So you’re obviously a huge Barbie fan. How else would you have stumbled upon this list? We know you; we’ve been there. You need to watch every single movie in order, from the first to the latest. And maybe you don’t have time to do all the research yourself, or maybe you do but there are other things that demand your attention more than digging through every piece of information about Barbie movies and figuring out what goes where on your own (that’s what babies are for!). Well, we here, have done the work for you and created a handy “Barbie Movie Timeline” article that lists out all the movies in chronological order (according to how they were released), gives summaries of each film, and tells why each is worth watching again and again.”
1. Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
It’s hard to believe that Barbie has had 35 movies in total, but she actually has. In the first one, Barbie plays Clara who is tasked with bringing back a nutcracker to her sister’s Christmas party. When she does, she finds that he is now alive! He helps her save their dream kingdom from the evil Mouse King and his army of mice.
This movie was released in 2001 and directed by Willy Fritsch.
2. Barbie as Rapunzel (2002)
“Barbie as Rapunzel” is the second Barbie movie, released in 2002. It was directed by John Lasseter and produced by Mattel.
In this film, Princess Rapunzel has been locked away in a tower for 18 years by her evil stepmother and stepsisters. One day when she’s about to be given away at another wedding to a man who won’t let her see the sun or paint again, she decides that if everything up there is so beautiful then maybe things are better down below. After sneaking out of her room with the help of Mandy (her cat), she meets Becky and helps her find her dog Louie after he falls out of an open window from above. The two girls become friends and plan on escaping together until they’re stopped by the stepsisters who decide that Barbie must stay for one more day because the prince will be coming tomorrow afternoon before we get married.”
3. Barbie of Swan Lake (2003)
You’ll feel like you’re in an enchanted forest with this movie, which is inspired by the ballet Swan Lake. Barbie plays Odette, a princess who must be rescued from an evil sorcerer who turns her into a swan. The story also features a prince named Derek and his best friend Benji. This film is great for kids who love fairy tales or anything related to birds and fairies!
4. Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004)
The next film in the series, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004), is a retelling of Mark Twain’s classic novel The Prince and the Pauper. This time, Barbie stars as a princess who trades places with her lookalike commoner friend so she can experience life outside of her palace walls. While this plot may sound familiar to fans of Disney’s Enchanted (2007), it was actually first introduced in Mattel’s very own TV miniseries starring Julie Andrews back in 1987!
5. Barbie: Fairytopia (2005)
In the third Barbie film, Barbie’s nemesis is a sea witch called Detesta who wants to turn all the flowers in their forest into coral. It’s up to Barbie and her friends to stop her.
The next two films in this series were made back-to-back and released over three years: “Barbie: Fairytopia: Mermaidia” (2006), “Barbie: Fairytopia II: Magic of the Rainbow” (2007), and “Barbie: Fairytopia III Dragon Quest” (2008). In these movies, Barbie travels underwater with a group of mermaids who battle evil pirates led by Mira Minkus as they search for their lost family members.
The final movie in this series was made four years later and released in 2012 as part of Mattel’s 30th-anniversary celebrations for Barbie. Set after Mermaidia II but before Dragon Quest, it sees Barbie travel through time taking on the role of different fairy tale heroines like Cinderella or Rapunzel as she tries to save Princess Brietta from evil sorcerer Klever who wants her powers so he can rule over all fairies in both fairylands!
6. Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (2005)
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus is a 2005 film directed by Steve Loter. It was produced by Mattel, who owns Barbie. The film is about a princess named Barbie who goes on an adventure with her horse, Sparkler to save the kingdom from an evil sorceress named Circe. The movie stars Kelly Sheridan as Princess Barbie, Tara Strong as Circe, Ashleigh Ball as Starlight, Andrea Libman as Breezies, and Cathy Weseluck as Grimelda
7. Barbie Diaries (2005)
If you’re a die-hard Barbie fan and have watched all the movies in order, then you’ll know that Barbie Diaries is the first film in her series.
It stars Barbie as a teenager who is a student at the prestigious St. Cecilia High School and falls for Aaron Carter (no relation to Nick), who’s also attending classes there. In fact, this movie was so popular among younger audiences that it won an Emmy Award for Best Children’s Program or Special.
But what makes this movie so great? Well, aside from learning about how hard it can be to be popular when you’re young—not everyone will like you just because of your looks—Barbie gets into some serious drama when her best friend Maddie steals Aaron away from her! This leads to an epic showdown between Barbie and Maddie where we learn who really has The Body™…and we hope it will stay alive forever!
8. Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia (2006)
A mermaid named Merliah wants to be human. To do so, she has to turn over a new leaf and abandon her old ways. She’ll have to learn how to do things like run and dance in order to attend school as a human! It’s up to her friends—a pink-haired fairy, a bluebird prince, and an adorable little dragon—to help her out.
9. Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses (2006)
The next movie on our list is Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses. In this movie, Barbie plays the role of Rapunzel. This is one of my favorite movies featuring Barbie. I love how she finds her long-lost sisters and rescues them from their evil stepmother who wants to have their eyes cut out so she can be beautiful like them! It’s such a great tale with an amazing message about finding yourself and following your dreams no matter what adversity you face along the way!
I also really liked watching this movie when I was younger because it taught me about bravery, kindness, forgiveness, and courage which are all important qualities that any child should learn about at some point in their life!
10. Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (2007)
Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow is a 2007 direct-to-video computer-animated fantasy film, the third in a series of Barbie films based on the fairy tales of the same name. It was released by Mattel in conjunction with Kidtoon Films.
The story follows Princess Annika (Barbie) and her friends who are celebrating Snow White’s birthday. However, when an evil fairy queen named Winteria kidnaps all her friends, it’s up to Barbie to set them free and save them from Winteria’s curse.
11. Barbie as The Island Princess (2007)
Barbie as The Island Princess is a 2007 direct-to-DVD computer-animated film. It was the second computer-animated Barbie movie and was released on February 13, 2007, by Mattel and Warner Home Video. The movie was directed by Mark Baldo and written by Evan Spiliotopoulos. This film is unusual in that it does not relate to any particular fairy tale or classic story; rather, it draws inspiration from various Polynesian myths.
The movie begins with a scene showing an island performing a native dance when suddenly a volcano erupts sending lava flowing down towards them at high speed! In order to save their village, they use their magic powers to create a protective bubble around themselves until the lava passes by them safely – this works but unfortunately their magic crystal which gives them these powers breaks into pieces after being hit hard by falling rocks while they were inside their protective bubble!
Barbie (voiced by Kelly Sheridan) arrives in the village where she meets Lina Leilani (voiced by Tricia Helfer), who tells her about how they lost all of their magical powers when their crystal broke into pieces after being hit hard during an eruption at Mt Pele’s Volcano Island where she lives along with her grandmother “Kahuna Nui” Kalama Kaha’i (voiced by Keone Young) who has been teaching Lina how to use these powers since childhood; however, before he can teach her everything including how he used those same powers himself many years ago when he saved his people from destruction back then too just like now when Kahuna Nui uses those same abilities today against danger once again…
12. Barbie Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends (2008)
Here’s the plot of Barbie Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends:
Mariposa is a butterfly fairy who wants to be an actress, but she isn’t very good at acting or singing. She goes on an adventure with other fairies to find the Fairy Queen, who will help Mariposa become better at acting so she can fulfill her dream of being in a movie as well as proving herself worthy enough to become one of the Royal Court Fairies.
In this video game adaption for Game Boy Advance, Barbie is given a magical mirror that allows her to travel into different worlds where she must rescue fairies from evil forces!
13. Barbie and the Diamond Castle (2008)
Barbie and the Diamond Castle was released in 2008. The movie is about Barbie, who is a princess, and her adventures. It was directed by Kathryn Lasky and released by Mattel.
The movie stars Kelly Sheridan as Princess Genevieve and Ilene Woods as Queen Angella. As well as Tress MacNeille, the voice of Dot Warner in Animaniacs; Cindy Robinson (the voice of Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years), Carol Jacobanis (the voice of Velma Dinkley on Scooby-Doo), Nicole Oliver (the voice of Starlight Glimmer in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Edie McClurg (the voice of Bea Arthur’s mother Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls), Kathleen Barr (voice artist for many video games including Transformers 2 & 3) and more!
14. Barbie in ‘A Christmas Carol’ (2008)
If you love Barbie, you’ll want to watch this film. If you’re a fan of the classic story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, then this movie is for you! It’s a great holiday classic that was released back in 2008 and stars Barbie as Barbie! The film was directed by Robert Vince and produced by Charles Roven, who also produced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Barbie plays herself in this movie as well as playing all of the other characters too. She plays Scrooge’s nephew Fred, whom she has to teach about being kinder to people through his relationship with an orphan girl named Jenny (Midge Smoot). In addition to these two major roles she also plays his sister Fan Crutchfield who is mean-spirited until she realizes how much joy giving away money can bring people; Fanny Fitzwilliams-Lubin Esq., Robber Baron’s daughter who falls for another man after her father refuses her marriage proposal; Mrs. Dilber; Bob Cratchit; Mrs. Dilber again; Bob Cratchit again; Another Woman Who Works For Mr. Fezziwig And His Wife Too; Himself Again In A Different Costume Than The Previous Two Times With An Eyebrow Pencil On Her Face This Time And No Moustache Makeup Either Which Is Probably Because She Was Supposed To Be A Man Because It Shaved Her Head Off When She Died Since They Couldn’t Find One Anywhere Else That Would Fit
15. Barbie Presents: Thumbelina (2009)
In this 2009 direct-to-video computer-animated retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Thumbelina, Barbie plays the title character and is a sweet but misunderstood teen who loves nature. After her parents die, she’s left alone in the woods to fend for herself until a friendly mole and his friends come to her aid. This is a great film for younger kids who are big fans of Barbie but not so much on the older side—or at least it was when it first came out.
There are some things about it now that you need to know: It features an adult male character named Prince Cornelius (voiced by Jeremy Suarez) singing “Cinderella,” which doesn’t really fit into anything else going on in this movie at all; also, he’s pretty much just there as a love interest for Thumbelina even though he never gets any development himself!
16. Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009)
In this film, Barbie stars as Odette, a young woman living in the royal palace of France. When the evil queen plots to take over the kingdom, Odette teams up with her new friends Genevieve (a princess from Saragossa), Lucille (the daughter of a famous swordmaker), and Fleur (the daughter of one of the king’s most trusted advisors). Together they set out on an epic journey filled with danger, excitement, and adventure! As they are tested by every threat imaginable—from giant spiders to giant snakes—they must work together if they have any hope of defeating their enemy. But first, they’ll have to learn how to work together themselves!
17. Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (2010)
Released on DVD in 2010, Fashion Fairytale stars Barbie as a fashion designer living in Paris who is given the opportunity to show her collection at the famous Musée de la Mode. She’s excited until she learns that she’ll be competing against three other designers (Teresa Palmer, Nicki J. Maxwell, Erika Christensen, and Missi Pyle). The movie also stars Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers), and more!
18. Barbie in A Mermaid Tale (2010)
The movie is about a young mermaid named Barbie who longs to have legs.
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale is a 2010 American computer-animated musical fantasy film directed by Robert Rodriguez, produced by Mattel, and released by Universal Studios. It is the first Barbie film to be produced by Universal Studios. The film is based on the Mattel toyline of the same name.
19. Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011)
The plot of Barbie: A Perfect Christmas is about Barbie, her sisters, and their friends going to the North Pole for a vacation. Unfortunately, they arrive on Christmas Eve, when Santa Claus has just run out of toys. He tells them that if he doesn’t get more dolls to distribute around the world then it will be a perfect Christmas disaster.
While at first glance this story sounds like it might have been created by someone who is on some kind of acid trip or in a coma, there are actually some good ideas hiding underneath all of its flaws. The main characters are diverse and relatable (with the exception of Santa who seems to have no personality whatsoever). Their struggles are real-life problems that people can identify with such as money issues and family drama instead of alien invasions from outer space or giant robots shooting lasers at people’s faces all day long like many other movies aimed toward children do these days . . . However due to its poor execution as well as awkward pacing issues which makes every single scene feel longer than necessary; this movie ends up being pretty boring overall despite having some potential beginnings for good ideas here and there.”
20. Clodagh’s Dream (2011)
This is a short film that was released in 2011. It’s about Barbie and her sister, Kelly, who are trying to help their friend Clodagh wake up from a dream where she’s living as an elf in Santa’s workshop.
21. Barbie: Princess Charm School (2011)
Barbie: Princess Charm School was released in 2011. It’s the 34th Barbie movie, and it follows Barbie on her journey to Princess Charm School.
This film was directed by Karen J. Lloyd and produced by Mattel Films. The script for this movie was written by Judith Fellows, who also wrote some of the other Barbie movies such as Barbie & Her Sisters In A Pony Tale and Barbie: Mariposa & The Fairy Princess (2015).
22. A Fairy Secret (2011)
In A Fairy Secret, Barbie plays a fairy who can’t tell a lie. Her mission is to save the forest from being destroyed by humans, but she needs to keep her secret about being unable to lie in order for it all to work out. In this film, she helps princess Andie (who is voiced by Shannon Chan-Kent) find her lost crown while they’re on their way to an important ball.
While this movie isn’t one of the best Barbie films out there, it’s still worth watching because it has some great messages about friendship and honesty that kids will love!
23. The Princess and the Popstar (2012)
This is a movie about a pop star who becomes a princess. It’s not just any popstar, either. She’s actually already a princess, but she decides to become a singer instead! So she leaves her home in the castle and goes on tour with her band, who are made up of cartoon animals because this movie was made before Disney purchased Pixar and decided that all animated films should have humans as main characters. And it turns out that being on tour kind of sucks because people are always trying to kill themselves after seeing your music videos or your concerts—or both? I don’t know why anyone would want to do this because it seems like an awful way for someone to end their life but maybe if you’re going through some tough times then maybe suicide by listening might be better than suicide by jumping off something high into the water where you could get hurt? Anyway, the point is that once again Barbie ends up saving the day when she figures out how all these teens were being brainwashed into killing themselves while listening to her music.”
24. Secret of the Wings (2012)
Secret of the Wings is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Mattel Creations, directed by Karen Disher, and written by Jennifer Ringley, Amy Rardin, and Karen Disher. The film stars the voices of Kelly Sheridan as Tinker Bell, Mae Whitman as Periwinkle/Silvermist, Lucy Liu as Iridessa, Raven-Symoné as Rosetta, Tim Curry as Zarina/Fairy Mary/Queen Clarion, and Delta Burke as Mother Dove. Set in a magical world where fairies live among humans without being seen by them until they grow older when they can choose to either stay in Pixie Hollow or leave it behind forever to live with their families on Earth (although exceptions do occur), Secret of the Wings follows two young fairy twins who discover there’s more than one way to be special…
25. Barbie’s Cradle (Korean)
Barbie’s Cradle was released in 2011 and is the first Barbie movie produced in South Korea. This version of The Little Match Girl is based on an adaptation by Isabella Bird. The director, Dong-Seok Jang, has said that he wants viewers to “feel a sense of freedom and liberation from their daily worries” after watching it.
26. Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 (2012)
The film was released on DVD on February 5, 2013, by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film was released on Blu-ray Disc on December 17, 2015.
Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 is the second installment in the Barbie in a Mermaid Tale franchise and is preceded by Barbie as Rapunzel (2010). It tells the story of Merliah Summers (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), whose adventures continue when she finds herself at sea with her friends and family following a shipwreck. They must find their way back to land to save their underwater home from destruction.
27. Barbie in the Pink Shoes (2013)
Barbie in the Pink Shoes is a 2013 American direct-to-video animated musical fantasy film directed by Karen Disher and written by Sheryl J. Anderson. The film stars Kelly Sheridan, Bodhi Elfman, Rachel Crow, and Sara Paxton. It follows Barbie as she travels to Paris with her sisters Raquelle and Kayla to attend the world ballet competition. In order to convince their mother that they should be allowed to go, Barbie decides to try dancing herself despite not being able to dance due to having grown up without shoes on a farm (she was raised by cows).
Barbie in the Pink Shoes was released on DVD on February 18th, 2014
28. Barbie and the Secret Door (2014)
Barbie and the Secret Door is a 2014 American computer-animated family musical fantasy film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Pamela Pettler. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 5, 2015.
The film is based on Mattel’s Barbie toy line, but uses the plots from five of its books: The Island Princess (2006), Princess Charm School (2004), Fairytopia (2005), Merliah Summers Secret Life Underwater (2012), and Mermaidia: An Enchanting Storybook Adventure (2012).
29. Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals (2015)
Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals is a 2015 American musical fantasy comedy film directed by Karen J. Lloyd and written by Matt Fogel, both their directorial and screenwriting debuts. The film stars Kelly Sheridan as Princess Courtney, the main character of the film.
The movie begins with Princess Courtney having just been crowned princess of Meribella. But when she joins the Royal Court on tour, she’ll need to quickly learn that this is no ordinary trip – it’s a journey that will take her beyond the limits of her high-flying imagination!
30. Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase (2016)
Barbie and her sisters go to the beach. Not only do they get a pet dog named Bella, but they also find out that a new puppy is on its way! Unfortunately, when Barbie’s mom decides she doesn’t want to spend any more time at the beach, Barbie realizes it might be time to put an end to all this puppy chase nonsense.
31. Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2017)
This is Barbie’s first animated movie. The plot follows a girl named Kelly who dreams of becoming a dolphin trainer, but she has to overcome her nemesis, Zoie. This film is set in the fictional underwater city of Atlantis and features three new mermaid friends: Aquata (the leader), Andrina (the pretty one), and Arista (the smart one).
32. Barbie Video Game Hero (2017)
Barbie Video Game Hero is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Karen Disher. The film was written by Bryant Rader and Michelle Paradise. In the film, Barbie becomes trapped within a video game that’s based on her favorite MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game where she must save the other characters from getting trapped as well.
The film stars Lindsey Collins, Kelly Sheridan, Billy West, Tara Strong, and Susan Blakeslee in voice roles as some of the characters from said MMO game as well as Barbie’s friends: Teresa Gallagher (Jess Harnell), Gail Roberts (Tress MacNeille), Carol Creighton-Graham (Maria Bamford) and Lisa Winston (Linda Cardellini).
In the end, we just want to say that every Barbie fan has their own favorite film. We hope that this list helps you choose your next favorite. Also, if you have any suggestions or opinions on our list, please leave a comment below!
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