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Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure (2015)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | Video 20 October 2015
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Looking forward to spending time with Grandma Roberts, Barbie, her sisters, and four cute puppies embark on an exciting treasure-hunt in their hometown of Willows. All that they need to do is to follow the clues. What could the prize be?

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Cast overview:
Kelly Sheridan ... Barbie (voice)
Kazumi Evans ... Skipper / Lady Mistaken for Barbie (voice)
Claire Margaret Corlett ... Stacie (voice) (as Claire Maggie Corlett)
Alyssya Swales Alyssya Swales ... Chelsea (voice)
Chelsea Miller ... Taffy (voice)
Taylor Dianne Robinson ... DJ (voice)
Bronwen Holmes Bronwen Holmes ... Rookie (voice)
Amelia Shoichet-Stoll Amelia Shoichet-Stoll ... Honey (voice)
Joanne Wilson ... Grandma Roberts (voice)
Rebecca Shoichet ... Tiffany (voice)
Michael Daingerfield ... Joe / GPS Voice (voice)
Sam Vincent ... Marty / Willowfest Customer (voice)
Morgan Taylor Campbell ... Christie (voice)
Brian Dobson ... Mayor Jenkins / Jack (voice)
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Barbie and her sisters, Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea, and their adorable new puppy friends fnd unexpected mystery and adventure when they return to their hometown of Willows. While going through mementos in Grandma's attic, the sisters discover an old map, believed to lead to a long-lost treasure buried somewhere in the town. With their puppy pals in tow, the four girls go on an exciting treasure hunt, along the way discovering that the greatest treasure of all is the love and laughter they share as sisters!

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20 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Great it isn't quite but good fun it is
8 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It is very easy to meet the 'Barbie' films with a lot of dislike and scorn and they are all very lowly rated here (despite some favourable reviews). It is understandable to take issue with the dialogue (a fair few are ropy in this regard), the predictability of the stories, the odd annoying character, the animation in a few (not all are well animated) and whether there is enough for adults to keep interest.

Despite not being the main target audience, to me they are mostly better than given credit for, easy to take them for what they are and don't deserve to be dismissed as baby-ish and for little girls only (a very narrow minded generalisation). Are they animation masterpieces? No. Are they among the best films ever made? Again no. Are they worth watching if taken for what they are? Absolutely for most of them. Most of them look good if not having the polish of studios specialising in computer animation (Pixar for one), often great music, good lessons and messages, a good deal of charm, have their heart in the right place and have entertaining characters well voiced (some had actors of considerable calibre like Tim Curry, Anjelica Huston, Martin Short and Kelsey Grammar, all of them terrific in their respective outings Curry especially) and a likable title character that particularly young girls can relate to.

While not one of the best 'Barbie' films, 'Barbie and her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure' is one of the better 'Barbie' films. Given a chance without prejudice, some are very likely to be surprised that due to the sugar, glitter and princess-y nature of a lot of the films in the series being toned down and instead being more of an adventure film reminiscent of adventure films of our youth that this film attracts a wider audience than most 'Barbie' films.

'Barbie and her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure' is not a great film strictly speaking. The dialogue is ropy (rarely a strong suit in 'Barbie' anyway), some of the story is predictable where the viewer finds themselves a couple of steps ahead of the film and the villains are one-dimensional (the characters in general lack depth but it is especially so in the case of the villains).

However, the animation is quite nice with the lack of the original/traditional look that in general appeals much more than the modern one not being a bother whatsoever. There are some beautiful bright colours (never excessive here), handsome and imaginative backgrounds and the character designs and movements have natural freedom rather than being stiff. It's not exactly imaginative and it's not as polished as Pixar, but when you have computer animation that makes you physically ill like the entire output of Video Brinquedo and Spark Plug Entertainment and the sequels to 'The Swan Princess' (the CGI ones) and 'Alpha and Omega' it's very clear which is better than them and this.

Music is upbeat and fitting, enough to put children and adults alike in a good mood. Nothing generic or too loud or intrusive here.

Regarding the story, it is predictable but it is full of energy, cuteness and charm with its heart in the right place the entire time (nothing at all mean spirited). It flies by and the action is very much eventful and rarely repetitive, plus it doesn't feel anywhere near as much of a Hodge Podge of tired ideas like a few of the recent 'Barbie' films have been.

Characters, even with the lack of depth, are engaging and carry the film well. Barbie is likable and resourceful as ever, serving as a good role model for young girls especially, and the puppies are adorable with a capital A. The chemistry between the characters is great too, as is the positive messaging that was delivered with the right amount of making-its-point and subtlety.

Voice acting is pretty good and done with a lot of spirit. Cannot imagine Barbie without Kelly Sheridan (the 'Barbie' films without her did suffer from her absence on top of even bigger problems) and she continues to grow.

Overall, 'Barbie and her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure' may not be great but it is good fun. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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