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BARBIE: THE PRINCESS & THE POPSTAR

What to know: In this sparkling musical adventure, BarbieT stars as ToriT, the kind-hearted princess of Meribella who would rather sing and dance than perform her royal duties.
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Recommended age 4-12
91 minutes
DVD
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
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The story follows two girls, Tori and Keira. Tori is the princess who whishes she was a popstar and Keira is the popstar longing to be a princess. Interesting fact: Did you know that the original author of the Prince and the Pauper is Mark Twain of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fame? Woo say that 5 times fast! The original story was published in 1881. Tori, the princess, is classic blonde Barbie that is bored of her royal life. Keira, the popstar, is the brunette Barbie that dreams of being a princess. When the two of them meet they magically trade places but it's not all that it appears as the pop stars manager, Crider, has plans to steal the spotlight from Keira. The girls have to figure out a way to stop his evil plot and never forget the show must go on. I've always been a big fan of the Barbie franchise and I love what they have done in this movie. The music and singing was fun and upbeat, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." They had many different songs. I loved learning to sing the words. The dance moves were amazing and made me want to stand up and dance along with the movie. The live animation and the great set designs made me feel like I was really at a live concert. If given the choice I would choose to be the Barbie Pop star. Whoops, sorry I'd prefer to be Morgan because you learn in this story that it's best to be who you are. Humm, Morgan the Pretty Princess Pop Star sounds kind of fun though! My favorite part of the movie was when she finds a crystal diamond gardenia. Wait till you see what it can do. The dogs were the cutest. Although they could talk I would like to hear more of what they had to say. I love all the different hair colors and styles. The dresses are incredible and amazing. I wish I could twirl and just change clothes like Barbie or at least borrow that magic microphone for the day. I also love all the glitter and sparkles. No Barbie movie is complete until the glitter sparkle ending. The ages for this movie are 4 and up or anybody who's a fan of Barbie. This is a must-own for your collection. I give it 5 twinkling stars. This DVD is scheduled to be available September 2012 in celebration of Universal's 100th anniversary. Thank You Universal for all your great movies! Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Today I'm reviewing the 2012 Universal Studios Home Entertainment animated, musical fantasy film, Barbie the Princess and the Popstar. I like the overall message that you should just be yourself. Barbie the Princess and the Popstar is about a princess named Tory, voiced by Kelly Sheridan, and a popstar named Keira, voiced by Ashleigh Ball. When Keira visits Tory in her kingdom of Meribella, the two meet and become best friends! They figure out that they can switch places with Keira's magic microphone and Tory's magic hairbrush. They magically switch places, but when things go awry, the two must work together to save the kingdom. My favorite characters in this film are princess Tory's little sisters, Meredith and Trevi, voiced by Lauren Lavoie and Ashlyn Drummond. I like Meredith and Trevi because they don't really act like princess' and they just like to have a good time! My favorite scene in this film is when the girls switch places and they sing a song telling one another what it's like to be a princess and a popstar. I like this scene because it's fun and the song has really catchy lyrics. The music is written by Becky Kneubuhl and Gabriel Manni. Barbie the Princess and the Popstar is directed by Zeke Norton, written by Steve Granat and Cydne Clark, and produced by Shelly Dvi-Vardhana and Shawn McCorkindale. I recommend this film to girls between the ages of four through nine. Camille Bajema, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. This movie is full of great songs and dance. Princess Tori is a big fan of Popstar Keira. They finally meet at the Princess castle and hit it off right away. They started talking and the princess wishes to be a Popstar and the Popstar wishes to be the princess for a day. Then they realized they look so much alike and try on each other clothes and pretend to each other. Princess Tori and Keira are so much alike that they can fool a lot of people around them. Except for Princess Tori's two younger sisters, they knew right away it wasn't their sister. They share many secrets. One of the secrets was overheard by the Keira's evil manager. This is when all bad things started to happen. They must overcome a lot of obstacles in the process getting their lives back. The awesome songs and dances in this movie are put together like magic. All the songs are well known songs and the dance moves so cool. It makes me want to get up and dance to all the songs. The cartoon quality is very clear, it's like watching real life person dancing. The details to the hair and make up on each character are so real. Great storyline, most little girls dream of being a princess or a popstar. This really show the daily routine of a princess and a popstar. Only small portion of their daily lives are good to have, the rest of their daily routines are hard work. It's not what most people would want for their lives. My favorite character is Princess Tori's dog "Vanessa". She is so wise and cute. The message of this movie is be happy with what you are. There are always things that you would like to change, but accepting who you are will make you a happy person. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I give this age ranged 3-10. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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In this sparkling musical adventure, BarbieT stars as ToriT, the kind-hearted princess of Meribella who would rather sing and dance than perform her royal duties. When her favorite pop star KeiraT visits the kingdom, the girls discover they have much in common, including a magical secret that lets them look like one another. At first, swapping places seems like a great idea, until each girl realizes that the other's life isn't as easy as it seems! But Meribella also has a magical secret, and when it's stolen, the whole kingdom is put in danger. Will true friendship save the day? Filled with fantastic songs, fabulous fashions, and fun new friends, it's an exciting musical celebration that shows the best thing you can be is yourself!
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