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Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper


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Directed byWilliam Lau
Written byCliff Ruby
Elana Lesser
Based onThe Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
Produced byJesyca C. Durchin
Jennifer Twiner McCarron
StarringKelly Sheridan
Mark Hildreth
Alessandro Juliani
Ian James Corlett
Kathleen Barr
Martin Short
Narrated byKelly Sheridan
Edited byGreg Richardson
Music byArnie Roth
Megan Cavallari


Mainframe Entertainment
Mattel Entertainment

Distributed byNorth America:
Lions Gate trang chủ Entertainment (Family trang chủ Entertainment)
Universal Pictures Video[1]
UK and Ireland:
Right Entertainment[1]

Release date

  • September 28, 2004

Running time

85 minutes[2]
United States

Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is a 2004 computer-animated musical fantasy film. It was released to lớn video clip on September 28, 2004, and made its television premiere on Nickelodeon on November 14, 2004.[3]

This film is the first musical in the Barbie series. It was directed by William Lau and stars the voice of Kelly Sheridan as the Barbie protagonists, Anneliese and Erika. The plot is loosely inspired by the 1881 Mark Twain novel The Prince and the Pauper,[4] and it is the first Barbie film that completely excludes fantasy elements, which were a usual part of Barbie franchise.

Songs for the film were written by Amy Powers, Megan Cavallari and Rob Hudnut, who also executive produced the film. The film was nominated for six DVD Exclusive Awards.[5]


In an kingdom, a blonde princess and a brunette pauper are born at the same time. Several years later, the blonde princess, Anneliese, is arranged to lớn marry the wealthy King Dominick by her mother, Queen Genevieve, to lớn save their nearly bankrupt royal treasury; however, Anneliese is secretly in love with her young tutor Julian. The brunette pauper, Erika, is an indentured servant, working off her parents' debt at Madame Carp's Dress Emporium, which supplies the palace with clothes; however, she dreams of becoming a singer and seeing the world.

Unbeknownst to lớn the Queen, the reason behind the kingdom's bankruptcy is that her adviser, Preminger, has been stealing gold and emptying the royal mines. Upon learning from his henchmen, Nick and Nack, about Anneliese's upcoming marriage to lớn King Dominick, he decides to lớn make Anneliese "mysteriously disappear." Preminger plans to lớn pretend that he has found her, earning a betrothal to lớn her, which would allow him to lớn become king himself.

Julian takes Anneliese for a day out into the kingdom so sánh that she can be miễn phí for once; there, Anneliese witnesses the poverty caused by the kingdom's bankruptcy. Anneliese hears Erika performing in the street to lớn earn money but Madame Carp takes the earnings. Anneliese and Erika bond and learn that they are identical, apart from their hair color and the crown-shaped birthmark on Anneliese's shoulder. That night, Anneliese and her mèo Serafina are abducted by Nick and Nack, who leave a forged letter saying she ran away, with her "claiming" that she did not want to lớn marry King Dominick.

Julian, doubting the letter, asks Erika to lớn impersonate the Princess, saving the engagement while he investigates. Preminger is surprised when Erika, disguised as Anneliese, presents herself at the palace. Over time, Erika and King Dominick fall in love, but Erika worries about what will happen if she is found out.

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The real Anneliese escapes but the guards, having seen Erika, mistake Anneliese for an imposter. Mistaking Anneliese for Erika, Madame Carp forces Anneliese into her cửa hàng and locks her inside. Julian overhears Preminger's plans but is discovered and captured.

Anneliese has Serafina take her ring and a tag from the dress cửa hàng so sánh someone can find her; unfortunately, Preminger and his dog Midas intercept her. Preminger takes Anneliese to lớn the mines, where she is imprisoned with Julian after Nick and Nack cause a cave-in. Preminger then returns to lớn the palace, where he exposes Erika as a nhái and has her falsely imprisoned. Preminger convinces Queen Genevieve that Anneliese was dead and that he has supposedly come into great wealth during his travels. With no other options, she reluctantly agrees to lớn marry him to lớn save the Kingdom.

Erika escapes the dungeon by singing a lullaby, causing the guard to lớn fall asleep so sánh she can take his keys. She is aided by King Dominick, who suspects Preminger of lying. Meanwhile, Anneliese and Julian find out how to lớn restore the kingdom's resources with some geodes filled with crystals; the two then confess their love for each other. Erika's barking mèo, Wolfie, unearths a mine shaft, and the group escapes by flooding the room and floating towards the surface in a barrel.

At the Queen and Preminger's wedding, Anneliese arrives, proves her identity with her birthmark, and reveals the truth about Preminger. After a brief chase, Preminger is arrested along with Nick and Nack. Anneliese tells her mother that she wants to lớn marry Julian and that they can help save the kingdom. Soon after, the kingdom's prosperity is restored thanks to lớn the crystals in the mine. Madame Carp is no longer patronized by the palace and goes out of business; with her debt finally paid, Erika leaves to lớn become a renowned singer. After touring the world alone, Erika realizes where her heart truly lies and decides to lớn return trang chủ to lớn marry Dominick. Anneliese and Erika have a double wedding, and they and their husbands ride off in a carriage together.

Voice cast[edit]


Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper is the first musical in the series of Barbie CGI films. It features seven original songs written by Amy Powers and Megan Cavallari with an original score by Arnie Roth, performed by the London Symphonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.[7] The entire soundtrack (including popular duets and the opening orchestral theme) can be found on the "Barbie Sings! The Princess Movie Song Collection" CD, released by Mattel in 2004.

The songs in the film are, in chronological order, as follows.

  1. "Free" – Julie Stevens (Erika) & Melissa Lyons (Anneliese)
  2. "How Can I Refuse?" – Martin Short (Preminger)
  3. "Written in Your Heart" (Prelude) – Julie Stevens (Erika)
  4. "I Am a Girl Like You" – Julie Stevens (Erika) & Melissa Lyons (Anneliese)
  5. "To Be a Princess" – Alessandro Juliani (Julian) & Julie Stevens (Erika)
  6. "The Cat's Meow" – Julie Stevens (Erika)
  7. "If You Love Me for Me" – Julie Stevens (Erika) & Mark Luna (Dominick)
  8. "How Can You Refuse?" (Reprise) – Martin Short (Preminger)
  9. "Written in Your Heart" (Finale) – Julie Stevens (Erika) & Melissa Lyons (Anneliese)
  10. "I'm on My Way" – Sara Niemietz


The DVD and VHS was released on September 28, 2004, and distributed by Lionsgate trang chủ Entertainment. The film was re-released on January 5, 2010, by Universal Pictures trang chủ Entertainment. The DVD also included a CD containing seven songs from the film soundtrack.

Entertainment Rights secured non-American TV and trang chủ video clip distribution rights to lớn the movie in March 2004, releasing the film on VHS and DVD through Universal Pictures Video worldwide, alongside their Right Entertainment subsidiary in the UK and Ireland.[1]


Critical response[edit]

Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper received generally positive reviews from entertainment critics. Steve Evans of DVD Verdict called it "wholesome entertainment" with "sweet songs tunefully sung" though lacking in grown-up humor.[8] D. Liebenson of The Video Librarian praised Barbie's "virtuoso performance", and wrote, "If not altogether faithful to lớn the source material, this impressive production is still a class act, and another jewel in Barbie's crown."[9] Reviewing the film for the South Đài Loan Trung Quốc Morning Post, Karmel Schreyer noted a "a girl-power twist" on the original Mark Twain tale, and wrote that "the story includes all the elements that make it a worthwhile watch: duty, responsibility, compassion, miễn phí will – and, of course, a love interest."[10] Describing the story as "a fascinatingly nuanced line between following one's heart [...] and doing one's duty", Brendan Howard of Video Store praised the film's animation, music and voice talent as "top-notch", but was disappointed with the DVD extras, which he called "essentially a serving of karaoke and commercials".[11]

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James Lileks of the Star Tribune wrote favourably of the film's "hummable tunes with clever lyrics, fine characters and a scathing indictment of the inequities of the feudal system" and jokingly dubbed it "the "Citizen Kane" of the [children's film] genre" due to lớn its unusually high quality.[12] Mandi Bierly of Entertainment Weekly scored it a B+, noting a generally "feminist" story.[13] TV Guide's Robert Pardi scored it 2.5/4, praising the "peppy score" and classic story as distinguishing an otherwise "ordinary Mattel-icized version of the classic tale".[14]

Reviewing the film for Common Sense Media, Tracy Moore found the animation quality was improved from previous CGI Barbie films, and advised that parents "may appreciate attention drawn to lớn class inequality, and the precious few scenes focusing on girls liking science, books, and less passive pursuits." Moore wrote that the film "almost succeed[s]" in updating traditional models for girls' entertainment, as Princess Anneliese and Erika are shown "putting [their interests] first over romance [...] But the big finish still centers around them pairing off, fairy-tale style."[15] In The Dallas Morning News, Nancy Churnin praised the lead characters as "bold and brainy" and found, "one of the sweetest aspects of this film is the utter absence of jealousy between Anneliese and Erika. Good things happen, ultimately, because of their mutual friendship and tư vấn."[16]


Year Award Category Work(s) Recipient(s) Result Reference
2005 DVD Exclusive Award
Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper
  • Jesyca C. Durchin
  • Jennifer Twiner McCarron
Nominated [5]
Best Director (of a DVD Premiere Movie) William Lau Nominated
Best Original Score (for a DVD Premiere Movie) Arnie Roth Nominated
Best Visual Effects (in a DVD Premiere Movie) Tricia Jellis Nominated
Best Animated Character Performance (Voice and Animation in a DVD Premiere Movie) Preminger
  • Martin Short (voice)
  • Gino Nichele (animation director)
  • William Lau (animation director)
  • Jean Gillmore (character designer)
Best Original Song (in a DVD Premiere Movie) "To Be A Princess"
  • Alessandro Juliani (performer)
  • Julie Stevens (performer)
  • Megan Cavallari (music)
  • Amy Powers (lyrics)
  • Rob Hudnut (lyrics)

Video game[edit]

A video clip game for trò chơi Boy Advance, PC, and Macintosh was released in 2004 by Vivendi Universal Games. In the trò chơi Boy Advance title, the plot follows that of the movie: players must thwart Preminger's attempt to lớn take over the kingdom by marrying Anneliese. Players control four characters: Anneliese, Erika, Serafina, and Wolfie.

See also[edit]

  • List of Barbie films


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External links[edit]

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  • Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper at IMDb
  • Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper at AllMovie
  • Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper at Rotten Tomatoes