Barbie as the Island Princess

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Barbie as the Island Princess
BarbieIslandPrincess.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byGreg Richardson
Written byElana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
StarringKelly Sheridan
Christopher Gaze
Susan Roman
Brian Drummond
Steve Marval
Alessandro Juliani
Andrea Martin
Russell Roberts
Patricia Drake
Bets Malone
Candice Nicole
Narrated byKelly Sheridan
Edited byColin Adams
Music byArnie Roth
Production
companies
Distributed byUniversal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date
September 18, 2007
Running time
85 min
CountriesUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish

Barbie as the Island Princess is a 2007 computer animated musical film.[1] It was released to DVD on September 18, 2007, and made its television premiere on Nickelodeon on September 23, 2007.[2]

The film is part of the Barbie film series and the second to be a musical. The film features the voice of Kelly Sheridan as Rosella.[3]

The score for this film was composed by Arnie Roth. Songs for the film were written by Megan Cavallari, Amy Powers and executive producer Rob Hudnut.

Plot[edit]

Sagi the red panda and Azul the Indian peacock live on a tropical island in the South Seas. They discover a little girl and a chest of belongings washed up after a storm, and take her in and name her "Ro" after the only two letters left on her chests' nameplate. Ten years later, Ro has learned to speak to animals and grows up to be a beautiful young woman, spending her days playing on the island with Azul, Sagi, and a baby elephant named Tika.

Prince Antonio is out exploring the South Seas, and finds himself on Ro's Island. She saves him from a float of crocodiles, and Antonio invites her to return with him to his Kingdom of Apollonia, so she can search for clues as to her forgotten past. Ro agrees, bringing her three friends with her. On the journey, Ro and Antonio begin to fall in love.

In Apollonia, King Peter and Queen Danielle are shocked when they meet Ro. Peter had arranged a marriage for Antonio while he was away to force his son to settle down and stop adventuring. He takes an immediate dislike to the "Wild Island Girl" for disrupting his plans. However, Antonio's three little sisters, and Danielle's pet albino monkey Tallulah, immediately befriend Ro and her animals.

Antonio's betrothed, Princess Luciana, and her mother Queen Ariana arrive, so Antonio can meet them. Unbeknownst to everyone, even Luciana, Ariana's parents committed treason and were demoted to swineherds by Peter, long ago. Ariana married an elderly king to become queen and now is seeking a way to enact revenge on Peter; seeing Ro as a threat, she works to sabotage all Ro's attempts to fit in. However, Antonio falls more and more in love with Ro, and Luciana herself, being kindhearted, feels sorry for her.

A cosplay of Ro's dress on the film, here being worn by Mexican child Paulette Gebara

Ro, demoralized by her 'failures', thinks about returning to the island. Tallulah, Sagi, Azul and Tika cheer her up and help her get dressed up for a royal ball. At the ball, everyone is impressed by Ro's beauty and grace, and Antonio privately proposes to her. However, Ro refuses, reminding Antonio his duty is to obey his father.

Antonio argues with Peter and eventually abdicates the crown to one of his younger sisters. He leaves a note for Ro to say he will run away with her. Tika, afraid to lose Ro, overhears and hides the note. Meanwhile, Ariana sends her pet rats to spread "sunset herb" through the kingdom. The poison causes all animals who ingest it to fall into a coma-like sleep. Azul is also fed some, and King Peter, concluding Ro's animals brought the disease, imprisons her.

Peter strikes a bargain with Antonio - he will free Ro if Antonio marries Luciana. Ro, Sagi, Tika and a sleeping Azul are sent off on a ship, and Tika, realizing her mistake, confesses to Ro about the note and is forgiven. A sailor, bribed by Ariana, knocks them all overboard. In the water, Ro remembers the shipwreck of her childhood, and that her real name is Rosella.

Returning to the Kingdom with the help of some dolphins, Ro learns from a little bird that Ariana put sunset herb in the wedding cake to kill Peter and Antonio. Ro makes an antidote to wake Azul, but is stopped by guards. Tika disrupts the wedding and gets Antonio to come to Ro's rescue, while Sagi takes the antidote to Tallulah, waking her. When Ro accuses Ariana, no one believes her, until Luciana, remembering her mother forbade her to eat anything after the wedding, defends Ro. Ariana flees in a carriage, but is wrecked and flung into a pigsty.

When Ro reveals to Antonio she has remembered her full name, a wedding guest, Queen Marissa of Paladia, comes forward saying she lost her daughter Rosella at sea many years ago. Ro and Marissa sing a lullaby from Ro's childhood together, confirming the truth of the story. Peter begs Ro's forgiveness and thanks her for saving their lives, and she and Antonio are married, while Luciana meets a handsome prince at the wedding. Ro and Antonio then sail off to find new adventures, with Tika, Sagi, Azul, and Tallulah in tow.

Voice cast[edit]

Cast as per the closing credits:[4]

  • Kelly Sheridan as "Ro"/Princess Rosella of Paladia. As a little girl, she falls overboard during a storm while on a ship in the South Seas. She washes up on Sagi's island and suffers amnesia afterwards, setting up the events of the film.
  • Melissa Lyons as Singing Voice of Rosella
  • Alessandro Juliani as Prince Antonio of Appolonia, Luciana's betrothed. He prefers adventure and intrigue over mundane palace life, and falls for Ro.
  • Christopher Gaze as Sagi, a wise and kindly red panda who takes Ro in after the wreck and acts as her father figure.
  • Steve Marvel as Azul, a flamboyant and self-important Indian Peacock. Initially, he is opposed to the idea of raising Ro, but he becomes a close friend to her later.
  • Susan Roman as Tika, a sweet baby elephant who looks up to Ro as an older sister or mother, and is very jealous of Antonio.
  • Garry Chalk as Frazer, Antonio's traveling companion/friend/manservant. Chalk also voiced a minor character named Calvin.
  • Russell Roberts as King Peter, Antonio's father, who disapproves of his son's adventuring. He arranges a marriage between Antonio and Luciana, and dislikes Ro.
  • Patricia Drake as Queen Danielle, Antonio's mother and the doting owner of Tallulah. She is unsure what to think about Ro's strange behaviors. Drake also voices the Mama Pig.
  • Bets Malone as Tallulah, a friendly but somewhat spoiled albino monkey who was orphaned on a South Seas island, and discovered and brought back as a pet for Antonio's mother.
  • Britt McKillip as Rita, Antonio's little sister. She and her siblings instantly like Ro and her animals, especially Tika, whom they dress up.
  • Carly McKillip as Gina, Antonio's other little sister.
  • Chantal Strand as Sofia, Antonio's other little sister.
  • Andrea Martin as Queen Ariana. When she was a young adult, her parents were demoted by King Peter for treason. She married an elderly king and became pregnant with Luciana shortly before he died, and plans to use her position to kill Peter and take over Appolonia.
  • Candice Nicole as Princess Luciana, Arianna's kindhearted and friendly daughter, and Antonio's betrothed. She is initially under her mother's thumb but eventually stands up to her.
  • Kate Fisher as Queen Marissa of Paladia, Ro's long-lost mother.
  • Brian Drummond as Lorenzo, the vet
  • Terry Klassen as Butler, Guard, Horse
  • David Kaye as Guard
  • Kathleen Barr as Tiny, a little blue bird.
  • Scott Page-Pagter as Nat, one of Ariana's pet rats
  • Ian James Corlett as Pat, one of Ariana's pet rats.

As a gag credit, Matt, the mime rat, is credited to be voiced by himself.

Soundtrack[edit]

The songs in the film, in chronological order, are:

  1. Here On My Island - Melissa Lyons, Steve Marvel, Christopher Gaze and Susan Roman
  2. Right Here In My Arms - Melissa Lyons
  3. A Brand New Shore - Alessandro Juliani, Melissa Lyons, Steve Marvel, Christopher Gaze and Susan Roman
  4. I Need To Know - Alessandro Juliani and Melissa Lyons
  5. Love is for Peasants - Andrea Martin and Candice Nicole
  6. Right Here In My Arms (Greenhouse) - Melissa Lyons
  7. At the Ball - Melissa Lyons, Bets Malone, Steve Marvel, Christopher Gaze and Susan Roman
  8. The Rat Song - Andrea Martin, Scott Page-Pagter and Ian James Corlett
  9. Always More - Melissa Lyons [1]
  10. Right Here In My Arms (Reunion) - Melissa Lyons and Kate Fisher
  11. When We Have Love - Candice Nicole, Kate Fisher, Betsy Malone, Steve Marvel, Christopher Gaze, Melissa Lyons and Alessandro Juliani
  12. I Need To Know (Pop Version) - Cassidy Ladden


Reception[edit]

'DVDTalk said, "Barbie as The Island Princess is a well-executed CGI animated fantasy, with a sweet, tender, believable approach to its love story that will no doubt make little girls sigh with delight."[5]

Common Sense Media said, "With BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS, parents can rest assured that the subject matter is entertaining and kid-appropriate, and put their energies toward worrying about all the commercialism surrounding it."[6]

Video game[edit]

Barbie as the Island Princess
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Barbie as the Island Princess cover art (North American Wii version)
Developer(s)Human Soft[7]
Publisher(s)Activision
Director(s)
  • Greg Richardson Edit this on Wikidata
Composer(s)
Series
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance
Release
  • NA: November 1, 2007
  • EU: December 1, 2007
Genre(s)Platform
Mode(s)Single-player
Multiplayer

Barbie as the Island Princess is a 2007 platform video game based on the movie for PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance. Developed by Human Soft and published by Activision, it is a collection of 28 different mini-games.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barbie as the Island Princess". Barbie. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ "TV listings". The Bangor Daily News. September 22, 2007.
  3. ^ "Barbie as the Island Princess (2007)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on 19 June 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Barbie as the Island Princess".
  5. ^ Mavis, Paul. "Barbie as The Island Princess". DVDTalk. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  6. ^ Kho, Nancy Davis (31 August 2009). "Barbie as The Island Princess". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Barbie as the Island Princess Release Information for PC - GameFAQs".
  8. ^ Overview at Game Vortex
  9. ^ Sullivan, Meghan (January 31, 2008). "BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved December 16, 2018.

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