Western Animation / Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses

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Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses is a 2006 direct-to-video movie from Mattel about the story of 12 unusual princesses, based loosely on the old Brothers Grimm tale of the same name.

Barbie stars in the movie as Princess Genevieve, the seventh of her kingdom's twelve princesses. She her alphabetically named siblings (Ashlyn, Blair, Courtney, Delia, Edeline, Fallon, the twins Hadley and Isla, and then the triplets, Janessa, Kathleen and Lacey) and their father, King Randolph, live their lives as happily as possible after the death of the Queen. However, the free-spirited and cheerful girls are looked down for their "ungraceful" behaviors, so Randolph summons Duchess Rowena as their chaperone. Rowena quickly seizes control of the court, bans the girls's beloved dancing and singing and, with her Number Two Desmond, begins to brew a plan where she will poison King Randolph to death, get rid of the princesses, and reign as Queen.

The princesses find comfort in their late mother's favorite story, which tells of a magical kingdom where golden flowers grant wishes and princesses can dance at an enchanted pavilion for three nights. The princesses realize that the story contains clues on how to enter the magical kingdom from their own bedroom, by dancing on specific stones on the floor. Now inside the magical kingdom, the princesses discover that the water there possesses healing properties, which gives them hope to help their father, whose health is starting to fail. Soon they're joined by the handsome Royal Cobbler Derek, who has a huge crush on Genevieve, and his parrot Félix; together, the group must put the pieces of Rowena's plan together and stop her.


Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses shows examples of:

  • Alliterative List: At the beginning of the movie, there's a visitor from another kingdom and said visitor mentions several reasons his home kingdom is famous for. All reasons start with the letter P.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The sisters' names are all alphabetical, starting with A down to L.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Desmond.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Shine."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Duchess Rowena.
  • Blond Brunette Redhead: The triplets.
  • Bookworm: Courtney.
  • Bug Catching: Janessa's hobby.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each of the princesses' dresses is a distinct color:
    • Ashlyn: Violet
    • Blair: Red
    • Courtney: Navy
    • Delia: Green
    • Edeline: Orange
    • Fallon: Pale pink
    • Genevieve: Hot pink
    • Hadley: Teal
    • Isla: Purple
    • Janessa: Sky blue
    • Kathleen: Tangerine
    • Lacey: Lilac
  • Cool Big Sis: Genevieve in Lacey's eyes.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Lacey.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The fans that the girls were forced to use by Rowena are used again when Geneieve fans the flower's spell Rowena cast back onto her. Also, the magic water from the fountain.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Almost all of the girls' talents come in real handy when they invade the palace now run by Rowena.
    • Blair loves riding, so she and Courtney dismounts one of Rowena's guards, and she takes the horse to fetch the doctor for their father as fast as they can.
    • In their introduction, Delia and Edeline are playing croquet through the throne room, and Delia accidentally knocks off Randolph's crown by using "too much wrist" in the shot. In the finale they weaponise this to knock out two of Rowena's guards.
    • Isla and Hadley trick two guards into chasing them and running off a stone wall into a hedge using their stilts.
      • Even before they return to the palace, it's Courtney- the bookworm of the sisters- who reminds everyone that, according to their mother's tale, they could only go to the dancing pavilion three times before the world vanished.
  • Daddy's Girl: All of the princesses, but especially Genevieve and Lacey.
  • Dance of Romance: Performed at the end by Genevieve and Derek so that everyone can escape her imprisonment in their mother's land.
  • Dance Party Ending: The movie ends with everyone dancing to celebrate Genevieve and Derek's marriage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Derek's parrot, Felix, often to his owner. Derek gets back at him later when he sells his horse instead of the parrot for Genevieve's mother's goblet.
    Derek: What's the matter, Felix? Nothing to say?
    Felix: Uh...thanks.
  • Disney Death: Randolph falls ill thanks to Rowena poisoning him, but before he fully passes away, he is healed by the water Lacey saved from the magical world.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The opening introduction of the princesses, where nearly all of them end up interrupting the King Randolph's audience with an emissary from another kingdom, who was inviting them to a ball. King Randolph takes it all in good humour, despite being a little thrown by their antics.
    • The triplets- Janessa, Kathleen and Lacey- run in to show their father the blue beetle that they found. Lacey is chasing after the other two and trying to catch up, establishing her as the youngest and most insecure of her sisters.
    • Delia and Edeline are playing croquet through the room, and Delia's shot accidentally knocks off Randolph's crown.
    • Isla and Hadley enter on their stilts and end up toppling over when the triplets crash into them.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Subverted with Brutus, Rowena's pet monkey who causes nothing but grief to the princesses and Twila.
  • Flower Motifs: Each of the princesses has a special flower.
  • Everyone Can See It: Genevieve's sisters tease her about her obvious interest in Derek. Derek's parrot encourages him to confess his feelings for Genevieve but Derek believes he has no chance with a princess.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: At the end of the Dance of Romance, Genevieve's dress flares up with sparkles due to the magic.
  • Facepalm: Derek does one near the end of the film when Felix says something embarrassing.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Hadley and Isla often talk like this.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Rowena, at least for a little while.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Ashlyn and Lacey.
  • Held Gaze: Derek and Genevieve have one where they stare into each other's eyes before coming together for a dance.
  • Ill Man: Randolph apparently falls ill, not out of something contagious, but because of Rowena poisoning him with her tea. She is doing this on purpose so she can usurp the throne after his imminent death from such.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Lacey.
  • Longing Look: Derek gives this frequently to Genevieve, most often when she isn't looking.
  • Magical Seventh Daughter: Genevieve is the seventh of the girls and The Heroine.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: As in the original fairy tale.
  • Missing Mom: Queen Isabella, the princesses' mother, died before the movie begins.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Derek.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: The princesses' birthday celebration for the triplets is suddenly interrupted when Rowena barges in on them.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: A common element in the Barbie movies. We don't even see Derek and Genevieve kiss at the end at their wedding.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Derek's pet parrot Felix, naturally.
  • Perfect Poison: Averted with Rowena's tea...she has to have the king continue drinking it before it becomes life-threatening.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Each princess has one.
  • Princess Classic: Most of the princesses.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Genevieve, Fallon
  • Proper Lady: Ashlyn.
  • The Quiet One: Ashlyn and Courtney.
  • Race Against the Clock: The last third of the film becomes this as the poisoning tea Rowena gives Randolph becomes worse and more affective.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Twila. She wouldn't be as marketable otherwise.
  • Rule of Three: The magical world can only be visited three times, then it will vanish forever.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Janessa, Kathleen, and Lacey.
  • Shipper on Deck: Fallon is ecstatic when she realises that Derek and Genevieve have to dance together.
    Fallon: Oh, how romantic!
  • Single-Minded Twins: Hadley and Isla.
  • Standard Hero Reward: This trope is implied to be the reason Princess Genevieve's father allowed her to marry Derek the royal cobbler.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Desmond obviously has something for Rowena.
  • The One Guy: Derek's the only male on the princess team. Well, if you don't count the parrot.
  • True Blue Femininity: Courtney, Janessa, Hadley and Isla.
  • Tomboy Princess: Blair, Delia, Edeline, and Janessa.
  • The Power of Love: Well, that and dancing.
  • UST: Between Derek and Genevieve.
  • Uptown Girl: Royal Cobbler Derek loves Princess Genevieve but doesn't believe he has any chances with her. "She's a Princess."
  • Wham Shot: The scene where Rowena dumps the elixir meant to help Randolph into a plant, which reveals she's poisoning him.

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