The movie: Barbie The Secret Door
When it was available: September 2014
What it’s about: A mermaid, fairy and princess walk into a bar. No, no…that’s not it. They walk into a magical kingdom, led by shy reading-fanatic Princess Alexa (who sounds suspiciously like all of the other lead Barbie characters). During one of her daily walks, she finds a secret door. Obviously, she opens it or the title of the DVD wouldn’t make much sense now, would it? Turns out that she discovers a world like the one she’s been reading about. But there’s an evil twist, and her name is Malucia. With the help of her mermaid and fairy friends, Alexa finds strength and power within herself and in this brave new world, she can do anything. Even take down the horrid Malucia. Featuring some new Barbie tunes, Alexa sings her way through the magic and comes out the other side of the door a more confident girl who’s empowered to take on the real world.
What Miss Q said: “I really like this movie because Alexa is so pretty and brave, and she fights so good. And I really like her dress and her magic song.”
The verdict? This is one of Miss Q’s favourite Barbie movies, possibly surpassing Barbie & The Pop Star (huge news in this house!). Though that might have something to do with the Barbie and the Secret door dolls and horse that Mattel generously sent along with the DVD. Her favourite Barbie now is the one that sings the “I’ve Got Magic” song from the movie, while her entire torso lights up in time with the music. I love listening to her re-enact parts of the movie when she’s playing independently in her room, even if she does sometimes pit the Barbie friends against one another. We’re working on the friendship message…
But speaking (writing?) of friendship, Miss Q did request that we buy this movie for one of her friends as a birthday gift. Expect movie dates down the road.