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 web series of computer-animated shorts 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] 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. Barbie is voiced by Kate Higgins.
  • Ken (season 1 – present): Ken is Barbie's long-time boyfriend. 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. 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. Chelsea is a six-year-old who loves to play with her pets and siblings 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 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 also close friends with Teresa. She manages a fashion blog and loves taking pictures as a hobby.[4] 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. 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] She officially moves to Malibu in Season 4. Summer is voiced by Tara Sands.
  • Grace:

Merchandise[edit]

In 2013, a line of Life in the Dreamhouse dolls was released.[9]

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.[10]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode Title Summary
January 20, 2012 (1)Closet Princess Barbie goes through her endless closet for a specific accessory to wear on her 43rd anniversary with Ken.
January 27, 2012 (2)Happy Birthday Chelsea The group celebrates Chelsea's birthday.
February 3, 2012 (3)Pet Peeve Ken and Ryan pet-sit Barbie's animals while Barbie is out.
February 10, 2012 (4)Rhapsody in Buttercream Teresa thinks Barbie can't cook, and Barbie wants to prove her wrong.
February 17, 2012 (5)Ken-tastic, Hair-tastic After Ken uses a voluminous hair product, Barbie, Raquelle, and Chelsea attempt to give him a new look.
February 24, 2012 (6)Party Foul Raquelle invites Barbie and Nikki over for a party and gives them a hard time with the dress code.
March 3, 2012 (7)Day at the Beach The group heads out to the beach for some fun in the sun.
March 10, 2012 (8)Sticker It Up The girls decide to redecorate their Dreamhouse.
March 17, 2012 (9)Oh How Campy Barbie takes Ken, Ryan, and Raquelle camping.
March 24, 2012 (10)Bad Hair Day Barbie wakes up with disheveled hair, and the girls think she's a trend setter.
March 31, 2012 (11)Licensed to Drive Ken attempts to teach Barbie how to drive.
April 14, 2012 (12)I Want My BTV Ryan directs a music video and makes it big in Hollywood.
April 21, 2012 13()Gifts, Goofs, Galore It's Barbie's birthday and her friends go looking for the perfect birthday present.
April 28, 2012 (14)The Barbie Boutique Barbie opens a boutique.

Season 2[edit]

Episode Name Summary
November 3, 2012 (15)The Reunion Show The group gets back together to review highlights from season one.
November 10, 2012 (16)Closet Princess 2.0 After Ken upgrades the Dreamhouse closet, the new robotic valet won't let Barbie and her friends leave unless she chooses a different outfit.
November 17, 2012 (17)Sisters Ahoy The girls go on a scavenger hunt at the beach.
November 24, 2012 (18)The Shrinkerator Ken invents a shrinking ray and accidentally shrinks Barbie and Raquelle.
December 1, 2012 (19)Plethora of Puppies Barbie's dog, Taffy, has puppies and they become too much to handle.
December 8, 2012 (20)Closet Clothes Out The Dreamhouse closet is full, so Barbie auctions off her unwanted clothing.
December 15, 2012 (21)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.
December 22, 2013 (22)Gone Glitter Gone—Part 1 There is a glitter shortage in Malibu.
December 29, 2013 (23)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
February 2, 2013 (24)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.
February 9, 2013 (25)Catty on the Catwalk Raquelle asks Barbie for modeling advice with a hidden agenda.
February 16, 2013 (26)Help Wanted Barbie gives Skipper a job at her boutique but Raquelle tries to ruin her first day on the job.
February 23, 2013 (27)A Spooky Sleepover Barbie throws a sleepover and Ryan tries to scare the girls.
March 9, 2013 (28)A Smidge of Midge Barbie's first best friend, Midge, comes to town and Barbie gives her a well overdue makeover.
March 16, 2013 (29)Occupational Hazards Ken looks for a job, but is constantly disrupted by Barbie's calls for assistance.
March 23, 2013 (30)Ooh How Campy, Too The girls head back out to the woods as Stacie is looking to earn her wilderness badge.
March 30, 2013 (31)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
September 20, 2013 (32)Endless Summer The sisters struggle to keep up with Barbie's overly energetic best friend, Summer, who just moved into town.
September 27, 2013 (33)Sour Loser Chelsea opens up a lemonade stand and Raquelle tries to bring her down.
October 4, 2013 (34)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.
October 11, 2013 (35)Happy Bathday to You It's bath day at the Dreamhouse, though the pets aren't so stoked about the idea.
November 1, 2013 (36)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.
November 8, 2013 (37)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.
November 15, 2013 (38)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.
November 22, 2013 (39)Mall Mayhem Summer and Raquelle run from security while they wait for Barbie.
November 29, 2013 (40)The Upgradening Ken upgrades Barbie's closet.

Season 5[edit]

Episode Name Summary
April 10, 2014 (41)Doctor Barbie When Chelsea get sick, Barbie assumes the position of a doctor, while Skipper and Stacey fight over nurse duties.
April 24, 2014 (42)Stuck with You Problems arise during game night when Barbie and Ryan end up getting stuck in an elevator together.
May 1, 2014 (43)The Only Way to Fly Barbie gets banned at the Malibu airport, so she and her sisters decide to build their own jet.
May 8, 2014 (44)Perf Pool Party Barbie decides to invite everyone over for a pool party and Ken builds a giant slide.
May 15, 2014 (45)Trapped in the Dreamhouse Barbie and her friends find themselves getting trapped in the Dreamhouse, thanks to Raquelle.

Season 6[edit]

Episode Name Summary
September 25, 2014 (46)Style Super Squad—Part 1 Barbie and her friends come up with a system to deal with fashion emergencies all over the world.
October 2, 2014 (47)Style Super Squad—Part 2 Barbie and her friends come up with a system to deal with fashion emergencies all over the world.
October 9, 2014 (48)Little Bad Dress Teresa borrows Raquelle's dress and starts acting like Raquelle.
October 16, 2014 (49)Going to the Dogs Barbie and her friends go head to head at the Malibu Surf and Sport Dog show.
October 23, 2014 (50)Dream a Little Dreamhouse Chelsea builds a little Dreamhouse for their playhouse with her friends.
October 30, 2014 (51)Mayor of Malibu Chelsea and Raquelle are fighting to be the mayor of Malibu.
November 6, 2014 (52)Bizzaro Barbie After Barbie and her friends don't want to jump on board with Raquelle's new saying.
November 13, 2014 (53)Doll vs. Dessert Raquelle and Barbie enter a television baking competition to see who can make the best cupcakes.
November 20, 2014 (54)Going Viral With Skipper's help, Raquelle tries to create a viral video to rival cat meme videos in popularity.
November 27, 2014 (55)Girls Day Out When Barbie decides to spend time with Tawny, a jealous Blissa tries to sabotage their night out.
December 4, 2014 (56)Business Is Barking When Chelsea sets up her own pet salon, Raquelle offers her services
December 11, 2014 (57)When the Cat's Away With Barbie away, Chelsea chases Blissa into the endless closet
December 18, 2014 (58)Ice Ice, Barbie Part 1 When Midge starts to miss the snow in Wisconsin, Ken brings the snow to her.

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 Nikki – Nikki Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  5. ^ Meet Ryan – Ryan Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  6. ^ A Smidge of Midge – Watch Episodes, Clips & Videos | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-19.
  7. ^ Meet Midge – Midge Character Profile | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-07-09.
  8. ^ Endless Summer – Watch Episodes, Clips & Videos | Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse. Dreamhouse.barbie.com (2013-02-18). Retrieved on 2013-07-09.
  9. ^ Life in the Dreamhouse dolls in 2013 papusilemele.com. Retrieved on 2013-05-19
  10. ^ Marketing agency (2013-05-28). "Barbie Dreamhouse Party - Little Orbit". Little Orbit. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 

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