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Barbie of Swan Lake is a Barbie adaptation of Swan Lake.Much like other fairy tale adaptations in its series, this version expands the plot. Odette, a shy baker's daughter, is lured into a magic forest by a talking unicorn named Lila. While there, she frees the Magic Crystal from its placement in a tree, and is told by the Fairy Queen that the one who takes the Crystal is the one chosen to defeat the evil sorcerer Rothbart.Odette thinks there's been a mistake, as she's not particularly brave or powerful, but soon finds herself with no choice but to confront Rothbart when he appears and turns her into a swan. Protected by the Crystal from magical harm, but unable to return to her human form except at night, Odette must find a way to break the curse and save the forest—and perhaps fall in love with the spirited Prince Daniel while she's at it.
This movie provides examples of:
Adaptation Expansion: Rothbart didn't just turn Odette into a swan; he cursed many others with different animal transformations and threatens a magic forest and a fairy queen.
Baleful Polymorph: Happens to Odette, the forest animals, and Rothbart and Odile at the end. Odette is turned into a swan, the elves are turned into various animals, and Odile is turned into a pig and Rothbart into a cuckoo clock.
Barrier Maiden: Odette cannot be harmed by any magic, as the Magic Crystal forms an impenetrable barrier around her.
Big Good: The Fairy Queen, ruler of the Enchanted Forest and Rothbart's kind-hearted cousin.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Odile is unappreciative of her father's gifts and demands he give her more jewels and a crown even when she has a box full of them.
Leitmotif: Odette has the swans' theme, Rothbart has the track used when Odette is in despair, and Carlita has the Spanish dance.
MacGuffin: The Magic Crystal, which is the only thing that can block Rothbart's spells.
Morphic Resonance: All of the transformed creatures, when human, display some animal-like qualities until the curse is fully lifted.
Near Villain Victory: After rendering the Magic Crystal powerless, Rothbart blasts Daniel and Odette with his magic, killing them both. He even gloats that he's won just before their love and sacrifice destroys him.
No-Nonsense Nemesis: Rothbart transforms Odette, then immediately tries to kill her. He succeeds in disintegrating her, but the Magic Crystal saves her.