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Barbie plays Annika, a sheltered princess 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.

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This movie provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The King and Queen live in terror of Wenlock coming after their daughter Annika (especially considering he already got their first daughter.
  • 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.
  • Animated Actors: Played straight in the Bloopers.
  • The Atoner: Aidan and, to an extent, Annika.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Hope Has Wings."
  • Baleful Polymorph: Brietta. And the three ogres, who turn out to be Wenlock's wives.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Zig Zagged. Shiver is cute, but does nothing but cause trouble for the team.
  • Beauty Mark: In a rare male example, Wenlock has one.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: A bit between Aidan and Annika, when they first meet.
  • Berserk Button: When Wenlock injures and nearly kills Brietta, Annika tries to get the Wand of Light to kill him.
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  • 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.
  • The Blacksmith: Aidan and his parents.
  • 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.
  • 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: Annika’s ability to Ice Skate.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Brietta was transformed into a Pegasus.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Aidan lost his family's fortune while gambling, and vows to make it back somehow.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Annika and Aidan.
  • 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.
  • Dumb Muscle: Ollie the ogre.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: There are sparkles everywhere in this movie. In fact, Team Pet Shiver’s catchphrase is “Sparkle, Sparkle”.
  • Evil Sorceror: Wenlock.
  • 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.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Annika.
  • Grumpy Bear: Brietta.
  • Guile Heroine: Annika, who frees herself from a giant via trickery.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Annika.
  • 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.
  • The High Queen: The Cloud Queen, to an extent.
  • It's All About Me: Wenlock cares only about himself and his desires.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aidan.
  • Large Ham: Wenlock.
  • Laughably Evil: Again, Wenlock.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Annika, at first.
  • 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.
  • Never Say "Die": Annika angrily asks the Wand of Light to "destroy" Wenlock. It doesn't work.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Wenlock.
  • Orbital Shot: Annika has one during her Transformation Sequence.
  • 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.
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: How the movie ends.
  • Painting the Frost on Windows: The sky children paint the sunrises and sunsets.
  • Pegasus: Brietta. The citizens of the Cloud Kingdom also ride on pegasus.
  • The Power of Hate: Annika tries to use the Wand out of anger and kill Wenlock, but it refuses to work that way.
  • The Power of Love: The only way the Wand of Light can be activated.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Annika gets one after using the Wand of Light to break all of Wenlock's spells.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Wenlock decides Annika is more trouble than she's worth when she tries to kill him with the Wand of Light, and decides to just bury her in an avalanche rather than marry her.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    Annika: For the love of my family and my people, I ask you to break ALL of Wenlock's spells!
  • Princess Classic: Annika and Brietta.
  • 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.
  • Rebellious Princess: Annika.
  • 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.
  • Super OCD: Annika and Brietta’s mother. This may be somewhat justified in that, after what happened to Brietta, she fears for Annika's safety.
  • Taken for Granite: One of the powers of Wenlock's wand.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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Defeating Wenlock

Realizing how the Wand of Light works, Annika uses it with all her love to break all of Wenlock's spells and defeat him.

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