In the third original Barbie movie, we meet the charming and beautiful Odette, (Kelly Sheridan) who bites off a little more than she can chew while trying to rescue a unicorn. The unicorn leads her into the magical hidden valley ruled by the Fairy Queen, (Kathleen Barr) who was overthrown by her treacherous cousin Rothbart. (Kelsey Grammer) Rothbart has turned all the Fairy Queen’s faithful servants into animals who can return to their original forms from sunset to dawn each night, a fate he also places on Odette, changing her into a swan, when it is found that she can touch a magic crystal that can destroy Rothbart’s magic. Odette then meets Daniel, (Mark Hildreth) the gallant prince of the kingdom she lives in, and finds out that only true love can give the crystal it’s power. Of course, Daniel and Odette have the true love that can supe up the gem to it’s full power, and Rothbart can’t have that!
Despite the fact that this is a movie starring Barbie, Barbie of Swan Lake has it’s good points. The story’s main theme, that love is more powerful than evil, is always a good one, though how, realistically speaking a three day relationship could be true love is beyond me. This is a fairy tale, however, you kind of have to take things at face value. True love is defined as “two people who love each other more than they love themselves” which is very valid and astute for a direct to DVD movie based on a toy!
This being a fairy tale there is a good deal of magic, pictured by sparkles and beams, activated by thought alone, never an audible spell. There is a small amount of violence, some name calling and some jokes involving skunks. Rothbart also threatens Odette and her friends with physical violence.
When people think of Barbie they usually think of shopping, clothes, boys, more shopping, boys… did I mention shopping? But this movie, along with Barbie in the Nutcracker, Barbie as Rapunzel, and The Magic of Pegasus present a whole new face to Barbie, one that holds to traditional femininity, strength, courage, and loyalty, not shallowness. While newer Barbie movies embrace the triteness that people associate with the world’s most popular fashion doll, Barbie of Swan Lake holds to a message that is fit for little princesses across the board.
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