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Western Animation: Barbie & The Diamond Castle

In this direct-to-DVD movie of 2008, Barbie and Teresa tell Stacie the story of two best friends, Liana and Alexa. Although the two girls do not have much, they have each other and a love of music. It gets worse when a nasty storm destroys all the flowers they would usually sell, but an act of kindness grants them a magic mirror.

Inside the mirror dwells apprentice muse Melody, who used the mirror as a means of escaping evil muse Lydia, who intends to grab the key to the muses' Diamond Castle and plunge the world into a state of grim darkness.

Now, Liana and Alexa must journey to the Diamond Castle themselves and stop Lydia from controlling all the world's music and dooming it to darkness forever.

Includes examples of:

  • All Trolls Are Different: This one poses a riddle to cross the rainbow bridge. The penalty for failure is being eaten.
  • The Apprentice: Melody is an apprentice muse.
  • Award Bait Song: "Connected," "We're Gonna Find It," and "Two Voices, One Song."
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Alexa and Liana's coronations as princesses of music.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Lydia's extended Villain Song.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: Melody shatters the mirror rather than let Lydia get the Diamond Castle.
  • Black Magic: Lydia's magic is this.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Alexa, Liana, and Melody, respectively.
  • Brainwashed: Lydia uses a hypnosis spell on various characters to get the information she needs.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Slyder, to Lydia. He retrieves the wrong mirror and sets the girls' house on fire by mistake. His leitmotif is a silly tuba theme, too.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: The girls are forced to go on their adventure when their house burns down.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Diamond Castle and the muses' instruments.
  • Deadly Fireworks Display: Lydia's spell backfiring, which causes her to vanish in sparkles of light.
  • Deflector Shields: The magical barrier produced by the necklaces worn by Liana and Alexa.
  • Disney Death: Lydia appears to die in a magical whirlpool, but returns at the climax.
  • The Dragon: Slyder is a literal version.
  • Dragon Rider: Lydia rides Slyder to get around.
  • Easing Into the Adventure: It takes a while before the girls leave for their adventure.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Why not do the most logical thing and just make Alexa and Liana muses as well? Because then they wouldn't be princesses.
  • Evil Always Triumphs In The Middle: Despite the attempts of the heroines to keep Melody out of Lydia's clutches, the evil muse gets her hands on the girl-in-the-mirror and nearly gets her to give up the location of the Diamond Castle before Liana and Alexa arrive to save the day.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Averted, as Lydia is already wearing a pretty evil-looking outfit in a flashback.
  • Evil Gloating: Lydia engages in this a lot. Her Villain Song is sung to the statues of the muses she imprisoned.
  • Evil Makeover: After turning evil, Lydia casts a spell on her flute to make it match her outfit.
  • Evil Plan: Lydia has one to find the Diamond Castle and control all music.
  • Evil Redhead: Lydia has dark red hair and is quite evil.
  • Fairy Tale
  • Fakin' MacGuffin: Liana leaves a normal mirror for Slyder to retrieve while Alexa keeps Melody's mirror safe.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: This movie has flying serpents, witches, good and evil magic, trolls, and muses.
  • Feud Episode: Alexa and Liana part ways when Alexa wants to stay at an opulent mansion that has been given to them and Liana wants to continue to the Diamond Castle and save the world.
  • The Final Temptation: Alexa and Liana come across a mansion with everything they could ever want. Alexa wants to stay, but Liana goes on ahead.
  • Framing Device: Barbie and Teresa tell the story to Stacie, who's angry at one of her friends.
  • Friendship Moment: Liana is able to snap Alexa out of the villain's mind-control spell by replacing her necklace and reciting the friendship chant they made up earlier in the film.
  • Friendship Song: "Connected," "We're Gonna Find It," and "Believe."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lydia's extended villain song has her singing that she loves dogs with rabies.
  • Giant Flyer: Slyder for Lydia, and the Pegasi belonging to the other muses.
  • Handsome Lech: Jeremy and Ian unsuccessfully try to woo the girls with a song.
  • Herald: Melody.
  • Hetero Sexual Life Partners: Liana and Alexa, though the Subtext...
  • Happily Ever After
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lydia is done in by her own spell. Twice.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Alexa, for the mirror.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Lydia hypnotizes Alexa to give her the mirror and nearly walk off a cliff to her death.
  • Insistent Terminology: Slyder is always referred to as a serpent, not a dragon.
  • It's All About Me: Lydia's motive.
  • Just Between You and Me: Lydia, after capturing Alexa, takes the time to explain exactly how she tricked her because she knows that Alexa took off the necklace that warded off her mind-control spell.
  • Karmic Death: Lydia turned the other muses to stone, and she and Slyder are turned into stone at the end.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Lydia sings that all will bow to her once she rules the Diamond Castle.
  • Large Ham: Lydia can't go one sentence without sounding overconfident and sure of her victory.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Lounge Lizard twins Jeremy and Ian are alternating lyrics in a song to charm the heroines. At one point Jeremy ends a line with the word "orange," and Ian quips, "You know perfectly well nothing rhymes with orange."
  • Limited Wardrobe: Alexa and Liana only wear two dresses, which is unusual for a Barbie film.
  • Loveable Rogue: Ian and Jeremy fail to impress the heroines at first, and show up late to their own gig.
  • Lounge Lizard: Jeremy and Ian, who try to serenade Alexa and Liana with a song.
  • MacGuffin Location: The titular castle, which creates every kind of music. Finding it is Lydia's goal.
  • Magic Mirror: Melody hid inside an ordinary mirror, which turned it into a magic one.
  • Magic Music: Music is a source of great magic in this world.
  • Magical Land: The land Liana and Alexa live in.
  • Meaningful Name: Melody, who is a musical apprentice, and later becomes a Muse herself.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The necklaces, which act as a sign of friendship between Alexa and Liana.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: People Lydia hypnotizes get these.
  • Mind-Control Music: Lydia uses her flute to brainwash people.
  • The Muse: The muses guard all music and watch as new songs are created.
  • Musical Chores: Alexa and Liana sing as they clean up the damage done to their garden during a storm.
  • Not Quite Dead: Lydia appears to die when her spell backfires, causing her to vanish, but she reappears in the finale.
  • Obviously Evil: Lydia, even before officially turning on her fellow muses, dresses in an outfit that should have tipped them off.
  • Oh, Crap: Lydia gets several of these moments when her spells won't work.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Alexa and Liana gain these at the end.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Alexa wears a pink peasant dress, and in the finale both girls' dresses have pink as a major color.
  • Power Crystal: The Diamond Castle is covered with them. Each crystal represents a song.
  • The Power of Friendship: This powers the lockets; if one is missing the magical barriers will not work.
  • The Power of Rock: Ian and Jeremy get magical electric guitars at the end.
  • Precious Puppies: The girls find a couple dogs, just to make things cuter.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink
  • Returning The Handkerchief: Jeremy and Ian find Liana's handkerchief after she and Alexa spurn their advances, and they use it as an excuse to follow after the girls.
  • Riches to Rags: The girls return from the Diamond Castle to their simple lives selling flowers; their dresses even change back to normal.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Lily and Sparkles, two puppies who accompany the girls.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Alexa and Liana live together, sing together, and do everything together. They have more chemistry between each other than with their love interests, Ian and Jeremy.
  • Scenery Porn: The locations are very pretty, the Valley of Flowers in particular.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Melody is sealed in a mirror.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Lydia's magic is this color.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Ian and Jeremy often finish each other's sentences.
  • Smug Snake: Lydia is often very overconfident and assured of impending victory, which makes her reactions whens something goes wrong quite funny.
  • Sorry I'm Late: Ian's quip when the twins rescue the girls from Slyder.
  • Source Music: Despite being billed as a "musical fairy tale," only one of the songs can be considered non-diegetic: the villain's song, "Wonderful Me." And even that may be diegetic, as her minion applauds at the end.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: Alexa and Liana ask Melody to teach them her favorite song, which turns out to be the key to the Diamond Castle.
    • They also sing for their supper in an inn, with lyrics that match their current situation ("We're Gonna Find It"). At that same inn, Jeremy and Ian improvise a song to hit on the girls.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Slyder is completely devoted to Lydia and often tells her how wonderful she is.
  • Take Over the World: Or in Lydia's case, taking over Diamond Castle and all the world's music.
  • Taken for Granite: Lydia freezes the other muses this way. It happens to her and Slyder at the end.
  • Team Pet: Lily and Sparkles, two cute puppies who help the girls at times.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Despite being hungry enough to play at an inn for their dinner, Alexa and Liana soon leave the food behind to go to the Diamond Castle.
  • Timmy in a Well: Sparkles leads the twins to the girls, Lily picks up Alexa's necklace and drops it over the cliff to the girls.
  • Title Drop: In one song, and the Castle itself.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Characters that appear for less than three minutes got dolls, yet Lydia got nothing.
  • Troll Bridge: A troll guards the Rainbow Bridge.
  • Twin Banter: Between Ian and Jeremy throughout the movie.
  • Vain Sorceress: Lydia wants to be the world's only Muse, and keeps the mirror Slyder retrieves to look at herself.
  • Villain Song: "Wonderful Me" by Lydia.

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