|“||If you love something, set it free.||”|
Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale is the 26th CGI computer-animated movie in Barbie Film Series that was released on October 22, 2013. The film follows the story of Barbie and her three younger sisters (Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea) visiting their Aunt Marlene, who runs an equestrian academy in the Swiss Alps, and Barbie finds a legendary horse that was believed to be just a fable.
"Barbie and her sisters set off on a Swiss adventure to the majestic Alps, where they're excited to spend the summer at a fun filled riding academy! Barbie can't wait to find a new horse to bring back to Malibu. Stacie is super excited to prove she's an amazing equestrian. All Chelsea wants to do is ride the big horses, and Skipper's more interested in writing about the great outdoors than experiencing it. The sisters' vacation gets off to a rocky start, but when Barbie discovers a mysterious wild horse in the woods, their visit becomes truly magical."
Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea are going to be spending part of the summer in the Swiss Alps visiting their Aunt Marlene, who runs a horse-breeding ranch/equestrian school called Alpine Academy. Upon arriving at the school, the sisters are greeted by their aunt and her kids, Max and Marie, who are very excited to see their cousins (especially Marie). Barbie and her sisters are shown to their room (which has two bunk beds) and after unpacking, the sisters get started on picking their horses.
The girls eventually receive their horses:
- Barbie, who's the most experienced rider of the four sisters (she's a champion horseback-rider back in America) is allowed to pick her own horse. She heads out to the stables where all the Thoroughbreds are kept and is soon joined by Marlene. Barbie isn't sure which horse to pick but is determined to find the right one for her, as she feels that it's essential for her in order to be able to win the Pacific Steeplechase, a big equestrian competition back in America. Barbie ultimately ends up choosing a male horse named Finian as her partner.
- Skipper, the most experienced rider after Barbie, chooses a female horse named Jennifer.
- Stacie, who's a beginner, can't pick her own horse--as Marlene, she has to let the horse choose her. She ends up being chosen by a female horse named Pepper, who ends up humiliating Stacie at every turn due to the jock-girl's pride. However, after talking things over with Barbie, Stacie and Pepper do eventually start getting along better.
- Chelsea, who's a beginner just like Stacie is, has to let the horse choose her--she ends up being chosen by a female pony named Dash. Chelsea's disappointed by this and questions why she can't ride a regular horse like her three older sisters--Barbie claims that since Chelsea's too small to ride a full-sized like her, Skipper and Stacie, and that she'll just have to wait until she's older/bigger to be able to do so. Chelsea does eventually form a bond with Dash after Marlene explains that she and Chelsea do have a lot in common, such as both of them liking sweets such as marshmallows.
After receiving their horses, Barbie and her sisters head out on a ride the next day led by Etienne Cheynet, the riding master for Alpine Academy. During the ride, Barbie sees a beautiful horse with a pink streak in its mane by a waterfall, but it disappears. Later that evening, Barbie notices that that same horse is in the logo for Alpine Academy and notices the unusual markings. She goes to Etienne, who's in the stables and is singing to a horse to help it calm down, and asks him about the horse in the academy's logo. Etienne explains to Barbie that the horse is from a fable about an ancient breed called the Majestiques and claims that there's no proof that the breed itself is (or was) actually real. But Philippe Cheynet, Etienne's brother who's also the riding master for École Montagne, Alpine Academy's biggest rival, interrupts them and says that the Majestiques don't exist. However, he knows that the Majestiques are real and lies because his brother is present.
Barbie goes riding by herself and some wolves scare away her horse. She is saved from the wolves by the Majestique horse she had seen the day before, and it runs away. The following day, Barbie and Finian went riding again and found the Majestique horse with its leg stuck under a rock. To relax the horse, Barbie sings the song she heard Etienne singing and manages to move the rock. She uses her scarf as a bandage to tie around the horse's bleeding leg and names her Majesty. Philippe later finds some of Majesty's mane and sees Barbie nearby, so he follows her.
Barbie goes out alone and is able to ride Majesty, which Philippe witnesses. Majesty shows Barbie a herd of breed in the Valley of the Majestiques. Meanwhile, Marlene admits to Skipper that Alpine Academy's in a lot of financial trouble (too many bills and not enough students enrolled at the school) and reveals that she made a deal with Bridgette Cheynet, the owner of École Montagne who also happens to be Etienne and Philippe's mother, to sell the school to her if they don't win the upcoming Inter-Academy Equestrian Tournament (which is being hosted at Alpine Academy this year). Skipper finds Barbie with the Majestiques and explains what their aunt told her. Skipper tries convincing Barbie to compete in the tournament in Etienne's place (and with Majesty as her horse), but Barbie's reluctant to do so. Barbie explains to Skipper that her main reason for it is that she's worried about Philippe finding the Majestiques and potentially harming them.
On the opening day of the tournament, Alpine Academy and École Montagne end up being tied for first place. While everyone is distracted, Philippe sneaks out and releases the Alpine Academy’s horses in order to sabotage them. Chelsea sneaks out to ride a big horse and attracts attention by screaming when she is overwhelmed. The horse she is on hurts Etienne’s arm so he can't compete. Barbie searches for the horses with Skipper and Jonas, a boy from École Montagne. She realizes that Majesty found the academy’s horses and led them away.
Barbie leads everyone to the Majestiques and they find the other horses. She tells Skipper and Jonas to keep them a secret and they start going back to the academy with the horses. On the way back, they encounter Philippe. Philippe excludes Jonas from École Montagne for helping Barbie find the horses. Philippe tells Barbie that he knows the Majestiques are on Alpine land, and that the land and the horses will belong to École Montagne after the tournament. The only way to save the academy and the Majestiques would be to win the tournament, so Barbie competes in Etienne's place.
Barbie enters the tournament just in time and rides for Alpine on Majesty. Philippe plays dirty and cheats during the race by sabotaging other horses so that Marlene would have to sell Alpine and he could find the Majestique horse herd. He makes the saddle come off of Majesty when she catches up with her, causing Barbie to fall off. Barbie and Majesty continue the race without it and manage to win, ultimately making Alpine Academy the winners of the tournament and saving the school itself. Bridgette congratulates Barbie and Barbie gets a photo of herself and her family with Majesty and the trophy. She thanks Marlene for letting her stay at the academy, and Marlene reveals that they have many people interested in the academy now. Though Barbie initially plans on bringing Majesty with her back to America, she ultimately can't bring herself to do so when she realizes how sad Majesty would be about being separated from her herd. Aunt Marlene tells Barbie that if she comes back, Majesty will return.
Starring the Voices Of
- Barbie: Kelly Sheridan
- Skipper: Kazumi Evans
- Stacie: Claire Corlett
- Chelsea: Ashlyn Drummond
- Marlene: Alex Kelly
- Max: Tabitha St. Germain
- Marie: Shannon Chan-Kent
- Monsieur Etienne: Colin Murdock
- Monsieur Philippe: Peter Kelamis
- Madame Cheynet: Maxine Miller
- Jonas: Cole Howard
- Albain: Gabe Khouth
- Theo: Theo Bell
- Announcer: Colin Murdock
The film was initially released on October 22nd, 2013 on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and digital formats. The bonus features are outtakes, a music video for the movie's theme song "You're the One" performed by Heavynn Gates, the music video for "Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Theme Song" performed by Allie Feder, and the Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse episodes "Gone Glitter Gone - Part 1" and "Gone Glitter Gone - Part 2".
There is also a Trailer Gallery on the DVD and Blu-ray releases with trailers for Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, the Barbie Premium Experience only on Royal Caribbean International, Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess, Barbie in The Pink Shoes, Barbie The Princess & the Popstar, Barbie The Pearl Princess, Barbie in A Mermaid Tale, Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2, Barbie Princess Charm School, Barbie A Fairy Secret, Barbie A Fashion Fairytale and the Barbie Movie Collection, which advertises all of the Barbie movies up to Barbie and The Three Musketeers.
Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale did not get its own section on Barbie.com, but when it was released, the Barbie.com homepage advertised it and a Coloring Storybook was made available to print, but the link to it expired when the homepage changed. In the Videos section of Barbie.com as well as the official Barbie YouTube channel, the Bloopers, Music Video and Trailer were made available to watch. The teaser trailer was never added to Barbie.com or the YouTube channel, and was first seen on the Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess DVD and Blu-ray releases.
A launch event in the US took place in New York City on from 2-5pm on October 22nd called "Pony Up" and girls of all ages were invited to receive a Barbie-inspired ponytail. There were five options from Barbie's Look Book that were illustrated by designer Robert Best. Stylists from John Barrett Salon used a pop-up salon to create the looks. TimeToPlayMag.com covered the event in a YouTube video.
In the UK, Barbie and The Pony Club collaborated to have a Barbie Pony Tale Experience Day on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October. It was a free, interactive day for children aged 3-11 years old to learn about horses and horse-riding. No prior horse-riding experience was necessary to attend. Each class took photos and videos of their activities and were judged by The Pony Club. The winner got to meet Charlotte Dujardin, who won two gold medals for her horse-riding in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Popcorn jumps onto a haystack that Sebastian is lying on, which sends Sebastian flying into the air. Marlene catches Sebastian, and then catches Popcorn, Barnaby and a horse.
- After Max delivers a line, a horse's tail whips him in the face.
- When Barbie rides Majesty for the first time, Majesty jumps and then stops in mid-air and drops.
- Take 1 of Philippe falling off his horse during the Pacific Steeplechase is shown and he lands on the ground in front of some manure.
- While Barbie is riding Majesty, she gets knocked off by a tree branch and Majesty keeps running.
- As Etienne begins to talk to Barbie about the Majestiques, a horse hits him in the face with its tail.
- In the same scene, Philippe also gets hit in the face by a horse's tail.
- Take 43 of Philippe falling off his horse is shown and he falls out of the shot.
- When Marlene tells Skipper she may have to sell Alpine Academy, a horse tail whips her in the back of the head.
- Take 91 of Philippe falling off his horse is shown and he hits some manure head first. Someone off camera says, "That's just weird."
- After Barbie lets Majesty go free, Marlene says Majesty and Barbie will meet again. Immediately, Majesty appears grinning behind Barbie and Marlene, and they laugh.
- Take 276 of Philippe falling off the horse is shown and he finally lands in the manure as planned, but is told to try it once more with "feeling".
- In the Alpine Academy stable, the horses dance in sync.
- Take 957 of Philippe falling off the horse is shown and it has become dark outside since Take 276. Philippe lands in the manure but someone says that they weren't recording.
- This is the third movie which featured all of Barbie's sisters, the first is the short film Barbie A Camping We Will Go and the second is Barbie A Perfect Christmas
- This is the first full-length movie which was animated by Arc Productions, followed by Barbie & Her Sisters in The Great Puppy Adventure.
- The Majestique breed was inspired by a real breed of horses which Hannibal used to cross the Swiss Alps.
- The plot is similar to that of Barbie A Fashion Fairytale:
- Both movies involve Barbie visiting an aunt of hers who owns/operates a business of some kind in Europe (Millicent runs a fashion house in Paris, France while Marlene runs an equestrian school in the Alps of Switzerland).
- The business run by Barbie's aunt is in danger of getting shut down due to some kind of financial issues (Millicent was losing business to critics and competitors while Alpine Academy didn't have enough students enrolled).
- Barbie and co. come up with a way to save her aunt's business from getting shut down (Barbie and Millicent's assistant, Marie-Alecia, organize a fashion show while Skipper suggest that she and her sisters compete in the horseback riding tournament to help Alpine Academy win).
- An antagonist does something to sabotage the protagonists' efforts (Jacqueline and her assistant, Delphine, kidnap the Flairies while Philippe releases all the horses belonging to Alpine Academy).
- Barbie and the rest of the protagonists ultimately succeed in saving Barbie's aunt's business from getting shut down (the fashion show at Millicent's fashion house succeeds and Barbie wins the final portion of the horseback riding competition, making Alpine Academy the overall winner).
- "Pony Tale" is a pun on the word "ponytail".
- This is the first movie to use the Roberts' last name.
- The music heard during the dance is Mozart's "A Little Night Music".
- The song that Monsieur Etienne (and later Barbie) sings is a French folk song called "Fais Do Do".
- Marie says "konichiwa" to Monsiur Etienne in the dance party, which means "hello" in Japanese..
- In the episode "Mission Impawsibble" from Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse series, there is a poster of this movie's logo in the movie theater.
- When Barbie and her sisters are giving Marie a makeover, none of the clothing or shoes they use end up in her final outfit for the dance.
- Jonas appeared to wear his riding suit after Chelsea fell off a big horse, even though he was wearing his tuxedo during the formal dance party.
- The direction of Skipper's face is wrong when she asked "Why on earth?" to Chelsea, and yet her mouth didn't move in the first 2 seconds.
- During the race, Barbie's sisters wear their casual outfits but when the race is finally over, the sisters' clothes changed into their riding outfits.
- Stacie's eyes color changed to blue during the dance party, instead she has green eyes.
- Stacie appeared between the people when they were trying to stop the big horse on, but when which Chelsea sat. When Marlene took Chelsea to her room she disappeared
- Chelsea's drawing has sun in left side, cloud in the middle, and the mountains, as seen in the beginning of the movie. But, when Chelsea give her drawing to Marlene, the drawing was different, the sun and cloud was draw in the right side, and there's no mountains.
- Skipper brought her tablet when she came to Marlene and asked what was wrong, but when she sat on the white sofa her tablet had disappeared.
- When Marie brought Stacie's suitcase, it seems the suitcase's color was pink, but when Marie let the suitcase in the bedroom, the suitcase's color was changed to blue.
- At the ending when Marie said she and Popcorn packed the bags and when Popcorn came out of one of the bags, there were no clothes in and it was just empty.
Also Known As
- Húngaro - Barbie é Húgai: Um casal de namorados
- French - Barbie et ses Soeurs au Club Hippique
- German - Barbie und ihre Schwestern im Pferdeglück
- Italian - Barbie e il Cavallo Leggendario
- Spanish - Barbie y sus Hermanas en una aventura de caballos
- Albanian - Barbie dhe Motrat e Saj në një Përrallë Kuajsh
- Portuguese - Barbie e as suas Irmãs numa Aventura de Cavalos
- Brazilian Portuguese - Barbie e Suas Irmãs em uma Aventura de Cavalos
- Polish - Barbie i jej siostry w Krainie Kucyków
- Turkish - Barbie ve Kız Kardeşlerinin At Binicilik Okulu
- Czech - Barbie a Poníková akademie
- Dutch - Barbie en Haar Zusjes in een Pony Avontuur
- Russian - Барби и ее сестры в сказке о пони
- Greek - Barbie & οι αδερφούλες της στην Ακαδημία των Πόνυ
- Persian - باربی و خواهرانش در افسانه اسب سواری
- Arabic - باربي وأخواتها في حكاية المهر
- Thai - บาร์บี้ กับม้าน้อยแสนรัก
- Chinese - 芭比和她的姐妹在小马故事
- Hindi - बार्बी एण्ड हर सिस्टर्स इन ए पोनी टेल
- Tamil - Barbie & ஹேர் லிஸ்டேர்ஸ் இன் போணி டேல்
- Sindhi - باربي اينڊ حر سسٽرس ان پوني ٽيل
- Hebrew - ברבי ואחיותיה באקדמיית הרכיבה
- Japanese - バービーと姉妹のポニーの大冒険
|Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale|
Quotes: "If you love something, set it free."
Characters: Albain | Barbie | Barnaby | Bridgette Cheynet | Chelsea | Dash | Etienne Cheynet | Finian | Jonas | Majestique | Majesty | Marie | Marlene | Max | Pepper | Philippe Cheynet | Popcorn | Sebastian | Skipper | Stacie
Music: "You're the One"
Event: "Inter-Academy Equestrian Tournament"