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Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus is a 2005 Direct to Video movie. It is the sixth installment in the Barbie film series, with its release sandwiched between the first two Barbie Fairytopia movies.

Barbie plays Annika, a sheltered princess is tired of her overprotective parents stopping her from having any fun. On her sixteenth birthday, an evil sorcerer named Wenlock appears and demands she marry him. When she refuses, he turns everyone in the kingdom, including the king and queen, into ice statues, and says he'll only change them back if Annika accepts his proposal.

Just then, she's whisked away by a talking pegasus. Brietta, as the horse introduces herself, takes Annika to a magical place in the clouds called the Cloud Kingdom, where she'll be safe from Wenlock. She soon learns that Brietta was once a human girl - her sister, in fact, who was transformed by Wenlock when she refused to accept his marriage proposal.

Annika becomes determined to save her people, her parents, and even Brietta. But to do it, she'll need to go on a quest to create a "Wand Of Light", the only magic strong enough to overpower Wenlock's. And she's got to do it in three days, or else his curse on the kingdom will be permanent.

This movie provides examples of:

  • 3-D Movie: The original DVD release included 4 pairs of 3-D glasses, with Shiver appearing in the corner to signal the viewers. A version without the 3-D stuff was also included, and later releases ditched the 3-D stuff entirely.
  • All There in the Script: Wenlock's ex-wives are named Esther, Miranda, and Jocelyn.
  • And I Must Scream: Wenlock turns Ferris into a welcome mat.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Wenlock forces this on his potential wives, including Annika.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Hope Has Wings".
  • Bears Are Bad News: Zig Zagged. Shiver is cute, but does nothing but cause trouble for the team.
  • Bench Breaker: Annika tricks Ollie the giant into chaining himself to a post so he can prove his strength by breaking free. She makes her escape while he's struggling, and he ends up breaking the post instead which causes his roof to cave in.
  • Berserk Button: When Wenlock injures and nearly kills Brietta, Annika tries to get the Wand of Light to kill him.
  • Big Bad: Wenlock, an evil sorcerer who tries to force Annika to marry him, turns everyone in her kingdom to stone and turned Brietta into a pegasus.
  • Big "NO!": Wenlock screams one as Annika uses the wand of light and breaks all his spells.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Annika comes across as being one (though downplayed compared to most examples) early in the film, but quickly gets over it after Wenlock turns up.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Subverted as previously mentioned in Bench Breaker.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": Wenlock's transformed brides are referred as ogres, but look more like stereotypical depictions of trolls. Doesn't help the film has an ogre who is more faithful to folklore.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Annika. First, she goes skating and gets grounded forever. Then she sneaks out of the house once more and gets her entire kingdom in trouble.
  • Cats Are Mean: Wenlock's pet griffon is really a nasty cat.
  • Celestial Deadline: Wenlock's petrification curse becomes permanent three days after being cast.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The second ice gem Aidan took; it replaces the gem from the Wand that was lost during the climatic battle. Brietta's crown; she willingly gives it up to create the 'ring of love' to complete the Wand.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The Cloud Princesses' regular duty of painting the sunrise and sunset comes in handy when Annika's sunset deadline comes round. Lilac, Blush and Rose can't stop it coming but they can considerably slow it down for her.
  • Darkest Hour: The heroes are trapped, the ice gem is gone, and the princesses cannot slow down the sunset any longer, and there's only a matter of time until Wenlock's spells become unbreakable.
  • Determinator: Annika. She was even willing to traverse mountains during a snowstorm to find the pieces of the Wand of Light.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Wenlock's wives turn on him and help Annika, and are later seen ordering him around.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Wand of Light refuses to heed Annika's commands to destroy Wenlock and also refuses to work for Wenlock, showing its true powers when Annika uses it to break his spells instead.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: There are sparkles everywhere in this movie. In fact, Team Pet Shiver’s catchphrase is “Sparkle, Sparkle”.
  • Forbidden Fruit: The gem cavern warns its visitors to "take only what you need, but never from greed." Naturally, Shiver's obsession with sparkly things causes the cavern to nearly collapse on the party.
  • Forging Scene: After collecting the three parts, this occurs when Aidan, who happens to be a smith, forges the Wand Of Light.
  • Glamour: Wenlock used his magic on himself; his real form is a balding man swinging a paddle around, and his griffon is a cat.
  • Guile Heroine: Annika, who frees herself from a giant via trickery.
  • Harmless Freezing: Annika was buried under what seemed to be at least twenty feet of snow, yet all it takes is a nap to make her feel better. Might be Hand Waved by magic.
  • Ironic Echo: Wenlock at one point tries to use the Wand of Light to make his troll servants work "double time", but nothing happens since the Wand doesn't obey hateful orders. Later on, after all Wenlock's spells have been broken, his former wives start taunting him with the same lines he used against them earlier, with Miranda (the wife in yellow) tossing him a paddle and telling him to start rowing "double time."
  • It's All About Me: Wenlock cares only about himself and his desires.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Brietta is revealed to be Annika's older sister. Parodied by Aidan, who, upon learning this, snarkily asks Annika if Shiver is supposed to be "her cousin".
  • Luck-Based Mission: Trying to find the components of the Wand of Light. Especially the first part, which Annika stumbles upon completely by accident.
  • Magic Wand: The Wand of Light and Wenlock's staff.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Wenlock, a sorcerer, has one gold eye and one blue eye.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Wenlock is one letter off from "wedlock". It also sounds like "warlock", which is a term for an evil wizard.
  • Morton's Fork: When Wenlock asked Brietta to be his bride, it all came down to this trope. Either she refused and be turned into a pegasus, or she accept his proposal, only to eventually end up a troll servant just like his previous brides. Either way, there was never going to be an outcome where she'd still be human by the events of the movie.
  • Never Say "Die": Annika angrily asks the Wand of Light to "destroy" Wenlock. It doesn't work.
  • No-Sell: The Wand of Light is powered by good magic alone, and will not work in extreme negative emotions such as anger. When Annika angrily asked the wand to destroy Wenlock after harming Brietta, it didn't work.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Wenlock, in response to getting rejected from marrying Brietta, turns her into a pegasus. And he turns Annika's parents into stone when Annika rejects his marriage proposal.
  • Older Than They Look: After becoming human again, Brietta looks around the same age as Annika. However, given that she was turned into a pegasus when she Annika's age, before Annika was even born, she should be nearly two decades older than she looks. This could probably be chalked up to the Wand of Light preserving her as the age she was.
  • Only in It for the Money: Aidan, at first, though his intentions are benevolent (he needs it to pay back his parents after he lost their money gambling). Also Ferris, who betrays the heroes for money.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: On a franchise-wide level, Barbie is usually kind and forgiving, even to her enemies. But this is so far the only time she's attempted to outright kill the main villain. It doesn't work, but in fairness she had a multitude of reasons to try.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Brietta, Annika's long-lost older sister, wears a pink dress in her human form.
    • Annika also wears a light pink skating outfit at the start of the film.
  • Protectorate: Brietta, as it turns out, has watched over Annika for years and does all she can to protect her.
  • Pungeon Master: Wenlock. You'll see tons of Incredibly Lame Puns in any scene he's in.
  • Race Against the Clock: Annika has to build the Wand of Light and defeat Wenlock in three days or his spells will become unbreakable.
  • Rejected Marriage Proposal: The plot is kickstarted by Princess Annika rejecting a marriage proposal from the Evil Sorcerer, Wenlock; he just turns up out of the blue to pop the question, so it's unsurprising she says no. In retaliation, he turns her parents and people to stone and threatens that unless she accepts in three days' time, they'll be stuck that way forever. It later turns out that Brietta is Annika's sister, who also refused to marry Wenlock and so was cursed to become a Pegasus.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Annika and her parents, when they confront her about sneaking out and she retorts they wouldn't let her leave the castle if she asked. "What do you want me to do? Just sit in my room all day?" "YES!"
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Wenlock's pet griffon, which turns out to be a Right-Hand Cat.
  • Romance on the Set: In-universe with Barbie and Ken.
  • Rule of Three: Wenlock had three previous wives, Annika has three days to break the spell, and must find three components to build the Wand of Light.
  • Scenery Porn: This movie is very pretty, especially in the Cloud Kingdom.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Ollie talks this way in the outtakes.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Annika and Aiden have this reaction to each other when Ferris asks if they're getting married.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Wenlock's ice palace is a sickly shade of green.
  • Solve the Soup Cans: The Wand parts were very much this. Good thing Annika had such great luck.
  • Taken for Granite: One of the powers of Wenlock's wand. He uses it to turn Annika's parents and the rest of the people at the ice-skating rink into stone when she rejects his marriage proposal.
  • Transformation Sequence:
    • For no good reason at all, Annika transforms into a super princess when she uses the wand the second time.
    • Brietta also gets one when Annika uses the Wand of Light to undo Wenlock's spell on her, returning her to human form.
  • Trophy Wife: Wenlock chooses his brides by looks. However, he refuses to marry Annika because of her anger and hatefulness when she tried to use the Wand of Light against him.
  • Undying Loyalty: The Wand of Light stays true to its welder to the point it only works when used for good; if used under extreme negative emotions such as anger, it doesn't do anything.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Wenlock's brides, who he turned into ogres when he grew tired of them.
  • Uptown Girl: Annika, a princess, is this to Aidan, a blacksmith.
  • Wham Line:
    • Wenlock reveals Annika has a sister:
    Wenlock: Are you telling me what to do? You've forgotten what happened to your other daughter.
    Annika: "Other daughter"?
    • Annika discovers her sister is in fact Brietta:
    Blush: We never had a real person here before...except for your sister, of course.
    Annika: My sister?
    Blush: Brietta.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ferris's transformation isn't seen being undone.

There is always hope.


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