Western Animation: Barbie in A Christmas Carol
Part of the Barbie
series of Direct-to-Video
films, this is a retelling of A Christmas Carol
, told by Barbie to her little sister, Kelly. Kelly doesn't want to attend a charity ball, and just stay home. So Barbie tells her the story of Eden Starling, an opera star who hates Christmas, is selfish to the core, and is about to be taught a lesson in humility and kindness by three spirits.
Provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Eden's aunt. Not severely and seemed to have never hurt her physically, though she prevented Eden from celebrating any sort of holiday and reminded her that if she wanted to be a star, she had to keep working.
- Arc Words: "In a selfish world, the selfish succeed."
- Bad Future: Not as bad as dying alone, but Eden ends up destitute and eventually making her best friend as mean as she is.
- Blondes Are Evil: Eden is mean and grumpy.
- Christmas Episode: To the Barbie film series.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Christmas spirits. Past is yellow/white, Present is green, Future is red.
- Composite Character: Catherine is, all rolled into one, a stand-in for Fan (Scrooge's sister) and Belle, being a dear person from Eden's past, Bob Cratchit (being her employee in the present) and Fred (as a Christmas enthusiast and Eden's Morality Pet).
- Dark and Troubled Past: Eden used to love Christmas until her Aunt Marie took all the fun out of it.
- Darker and Edgier: While still a Barbie movie at heart, given the story that it is based on, it stands out in the Barbie film series as one of its heavier and somewhat moodier films.
- Establishing Character Moment: Eden angrily throws the flowers while on backstage and promptly exclaimed, "I hate Christmas!"
- Evil Costume Switch: Catherine's bad future dress is much different than her present dress.
- Exposed to the Elements: Catherine seems to not mind cold weather. She always walks outside only in her gown while nearly everyone else doesn't.
- Face-Heel Turn/We Used to Be Friends: Catherine, in the bad future who doesn't celebrate Christmas anymore due to feeling bitter about having been fired by Eden when she came late on Christmas Day. Though the real kicker might have been when the orphanage she was helping closed down while she was awaynote , and it convinced her that helping people does nothing and it never works. Then she coldly refuses Eden's request for help.
- Fangirl: The Spirit of Christmas Past, judging by the way she's delighted with having to visit her.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The twins.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The twins wear feather headdresses on their outfits.
- Forbidden Fruit: For business reasons was why Eden was prevented from celebrating Christmas, though. Yet Eden had to sneak out every year to celebrate Christmas with Catherine and her family.
- Framing Device: Barbie telling the story to her little sister (as in many—but not all—Barbie movies).
- Gender Flip: Eden is one of Ebenezer Scrooge.
- So is everyone else in one way or another, such as Aunt Marie to Jacob Marley, the all-female spirits (the word "spirit" is used, instead of "ghost"), etc.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Eden's red and gold dress has a large gold ribbon on the side.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Eden's green dress and red dress have gold lame decorations. The Ghost of Christmas Past's dress has gold trimming, and her scepter is gold.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Eden's nightgown and Catherine's dress in the future.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: The Spirit of Christmas Future, portrayed by a pretty old lady looking quite different from the usual Grim Reaper.
- The Grinch: Eden.
- Happy Holidays Dress: Loads, from Barbie's white dress, to Eden's red and gold dress, and the green Chritmas tree-themed dress the Ghost of Christmas present wears. Eden and Catherine as kids wore nearly identical holiday dresses.
- Ironic Name: Eden means paradise.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: Eden's Aunt Marie wears chains that have mirrors on the end of them, instead of money boxes, fitting vanity instead of greed.
- Lady in Red: The Spirit of Christmas Future, as opposed to most portrayals.
- Lighter and Softer: When you compare to other Christmas Carol adaptations, that is.
- Meaningful Name: The main character's name is Eden Starling. Think about that for a second.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-Universe, Eden acts sweet and charming on stage, and then angrily throws some flowers once the curtain closes.
- Opera Gloves: Eden's green dress and red dress have white gloves. Catherine's future outfit has purple gloves.
- Our Fairies Are Different: The three spirits are not called fairies in the movie (just in the book adaptation), still, they have the apparel, including magic wands.
- Palette Swap: The time and space vortexes are the same effect, just yellow for past, green for present, and red for future. The twins wear identical outfits save for the colors.
- Pajama Clad Heroine
- Pimped Out Cape: Eden wears a red, short, hooded, fur-trimmed cape at the end.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Several fancy dresses are worn, most are holiday dresses.
- Pink Means Feminine: Catherine's dress is pink (with a white petticoat and bows).
- Playing Against Type: Barbie plays the antagonist.
- Pretty in Mink: Eden's red cape is edged with white fur.
- The Prima Donna: Eden
- Redhead In Green: The Ghost of Christmas Present.
- Regal Ringlets: Eden and Catherine.
- Rich Bitch: Eden.
- Saving the Orphanage: What Eden discovered after accusing Catherine of being ungrateful and noting the "other show" that she was working on behind her back. After Eden turns good (as you've may known) she helped save it in the end by funding the orphanage.
- Single-Minded Twins
- Sleep Mask: Even Eden's cat wears one to emphasize her vain nature.
- Stage Aunt: Aunt Marie, especially how much she prevented Eden from having fun as a child. When she came back as a spirit to Eden, she explicitly stated that the quote "In a selfish world, the selfish succeed" was just her excuse for not having become a star herself.
- Swirly Energy Thingy: The Ghosts of Christmas travel through these.
- That Poor Cat: A running gag.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Catherine's mother greatly laments how Eden turned out.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol