Western Animation / The Barbie Diaries

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Barbie meets Mean Girls with a touch of vaguely defined fantasy in this installment, an odd-movie-out in Barbie's usual fantasy oeuvre.

In this one, Barbie and her friends are a Garage Band; the main action takes place at her school.

And, as in any American high school, there is the Alpha Bitch, who is in this case named Raquelle. As the movie opens, Barbie receives the position of Raquelle's official toady for the school TV news show. And, as usual, Barbie has a crush on Raquelle's boyfriend, Todd, who she thinks is her Secret Admirer. Luck turns to Barbie's side for once, and Todd not only breaks up with Raquelle, but also hooks up with Barbie in the same day. This leads to a rise in popularity for Barbie and she effectively dumps her own friends in favour of developing a Girl Posse with members stolen from Raquelle.

Of course it turns out okay when it turns out the Secret Admirer is Kevin and she makes up with her friends to finish the movie with an Ear Worm.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Raquelle, and Barbie in the middle.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The diary.
  • Canon Immigrant: Raquelle makes her first appearance in this movie (and it's accompanying toyline), and was later added to the main toyline (but with a different hair color; see Early Installment Weirdness later in the article).
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Barbie and Kevin.
  • Continuity Snarl: Along with the My Scene movies, it's the only Barbie movie not made by Mainframe / Rainmaker Studiosnote , so good luck fitting it in with the current Barbie canon.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Not the movie, but one of the characters, and even then it's a minor example. This movie introduces Raquelle who has red / light brown hear in this movie. She would go on to have black hair in later appearances.
    • The movie itself qualifies for this in the overarching Barbie franchise as, aside from the acquiring of the bracelet/diary, the film mostly deal in a realm with no magic, has relatively low stakes (no princesses or fancy ball gowns here, just teen angst) and is driven purely on character choices and the developments they cause.
  • High-School Dance: The climax and ending of the movie.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: A variant: In this case, it's not the shop but the girl behind the counter, although Raquelle does know her name.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: Barbie thinks her secret admirer is Todd, but it turns out to be Kevin
  • Merchandise-Driven: Obviously, but the bracelet and diary stand out, as does the playset of Barbie's room.
  • Power Trio: Barbie, Tia, Courtney.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Despite playing a significant part in the movie Kevin wasn't produced.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Each of the main trio was given 4 - 5 outfit changes and even Raquelle & her friends got at least a second outfit.
  • Wish Fulfillment: The diary does this for Barbie.

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