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Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper (2004)

Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | Video 28 September 2004
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Inspired by Mark Twain's fascinating novel, Princess Anneliese finds an unexpected friendship when she meets her humble look-alike, Erika. Will the Princess and the Pauper thwart the plans of the Queen's scheming advisor, Preminger?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Sheridan ... Princess Anneliese / Erika (voice)
Melissa Lyons Melissa Lyons ... Princess Anneliese (singing voice)
Julie Stevens ... Erika (singing voice)
Mark Hildreth ... King Dominick (voice)
Mark Luna Mark Luna ... King Dominick (singing voice)
Alessandro Juliani ... Julian (voice) (as Allesandro Juliani)
Martin Short ... Preminger (voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Serafina / Bertie (voice)
Ian James Corlett ... Wolfie / Guard #3 (voice)
Ellen Kennedy ... Queen Genevieve (voice)
Pam Hyatt Pam Hyatt ... Madame Carp (voice)
Brian Drummond ... Nick / Guard #1 (voice)
Jan Rabson ... Midas / Nack (voice)
Colin Murdock Colin Murdock ... Royal Scheduler (voice)
Janyse Jaud ... Palace Maid (voice)


Inspired by Mark Twain's fascinating 1881 novel named "The Prince and the Pauper", the flaxen-haired aristocrat, Princess Anneliese, discovers an unexpected friendship, when she chances upon the humble dark-haired commoner, Erika. A terrible conspiracy threatens the freedom of the kind noblewoman, and only Erika, Anneliese's determined ally who bears a striking resemblance to her, can save her. Will the Princess and the Pauper thwart the plans of the Queen's scheming advisor, Preminger? Written by Nick Riganas

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Singing in her first movie musical!


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28 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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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 »


During "To be a Princess", some items disappear and reappear between shots. The blue shoes Erika was wearing before switching them were next to the stool she was sitting on. They're gone after she stands up and walks forward. The blue chair had disappeared and reappeared between those shots as well. See more »


[first lines]
Barbie: Long ago and far away in a village high on a mountaintop, something amazing was occurring. At the very same moment, two identical baby girls were born. One, a baby princess. The King and Queen were overjoyed. Princess Anneliese would have only the finest. The second baby girl was named Erika. Her parents loved her every bit as much as the King and Queen loved the Princess, but they worried. They were so poor. How would they be able to care for their little daughter? Many years ...
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Composed by Megan Cavallari
Lyrics by Amy Powers
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Ahhhhhhhh... the acrid smell of pomposity.
25 December 2004 | by jer-40See all my reviews

I've bought every Barbie-related video for my 6 and 3 year-old daughters, and they enjoy them. From an adult's perspective I think they're children's movies. Although not on par with movies from such mega-sized production companies as Pixar, Dreamworks, and Disney, they are still quite well done.

The movie is replete with fine songwriting; however, those desiring a spiritual experience with each movie's score may find themselves disappointed. In the end my daughters love it, which is a rather good sign (that we'll be watching it nine times a day for the next six months ;-). Of course, with the tie-ins from the endless supply of Barbie commercials with the tag-line "HEAR BARBIE SING FOR THE FIRST TIME", the dolls that little girls can play with to reenact the movie (one of my daughters' favorite pastimes), costumes for little girls to wear to reenact the movie themselves (affording my daughters even more enjoyment, as well as their mother an I :-), the CD that comes with the DVD (which music is destined to not leave the van's player for a year or so ;-), I'm sure the sales will be good. As well they should, allowing Mattel and Mainframe a return on their investment and profit. It may come as a shock or offense to some to learn that this is the reason these companies are in business. Indeed, all the items listed above were created to pragmatically serve the bottom line of someone's financial ledger, but my children love them and take great enjoyment in them. NOTE: 'Staged' blooper reels are cute and fun (and, it may come as a shock to some to learn that children like things akin to 'cute and fun').

If you're an adult and thought this was NOT top-notch entertainment for your own age bracket, then you should: a) get over it, considering that the movie was not created for you AND b) seriously think about re-examining your stuck-up and sardonic personality (which might just lead to a more fulfilling social life).

Naturally, that last remark betrays much the same qualities in my own fallen nature, but I couldn't help it. Frankly, I enjoy these movies for my children. They are fun, well produced, and actually present morals, personality characteristics, and scenarios that I can stand behind. Although I am not a Disney, Pixar, etc. hater (yes, I have little princesses of my own ;-), I must say that too often do I have to counter teach lessons proffered by their movies.

i do recommend the Barbie movies.

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