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|Barbie Animated Films|
|Produced by||Mattel Entertainment|
|Country||United States of America|
|Barbie Animated Films|
|Produced by||Mattel Entertainment|
|Country||United States of America|
The Barbie film series is an American computer animated and motion capture-based direct-to-video film series featuring Barbie. Since her film debut appearance in 1987's Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World, Barbie has been a computer-animated virtual actress starring in several feature films and short films (including a 1998 video game, Barbie: Riding Club, that contains a short film). After a fourteen-year absence, Mattel commissioned films to feature Barbie as a heroine of several princess or fairy-themed stories to accompany a franchise of related dolls and accessories. Barbie also made an appearance in My Scene and Toy Story films.
Many of the Barbie movies are stand alone tales. There are several series within the overall collection. The most notable of these are the Barbie Princesses Collection series, Barbie Fairytopia series, mermaid-themed series, modern day-themed series, as well as musical and ballet series. Some films are based on the story from E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Brothers Grimm, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, and Alexander Dumas. Some also include music from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Adolphe Adam.
The series is produced by Mattel Entertainment. Since 2010 (beginning with Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale), Mattel refers themselves as "Barbie Entertainment" exclusively for the Barbie film production. The films can be seen occasionally on Nickelodeon, usually after the official DVD release as an advertising tool. Mattel is purchasing the time from Nickelodeon to air them usually on Sunday afternoons. In rare cases, they may even "premiere" on Nickelodeon before the DVD release.
First generation comprised two TV specials. Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World was created in 1987 by DIC Entertainment with Saban Productions. It was aired with Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth as a two part mini-series, with each installment lasting for approximately 25 minutes. This miniseries was supposed to have been the pilot for a Monday-Friday Barbie cartoon series. Unfortunately, negotiations between DIC and Mattel fell through, and the project eventually emerged with a whole new set of characters — and the sponsorship of Mattel rival Hasbro — as Maxie's World in 1988. The story was based on the Barbie and the Rockers doll line in which Barbie is the lead singer of a rock band.
|1||"Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World"||Barbie||1987|
|Official Synopsis: "Hi, I'm Barbie. My group The Rock Stars, and I are taking off to 'Out Of This World' in our very first video! Ken, Dana, Diva, Dee Dee, Derek and I are going where no group has gone before... into outer space! Now our music is rocking the outer limits because we've launched into an adventure that's totally 'Out Of This World'. So strap yourself into action, because the countdown to fun has begun! Love Barbie."|
|2||"Barbie and The Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth"||Barbie||1987|
|After the first great concert for peace in space, Barbie and her band The Rockers are going to come back home. During the trip back to earth, on the space shuttle, they start to play a song. Few seconds later a "time warp" tunnel is forming in front of the Shuttle. Then they see there are a lot of clocks going backward inside the tunnel, at the end of that, the Shuttle lands on a strange airport. After the landing they meet Dr. Merrishaw and his daughter Kim. They learn that they are in the year 1959, and brings them around the city to have a look change. After a performance at Cape Canaveral, Dr. Merrishaw helps Barbie and the Rockers return to their time. Back in the present, they have a big concert, where Barbie is reunited with an adult Kim and introduced to her daughter Megan.|
The second generation comprised 16 films. In 2001, the first CGI-animated Barbie movie was released with Barbie in the Nutcracker, and it was tagged as Barbie's first ever movie. Mattel auditioned 70 people to find the right voice for Barbie, and they eventually picked Kelly Sheridan (who has become Barbie's voice ever since). Even though Sheridan was replaced by Chiara Zanni for the Barbie film Barbie Mariposa, she returned for the rest of the Barbie films of the second generation. The theme was usually based on ballet stories and fairy tales, featuring Barbie as a princess, a fairy or a mermaid. Some are original works such as the Fairytopia series.
|1||"Barbie in the Nutcracker"||Barbie/Clara/Sugarplum Princess||2001|
|"Barbie magically comes to life in this stunning computer-animated adaptation of the E.T.A Hoffman classic. The tale begins when Clara (Barbie) receives a beautiful wooden Nutcracker as a gift from her favourite Aunt. That night the Nutcracker springs to life to ward off the Mouse King who has invaded Clara's parlour. She wakes and aids the Nutcracker, but the Mouse King shrinks her using an evil spell. Clara and the Nutcracker set off on a fantastic adventure to find the Sugar Plum Princess, the only person with the power to break the enchantment. Barbie in the Nutcracker shows that, if you are kind, clever and brave, anything is possible."|
|2||"Barbie as Rapunzel"||Barbie/Rapunzel||2002|
"Long, long ago, in a time of magic and dragons, there lived a girl named Rapunzel, who had the most beautiful, radiant hair the world had ever seen. But Rapunzel's life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant of Gothel, a jealous, scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest, guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo and surrounded by an enchanted glass wall. However, in a twist of fate, Rapunzel's discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deception, bring peace to two feuding kingdoms, and ultimately lead her to love with the handsome Prince Stefan. She succedes [sic] with the help of Penelope, the least intimidating of dragons!Barbie as Rapunzel shows that love and imagination can change the world."
|3||"Barbie of Swan Lake"||Barbie/Odette||2003|
|4||"Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper"||Princess Anneliese/Erika||2004|
|"In her first animated musical, featuring seven original songs, Barbie comes to life in this modern retelling of a classic tale of mistaken identity and the power of friendship. Based on the story by Mark Twain, Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper features Barbie in an exciting dual role as a princess and a poor village girl who look amazingly alike! The girls' paths are fated to cross when Princess Anneliese is captured and Erika, her look- alike, must try to save her. Can Erika pretend to be the Princess and foil her captor, the evil Preminger? And what of the handsome King Dominick, who falls in love with Erika, mistaking her for Anneliese? In this magical musical performance, two beautiful, adventurous girls dare to follow their dreams and discover that destiny is written in a very special place: your heart!"|
"Just through the rainbow, in the world of Fairytopia, lives Elina, a beautiful flower fairy who longs to have wings. Her home is a large flower in the Magic Meadow where she lives with Bibble, a quirky but loveable puffball.One day, Elina wakes to find that her flower home is sick, and her fairy friends can't fly! She summons the courage to help and embarks on a fantastic journey to find Azura, a Guardian Fairy she thinks can solve the problem. She meets new people who test her courage and teach her the value of true friendship. But can a wingless fairy save all of Fairytopia?"
|6||"Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus"||Princess Annika||2005|
|"Barbie takes flight in her first original princess fairy tale movie, Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. Princess Annika discovers adventure when she is befriended by Brietta - a magnificent winged horse - that flies her to the beautiful Cloud Kingdom. Annika has only three days to break the spell of Wenlock, an evil wizard who has turned her family to stone. On her quest to defeat Wenlock, Annika meets new friends and together they travel to forbidden forests, skate through icy caverns and fly above the clouds as they attempt to build a magical wand of light."|
|"In this follow-up to Fairytopia, Elina (played by Barbie) travels to Mermaidia to save her friend Nalu, the merman Prince. Prince Nalu has been kidnapped in an attempt to learn the whereabouts of a special berry that will make Laverna the most powerful fairy in Fairytopia - even more powerful than the Enchantress! It's up to Elina to stop them, but she can't do it alone. She'll need the help of Nori, a headstrong mermaid who doesn't trust outsiders and wants nothing to do with Elina. Winning Nori over isn't easy, but Elina will have more challenges yet to come. Saving Nalu could require the greatest sacrifice of her life: her wings. Can she do it, or will Fairytopia fall into the hands of Laverna forever?"|
|8||"The Barbie Diaries"||Barbie||2006|
|"It's a new school year, and I hope it's going to be totally magical! I love hanging out with my best friends 'because we always have a blast. I play guitar in our band, and we really rock (even if we haven't played in front of anybody yet)! I also work at the school TV station, whichs my absolute dream (even though I have to do silly errands for Raquelle!). Oh, I almost forgot - I also have a huge crush on the most popular boy - he hasn't noticed me yet, but he will! With a special diary and a charm bracelet, I'm gaining the confidence to reach for all my dreams!"|
|9||"Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses"||Princess Genevieve||2006|
|10||"Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow"||Elina||2007|
The third installment of the Fairytopia series."Join Barbie as Elina in an all-new Fairytopia adventure! Elina travels with her puffball, Bibble to Fairy School at the magnificent Crystal Palace. There, she meets the other fairy apprentices, chosen to learn the annual Flight of Spring and magically create the first rainbow of the season. But when the evil Laverna tries to stop the Flight, threatening to plunge Fairytopia into ten years of bitter winter, Elina and her new friends must learn that "together we are strong". But are they strong enough to defeat Laverna and bring the rainbow to life? And will Bibble, who has a loose tooth, fall in love with adorable puffball Dizzle?"
|11||"Barbie as the Island Princess"||Ro/Rosella||2007|
|"It's time to set sail with Barbie as The Island Princess in this full-length, original musical featuring nine fantastic new songs. After being shipwrecked on an island as a little girl, Rosella (Barbie) grows up learning to talk and sing with a family of loving animals: the red panda Sagi, the peacock Azul, and the baby elephant Tika. But when Prince Antonio discovers their tropical paradise, curiousity [sic] about her past leads Rosella to journey with the prince to his castle. As she and her animal friends explore civilization, they uncover an evil plot to take over the kingdom! Through its heart-warming ending, Barbie as The Island Princess shows that when love guides you, miracles may be closer than you know."|
|"Join Barbie in an all-new world of Butterfly Fairies! Mariposa is a beautiful butterfly fairy who loves to read and dream about the world outside her home in the land of Flutterfield. Flutterfield is protected by the Queen's glimmering magical lights, but when the Queen is poisoned by the evil fairy Henna, the special lights begin to go out one by one. It's up to the brave Mariposa and her friends to journey beyond the safe borders of the city in search of a hidden antidote that will save the Queen. Join the butterfly fairy friends on an exciting adventure that will transform them forever!"|
|13||"Barbie & the Diamond Castle"||Barbie/Liana||2008|
"Barbie and Teresa tell us the fairy tale story of Liana and Alexa, best friends who share everything including their love of music.One day their simple lives change when they are given an enchanted mirror and befriend the girl trapped inside! To save their new friend, Liana and Alexa embark on a dangerous journey to the hidden Diamond Castle, that will put their friendship to the test. But through the power of song and with the companionship of two adorable puppies, the girls face their challenges together and learn that friendship is the true treasure."
|14||"Barbie in A Christmas Carol"||Barbie/Eden Starling||2008|
"The tale stars Barbie as Eden Starling, the glamorous singing diva of a theatre in Victorian London. Along with her snooty cat, Chuzzlewit, Eden selfishly plans to make all the theatre performers stay and rehearse on Christmas Day! Not even Eden's childhood friend, Catherine, can talk Eden out of her self-centred tantrum.It's up to three very unusual Christmas Spirits to take Eden on a fantastical holiday journey that will open her heart to the spirit of the season and the joy of giving. Barbie in A Christmas Carol is a family favorite to enjoy every holiday season!"
|16||"Barbie and the Three Musketeers"||Corinne||2009|
After the previous successful films and a cancelled film, Mattel decided to change the entire Barbie brand that could affect the types of movies they would be making. They wanted to move away from the classic princess stories in an effort to focus on something more modern and fashion oriented. In 2010, beginning with Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, Kelly Sheridan was replaced by Diana Kaarina to match this new direction. However, she returned to the role with Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 in 2012. Rob Hudnut, the executive producer and vice president of Barbie Entertainment at Mattel, stated that they would continue to produce Barbie films, making two or three per year. There are plans for more musicals. They have also expanded into a web series called Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, for older girls.
|17||"Barbie in A Mermaid Tale"||Merliah Summers||2010|
|"Barbie stars as Merliah, a surfing champion from Malibu. One minute she's a normal teenager and the next she learns a shocking family secret: she's a mermaid! Merliah and her dolphin friend Zuma set off on an undersea adventure to rescue her mother, the queen of Oceana. With help from her new mermaid friends, Merliah saves the ocean kingdom. In the end, she discovers that what makes you different could be your greatest strength."|
|18||"Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale"||Barbie||2010|
"Join Barbie in a colourful, modern-day fairytale filled fashion, friends and fun. Barbie and her dog Sequin jet off to visit her aunt's amazing fashion house in Paris. Much to their surprise, it's about to be shut down forever!After she discovers three enchanting Flairies with sparkle-magic powers, Barbie comes up with a brilliant idea to save the business. She even inspires Alice, a shy fashion designer, and together they create a dazzling runway fashion show! Barbie shows that magic happens when you believe in yourself."
|19||"Barbie: A Fairy Secret"||Barbie||2011|
"Get ready for Barbie: A Fairy Secret, an amazing adventure with Barbie where she discovers there are fairies living secretly all around us! When Ken is suddenly whisked away by a group of fairies, Barbie’s two fashion stylist friends reveal they are actually fairies and that Ken has been taken to a magical secret fairy world not far away!Barbie and her rival Raquelle take off with the fairy friends on an action-packed journey to bring him back. Along the way, they must stick together and learn that the real magic lies not just in the fairy world itself, but in the power of friendship."
|20||"Barbie: Princess Charm School"||Blair Willows/Princess Sophia||2011|
|"Barbie stars as Blair Willows, a kind-hearted girl who is chosen to attend Princess Charm School: a magical, modern place that teaches dancing, how to have tea parties, and proper princess manners. Blair loves her classes — as well as the helpful magical sprites and her new friends, Princesses Hadley and Isla. But when royal teacher Dame Devin discovers that Blair looks a lot like the kingdom’s missing princess, she turns Blair’s world upside down to stop her from claiming the throne. Now Blair, Hadley and Delancy must find an enchanted crown to prove Blair's true identity in this charming and magical princess story!"|
|21||"Barbie: A Perfect Christmas"||Barbie||2011|
|"Join Barbie and her sisters, Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea as their holiday vacation plans turn into a most unexpected adventure and heartwarming lesson. After a snow storm grounds their plane, the girls find themselves far from their New York City destination and their holiday dreams. Now stranded at a remote hotel in Rodchester, Minnesota, the sisters are welcomed by new friends and magical experiences. In appreciation for the wonderful hospitality they receive, Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea use their musical talents to put on a performance for the whole town. Barbie and her sisters realize the true joy of being together is what really makes A Perfect Christmas."|
|22||"Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2"||Merliah Summers||2012|
|"Surf's up for Barbie as she returns as Merliah, the fun and fashionable surfing champion who's also a magical mermaid princess! In this exciting sea-quel, Merliah makes a splash when she heads to Australia for the ultimate surfing competition. When the evil mermaid Eris escapes from her whirlpool , thanks to Kylie Morgan who steals Merliah's necklace, with plans to take Callissa's spot on the throne of Aquellia and get the power of Merilia, Merliah and her sea friends dive in to stop her. Merliah stops Eris from getting on the throne, and gets the power of Merliah and a new tail, too!! It's a fresh new adventure where Merliah learns that anything is possible if you stay true to yourself."|
|23||"Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar"||Princess Tori/Keira||2012|
The second movie based on Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper."In this sparkling musical adventure with fantastic songs, Barbie stars as Tori, the kind-hearted princess of the magical kingdom of Meribella, who would rather sing and dance than perform her royal duties. When she meets her favorite pop star Keira, the girls discover they have much in common including a magical secret that lets them look like one another and swap places. When the kingdom's magical secret is stolen, their true friendship is tested and they discover that the best thing you can be is yourself."
|24||"Barbie in The Pink Shoes"||Kristyn Faraday/Giselle/Odette||2013|
|25||"Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess"||Mariposa||2013|
The sequel to Mariposa (Fairytopia adventure)."Mariposa and her furry friend Zee return in Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess. In this magical adventure, Mariposa becomes the royal Ambassador of Flutterfield and is sent to bring peace between her fairy land and their rivals, the Crystal Fairies of Shimmervale. While Mariposa doesn't make a great first impression on their King, she becomes fast friends with his shy daughter, Princess Catania. However, a misunderstanding causes Mariposa to be banished from the fairy land. As Mariposa and Zee return to Flutterfield, they encounter a dark fairy on her way to destroy Shimmervale. Mariposa rushes back and helps Princess Catania save her fairy land and together, the two girls prove that the best way to make a friend, is to be a friend."
|26||"Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale"||Barbie Roberts||2013|
|"Barbie and her sisters set off on a Swiss adventure to the majestic Alps, where they're excited to spend the summer at a fun-filled riding academy! Barbie can't wait to find a new horse to bring back to Malibu. Stacie is super excited to prove she's an amazing equestrian. All Chelsea wants to do is ride the big horses, and Skipper... well let's just say she's more interested in writing about the great outdoors than experiencing it. The sisters' vacation gets off to a rocky start, but when Barbie discovers a mysterious wild horse in the woods, their visit becomes truly magical."|
|27||"Barbie: The Pearl Princess"||Princess Lumina||2014|
|"Barbie stars as Lumina, a mermaid who dreams of being a princess. As long as she can remember, she's had a magical power that makes pearls dance and glow! Lumina, and her best friend Kuda, a pink seahorse, embark on an adventure to a majestic mer-kingdom. There, she uses her powers to help her friends prepare for the Royal Ball. Lumina then discovers that her magical pearls are the key to unlocking her true destiny and ultimately saving the kingdom."|
|28||"Barbie and the Secret Door"||Princess Alexa||2014|
|"It's the ultimate fairytale musical! Barbie stars as Alexa, a shy princess who discovers a secret door in her kingdom and enters a whimsical land filled with magical creatures and surprises. Inside, Alexa meets Romy and Nori, a mermaid and a fairy, who explain that a spoiled ruler named Malucia is trying to take all the magic in the land. To her surprise, Alexa has magical powers in this world, and her new friends are certain that only she can restore their magic. Discover what happens when Alexa finds the courage to stand up for what's right and learns that the power of friendship is far more precious than magic."|
Sony Pictures and Mattel are developing a Live action Barbie movie as a comedy with Walter F. Parkes & Laurie MacDonald producing and Jenny Bicks writing the film, also looking for young actors Barbie, Ken and Barbie's friend.
Aside from starring in her own movies, Barbie was also featured as a supporting character in Toy Story series, and one of the main characters of My Scene movies. There are also few short films and a web show with five seasons. Barbie was supposed to appear in the first Toy Story movie as Woody's girlfriend, but she was replaced with Bo Peep. This is because Mattel did not want Barbie to be given a personality, because, to make Barbie dolls unique to every purchaser, the purchaser was supposed to think of their own personality for Barbie. In 2006, Mattel re-branded My Scene franchise in which Barbie was replaced by Kennedy, saying that "Barbie moved to California".
|"Toy Story 2"||Tour Guide Barbie (minor role)||1999|
Barbie's first appearance in the Toy Story series was marked by the several Barbie dolls seen in Al's Toy Barn, a toy shop. The dolls are having a pool party. Rex, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, and Slinky drive by this aisle, looking for Woody, when the dolls catch their attention. After Hamm asks for directions to Al (the owner of the store), Tour Guide Barbie jumps into the car and navigates them around Al's Toy Barn. She drives the toys through the Hot Wheels aisle, eventually reaching the Buzz Lightyear aisle, where they pick up a newer Buzz instead of Andy's (who is left behind, having been trapped in the cardboard box by that Buzz).After the outtakes, Tour Guide Barbie makes her final appearance, saying "bye-bye" to the audiences, then complaining how her face hurts from smiling so long.
|"My Scene: Jammin' in Jamaica"||Barbie||2004|
|Urban Desire, a band which consists of River, Sutton, Hudson and Ellis, and managed by Madison, get through to the finals of the Beat to Beat competition. They make a trip to Jamaica for the finals, but Barbie, Nolee, and Chelsea must raise the money to travel to Jamaica. When they are gone, Barbie, Nolee and Chelsea raised money and went to Jamaica to surprise Madison and the band. After all the My Scene friends arrived in Jamaica, Barbie feels left out as her boyfriend (River), the lead guitarist, begins spending more time with Madison. This causes a rift between the friends but is eventually resolved.|
|"My Scene: Masquerade Madness"||Barbie||2004|
|The fashion show is going to raise money for a local animal shelter. The girls are planning a surprise 16th birthday party for Chelsea. Chelsea designs the fashions for the show all on her own, causing strain on her schoolwork. Failing in geometry and too embarrassed to tell her friends, she calls on Hudson's help in tutoring. As a result, her friends begin to think they are secretly dating. By the end, Chelsea has aced her geometry test and coordinated a successful fashion show.|
|"My Scene Goes Hollywood"||Barbie||2005|
It's "Lights! Camera! Fashion!" for the My Scene girls when Barbie, Madison, Chelsea, Nolee and Delancey get a taste of the glamorous life in their first-ever feature film.Conversations about shopping, fashions and cute boys are briefly interrupted when they stumble upon a big Hollywood production in New York City -- and get cast as extras in the film. Sure they look totally amazing in the cool costumes, but things really heat up when Madison gets picked from the crowd to fill in for one of the actresses. Now she's up there in the spotlight with a big movie star and a cute boy who's the hottest new actor in Hollywood. Will fame go to her head, or will she see through all the glitz and glamour and remember who her best friends forever really are?"
|"Toy Story 3"||Barbie||2010|
"Barbie is ready to hit the gym! In her stylish turquoise spandex accessorized with the perfect leg warmers, Barbie is looking her best and is ready for fun. Her outfit is so stylish, she can go straight from a workout to a date with Ken! Included is a book illustrating Barbie's favourite exercises, from lunges to leg kicks and arm raises. Ken Doll and other Barbie accessories sold separately."- Official Website.
|"Hawaiian Vacation (Toy Story Toons Short)"||Barbie||2011|
The short film featured Barbie, most probably she now became the main cast with Ken.Barbie reveals to Woody that Ken planned to have their first kiss on a beach at sunset (based on a travel brochure), inspiring Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Bonnie's toys to go all out and recreate Hawaii for the two. After various adventures in "Hawaii", Ken and Barbie share their first kiss in the snow at sunrise, recreating the scene from the brochure. However, the two step off the edge of the porch without realizing it and end up buried in snow; a post-credits scene shows the other toys trying to free them from a block of ice in which they are now frozen.
|"Barbie: A Camping We Will Go (Short film)"||Barbie||2011|
|Barbie and her sisters go camping in the wilderness. The short opens with Barbie, her sisters and Taffy arriving in a forest with their camper. Barbie's first idea is that they can all sleep under the stars that night. Stacie immediately thinks more actively, and wants to go fishing, hike on a mountain trail, and go biking, Skipper is fine with sitting by a campfire with a book, and Chelsea wants to eat hot dogs and smores.|
|"Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (Web series)"||Barbie||2012—Present|
Barbie with her friends and family star in a fictional reality show. The series is set in a fictional version of Malibu, California where all of its inhabitants are dolls. The dolls though, act as people living normal lives and are aware of their own natures. The series centers on the life of Barbie, her friends, siblings and her boyfriend Ken. The series is stylized as mock reality show featuring confessionals of the characters in-between scenes.
"Let’s face it — Barbie is the doll who has it all. She’s a fashion icon who has a fab home, the best friends and the perfect guy who’s nuts about her. She’s great at everything, while remaining humble and kind, and is always there to cheer on her friends no matter the challenges. That’s why everyone loves her."- Official Website.
|"Barbie: Land of Sweets (Christmas Special)"||Kristyn Faraday||2013|
The short film includes elements from The Nutcracker story.Kristyn and Hannah were training at their ballet studio. Hannah doesn't feel brave enough to performance her dance. Kristyn realizes this and stops dancing. She give her the pink shoes, only child-sized, and suddenly, they're transported into a candy-village.
After the success of Barbie in the Nutcracker in 2001, and Barbie of Swan Lake in 2003, Mattel Entertainment was supposed to adapt Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty ballet (the third of the three ballets he created) into a Barbie film, titled Barbie as the Sleeping Beauty. However, the Walt Disney Company filed a trademark application on March 13, 2007, for the name "Princess Aurora" that would cover all live-action and recorded movie, television, radio, stage, computer, Internet, news, and photographic entertainment uses, except literature works of fiction and nonfiction. This has caused controversy because "Princess Aurora" is also the name of the lead character in Tchaikovsky's ballet version of the story, from which Disney acquired some of the music for its 1959 animated film version. Therefore, a campaign has emerged to complain to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office if people feel this trademarking of a pre-existing character name should not be allowed. The trademark was granted despite this on January 17, 2012.
The move could also sink any movie about the ballet or that uses a scene of the ballet in another movie. This has caused Mattel to abandon Barbie as the Sleeping Beauty film production, and everything was shelved. It would have been the sixteenth Barbie feature film, and to also have been based on Charles Perrault's fairy tale. It was originally scheduled to be released during the fall of 2008, but was pushed back to 2009. Later, it was announced that Barbie and the Three Musketeers would be released in Fall 2009 instead, with no new release date or extra information announced for Barbie as the Sleeping Beauty. Mattel is currently quiet about this to avoid the trademark controversy.