that have doll versions of the characters, as well as the animated shorts that aren't done by Mainframe Studios (the main animation studio for Barbie projects). I'm not talking about the vlogs. While they definitely borrow a lot from the Dreamhouse Adventures era, mainly the designs, set pieces, and most of the voice actors (excluding Barbie Travel Mysteries and Barbie Dreamhouse Trend House, which use young voices), they also have some differences between them.
1. Some major characters from Dreamhouse Adventures don't appear. There's some mentions of George and Margaret, but they don't physically appear. Similarly, you don't see Trey or his parents appear in them. It's not like it's just pre-Dreamhouse Adventures that only appear. Daisy, who debuted in that series, has appeared in many of them. Brooklyn has also appeared in recent shorts. It could be to emphasize independence more.
2. On the flip side, characters who were created specifically for the shorts haven't appeared in the main projects. For example, in The Barbie And Barbie Show shorts, you have characters called The Extras. It could be a way to make up for not using everyone.
3. There's more emphasis on fantastical or out there elements. Some episodes of Ask Barbie involve Barbie flying in a plane to other countries (she flew a helicopter once in Dreamhouse Adventures, but not a plane) and some show her as a mermaid. There's also Return To Dreamtopia having unicorns and mermaids or those Mega Building shorts that involve being transported elsewhere. I mean, there's Magical Dreamcamper shorts.
4. The type of short emphasizes certain aspects of Chelsea's personality. The shorts that use different animation show more of her innocent sweet side while she's more mischievous and prank happy in the doll shorts. On a similar note, in two recent music videos (Weekend Jam and Cheer For You), she seems to be a bit older.
5. The doll shorts lean more into being silly and a bit over the top when it comes to humor while the differently animated shorts are less about being funny and more just charming since you find the characters charming.
And that's all have. Thanks for reading.
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On June 3, It Takes Two was finally made available on Netflix (in my country.)
I was excited to watch it. I've watched the first three episodes and here's what I think-
Rating- ⭐⭐⭐.5 stars
I think it's just an ok show. It doesn't have a moral or learning at the end of each episode like Dreamhouse Adventures had.
Also, for some reason I'm really mad at Malibu Barbie for missing her real school! It's very important to study at school. She could pursue a career in music (or arts) later at the academy, once she had finished school. Same for Brooklyn too. The first priority should be to make a base of studies and knowledge at school, and of course it's good to follow your dreams but you can't just give up everything else, don't you think?
Then lastly, I think Brooklyn's voice change was very devastating. I haven't still settled with it...I mean, nothing's wrong with the voice, but that sudden change makes it seem somewhat irritating.
What do you think?
So in the Barbie movies I've either seen or read about, there aren't many that take place on holidays. There's a ton of movies that take place on some kind of vacation, but no specific holiday. There's been a few Christmas movies (I think Barbie In The Nutcracker, Barbie In A Christmas Carol, and Barbie: A Perfect Christmas), but that's it. You don't really see other holidays being tackled. We do get other holidays in the vlogs and shows (like Valentine's Day for the former, and for the latter, Dreamhouse Adventures had Halloween and Chinese New Year while It Takes Two has Thanksgiving), but that's it. How would you like to see a Barbie movie tackle a different holiday?
These past two days I've noticed a large amount of people changing the articles with some really inappropriate material. This may be a crazy theory but I think those people that inserted all those details were hacked, any thoughts?
There was a vlog that was just released where Barbie "Malibu" Roberts helps Jackson and Jayla show off a Father's Day gift to their dads. I figured they might have shown up in the series first, but this is still nice. The ending is pretty good too. I won't post for all the vlogs. I'm just doing for the one that stand out, like the AAPI vlogs with Renee from last month.
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What's your favorite/favorites? Would you wear any of them? What dolls would you buy if they were made? Many of these were not made into dolls because blue isn't as popular as pink or purple
I know I've been posting a lot, but this is something that intrigues me. I wrote a post about two weeks talking about Chelsea getting a good deal of focus in the franchise. One comment I got suggested that the amount of focus Chelsea gets is probably because of wanting to help the franchise appeal to younger children because of how she's imaginative and sweet. Well, I have another point for that. I think Skipper got a good deal of focus in Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures as a way to also help the franchise appeal to teenagers.
The format of Dreamhouse Adventures allows there to be various focus episodes on certain characters, with Skipper being one of the more prominent examples. The show definitely highlights how she's the oldest of Barbie's youngest sisters, and can thus act as somewhat of a mediator. She's old enough so that she can speak to Barbie on a more personal level with similar interests and tell her what's up while still being young enough to have some immature, impulsive moments and partner up with Stacie and/or Chelsea for various activities. It's also not uncommon for Skipper to try and measure herself up to Barbie.
One example I can think of is the season 1 episode "Baby Sister Babysitter". Barbie is worried about Skipper not doing well on her first babysitting job given how she takes a rather lax approach to the idea, thinking it's easy money. She gets in over her head at first, but does a better job when she remembers Barbie's advice. This eventually motivates her to start a babysitting service.
Then there's the episode (I forgot the name, but it's still in season 1) where she tries to recreate Barbie's cake for their parents' anniversary when she's away at robot con, and compares herself to her, trying to see how she would approach it. With her going to Barbie's school, especially in seasons 4-5, it allows for her to be more involved in her life.
One notable example is with the 2 part season 4 finale, "The Sportathon", where she and Barbie team up for a community service project, but she doesn't put in as much effort because of focusing more on a surfing contest. One could definitely say that she's the protagonist of this special because of how she learns to see the value of doing good for the community when an earthquake strikes.
The prime example of this is in the series finale, "Close Knit Friendship", where she gets the subplot involving a friend conflict that mirrors the conflict Barbie has with Teresa in writing a song (her plot was about the babysitting service). She even goes to Barbie at one point to talk about her problems and thinks she's got it under control she says she's in a similar situation.
Another thing with Skipper, which I did mention, but want to elaborate on, is with how she's blunt and straightforward, but is also compassionate enough with her honesty when telling the truth. There's the season 4 episode "The In Crowd", where she starts to hang out with Nikki, Renee, Teresa, and Daisy, but without Barbie, when they have a shared interest in a music group she's not a fan of.
Barbie feels jealous and tries to get her friends back, at one point, even being kind of snippy in trying to exclude. When Skipper has had enough, she confronts Barbie on it, but when she finds out why, she's able to calmly tell her that she was acting irrationally, yet also say that she liked hanging with older girls because of how much they remind her of Barbie. This then leads to her apology.
There are also some episodes where she's not the focus, but still helps the development of certain characters. For example, the subplot of "Sister Class Act" has Stacie feeling down on herself when she's constantly compared to Barbie and Skipper by Ms. Gomez, who used to be in her class. While both do try to console her, she's more straightforward in saying that she doesn't have to follow her, Barbie, or mom in coming up with a good science project to impress her.
There's also the resolution to "Three Ring Dreamhouse", where she sees that Chelsea is down, and upon finding out that Barbie was keeping the circus a secret, she's upfront, but also open hearted enough to tell Barbie that she was being somewhat ignorant of Chelsea and her feelings even if she did still have good intentions.
Probably a good example of this would be outside the show, like in the vlogs, Barbie It Takes Two, and "Barbie And Chelsea: The Lost Birthday". In the case of the latter, I want to talk about her tiger counterpart Snipper, who Chelsea directly compares to her. She's also the talking animal who gets the most notable development. She's shown being somewhat confrontational to everyone, but only because she's unsure about others liking her music. Once they do listen to her music, she becomes friendlier.
As for the vlogs, she's the only one of Barbie's sisters who can fully qualify for these three frequent things: A) Only she appears with Barbie, B) She appears with Barbie and her sisters, C) She can appear with Barbie and her friends. There are plenty of examples of A, but two I can think of are where she tells Barbie to bake a cake without a recipe, and the first short vlogs (Keep Or Toss) where she wants some of her outfits.
For B, two examples I can think of are the car karaoke vlog from December 2019 and the Valentine's Day vlog of 2020. For C), some of what she's done includes an October 2019 vlog (the one where she picks the items that Barbie and Ken have to blindly touch), the April 2021 vlog (where she's in charge of changing the backgrounds for Barbie and Daisy as they make up a story), the June 2021 vlog (where she, Barbie, and Teresa talk about how to be green), and the Earth Day vlog from last month (where she does backyard camping with Malibu and Brooklyn).
Speaking of Brooklyn, let's talk Barbie It Takes Two. While the format of the show means most of the episodes are about advancing their music career, she still gets some moments to stand out. The most notable case is the subplot of "Starting Small", where she's shown to be quite stubborn in beating Jessica and getting an old cup back from a bird. Here are priorities are skewed, but she's able to calm down when talking to both Barbies. There's also part 2 of "The Great Outdoors", where she goes with Malibu and Brooklyn to find the source of the mysterious sounds and footprints. Since she's closer in age to them, she's able to be more casual in talking to them.
And that's all I have for now. What do you think?
Fairytopia figures were made for Kinder Surprise and I think they were in Italy, I'm not sure if they were released anywhere else though. One source says they were made in 2009 one says 2001, so I'm unsure about that too.