"The most beautiful thing you can be is yourself."
Barbie: Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends, also known simply as Barbie: Mariposa, is the 12th Barbie movie. It was released on February 26, 2008, and it made its TV premiere on Nickelodeon on March 2, 2008. The film is a spin-off of the Barbie: Fairytopia series, though not a direct sequel. Elina tells her puffball Bibble about a butterfly fairy named Mariposa. Mariposa goes on a quest to rescue Queen Marabella and free Flutterfield from the evil fairy Henna and the Skeezites.
"Join Barbie in an all-new world of Butterfly Fairies! Mariposa is a beautiful butterfly fairy who loves to read and dream about the world outside her home in the land of Flutterfield. Flutterfield is protected by the Queen's glimmering magical lights, but when the Queen is poisoned by the evil fairy Henna, the special lights begin to go out one by one. It's up to the brave Mariposa and her friends to journey beyond the safe borders of the city in search of a hidden antidote that will save the Queen. Join the butterfly fairy friends on an exciting adventure that will transform them forever!"
Elina, the heroine of the Fairytopia films, tells her friend, Bibble, the story of Flutterfield, a faraway kingdom populated by fairies with butterfly wings.
Henna, the evil butterfly fairy and the attendant of the queen of Flutterfield, has poisoned the queen in an attempt to take over the kingdom. Due to this, the lights protecting Flutterfield are in danger of going out. These lights protect Flutterfield from the "Skeezites", monsters who eat butterfly fairies and are connected to the life of Flutterfield's queen. It is up to Mariposa and her friends/employers, Rayna and Rayla, to find an antidote to save the queen.
They first travel according to the map, but when night falls, they are far from Flutterfield, and the Skeezites appear. They engage in a long chase scene, but Mariposa, Rayna, and Rayla escape through a gate of red plants. However, the map gets nibbled by a Skeezite. Mariposa remembers a sun picture on the map, and she concludes that they should travel east, as toward the rising sun.
They then arrive at the Bewildreness and encounter a little flying rabbit named Zinzie, a great thrower who loves fluttercorn, and leads them to a mermaid statue in exchange for a packet of fluttercorn. They end up all diving into a lake and find mermaids. Mariposa asks them to tell her the whereabouts of the Cave of Reflections, and the mermaids agree to help them, but they ask for one thing in exchange: Concho shells. However, little merbabies are sleeping and use these shells as pillows, and it is revealed that if you wake the baby, the baby cries and wakes a sea monster. Rayla finds a plant and wraps it until it bears the shape of the conch shells.
They gently swap the shells with the plant, but one of the babies is tickled on the nose by a little leaf that was not wrapped properly, and the baby wakes and starts crying. This wakes the other babies, who as well start crying, waking the sea monster. While Mariposa delivers the concho shells to the mermaids, Rayna, Zinzie, and Rayla try to escape the sea monster by swimming in different directions. The mermaids help in the end, and they all escape the sea monster.
Meanwhile, Queen Marabella fell ill, and the guards captured the prince, trying to find the antidote. The Queen's captain of the guards holds him in a conversation, and another fairy sought the prince and freed him. That fairy is Willa, Mariposa's best friend. She tells the prince that she has spotted Henna doing evil things. So they decide to follow her, and the two find out that she had taken control over Skeezites by mixing a strange liquid and thistleburst; moreover, they discover that Henna was plotting to take over Flutterfield all this time.
The mermaids tell the four braves where to find the Cave of Reflections, and they fly towards it eagerly but find that the cave was guarded by Skeezites. Zinzie manages to trick the Skeezites and the four escape into the cave. There, they find their reflections talking back to themselves. They finally meet the Fairy of the Cave, who leads the group to different sections, where she proclaims each time, "one of you must stay behind".
Mariposa was left as the last one, and the cave fairy guides her toward a place filled with stars. She tells that one star holds the antidote she needs. Mariposa eventually finds one (which was all by itself), in which she used the archer's star pattern to locate it. This hints that this was the correct star, and for that reason, Mariposa is presented with the lily flower antidote and larger, more beautiful sparkling wings.
The four heroines arrive back at Flutterfield just when the Skeezites start attacking everyone at the Royal fairy castle. Mariposa eventually discovers that Henna poisoned the queen, so she races to cure her with the antidote while Willa and the others fight the Skeezites outside with Thistleburst. Upon reaching the throne room, Henna steals the antidote and tries to stop Mariposa from foiling her plans, destroying the antidote and convincing her to rule alongside Flutterfield with her, but a pink Flutterpixie takes the antidote back and Mariposa refuses. She eventually manages to get the antidote to Marabella and heal her before she dies, but Henna steals it back and destroys it completely, causing the last light to go out.
All hope seems lost until the last light comes right back on and Marabella awakens, causing all the lights to reignite and shoo the Skeezites away. Henna leaves and goes away with the Skeezites under the pretense of not getting caught, thus fleeing from the light. After the big save, Queen Marabella presents each of the heroines with a crown of flowers. Since then, Mariposa felt she belonged, having learned that being herself is the best thing in life.
Elina finishes her story and Bibble gets a visit from the Flutterpixies, just before leaving to play with Dizzle.
Cast and Characters
- Mariposa: Chiara Zanni
- Willa: Tabitha St. Germain
- Rayna: Kathleen Barr
- Rayla: Erin Mathews
- Henna: Nicole Oliver
- Prince Carlos: Alessandro Juliani
- Zinzie: Cathy Weseluck
- Lord Gastrous: Alistair Abel
- Elina: Kelly Sheridan
- Bibble: Lee Tockar
- Dizzle: Cathy Weseluck
- Skeezite #1: Terry Klassen
- Skeezite #2: Lee Tockar
- Fairy Speck: Cathy Weseluck
- Anemone: Jane Barr
- Coral: Tabitha St. Germain
- Queen Marabella: Jane Barr
- Flutterpixie: Tabitha St. Germain
- Royal Guard: David Kaye
- The Story Begins
- Mariposa, the Butterfly Fairy
- Dressing for the Ball
- Henna's Potion
- Meeting Prince Carlos
- The Prince's Map
- Henna's Wicked Plot
- Willa to the Rescue
- Zinzie Leads the Way
- The Waterwhirls
- The Secret of the Light
- Sneaking By
- The Cave of Reflection
- One Special Star
- Time to Be Brave
- The Queen Awakens
- Making New Friends
DVD Bonus Features
- "Flutterfield Scavenger Hunt".
- "Flutterpixie Dress Up".
- The Making of: Barbie Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends
- From this film onwards, the Mainframe Studios animation company used a new name, "Rainmaker Entertainment" (before eventually reverting back to the "Mainframe" name in 2020).
- This film was nominated for "Best Animation Program or Series" to Tiffany J. Shuttleworth and Luke Carroll for the 2008 Leo Awards.
- "Mariposa" is Spanish for "butterfly" and was the street name for Mattel's creative design studio.
- The film is also known as:
- Barbie: Mariposa (end credits)
- Barbie Fairytopia: Mariposa (doll commercial)
- Barbie: Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends ('Classic Movie' DVD cover)
- This is the first Barbie film that Kelly Sheridan does not voice the titular protagonist of this film; however she voices the Fairytopia character, Elina.
- This is the 4th Fairytopia installment as it follows Elina and Bibble on their new quest; however it is considered a spin-off.
Also Known As
- Dutch - Barbie: Mariposa en haar Vlinderachtige Feevriendjes
- Albanian - Barbie: Mariposa dhe Mikeshat e Saj Zana Flutura
- German - Barbie: Mariposa und ihre Freundinnen, die Schmetterlingsfeen
- Greek - Barbie Mariposa: Η περιπέτεια μιας Ονειρεμένης Πεταλούδας
- Italian - Barbie: Mariposa e le Sue Amiche Fate Farfalle
- French - Barbie: Mariposa et ses Amies Les Fées Papillon
- Finnish - Barbie: Mariposa ja hänen perhoskeiju-ystävänsä
- Croatian - Barbie: Mariposa i njezine leptirske vilinske prijateljice or Barbie: Mariposa i njezine prijateljice vile leptirice or Barbie Mariposa: Nova pustolovina u Fairytopiji
- Hungarian - Barbie: Mariposa és a Pillangótündérek
- Polish - Barbie: Mariposa i jej Motylo-Wróżkowi Przyjaciele
- Portuguese - Barbie Mariposa e suas Amigas Fadas-Borboletas
- Brazilian Portuguese - Barbie Butterfly: Uma Aventura em Fairytopia
- Persian - باربى: مريپوسا و دوستان پروانه اى پرى او
- Georgian - ბარბი მარიპოსა
- Hebrew - ברבי מריפוסה
- Japanese バービーマリポサ
- Chinese - 芭比之蝴蝶仙子
Films: Barbie: Mariposa and Her Butterfly Fairy Friends | Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess
Quotes: "The most beautiful thing you can be is yourself." | "The best way to make a friend is to be a friend."
Characters: Anemone | Anu | Bibble | Boris | Coral | Dizzle | Elina | Fairy Speck | Flutterpixie | Gwyllion | Henna | King Regellius| Lord Gastrous | Mariposa | Prince Carlos | Princess Catania | Queen Marabella | Rayla | Rayna | Skeezite | Talayla | Willa | Zee | Zinzie
Events: Crystal Ball