All aboard the hype train, because Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures releases (in the United States only) on Thursday May 3!
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures is Barbie’s first Netflix-exclusive television series. Unlike Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, we’re talking full-length episodes with interconnecting plots, new characters and lots of other fun stuff!
With lots of rumours circulating the interwebs, it’s time to sort out fact from fiction. Now that the show is nearing the release date, lots of new (official) material is being pushed out on Barbie’s Twitter and Instagram Story. In addition to the official news, we are also getting lots of leaks on YouTube and around the web.
According to IMDb, the show will run from 2018 to 2019. The fact it is scheduled to run until 2019 is very interesting -I wonder how many episodes there will be?
Interestingly, IMDb also says that ‘May 3’ and ‘May 18’ are the release dates. We know that May 3rd is the release date in the United States -perhaps May 18th is the international release date?
The first episode will be called ‘Welcome to the Dreamhouse.’ In this epsiode, Barbie and her sisters move into their new smart house. This probably ties in with promotion for the “Hello Barbie” Dreamhouse toy. Here, we can see Barbie on a tablet on a robot (because that makes sense).
I have already analysed the launch trailer here, but if you look on Barbie’s Twitter, you can find a longer version of the trailer that explains more about the series.
In this video, we see some scenes that aren’t shown in other videos, such as this one here, where Barbie is baking something.
Chelsea is wearing the same outfit she wears in the Dreamtopia promotional image. Surely they won’t be wearing the same outfits over and over …right?
We saw Renee in Barbie: Spy Squad, and I think she was mentioned once in Barbie’s vlogs, but this is the first time we’ll be learning more about her personality. I’m excited for that!
It looks like Ken will have an important role in this series, too, which I’m happy about.
These road trips scenes have been shown quite a lot -I wonder if this is an important part? It seems just like a montage to me.
We’ve also seen the puppies quite often, however they haven’t spoken so far. Thank goodness! There’s nothing I dislike more than talking puppies!
I wonder how this part fits into the storyline…
And here we have, for the first time in goodness-knows-how-many-years, George and Margaret Roberts! The pair were mentioned in Barbie’s vlogs, which was a big surprise to me, but it was an even bigger surprise that here they are, in real, live animation!
Daisy’s DJ event looks quite important. If you look at the side of the stage, we can see Teresa and Nikki. We can also see the dinosaur toy that Barbie mentions in another scene.
Barbie’s sisters will likely play a big part in the series. I wonder how they fit into everything…
Another episode will be ‘The Great Cake Race.’ How do I know this? Well, a storybook published by Penguin Random House is now selling a Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures storybook.
Luckily for us, a sneak peak of “The Great Cake Race” was also published on YouTube just recently. Let’s have a look at some of the highlights…
Personally, I don’t think this episode looks terribly interesting, but we’ll see when it releases for real.
In this episode, it appears that Barbie is competing in an action / cooking TV game show. Cupcake Ninja Warrior, perhaps? Haha.
In the audience, we can see George and Margaret Roberts, Ken, Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea cheering Barbie on. But I have to ask -where is everybody else in the audience?
Is that Renee that Barbie is competing with? Perhaps she is a replacement frenemy for Raquelle… That would be weird, especially since Barbie was friends with Renee in Barbie: Spy Squad.
Then again, Barbie and Raquelle were friends in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, and all of a sudden they were no longer friends in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, so we can’t exactly trust Mattel to keep things canon!
There has also been another spoiler video released. This one is about Daisy getting the opportunity to DJ at a big event, which probably leads to Barbie and her friend’s road trip later on.
I think this episode looks a little more interesting.
It appears that Renee, Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea (who is wearing an outfit that one of the Chelsea dolls wears), Teresa, Nikki, Barbie and Daisy are enjoying playing about in Barbie’s pool. Suddenly, Daisy gets a phone call and is invited to DJ at a far-away event.
If you are interested in the production team, it has also been released on IMDb.
What I find interesting is how many of these promotional videos focus on the same five events -Barbie’s underground mission, the TV game show, Daisy’s DJ event, Skipper and Barbie’s horse / mall adventure, and Barbie’s pool party.
There are a few other scenes show where Barbie is speaking to her sisters, or when they are playing tennis, but they are not as prevalent. Once again, I have to wonder how many episodes there will be…
I also have to wonder about the format of these episodes. At the moment, my theory is that Barbie starts off as she does in her vlogs, and she tells a story to the audience. This story then evolves into a flashback-style episode.
When Barbie: Dolphin Magic was released, it was called a ‘Dreamhouse Adventures special.’ To me, it looks like this really won’t connect with the series at all. We’ll have to wait and see on this one!
We also have the opening sequence of the series, which you can view below.
And that’s everything we know so far! Er, I think. If you are aware of any new information, please share in the comments below!