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]

Episode
No.
Title Release date Summary
1 Closet Princess January 20, 2012 Barbie goes through her endless closet for a specific accessory to wear on her 43rd anniversary with Ken.
2 Happy Birthday Chelsea January 27, 2012 The group celebrates Chelsea's birthday.
3 Pet Peeve February 3, 2012 Ken and Ryan pet-sit Barbie's animals while Barbie is out.
4 Rhapsody in Buttercream February 10, 2012 Teresa thinks Barbie can't cook, and Barbie wants to prove her wrong.
5 Ken-tastic, Hair-tastic February 17, 2012 After Ken uses a voluminous hair product, Barbie, Raquelle, and Chelsea attempt to give him a new look.
6 Party Foul February 24, 2012 Raquelle invites Barbie and Nikki over for a party and gives them a hard time with the dress code.
7 Day at the Beach March 3, 2012 The group heads out to the beach for some fun in the sun.
8 Sticker It Up March 10, 2012 The girls decide to redecorate their Dreamhouse.
9 Oh How Campy March 17, 2012 Barbie takes Ken, Ryan, and Raquelle camping.
10 Bad Hair Day March 24, 2012 Barbie wakes up with disheveled hair, and the girls think she's a trend setter.
11 Licensed to Drive March 31, 2012 Ken attempts to teach Barbie how to drive.
12 I Want My BTV April 14, 2012 Ryan directs a music video and makes it big in Hollywood.
13 Gifts, Goofs, Galore April 21, 2012 It's Barbie's birthday and her friends go looking for the perfect birthday present.
14 The Barbie Boutique April 28, 2012 Barbie opens a boutique.
15 The Reunion Show November 3, 2012 The group gets back together to review highlights from season one.
16 Closet Princess 2.0 November 10, 2012 After Ken upgrades the Dreamhouse closet, the new robotic valet won't let Barbie and her friends leave unless she chooses a different outfit.
17 Sisters Ahoy November 17, 2012 The girls go on a scavenger hunt at the beach.
18 The Shrinkerator November 24, 2012 Ken invents a shrinking ray and accidentally shrinks Barbie and Raquelle.
19 Plethora of Puppies December 1, 2012 Barbie's dog, Taffy, has puppies and they become too much to handle.
20 Closet Clothes Out December 8, 2012 The Dreamhouse closet is full, so Barbie auctions off her unwanted clothing.
21 Accidentally on Porpoise December 15, 2012 Chelsea gets a dolphin tank installed in the middle of the Dreamhouse, but the dolphins escape and the group has to get them back.
22 Gone Glitter Gone—Part 1 December 22, 2012 There is a glitter shortage in Malibu.
23 Gone Glitter Gone—Part 2 December 29, 2012 The girls scheme for whatever glitter they can find in the midst of the glitter shortage.
24 Playing Heart to Get February 2, 2013 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.
25 Catty on the Catwalk February 9, 2013 Raquelle asks Barbie for modeling advice with a hidden agenda.
26 Help Wanted February 16, 2013 Barbie gives Skipper a job at her boutique but Raquelle tries to ruin her first day on the job.
27 A Spooky Sleepover February 23, 2013 Barbie throws a sleepover and Ryan tries to scare the girls.
28 A Smidge of Midge March 9, 2013 Barbie's first best friend, Midge, comes to town and Barbie gives her a well overdue makeover.
29 Occupational Hazards March 16, 2013 Ken looks for a job, but is constantly disrupted by Barbie's calls for assistance.
30 Ooh How Campy, Too March 23, 2013 The girls head back out to the woods as Stacie is looking to earn her wilderness badge.
31 Let's Make a Doll March 30, 2013 Skipper hosts a trivia competition in which Teresa, Nikki, Raquelle, and Midge compete to see who is Barbie's true best friend.
32 Endless Summer September 20, 2013 The sisters struggle to keep up with Barbie's overly energetic best friend, Summer, who just moved into town.
33 Sour Loser September 27, 2013 Chelsea opens up a lemonade stand and Raquelle tries to bring her down.
34 Another Day at the Beach October 4, 2013 Barbie brings Midge and Summer to the beach and tries to make them get along, though their polar opposite personalities might make that difficult.
35 Happy Bathday to You October 11, 2013 It's bath day at the Dreamhouse, though the pets aren't so stoked about the idea.
36 Cringing in the Rain November 1, 2013 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.
37 The Ken Den November 8, 2013 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.
38 Primp My Ride November 15, 2013 Barbie decides to surprise Ken by upgrading his car as a gift for their anniversary.
39 Mall Mayhem November 22, 2013 Summer and Raquelle run from security while they wait for Barbie.
40 The Upgradening November 29, 2013 Ken upgrades Barbie's closet.
41 Doctor Barbie October 2, 2013 When Chelsea get sick, Barbie assumes the position of a doctor, while Skipper and Stacey fight over nurse duties.
42 Stuck with You October 9, 2013 Problems arise during game night when Barbie and Ryan end up getting stuck in an elevator together.
43 The Only Way to Fly Oct 16, 2013 Barbie gets banned at the Malibu airport, so she and her sisters decide to build their own jet.
44 Perf Pool Party Oct 23, 2013 Barbie decides to invite everyone over for a pool party and Ken builds a giant slide.
45 Trapped in the Dreamhouse Oct 30, 2013 Barbie and her friends find themselves getting trapped in the Dreamhouse, thanks to Raquelle.
46 Style Super Squad—Part 1 February 5, 2014 Barbie and her friends come up with a system to deal with fashion emergencies all over the world.
47 Style Super Squad—Part 2 February 19, 2014 Barbie and her friends come up with a system to deal with fashion emergencies all over the world.
48 Little Bad Dress March 19, 2014 Teresa borrows Raquelle's dress and starts acting like Raquelle.
49 Going to the Dogs April 2, 2014 Barbie and her friends go head to head at the Malibu Surf and Sport Dog show.
50 Dream a Little Dream house Apr 16, 2014 Chelsea builds a little Dream house for their playhouse with her friends.
51 Mayor of Malibu Apr 30, 2014 Chelsea and Raquelle are fighting to be the mayor of Malibu.
52 Bizzaro Barbie May 28, 2014 After Barbie and her friends don't want to jump on board with Raquelle's new saying, Raquelle wanders into an alternate dimension where she's the star.
53 Doll vs. Dessert June 11, 2014 Raquelle and Barbie enter a television baking competition to see who can make the best cupcakes.
54 Going Viral July 9, 2014 With Skipper's help, Raquelle tries to create a viral video to rival cat meme videos in popularity.
55 Girls Day Out July 23, 2014 When Barbie decides to spend time with Tawny, a jealous Blissa tries to sabotage their night out.
56 Business is Barking September 4, 2014 When Chelsea sets up her own pet salon, Raquelle offers her services.
57 When the Cat's Away September 17, 2014 With Barbie away, Chelsea chases Blissa into the endless closet.
58 Ice Ice, Barbie Part 1 October 15, 2014 When Midge starts to miss the snow in Wisconsin, Ken brings the snow to her.
59 Ice Ice, Barbie Part 2 October 29,2014 With the extreme weather phenomena, what will happen to Malibu?
60 The Amaze Chase Nov 12, 2014 The friends compete in the Amaze chase. With extreme challenges, sharp turns, and elimination, who will win? This is a 30 minute special.

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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