Barbie in The Pink Shoes is a Barbie movie. It adapts popular ballets such as Giselle and Swan Lake while telling its own original story, loosely based on the fairy tale of The Red Shoes. It also borrows inspiration from The Snow Queen.
Kristyn is a ballerina with big dreams, but her teacher, Madame Natasha, criticizes her free spirit and improvised choreography. When she slips on a dazzling pair of pink ballet shoes, she and her best friend Hailey are whisked into a magical world of ballet.
With the shoes, Kristyn is able to dance everything perfectly—but she dances so well she doesn't want to take them off. And when she goes off the stories' rails, the evil Snow Queen begins a hunt for her in a desire to make everything perfect...
This movie contains examples of:
- The Ace: Tara is the school's star ballerina, and Madame Natasha often wishes Kristyn were more like her.
- Adaptational Heroism: Hilarion's a Nice Guy in this version, while in the ballet he's an ambiguous figure.
- Adaptational Villainy: Kristyn and Hailey see Albrecht as a jerk, and at first they're right.
- And You Were There: People Kristyn knows appear as characters in the ballet worlds.
- Ascended Fangirl: Kristyn always wanted to dance like Giselle or Odette, and once she enters the ballet worlds, she does.
- Award-Bait Song: "Keep on Dancing."
- Be Yourself: The Aesop.
- Big Bad: The Snow Queen is this overall, as all the other ballet villains report to her, and Rothbart is this in Swan Lake, as he's the main villain of that ballet.
- Canon Foreigner: In-universe. Hailey, once in the ballet worlds, does not have a canon character assigned to her. This gets her taken captive by the Snow Queen.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Snow Queen's control over others is blue, while Kristyn's free dancing is pink.
- Cool Crown: There are several of these, such as Odette's tiara and the tiara Kristyn wears when in the pink ballerina dress.
- Cue the Flying Pigs: Hailey says this about them being in a ballet world, as it's just that hard to believe.
- Daddy's Girl: Tara is spoiled by her father and loves the attention and stardom.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Odile is also spoiled by her father, as Tara is her counterpart.
- Damsel in Distress: In the climax, Hailey gets kidnapped by the Snow Queen and is held hostage as a frozen statue in her palace, and Kristyn has to go off with Albrecht and Hilarion to rescue her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hailey has a confused or snarky comment for just about every situation.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Seen with Albrecht and Hilarion attempting to marry Kristyn/Giselle. When told she's 17, they say that just because she's a little old doesn't mean they can't marry.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Kristyn and Hailey's interference in the ballet worlds causes the stories to go awry.
- Genre Savvy: Hailey, who's very much aware of how Giselle and Swan Lake end.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tara and Prince Albrecht are both much nicer than they appear at first. Tara encourages Kristyn to do her best, and Albrecht eventually decides to help Kristyn when she needs it.
- Laughably Evil: Rothbart, who carries over Tara's father's sycophantic personality.
- Marionette Motion: Seen when the Snow Queen makes Hailey dance the Dance of the Doll from Coppelia.
- Massively Multiplayer Crossover: Kristyn enters the worlds of Giselle and Swan Lake, altering the stories in the process. She also encounters the Snow Queen.
- Meganekko: Hailey and Madame Katerina both wear huge pairs of glasses.
- Mythology Gag: Barbie had an adaptation of Swan Lake before; in this version, however, it mentioned the tragic ending that the Barbie version didn't have. Odile's personality is also similar to the previous adaptation.
- Off the Rails: Kristyn and Hailey cause the stories to go off-course.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Prince Albrecht doesn't even try to hide his royal armor when masquerading as a peasant.
- Pink Means Feminine: The titular pink ballet slippers, as well as the pink romantic tutu that Kristyn wears in the end.
- Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Prince Albrecht and Hilarion are this, respectively, to Giselle.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Madame Natasha is strict and stern, while her sister, Madame Katerina, is kind and optimistic.
- Sissy Villain: Rothbart uses magic instead of fighting himself, and he's held at bay by two newly-transformed swans.
- Squick: In-universe. This is Hailey's reaction to finding out that Swan Lake is made of the tears of the swans' parents.
- Stern Teacher: Madame Natasha, who is adamant that every ballet step be perfectly choreographed and allows no room for creative ideas.
- Straight to the Pointe: Subverted. Hailey, who isn't even a dancer, is made to pirouette en pointe by the Snow Queen. The instant the Queen isn't holding her up, however, she collapses from the strain.
- Upper-Class Twit: Prince Albrecht, who uses coin flips to decide anything. Or rather, to get his own way, since the coin is two-headed.
- Variable Mix: When Kristyn uses her own choreography, the music changes to a poppier remix.