Barbie: Dreamtopia, not to be confused with the spin-off web series of the same name, uses a whole new style of animation never before seen in a Barbie film. It is a welcome change, which really fits in with its story about the importance of imagination and how it can help you cope with real world problems.
The story focuses on Chelsea and her puppy Honey, as they live an extraordinary double life between their day to day lives and their dreams and imagination, where anything is possible.
In real life, Chelsea is being bullied by the boy next door, because she cannot ride her bike without training wheels yet and she is worried that her friends will also tease her if she still has to use them at an upcoming race. Meanwhile, her big sister Barbie, is having troubles of her own, when her friends decide they are too old to keep up the tradition of wearing costumes to an upcoming event.
Both of the girls look out for each other, as Barbie encourages her sister with magical bedtime stories of far off enchanted lands, which subliminally relate to her real life and Chelsea helps her sister remind her friends that even though they are growing up, they can all still be kids at heart.
This is a beautiful film for everyone, both young and old, which can help in so many aspects of life, from overcoming fears, to encouraging kids to learn to ride a two-wheel bike, because it is "magical, just like riding a unicorn", choosing healthy options when eating sweet things and is also a good opener to conversations about bullying and why we should not hurt other people's feelings.
Chelsea and Honey playing with the Rainbow Princesses
The imaginary worlds that Chelsea visits throughout the film are incredible and include everything from a magical rainbow land, where all the princesses can become beautiful mermaids, all the way through to a kingdom made of sweet things, which really impressed me, as while there is a lot of candy, this was mostly seen in the background and healthy fruit is seen in the foreground, which takes up lots of the focus of young audience members, helping to promote a healthy diet for them.
Barbie: Dreamtopia is a must see for all of her fans, no matter what their age and is rated G for a general audience.