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Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | Video 28 September 2004
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In her first animated musical featuring seven original songs, Barbie comes to life in this modern re-telling of a classic tale of mistaken identity and the power of friendship. Based on the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Sheridan ...
Princess Anneliese / Erika (voice)
Melissa Lyons ...
Princess Anneliese (singing voice)
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Erika (singing voice)
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King Dominick (voice)
Mark Luna ...
King Dominick (singing voice)
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Julian (voice) (as Allesandro Juliani)
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Preminger (voice)
Kathleen Barr ...
Serafina / Bertie (voice)
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Wolfie / Guard #3 (voice)
Ellen Kennedy ...
Queen Genevieve (voice)
Pam Hyatt ...
Madame Carp (voice)
Brian Drummond ...
Nick / Guard #1 (voice)
Jan Rabson ...
Midas / Nack (voice)
Colin Murdock ...
Royal Scheduler (voice)
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Palace Maid (voice)
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In her first animated musical featuring seven original songs, Barbie comes to life in this modern re-telling of a classic tale of mistaken identity and the power of friendship. Based on the story by Mark Twain, Barbie as The Princess and The Pauper features Barbie in an exciting dual role as a princess and a poor village girl - two girls who look amazingly alike. The girls' paths are fated to cross when Princess Anneliese is captured and Erika, her look-alike, must try to save her. Can Erika pretend to be the Princess and foil her captor, the evil Preminger? And what of the handsome King Dominick, who falls in love with Erika, mistaking her for Princess Anneliese? In this magical musical performance, two beautiful, adventurous girls dare to follow their dreams and discover that destiny is written in a very special place: your heart. Written by Adam Fenton and Janine McGoldrick

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Singing in her first movie musical


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28 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Barbie - A Hercegnő és a Koldus  »

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Trivia

The baker that is tripped in the town scene when the dog starts chasing serafina, is the same baker as in barbie's Rapunzel film! See more »

Goofs

Anneliese's mother says she missed her at breakfast, when Anneliese has breakfast in bed every morning. See more »

Quotes

Madam Carp: What do you think I'm running here, a cabaret?
Anneliese, Erika: [mumbilng] I would've said a debtor's prison.
Madam Carp: Keep laughing, you'll be working for me for another thirty seven years.
Anneliese, Erika: But I've already paid off more than half!
Madam Carp: But there's interest, isn't there? Your parents should've thought of that before they borrowed so much.
Anneliese, Erika: They did it to feed me!
Madam Carp: [casually] their mistake.
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"Live your dream" -Barbie See more »

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Followed by Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Cat's Meow
Composed by Megan Cavallari
Lyrics by Amy Powers and Rob Hudnut
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Uninspiring animation, but surprisingly tolerable writing
16 November 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

My four-year-old daughter has been watching this over and over, and has drawn crowns on her shoulders to match Princess Annalise's crown-shaped birthmark.

The animation looks like cut-scenes from a video game, rather than the quality you'd expect from an animated movie. But it perfectly hits the expectations of its target audience: it's pretty, engaging, colorful and clean.

The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, but the title characters (both 'played' by Barbie) are actually quite likable.

Princess Annalise is a geek (a pretty geek, but still a geek), has the hots for her impoverished tutor rather than her intended kingly husband, and ends up saving the kingdom with her geological talents and business acumen (really!).

The Pauper, Erika, is cheeky, goofy, and independent. She might have a king falling in love with her, but she's got her own dreams that don't necessarily coincide with his, and she's going to be true to herself first.

The songs are nothing startling. They're pleasant, joyful, sometimes a little bit silly, and sung well.

There are simple, clear girl-power messages throughout this film. I'd much rather my daughter be indoctrinated by this than by stories where the beautiful, vapid princess marries the handsome prince and nothing else actually happens.


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