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Barbie of Swan Lake is a Barbie adaptation of Swan Lake.

Much like other fairy tale adaptations in its series, this version expands the plot. Odette, a shy baker's daughter, is lured into a magic forest by a talking unicorn named Lila. While there, she frees the Magic Crystal from its placement in a tree, and is told by the Fairy Queen that the one who takes the Crystal is the one chosen to defeat the evil sorcerer Rothbart.

Odette thinks there's been a mistake, as she's not particularly brave or powerful, but soon finds herself with no choice but to confront Rothbart when he appears and turns her into a swan. Protected by the Crystal from magical harm, but unable to return to her human form except at night, Odette must find a way to break the curse and save the forest—and perhaps fall in love with the spirited Prince Daniel while she's at it.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Rothbart didn't just turn Odette into a swan; he cursed many others with different animal transformations and threatens a magic forest and a fairy queen.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The prince's name goes from Siegfried to Daniel.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Rothbart went from transforming Odette for no vaguely defined reason to being out to kill her, hence the creation of the Magic Crystal so he wouldn't be able to do so instantly.
  • All There in the Manual: The other forest animals are only named in the toy line.
  • All Trolls Are Different: Erasmus is a bit absent-minded, but he's friendly.
  • Animorphism: Rothbart turns Odette into a swan, and also turned many of the forest's children into animals. The curse only works when it's daytime, they revert back to normal during nighttime.
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  • Arc Words: “Two for one.”
  • Ascended Extra: Odile, who usually only appears at the ball in the ballet.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Wings."
  • Baleful Polymorph: Happens to Odette, the forest animals, and Rothbart and Odile at the end. Odette is turned into a swan, the elves are turned into various animals, and Odile is turned into a pig and Rothbart into a cuckoo clock.
  • Barrier Maiden: Odette cannot be harmed by any magic, as the Magic Crystal forms an impenetrable barrier around her.
  • Big Bad: Rothbart.
  • Big Good: The Fairy Queen, ruler of the Enchanted Forest and Rothbart's kind-hearted cousin.
  • Big "NO!": Rothbart lets out two of them when he is being destroyed by the magic crystal because of Odette and Daniel’s love and sacrifice for each other.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Odile is unappreciative of her father's gifts and demands he give her more jewels and a crown even when she has a box full of them.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Rothbart intercepts Odette as she tries to leave and transforms her.
  • Canon Foreigner: Odette's sister Marie, the Fairy Queen, the other forest animals, and Erasmus are not in the ballet Swan Lake.
  • The Chosen One: Odette is chosen by the Magic Crystal to eventually defeat Rothbart.
  • Clashing Cousins: Rothbart and the Fairy Queen are cousins and certainly come into conflict with each other, with the former being the Big Bad and the latter being the Big Good.
  • Daddy's Girl: Odile is adored by her father and he showers her with gifts, even if her whining does annoy him.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Odile shares her father's ambitions to take over, and plans to be the most stylish creature in the Enchanted Forest.
  • Dance Party Ending: Everyone from the Enchanted Forest and Odette's village gathers together to dance and celebrate at the end after Odette and Daniel's love conquers all.
  • Dark Reprise: A rather intense and tragic version of the Swan Lake theme plays as Odette is flying through the forest to the castle to warn Daniel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lila and Odile often make snarky comments about the situation, particularly Lila.
  • De-Power: The magic crystal will lose its power if "the true love pledges love to another", so Rothbart makes Odile appear to Daniel as Odette to do so. Subverted in the climax, when the crystal suddenly regains its power to destroy Rothbart because of the true love between Odette and Daniel being stronger and more powerful.
  • Disney Death: Odette and Daniel were almost murdered by Rothbart's magic ring, but their true love for each other destroys him and breaks all his spells, and they eventually wake up.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Erasmus does this, and is revealed to be much smaller than his shadow.
  • Evil Sorceror: Rothbart uses black magic with a powerful ring.
  • Flat World: Daniel receives a map of the world at one point, which is shaped like a cube.
  • Framing Device: The movie is told by Barbie to a homesick Kelly at her sleepover camp.
  • Giggling Villain: Odile laughs in almost every scene she's in.
  • The High Queen: Daniel's mother, as well as the Fairy Queen. Both are kindhearted monarchs who want what's best for their people.
  • I Want Grandkids: The Queen really wants to see her son get married and have children of his own, and be able to spend time with her (potential) future grandchildren once Daniel eventually takes the throne.
  • Lean and Mean: Rothbart and Odile are both tall, thin, and evil.
  • Leitmotif: Odette has the swans' theme, Rothbart has the track used when Odette is in despair, and Carlita has the Spanish dance.
  • MacGuffin: The Magic Crystal, which is the only thing that can block Rothbart's spells.
  • Morphic Resonance: All of the transformed creatures, when human, display some animal-like qualities until the curse is fully lifted.
  • Near-Villain Victory: After rendering the Magic Crystal powerless, Rothbart blasts Daniel and Odette with his magic, killing them both. He even gloats that he's won just before their love and sacrifice destroys him.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Most promos and tv spots feature a scene of Odette and Daniel dancing in the ballroom. In the actual film, Daniel is actually dancing with Odile, who is under a spell to make her look like Odette to Daniel so he can pledge his love to her.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Rothbart transforms Odette, then immediately tries to kill her. He succeeds in disintegrating her, but the Magic Crystal saves her.
  • Rags to Royalty: Odette is a Cinderella example of this.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The fairy queen's, and Odette's ball dress.
  • The Power of Love: The love between Daniel and Odette is what breaks Rothbart's curse.
  • Rebel Prince: Daniel would rather explore than rule.
  • Refusal of the Call: Odette balks at being told she's the chosen one and tries to go home.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Odette's older sister, Marie, is an adventurous free spirit, while Odette herself is shy and quiet.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Rothbart has a huge nose.
  • Smelly Skunk: Carlita the skunk. She uses this power to aggravate Odile.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike the original, Daniel and Odette don't die in the end.
  • Spoiled Brat: Odile is showered in jewels and magic, but always wants more.
  • Talking Animal: All of the transformed humans (although only Ivan and Carlita speak), as well as Lila the unicorn.
  • Tomboy: Quite a few:
    • Lila is a tough unicorn who's always willing to fight Rothbart.
    • Odette's sister, Marie, is outright called a tomboy, and she's always in search of adventure.
    • Carlita is a sassy little girl who was transformed into a skunk, and she uses her new abilities to annoy Rothbart and Odile.
  • The Power of Love: Rothbart is destroyed by the crystal's power exploding outwards, because of Odette and Daniel's love and sacrifice for each other which is much more powerful than Rothbart's dark magic.
  • Those Two Guys: Ivan and Carlita.
  • Transformation Sequence: Occurs when Rothbart transforms Odette into a swan and during her transformations from swan to human and back throughout the day. Also when her dress is changed twice by the fairy queen.
  • Triumphant Reprise: The "Swan Lake Waltz" is heard once again in the end as Odette and Daniel celebrate their marriage and Rothbart's curse broken for good.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Ivan looks like a small boy but, as voiced by Ian James Corlett, he sounds much older.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: Rothbart's spell that makes Odile appear to the prince as Odette does not change her voice to sound like Odette; therefor Rothbart reminds her, "Not a word."
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Rothbart and Odile can turn into birds at will.
  • Wham Line: Lila when she realizes Rothbart can't win after all because of Odette and Daniel's true love for each other:
    Lila: The crystal's power isn't gone!
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Rothbart does try this with his magic ring, but it doesn't work.
    • It's also discussed later on.
    Odile: Why don't you just destroy her? Any old human could do it!

You're braver than you think.

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