Story

In Barbie in Princess Power, Barbie stars as Kara (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), a princess who would rather fly aeroplanes than go to fancy balls. One day Kara is kissed by a magic butterfly and she gains super powers. With the help of her two friends, Kara transforms into superhero Super Sparkle, who flies around town saving the day.

Kara’s jealous cousin Corinne (Britt Irvin) learns about Kara’s secret, captures the magic butterfly and transforms herself into Dark Sparkle. The two superheroes compete to be the best in town, but then the King’s advisor, Baron von Ravendale (Michael Kopsa), threatens to destroy the royal family and the town. This means that Dark Sparkle and Super Sparkle must learn to work together to save their friends and family.

Themes

Superheroes; crime; natural disasters; family relationships

Violence

Barbie in Princess Power has some mild animated violence. For example:

  • Baron von Ravendale, the King’s advisor, attacks the royal family with sparkle balls and tries to kill them with lava from a volcano.
  • Super Sparkle and Dark Sparkle fight Baron von Ravendale. They attack each other with sparkle balls and throw statues at each other.
  • Super Sparkle throws a robber into a police building.
  • A robber throws a police officer across the street.
  • Super Sparkle and Dark Sparkle push and shove each other.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Barbie in Princess Power has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:

  • A volcano erupts and the lava heads towards the castle and the town.
  • Kara’s flying machine breaks. She falls towards the ground and crashes into a tree.
  • Baron von Ravendale has a scary laboratory where he makes potions. Young children might be frightened when he drinks a potion and gains magical powers.
  • A construction site accidentally starts to fall apart. A man is almost crushed by a large piece of metal but is saved by Super Sparkle.
  • A man is trapped in a building fire.

From 5-8
Some children in this age group might also be scared or disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.

From 8-13
Nothing of concern

Over 13
Nothing of concern

Sexual references

None of concern

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Barbie in Princess Power doesn’t show any concerning use of substances, but characters do drink magic potions. 

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

Barbie in Princess Power features the Barbie franchise.  

Coarse language

None of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

Barbie in Princess Power is an easy-to-follow animated movie about princesses and superheroes.

This movie might interest children under 10 years, but older children might find it boring. There are some mild scary and violent scenes in the movie, so we recommend parental guidance for children under eight years.

The main message from this movie is that working together is better than doing things by yourself.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include working together, helping others and being brave.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about respecting your parents’ wishes and not lying to get what you want.