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Western Animation / Barbie: A Fairy Secret

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Can you keep a secret?

A Direct to Video Barbie movie of 2011, and the second movie in a second subseries (This one has to do with Fairies, not Flairies).

Some time after the events of A Fashion Fairytale, it's the premiere of Barbie's latest movie, and she's attending with boyfriend Ken. While there, Ken's picture is taken by a scheming fairy named Crystal, who wants nothing more than to steal away Fairy Princess Graciela's boyfriend Zane. To this end, she uses a love potion to make Graciela smitten with Ken.

The plan works, and Ken is suddenly carted away in broad daylight. Fortunately for Barbie, however, her two stylist friends (for when she's away from Teresa and Grace) are also fairies, who take her and Raquelle to the fairy city of Gloss Angeles to rescue Ken before he winds up trapped in the fairy world.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Butt-Monkey: Ken gets kidnapped, his protests go ignored, he ends up on the receiving end of a lot of slapstick, and Graciela seems incapable of getting his name right.
  • But Now I Must Go: Carrie and Taylor meet up with Barbie, Ken and Raquelle at the end of the movie, saying they reconnected with an old friend and are going back to their hometown. They’re referring to Graciela and Gloss Angeles, but due to the trio’s Laser-Guided Amnesia and the fairy secret is kept a secret once more, they don’t mention either by name before departing.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Raquelle proves to not be a good secret keeper, as shown before she, Barbie and Ken leave that she cannot keep the fairy secret. This prompts Graciela to send them home with their memories of their adventure erased and they think it was a dream.
  • Continuity Nod: Remember Lilliana Roxelle from A Fashion Fairytale? She's a fashion fairy.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: Raquelle calls Barbie a name dropper this way.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ken. He's outfitted in too-tight armor and is given small, pink clip-on wings...and dodges Zane's magic in bullet time.
  • Darker and Edgier: This time around, a kidnapping forms the basis of the plot. Also: Nary a Talking Animal in sight.
  • Distressed Dude: Ken gets kidnapped by Graciella and needs to be rescued.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Barbie, Ken and Raquelle share a laugh as the film ends and they miss Carrie and Taylor flying back to Gloss Angeles.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie takes place over the course of three days, with a lot of the second day happening throughout the main story.
  • Eye Color Change: The love potion causes Graciela's eyes to turn violet (they were originally blue), because the potion is red, the color of love.
  • The Faceless: How Graciela is introduced. She is fully shown for the first time just before she kidnaps Ken.
  • The Fair Folk: Played with. Graciela was brainwashed into kidnapping Ken, and Crystal brainwashed her because she wanted Zane to love her.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Graciela wears one for the attempted marriage to Ken, and the real marriage to Zane.
  • Happily Married: Rina and Granelin, owners of Wings & Things. Eventually Graciela and Zane.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Several transitions throughout the movie consist of a fairy silhouette on a rainbow backdrop, which irises in to the next scene.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Barbie gives one to Graciela, reminding her she's under a love potion and is forced to marry Ken from it.
  • Italians Talk with Hands: Zane emphasises everything he says with hand gestures.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Graciela sends Barbie, Raquelle and Ken back home with no memories of the entire adventure, making them think it was all a dream so the fairy secret can be kept a secret once more.
  • Lohengrin and Mendelssohn: The former plays during both weddings, with a pipe organ rendition in Ken and Graciela's and a brass ensemble for when Graciela marries Zane.
  • Love Potion: Graciela is tricked into drinking one, which makes her fall for Ken.
  • Made of Indestructium: FurySpheres are cages made out of pure anger and are impervious to any physical force.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The love potion adds red to the eyes of the victim drinking it; it turned Graciella's blue eyes violet.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Physically, at least. Crystal looks a lot like Selena Gomez.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Because Raquelle is too excited to keep the fairy secret a secret, Graciela tells Barbie, Raquelle and Ken that when she sends them home, they will wake up thinking it was all a dream. They awaken with just that, but Barbie and Raquelle are still friends. The final scene confirms this is indeed real as Carrie and Taylor sprout their wings out of their sight and fly home.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They're human-sized with sparkly wings and live in another realm. Humans can enter the realm and fly with the help of specially-crafted wings, but if they choose to marry a fairy, they must stay in the fairy realm forever.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Carrie's initial plan to get past the guards is a pair of sunglasses.
  • Pegasus: Well, pegaponies, to be exact, and they even have fairy wings.
  • The Power of Friendship: When Barbie and Raquelle make up and form a friendship, their FurySphere dissolves and they gain actual fairy wings, because forgiveness lets someone fly.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Graciela does not only wear pink and have wings of that color, she also has pink hair.
  • Princesses Rule: Graciela is called the fairy princess, but Carrie and Taylor once bring out she was always busy with royal duties; thus she is queen in any other aspect. Including her mean and obsessive behavior when under the influence of the Love Potion.
  • Punny Name: Gloss Angeles. They'd be laughing too if they hadn't seen Ken get kidnapped.
  • Rambunctious Italian: Zane cannot speak without raising his voice, gets triggered easily, and tries to physically harm Ken after thinking he's a cowardly human who stole Graciela from him.
  • Reflective Eyes: When Crystal shows Graciela the photo of Ken after she falls under the love potion, the picture reflects into her eyes as she falls for him.
  • Reset Button: Used on Barbie, Ken and Raquelle at the end of the movie, when they lose all their memories of the fairy secret and Gloss Angeles and think it was a dream.
  • Secret Identity: The whole purpose of the fairy secret. The fairies from Gloss Angeles had to keep their identities hidden on Earth by hiding their wings.
  • Secret-Keeper: Played straight and eventually subverted with Barbie, Raquelle and Ken. Raquelle obviously doesn't want to keep the fairies a secret, thus prompting Graciela to hit the Reset Button and erase their memories.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the final scene after the Reset Button was hit on Barbie, Ken and Raquelle, when Raquelle notes she doesn't even know Carrie and Taylor as they are planning to leave, this worries them, and they make a hasty retreat.
  • Shout-Out: To The Matrix during the duel. Ken dodges Zane's magic in bullet time.
    • To Barbie Fairytopia: Magic Of The Rainbow; Barbie's wings in both movies are almost identical.
  • Status Quo Is God: The movie ends with Barbie and Raquelle friends, but their memories of the adventure in Gloss Angeles were wiped so they think it was all a dream, thus the fairy secret is secret once more.
  • Technicolor Eyes: The love potion adds red, the color of love, to the eyes and it turns Graciela's blue eyes purple.
  • Transformation Sequence: Barbie and Raquelle get one when their forgiveness causes their fury sphere to make their fake wings real.
  • Yandere: Graciela and Crystal are both this, to different degrees. Graciela straight-up kidnaps Ken and refuses to let him leave despite his protests, while Crystal prefers to manipulate and sabotage her rival while cozying up to Zane. Additionally, Graciela is acting under the influence of a love potion; all of Crystal's actions are done of her own free will.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: In Gloss Angeles, if a mortal marries a fairy, they must stay in Gloss Angeles forever.

Forgiveness lets you fly.


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Barbie: A Fairy Secret

To ensure Barbie, Ken and Raquelle won't tell anyone about the fairies or Gloss Angeles, Graciella informs them that their memories of their adventures in Gloss Angeles will be erased, so they wake up in the morning and think it was all a dream.

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