Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia
|Release dates|| March 14, 2006 (USA)|
January 7, 2007 (Indonesia)
|Running time||74 minutes|
|Director||Walter P. Martishius and William Lau|
|Writer(s)|| Elise Allen|
|Executive Producer(s)|| Kim Dent Wilder|
|Film Series||Barbie: Fairytopia|
|Preceded by||Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus|
|Followed by||The Barbie Diaries|
|“||Trust your true self.||”|
Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia, or simply Barbie: Mermaidia, is the 7th CGI film and the 2nd Fairytopia installment released on March 14, 2006. The film follows from the previous film with Elina called to save her new merprince friend, Nalu and his home, Mermaidia, from the evil Laverna by transforming into a mermaid and helping him and Nori escape danger.
"Follow the underwater journey of Elina in the sequel to Fairytopia.
In this follow-up to Fairytopia, Elina (played by Barbie) travels to Mermaidia to save her friend Nalu, the merman Prince. Prince Nalu has been kidnapped in an attempt to learn the whereabouts of a special berry that will make Laverna the most powerful fairy in Fairytopia - even more powerful than the Enchantress! It's up to Elina to stop them, but she can't do it alone. She'll need the help of Nori, a headstrong mermaid who doesn't trust outsiders and wants nothing to do with Elina. Winning Nori over isn't easy, but Elina will have more challenges yet to come. Saving Nalu could require the greatest sacrifice of her life: her wings. Can she do it, or will Fairytopia fall into the hands of Laverna forever?"
The film starts with Elina flying through the air, still having trouble believing that she has wings. She is soon sought out by a juvenile sea-butterfly fairy who witnessed Nalu, the merprince Elina had befriended in the previous movie, being kidnapped by several of Laverna's goblin-like Fungi at the Crystal Cove. She was unable to intervene but Nalu was able to send her to find Elina for help.
Laverna, who was banished to the Bog of the Hinterlands by the Enchantress' magic, is seeking the Immunity Berry - a berry that makes whoever eats it immune to all magic, past, present, and future. Nalu knows where to find the berry, and so she has sent her Fungi to recover it.
Fungus Maximus, the leader of the Fungi, threatens to pour a bottle of magical poison into the ocean to destroy Mermaidia if Nalu does not lead them to the berry. Nalu reluctantly agrees, and the Fungi take him away with them underwater. Elina arrives at the Crystal Cove a short time after this, accompanied by her companion Bibble. She finds no trace of Nalu, but encounters a mermaid named Nori. Nori had planned to meet Nalu at the cove and is unaware of the reason for his absence. When Elina tells her of the kidnapping, Nori insists on going to rescue the prince herself. Elina uses magical seaweed to breathe underwater and follows. Meanwhile, Nalu has delayed the Fungi in their quest by leading them to a place in the ocean called the Carousel of Confusion, with hypnotizing waters that make people forget what they’re doing. This allows him to direct them in circles for a long time before Fungus Maximus finally catches on.
Elina soon reaches Mermaidia and catches up with Nori, who has been unsuccessfully attempting learn the location of the oracle Delphine so that Nori can ask her where to find Nalu. The only people who know the location of Delphine are the merfairies, who are too childlike to take any situation seriously and so are nearly impossible to speak with. Merfairies do settle down enough to converse with when entertaining guests in their above-water homes, however, and so Elina is able to visit them and convince the merfairies to give her the location. Delphine is disguised as the fairy ferry Shellie, a large snail-like creature who takes travellers across a river at the edge of Mermaidia.
Having proven her usefulness to Nori, the mermaid reluctantly agrees to let Elina accompany her - "as long as you can keep up with me." Nori easily out-swims Elina, but Elina takes to the air and skims along just above the waves to make the race more even. The two reach Delphine together and Elina impresses Nori with her flying, prompting her to finally begin dropping some of her hostility. The two of them ask her for Nalu's location but Delphine won't tell them directly, saying that they first have to prove themselves. She tells them to travel to the bottom of the Depths of Despair to find the Mirror of the Mist, which will lead them to him. She warns that the two of them will have to rely on one other to make it, and that Elina will have to sacrifice; the Depths of Despair are dangerous and require a great deal of underwater strength Elina will have to trade her wings for a mermaid's tail. Elina refuses, having just gained wings recently after a lifetime without.
Delphine gives Elina a magical pearl necklace that will allow her to change her mind later. Using the necklace is not without risk, though. When the necklace's magic is invoked the pearls turn blue and then begin slowly turning white again, one at a time. If the user is out of the water when the last pearl turns white she will return to her original form, but if she's still underwater she becomes a mermaid forever. The two then head to the Depths of Despair together.
The Depths of Despair is a dark vertical shaft in the ocean floor. The two of them begin swimming downward but Elina is unable to progress against the powerful currents flowing through the shaft. Nori presses onward, telling Elina to wait for her, but is soon entrapped by the fronds of one of the hostile sea plants growing on the shaft's walls. Elina can't reach her to rescue her and ends up having to activate the necklace after all, turning into a mermaid. She is then able to reach Nori and free her and the two of them fend off the plants to reach the cavern at the bottom.
They find the Mirror of the Mist there in the keeping of a fish who operates it on their behalf, showing an image of Nalu hanging suspended in air by his tail from a stone arch and creating a magical bubble for them to follow on the next leg of their journey. While en route the two of them discover themselves spontaneously developing matching tattoos on their upper arms. Nori recognizes the symbol as the "Crest of Courage," which mermaid legend says will decorate anyone strong enough to travel to the very bottom of Mermaidia.
The bubble takes them to the entrance of a cave filled with boiling hot thermal vents and the pops. Nori recognizes the cave and realizes that it is the right path to the place that matches what they saw in the Mirror of the Mist when it showed them Nalu. She assures Elina that it's possible to make it through by properly timing one's passage with the eruption of the vents, having done it before, and leads them through. Bibble becomes stranded partway through and Nori goes back to rescue him for Elina.
Beyond the vents lies a cavern filled with a variety of sea plants bearing magical fruits, including one that causes the eater to speak backwards, one that causes all of the eater's hair to fall out, one that reveals the eater's true self, one that makes the eater dance with yodeling, one that causes the eater to sing beautiful opera, and one that causes the eater to speak in a deep voice. Bibble eats three of these fruits. When they reach the surface they find Nalu being guarded by Max's two Fungi henchmen and have Bibble distract them with opera singing while the two mermaids leap from the water to cut the seaweed ropes holding him.
Nalu is grateful to be rescued but tells them that Max has reached the cave where the Immunity Berry grows, very near where he was being held by the two lesser Fungi. Realizing that if Laverna were to become immune to the Enchantress' magic she would become unstoppable, the three battle with the Fungi to retrieve the berry that Max has picked. They succeed, with Elina snatching the berry and leaping out of the water at the top of a waterfall just as her final blue pearl begins to turn white. Max is lurking nearby, however, and threatens to release his magical poison into the water if Elina doesn't hand over the berry. She tosses the berry to him but Max breaks his side of the bargain and drops the bottle over the edge of the waterfall anyway. Elina dives to catch it and manages to restopper it just before hitting the water at the bottom. Her last pearl finishes turning white, trapping her forever in mermaid form, and Max escapes with the Berry.
The seeming defeat is soon partly reversed, however, when Nori reveals that she and Elina had swapped the Immunity Berry during the heat of the chase with a similar-looking substitute - one of the berries that reveals the eater's true self which they somehow painted a red stripe onto to make it look exactly like the Immunity Berry. Elina then decides to risk eating one of the true-self berries herself in the hopes of restoring herself to fairy form. She succeeds, gaining wings even more spectacular than the ones she had before. Nori, after knowing the truth that Elina and Nalu were just friends, finally reveal her love for and returns to Fairytopia.
Meanwhile, in the Bogs of the Hinterlands, Laverna takes a bite from the True Self Berry thinking it's Immunity Berry and finds herself transformed into a toad. Furious, she swears vengeance on Elina.
Back in Fairytopia, Elina reunites with her family and friends.
- Elina: Kelly Sheridan
- Bibble: Lee Tockar
- Fungus Maximus: Christopher Gaze
- Laverna: Kathleen Barr
- Nori: Chiara Zanni
- Sea Butterfly: Andrea Libman
- Yellow Merfairy: Brittney Wilson
- Wise Fish: Pam Hyatt
- Dandelion: Tabitha St. Germain
- Azura: Venus Terzo
- Deep Bibble: Blu Mankuma
- Nalu: Alessandro Juliani
- Shellie/Delphine: Nicole Oliver
- Fungus 1 & 2: Lee Tockar
- Teeny Mermaid: Tabitha St. Germain
- Purple Merfairy: Venus Terzo
- Pink Merfairy: Teryl Rothery
- Opera Bibble: Raphael Wagner
The scene selection feature can be accessed by selecting "My Favorite Scenes".
- Fairytopia Revisited [2:18]
- Main Title [2:25]
- Nalu's in Trouble! [3:46]
- Laverna's Plot [3:25]
- Meeting Mermaid Nori [3:14]
- Approaching Mermaidia [3:30]
- Carousel of Confusion [2:08]
- "Made for Each Other" [2:50]
- "You Need Me" [3:34]
- Race to the Oracle [5:06]
- "You Must Prove Yourselves" [2:41]
- Down the Whirlpool [2:26]
- Depths of Despair [3:16]
- Wings for a Tail [1:22]
- Mirror of the Mist [3:08]
- The Immunity Berry [1:52]
- Through the Geysers [5:05]
- The Magic Sea Fruit Cavern [2:20]
- A Daring Rescue [2:48]
- Follow That Berry! [3:13]
- A Courageous Choice [2:40]
- Elina's True Self [4:43]
- Return to Magic Meadow [1:58]
- End Credits [4:29]
The extra features can be accessed by selecting "Mermaid Fun".
- Games: "Window on Mermaidia"
- Deep Sea Discoveries Game
- Bibble Silly Singing Game
- Trailer Gallery
To view photos of the merchandise of Barbie: Mermaidia, click here.
- This is the 2nd installment in the Barbie: Fairytopia franchise.
- A part of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" is used in the film.
- This was the last Barbie film released on VHS in the USA.
- The re-release has the oringina DVD bonus features removed.
- When Elina first mets Nori, waterfalls can be seen everywhere, but they don't make sound.
- When Delphin gives Elina the pearl necklace, she says they will turn deep blue, then turn white one at a time. However, in the film they actually turn white 2 at a time.
- When Nori is talking to the Merfairies, she turns around and puts her hands on her hips at the sight of Elina, but when Elina approaches her, her arms are crossed.
- When Elina, Nori, and Bibble are in the Magic Sea Fruit Cavern, Bibble eats fruits that change his voice in a hilarious way. When Elina asks Nori how long the effects will last, Nori's Crest Of Courage disappears for a brief moment.
- When Bibble eats the fruits that change his voice, the arrangement of fruit on the branch he picks it off from constantly change.
- When Elina and Bibble are at one of the MerFairies' house, the MerFairy grabs Elina a plate of food that has brown handles on the sides, but in an overhead shot, they disappear. They reappear when she places in it on the table.
- The objects thrown by the main characters near the end of the film should not have moved as fast as shown, or have had hit the Fungi as hard, since they are underwater.
- Whenever any characters gets out of water, they never show signs of ever being wet.