|Barbie Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends|
|Directed by||Conrad Helten|
|Produced by||Nancy Bennett
|Written by||Elise Allen (screenplay)|
Tabitha St. Germain
|Music by||John Powell|
|Edited by||Marc du Pontavice|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios Home Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||February 26, 2008|
|Running time||75 min.|
Barbie Mariposa (alternate title: Barbie: Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends) is a 2008 direct to video computer animated Barbie film which was released on February 26, 2008. This film is a spin-off of the Barbie "Fairytopia" series, but is not a canon sequel to the previous films.
This is the first film in the series which Kelly Sheridan did not voice the protagonist being played by Barbie. The film tells the story of Mariposa, a shy butterfly fairy, who went on a dangerous adventure to save their queen and their land of Flutterfield. "Mariposa" is the Spanish word for "butterfly", and it is also the street name of Mattel's creative design center. The film has a sequel titled Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess.
Bibble is worried that he will embarrass himself and won't belong with his friend's friends, so Elina (heroine of the Fairytopia films) tells him the story of Mariposa, a butterfly fairy who lives in far-off Flutterfield, a remote kingdom in Fairytopia populated by fairies with butterfly wings. Henna, the evil butterfly fairy and the attendant of the queen of Flutterfield, has poisoned the queen in an attempt to take over the kingdom. Due to this, the lights protecting Flutterfield are in danger of going out, as they go out only when the queen is dead. These lights protect Flutterfield from the "Skeezites", monsters who eat butterfly fairies,and are afraid of light. It is up to Mariposa and her friends/employers, Rayna and Rayla, to find an antidote to save the queen.
They first travel according to the map, but when night falls, they are far from Flutterfield, and the Skeezites appear. They engage in a long chase scene, but Mariposa, Rayna and Rayla escape through a gate of red plants. However, the map gets chomped by a Skeezite. Mariposa remembers that there was a sun picture on the map, and she concludes that they should travel east, as toward the rising sun.
They then arrive at the Wilderness, and encounter a little flying rabbit named Zinzie, who is a great thrower and loves fluttercorn, and leads them to a mermaid statue in exchange for a packet of fluttercorn. They end up all diving into a lake and find mermaids. Mariposa asks them to tell her the whereabouts of the Cave of Reflections, and the mermaids agree to help them, but they ask for one thing in exchange: Concho shells. However, little merbabies are sleeping and use these shells as pillows, and it is revealed that if you wake the baby, the baby cries and wakes a sea monster. Rayla finds a plant, and wraps it until it bears the shape of the conch shells. They gently swap the shells with the plant, but one of the babies is tickled on the nose by a little leaf that was not wrapped properly, and the baby wakes and starts crying. This wakes the other babies, who as well start crying, waking the sea monster. While Mariposa delivers the concho shells to the mermaids, Rayna, Zinzie and Rayla try to escape the sea monster by swimming in different directions. The mermaids help in the end, and they all escape the sea monster.
Meanwhile, Queen Marabella has fallen fatally ill, and the guards captured the prince who was trying to find the antidote. The Queen's captain of the guards holds him in an conversation, and another fairy sought the prince and freed him. That fairy is Willa, Mariposa's best friend. She tells the prince that she has spotted Henna doing evil things. So they decide to follow her, and the two find out that she had taken control over Skeezites by mixing a strange liquid and thistleburst; moreover, they discover that Henna was plotting to take over Flutterfield all this time.
The mermaids tell the four braves where to find the Cave of Reflections, and they fly towards it eagerly, but find that the cave was guarded by Skeezites. Zinzie manages to trick the Skeezites, and the four escape into the cave. There, they find their reflections talking back to themselves. They finally meet the Fairy of the Cave, who leads the group to different sections, where she proclaims each time "one of you must stay behind". Mariposa was left as the last one, and the cave fairy guides her toward a place filled with stars. She tells that one star hold the antidote she needs. Mariposa eventually finds one (which was all by itself), in which she used the archer's star pattern to locate it. This hints that this was the correct star, and for that reason, Mariposa is presented with much larger and more beautiful sparkling wings.
The four heroines arrive back just in time when the Skeezites start attacking everyone at the Royal fairy castle. Mariposa eventually discovers that it was Henna who poisoned the queen, so she races to cure her with the antidote. Henna tries stopping Mariposa from foiling her plans, but Mariposa eventually manages to heal Marabella before she dies. Henna leaves and goes away with the Skeezites under the pretense of not getting caught, thus fleeing from the light. After the big save, Queen Marabella presents each of the heroines with a crown of flowers. Since then, Mariposa felt she belonged in Flutterfield, having learned that being herself is the best thing in life.
- Chiara Zanni as Barbie/Mariposa
- Tabitha St. Germain as Willa/Coral/Flutterpixie
- Kathleen Barr as Rayna
- Erin Mathews as Rayla
- Nicole Oliver as Henna
- Alessandro Juliani as Prince Carlos
- Cathy Weseluck as Zinzie/Dizzle/Fairy Speck
- Alistair Abell as Lord Gastrous (credited as Alistair Abel)
- Kelly Sheridan as Elina
- Terry Klassen as Skeezite #1
- Lee Tockar as Bibble/Skeezite #2
- Jane Barr as Anemone/Queen Marabella
- David Kaye as Royal Guard
- Although Chiara Zanni voiced Mariposa and Kelly Sheridan voiced Elina, both characters are played by Barbie.
- In the sequel, Kelly Sheridan voiced Mariposa already.
- Official website
- Barbie Mariposa at Rotten Tomatoes
- Barbie Mariposa at the Internet Movie Database
- Barbie Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends