Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse

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Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse
Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse title.png
Type Web series, Fashion doll line
Company Arc Productions, Mattel
Country United States, Canada
Availability 2012–present
Official website

Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse is an online computer-animated web series produced by Arc Productions and distributed by Mattel.[1] The series debuted in May 11, 2012 and is available on Barbie.com and YouTube.[2] As of 14 February 2014, the series was in its sixth season. The show aired on Boomerang in 2013 on TV and is also available on Netflix. Two TV specials aired on Nickelodeon on September 1, 2013.[3]

Setting[edit]

The series is set in a fictional version of Malibu, California where all of its inhabitants are dolls. The dolls behave like people, though a number of the show's gags rely on their doll-like nature. The series centers on the life of Barbie, her friends, siblings and her boyfriend Ken. The series is stylized as a mock reality show featuring confessionals of the characters in between scenes.

Characters[edit]

  • Barbie (season 1 - present) – Barbie is the lead character of the show. She lives in a large pink mansion called "the Dreamhouse" along with her sisters Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea and their pets. Barbie is a fashion icon and has had over 136 careers. Despite being a celebrity in Malibu, she is friendly, humble and good-natured.[4] Barbie is voiced by Kate Higgins.
  • Ken (season 1 - present) – Ken is Barbie's long-time boyfriend.[5] Ken strives to be the perfect boyfriend for Barbie and is always there when Barbie needs him. He is an inventor who makes high-end machines and gadgets for Barbie to use, though they usually end up malfunctioning.[6] Ken is voiced by Sean Hankinson.
  • Barbie's sisters (season 1 - present) – Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea are Barbie's siblings who live with her in the Dreamhouse. Skipper is a teenager who enjoys tech and gadgets.[7] Stacie is a tween who enjoys sports and skateboarding.[8] Chelsea is a 6-year-old who loves to play with her pets and siblings.[9] Skipper and Stacie are voiced by Paula Rhodes while Chelsea is voiced by Laura Gerow.
  • Teresa (season 1 - present) – Teresa is one of Barbie's BFFs who lives near the Dreamhouse. She is Hispanic and her personal style is bohemian. She is a good cook and loves gossip magazines.[10] She is very chatty but is also very ditzy and often makes silly, half-witted remarks. Teresa is voiced by Katie Crown.
  • Nikki (season 1 - present) – Nikki is one of Barbie's BFFs. She is African-American and is also close friends with Teresa. She manages a fashion blog and loves taking pictures as a hobby.[11] She is sassy, outspoken and very protective of her friends. Nikki is voiced by Nakia Burrise.
  • Raquelle (season 1 - present) – Raquelle is Barbie's frenemy and rival for Ken's affections. She lives a very posh lifestyle in an attempt to outshine Barbie. She is portrayed as vain and arrogant and is not above deceit to attain what she wants.[12] She is also clumsy, and her plans to sabotage Barbie often backfire. Raquelle is voiced by Haviland Stillwell.
  • Ryan (season 1 - present) – Ryan is Raquelle's twin brother and struggling musician.[13] He is in love with Barbie and often writes songs about her to impress her. He is a frenemy of Ken and will often brawl with him to win Barbie's affections. Like his sister, Ryan is also very vain and is often seen carrying around large cardboard standups of himself. Ryan is voiced by Charlie Bodin.
  • Midge (season 3 - present) – Midge is Barbie's original best friend and childhood friend from Barbie's hometown, Willows, Wisconsin. She and Barbie were friends in the '60s but drifted apart when Barbie moved to Malibu. Prior to her makeover, she appears in black-and-white, dressed in vintage fashion, and speaks in 1960s slang.[14] She is also quirky, smart, and is fond of arts and crafts (particularly macramé). She moves to Malibu as of Season 3 and develops an unrequited crush on Ryan.[15] Midge is voiced by Ashlyn Selich.
  • Summer (season 4 - present) – Summer is another one of Barbie's BFFs. She is a fun, energetic girl who loves sports and games. She is competitive, and her hyperactive nature is sometimes too much to handle.[16] She officially moves to Malibu in Season 4. Summer is voiced by Tara Sands.

Merchandise[edit]

In 2013, a line of Life in the Dreamhouse dolls was released.[17]

In November 2013, Little Orbit and Torus Games released a video game called Barbie Dreamhouse Party, available for the Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and PC.[18]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode Title Summary
1 Closet Princess Barbie goes through her endless closet for a specific accessory to wear on her 43rd anniversary with Ken.
2 Happy Birthday Chelsea The group celebrates Chelsea's birthday.
3 Pet Peeve Ken and Ryan pet-sit Barbie's animals while Barbie is out.
4 Rhapsody in Buttercream Teresa thinks Barbie can't cook, and Barbie wants to prove her wrong.
5 Ken-tastic, Hair-tastic After Ken uses a voluminous hair product, Barbie, Raquelle, and Chelsea attempt to give him a new look.
6 Party Foul Raquelle invites Barbie and Nikki over for a party and gives them a hard time with the dress code.
7 Day at the Beach The group heads out to the beach for some fun in the sun.
8 Sticker It Up The girls decide to redecorate their Dreamhouse.
9 Oh How Campy Barbie takes Ken, Ryan, and Raquelle camping.
10 Bad Hair Day Barbie wakes up with disheveled hair, and the girls think she's a trend setter.
11 Licensed to Drive Ken attempts to teach Barbie how to drive.
12 I Want My BTV Ryan directs a music video and makes it big in Hollywood.
13 Gifts, Goofs, Galore It's Barbie's birthday and her friends go looking for the perfect birthday present.
14 The Barbie Boutique Barbie opens a boutique.

Season 2[edit]

Episode Name Summary
1 The Reunion Show The group gets back together to review highlights from season one.
2 Closet Princess 2.0 After Ken upgrades the The Dreamhouse closet, the new robotic valet won't let Barbie and her friends leave unless she chooses a different outfit.
3 Sisters Ahoy The girls go on a scavenger hunt at the beach.
4 The Shrinkerator Ken invents a shrinking ray and accidentally shrinks Barbie and Raquelle.
5 Plethora of Puppies Barbie's dog, Taffy, has puppies and they become too much to handle.
6 Closet Clothes Out The Dreamhouse closet is full, so Barbie auctions off her unwanted clothing.
7 Accidentally on Porpoise Chelsea gets a dolphin tank installed in the middle of the Dreamhouse, but the dolphins escape and the group has to get them back.
8 Gone Glitter Gone - Part 1 There is a glitter shortage in Malibu.
9 Gone Glitter Gone - Part 2 The girls scheme for whatever glitter they can find in the midst of the glitter shortage.

Season 3[edit]

Episode Name Summary
1 Playing Heart to Get Ken gets Barbie Valentine's Day gifts from the heart, while Ryan tries to compete for her with extravagant gifts that he thinks every girl wants.
2 Catty on the Catwalk Raquelle asks Barbie for modeling advice with a hidden agenda.
3 Help Wanted Barbie gives Skipper a job at her boutique but Raquelle tries to ruin her first day on the job.
4 A Spooky Sleepover Barbie throws a sleepover and Ryan tries to scare the girls.
5 A Smidge of Midge Barbie's first best friend, Midge, comes to town and Barbie gives her a well overdue makeover.
6 Occupational Hazards Ken looks for a job, but is constantly disrupted by Barbie's calls for assistance.
7 Ooh How Campy, Too The girls head back out to the woods as Stacie is looking to earn her wilderness badge.
8 Let's Make a Doll Skipper hosts a trivia competition in which Teresa, Nikki, Raquelle, and Midge compete to see who is Barbie's true best friend.

Season 4[edit]

Episode name Summary
1 Endless Summer The sisters struggle to keep up with Barbie's overly energetic best friend, Summer, who just moved into town.
2 Sour Loser Chelsea opens up a lemonade stand and Raquelle tries to bring her down.
3 Another Day at the Beach Barbie brings Midge and Summer to the beach and tries to make them get along, though their polar opposite personalities might make that difficult.
4 Happy Bathday to You It's bath day at the Dreamhouse, though the pets aren't so stoked about the idea.
5 Cringing in the Rain It's raining in Malibu and the group's beach outing is cancelled. However Barbie still manages to give the group a fun time despite the rainy weather.
6 The Ken Den Ken puts up a guy-friendly hangout inside Barbie's boutique, but things get out of hand when too many guys crowd up the store.
7 Primp My Ride Barbie decides to surprise Ken by upgrading his car as a gift for their anniversary. but it doesn't end so well for Barbie.
8 Mall Mayhem Summer and Raquelle run from security while they wait for Barbie.
9 The Upgradening Ken upgrades Barbie's closet.

Season 5[edit]

Episode Name Summary
1 Doctor Barbie When Chelsea get sick, Barbie assumes the position of a doctor, while Skipper and Stacey fight over nurse duties.
2 Stuck with You Problems arise during game night when Barbie and Ryan end up getting stuck in an elevator together.
3 The Only Way to Fly Barbie gets banned at the Malibu airport, so she and her sisters decide to build their own jet.
4 Perf Pool Party Barbie decides to invite everyone over for a pool party and Ken builds a giant slide.
5 Trapped in the Dreamhouse Barbie and her friends find themselves getting trapped in the Dreamhouse, thanks to Raquelle.

Season 6[edit]

Episode Name Summary
1 Style Super Squad - Part 1 Barbie and her friends come up with a system to deal with fashion emergencies all over the world.
2 Style Super Squad - Part 2 Barbie and her friends come up with a system to deal with fashion emergencies all over the world.And Raquelle tries to fill in the hole leading to stardom and becoming the biggest fashion icon now that Barbie and her friends are busy with their new task.
3 Little Bad Dress Teresa borrows Raquelle's dress and starts acting like Raquelle.
4 Going to the Dogs Barbie and her friends go head to head at the Malibu Surf and Sport Dog show.
5 Dream A Little Dreamhouse Chelsea Builds a Little Dreamhouse for their playhouse with her friends.
6 Mayor of Malibu Chelsea and Raquelle are fighting to be the mayor of Malibu.
7 Bizzaro Barbie After Barbie and her friends don't want to jump on board with Raquelle's new saying, she stumbles into an another reality where she finds people who do, although she begins to tire of her new friends' constant compliance.
8 Doll vs. Dessert Raquelle and Barbie enter a television baking competition to see who can make the best cupcakes. When Raquelle wins, she is excited to think that millions of people saw her beat Barbie, then discovers that no one watches the show.
9 Going Viral With Skipper's help, Raquelle tries to create a viral video to rival cat meme videos in popularity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse – Episodes, Cast & Character Profiles, Map & Locations, B Friends. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  2. ^ Official Barbie YouTube Page. YouTube. Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  3. ^ Barbie -- and her Dreamhouse -- are coming to Nickelodeon. EW.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-30.
  4. ^ Meet Barbie – Barbie Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  5. ^ Meet Ken – Ken Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  6. ^ Meet the Cast – Ken, Raquelle, Skipper, Teresa, Nikki & Stacie | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  7. ^ Meet Skipper – Skipper Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  8. ^ Meet Stacie – Stacie Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  9. ^ Meet Chelsea – Chelsea Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  10. ^ Meet Teresa – Teresa Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  11. ^ Meet Nikki – Nikki Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  12. ^ Meet Raquelle – Raquelle Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  13. ^ Meet Ryan – Ryan Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  14. ^ A Smidge of Midge – Watch Episodes, Clips & Videos | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  15. ^ Meet Midge – Midge Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-07-09.
  16. ^ Endless Summer – Watch Episodes, Clips & Videos | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-07-09.
  17. ^ Life in the Dreamhouse dolls in 2013 papusilemele.com. Retrieved on 2013-05-19
  18. ^ Marketing agency (2013-05-28). "Barbie Dreamhouse Party - Little Orbit". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 

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