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Barbie: The Pearl Princess is a Direct-to-DVD Barbie movie released in March 2014, though it had gotten a limited theatrical release in some theaters.

Barbie stars as Lumina, a mermaid girl with the power to manipulate pearls with her mind. While she's rarely ventured outside her secluded home, Lumina has always wanted to, and soon finds herself working in a mermaid salon customizing fabulous hairstyles. When Lumina gets the chance to dance at the royal ball, it seems her dreams will come true—until the evil Caligo blackmails her adopted mother, Scylla, into poisoning the king and helping him claim the throne. Lumina and her friends must work together to stop him, and her pearl powers may prove key to saving everyone.


This movie contains examples of:

  • Animation Bump: The shots of a furious Lumina during the final battle are much more fluid than any other angry expression shown in past films.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Scylla, a reformed witch who's forced into being evil.
    • Also Fergis, who has no interest in his father's ambitions and wants to be a botanist.
  • The Atoner: Scylla wishes to reform for her evil deeds and raised Lumina rather than kill her.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Light Up The World."
  • Badass Finger Snap: Used several times by Lumina when commanding the pearls.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: The eels use a literal bag to capture Lumina and Kuda.
  • Big Bad: Caligo, who leads the Trident Squad and a gang of eels.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Fergis wants to be a botanist, and it's this interest that helps him save Scylla when she's poisoned and needs an antidote.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Lumina and Kuda are kidnapped by Caligo and the eels. Once imprisoned, Lumina uses a supply of pearls to trick the eels into fighting each other, grabs the key, and escapes on her own.
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  • Death Glare: Lumina gives one to Caligo after he poisons Scylla.
  • The Dragon: Murray the eel is this to Caligo; he does a lot of the grunt work since Caligo is often at the palace.
  • Evil Prince: Caligo wants Fergis to be this, but it's averted since he has no interest in ruling the kingdom or his father's ambitions.
    • Caligo himself may count, as he is either Queen Lorelei's brother or the husband of King Nereus's sister. Either way, he would have some kind of royal title.
  • Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: Lumina and her friends buy ballgowns and have a fashion show, set to the song "Mermaid Party!"
  • The Fashionista: Lumina loves to create new hairstyles and clothing, and when she works at a hair salon, she inspires the other workers to try new things.
    • Madame Ruckus, an octopus who owns said hair salon.
  • Fetch Quest: Lumina goes to the ball to return Scylla's invitation to her.
  • Find the Cure!: After Scylla is poisoned, they must find the antidote. Luckily, Fergis knows what it is.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Lumina makes good use of her pearls in combat.
  • I Am Who?: Lumina knows she's a mermaid, but had no idea she was royalty.
  • The Masquerade: Lumina was raised to avoid using her pearl powers in public for fear of danger.
  • Meaningful Name: Lumina's name is Latin for "brilliant light."
    • In contrast, Caligo's name is Latin for "darkness" or "fog."
  • Mistaken for Special Guest: Lumina is mistaken for the salon's new stylist.
  • Multicolored Hair: Lumina's hair gains pink streaks in her princess form.
  • Mundane Utility: Lumina uses her color-changing pearl powers to style hair and tails, and Madame Ruckus uses her tentacles to style hair.
  • Obviously Evil: Caligo is half-shark.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Lumina gets a multicolored tail.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Caligo has ordered Scylla to poison the king's glass, but his and the king's cups are switched. He resolves it by spilling the king's glass and offers his own.
  • Poisonous Person: Spike the stonefish. Lumina helps him by using pearls to cover his spikes.
  • Punny Name: Murray the eel, a pun on moray eel.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Caligo is named after the Greek mother of Chaos, and Scylla is named after the sea goddess from the Odyssey.
  • Reused Character Design: Several fish were recycled from Barbie in a Mermaid Tale and Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2, though with different coloring.
  • Royal Blood: Lumina, much to her surprise.
  • Royalty Superpower: Lumina's pearl powers.
  • Scenery Porn: Even in the teaser, the underwater shots are beautiful, and in the movie they're even more beautiful.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: A male version with Fergis, who becomes more handsome after Lumina fixes his hair.
  • Tranquil Fury: Lumina enters this state after Scylla is poisoned. She gives Caligo a Death Glare and focuses on taking him down.
  • Transformation Sequence: Lumina has one when she is given the Pearl of the Sea and is revealed to be the missing princess.
  • Under the Sea: The movie takes place entirely underwater, so everyone is either a fish or a mermaid/merman.
  • Womb Level: Lumina and Kuda travel inside the skeleton of a great sea beast, which starts to collapse once Kuda bumps one of its ribs.

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