Barbie: Spy Squad may actually be the absolute best Barbie movie to date!
It seems to have a little something for everyone, regardless of age or gender. Featuring state of the art 3-D animation, stunning gymnastic routines, an action packed motorbike chase, mystery, suspense, comedy, romance and some very cute robotic, talking animals, this movie has it all, and I for one, really hope that it will be turned into a video game.
This film has clearly taken its inspiration from "spy-classics" such as Charlie's Angels, Totally Spies, Get Smart and James Bond, just to name a few and does not disappoint fans of the genre.
It follows the story of Barbie (voiced by Erica Lindbeck) and her two very best friends Teresa (voiced by Jenny Pellicer) and Renee (voiced by Stephanie Sheh), as they prepare to compete in their upcoming gymnastics championship. When Barbie gets so nervous that she takes an unscheduled tumble, one of the girls biggest fans invites them to a picnic, but they soon find out that it was a rouse to introduce them into the secret world of being a spy.
The girls soon find themselves on their first mission, to apprehend a cat-burglar, who is stealing a serious of precious gems, which, when put together, could be used with a weapon that could destroy the entire planet!
For those of you who are keen Barbie movie fans, keep an eye out for the "Easter egg" appearances of costumes from previous films in the series, you could even make a game of it! We ate a lolly, each time we spotted one.
Barbie and her friends ready to see her new movie
This new style of Barbie movie is a welcome change from the usual "fluff stories" of more recent films in the series and was expertly directed by Zeke Norton.
The all new and catchy soundtrack will have you humming along for days and the tips on how to overcome feelings of nervousness and how to get back up, even when you don't succeed the first time, are a perfect message to send to kids and could stay with them throughout their lives.
Barbie: Spy Squad is rated PG for mild, animated action violence.