This review contains spoilers.
Today I sat down to watch Barbie and Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase for the second time, and it did not disappoint! I was quite hesitant at first -it had been a while since I had seen it the first time, and I didn’t really remember what happened.
Fair warning -with talking puppies who are somehow allowed on planes and have their own headphones, this film is definitely targeted towards younger children, and it’s not something you want to watch with, like, other people in the room (unless they’re Barbie fans, of course).
There’s also a TON of product placement in the film that really didn’t need to be there -the splash and swim puppies and the campervan isn’t directly involved with the film, but they are still shown. The puppy campervan, horses and dolls all were produced as a direct result of the film. Speaking of the puppy campervan, what. Was that even necessary? It just seemed a bit ridiculous.
I ended up purchasing both the Stacie and Skipper dolls, which you can read about if you go to the ‘my collection’ section.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It was something I’ll definitely watch again. Why?
Twists around every corner. Unlike films such as Barbie in a Mermaid Tale, the plot isn’t predetermined by a list of items the protagonist needs to find -instead, the girls try to get to Chelsea’s dance competition on time, only to be stopped by misfortune after misfortune. Flat tire, broken bridge, huge mountain, abandoned village, no road, no cellphone service, misplaced sign… Everything that can go wrong, does!
The sister’s banter was just the best. I wouldn’t go as far to call it ‘arguing,’ but Chelsea, Stacie and Skipper do tease each other a lot. This film really highlights their friendship, in ways that films such as Barbie and her Sisters in a Pony Tale did not.
Barbie isn’t the all-optimistic hero. While Barbie definitely maintains a high level of optimism throughout the film, there’s two lovely scenes where she admits she doesn’t know everything, she is scared, and she really has no idea what the heck she’s doing. While it isn’t at The Barbie Diaries level of realism, it’s still a nice change.
Each sister is unique. You know how, in some films, characters are all copies of one another, just with different names and outfits? Not in this film! If this was the first Barbie movie you saw, you would easily be able to remember the names and personalities of each sister. I particularly like Skipper’s reaction to things -I would probably have the same reaction if I was practically forced down a zipline! It was great how her sisters encouraged her.
Positive message. There’s a line in the song that goes ‘we won’t regret the chances we take,’ and it stuck out to me because the moral of the film is that even if things don’t go to plan, you can always work around them and make some memories in the meantime. Or something like that, anyway.
Of course, it still had it’s downfalls.
The puppies got a bit annoying. If I was, like, an actual child, I might have not been so bothered but, gosh, that yapping. It really got to me! If Conrad Helten was to approach me and say ‘hey, Mattel, is thinking about making another puppy movie, but we’re not sure yet. What do you think?’ I would say ‘Please! No more puppy-focused movies!’
Barbie’s actions were often dangerous. I get that it’s a movie, but she literally suggested they climb down a vine down this huge mountain! Girl, are you crazy? You’re asking a six-year-old with no abseiling experience to climb down a mountain? Using a vine?
And she didn’t really listen to her sisters. Time after time, Chelsea expressed her wish to go back to the hotel to practise her dance routine, because she was afraid she would mess up. And she had a right to be afraid, because she ended up completely messing up her dance routine! Maybe if Barbie hadn’t forced them to watch the dancing horses, Chelsea wouldn’t have messed up (and they wouldn’t have had such an exciting adventure, but that’s beside the point).
WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD? Throughout their tour around the island, all Barbie and her sisters eat is energy bars found in Stacie’s backpack. And you’re telling us they hiked all day long, surviving off energy bars and one bottle of water each? Nice try. I suppose it’s better than Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, where they ate literally nothing on their three-day horseback trip up the snowy mountains.
Overall, I did really like it. I liked the whole ‘island adventure’ thing, and I’m terribly excited for Dolphin Adventure. The animation wasn’t the best, particularly in the faces, but the sea was so realistic, I was really impressed. This definitely is one of my favourite films.
Oh -we can’t forget the cover! I loooved the cover art of this film, it’s great how it’s not a weird illustration like Barbie and the Secret Door. The back cover was organised really well, and I like how the overall theme is blue, instead of yellow. I’ve had enough of yellow covers! On my shelf, it goes pink, pink, pink, pale pink, pink, and then a whole section of YELLOW! And then blue 😉
So, I know it looks like it was made in five minutes, but this video took me about an hour to film. And it’s 13 seconds long! I was planning on doing the full episode of Spooky Sleepover, but that didn’t end up happening, haha.
I also went to the supermarket and saw this doll for the FIRST TIME EVER. A supermarket, guys. This doll never showed up at any proper shops, but at a supermarket??
She was only $10, but I didn’t get her, I thought her face looked a bit blank. The dress doesn’t do much for me, and I don’t have an articulated doll that would match her skintone. I’m fine with one hand on hip, but two? What kind of person walks around with two hands on their hips? Is she running around like she’s angry all the time?