Hi everyone! I’m really happy at the moment because I was finally able to watch the first episode of Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures!
If you are new to my site, you can find out how to watch it yourself for $15 per month here (Australian residents over 18 only, and yes, there is a free trial). If you live in the US, you can watch it on Netflix for $10 per month.
This post is going to be a recap of the first episode, and I’ll also be talking about my first impressions of the show. There are lots of spoilers ahead!
(Unfortunately I was not able to screenshot, but I did take a few pictures with my phone, which is why they are low quality)
Everything starts when Barbie, her parents, and her sisters, Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea, move into their new Dreamhouse. Luckily for them, it’s right in the same position as their old house! How convenient.
We are then introduced to Barbie’s father, George, for the first time in decades! It’s a very exciting moment; one that many, many people have been waiting years to see! George has recently rediscovered his Egyptian replica poodle statue… thing.
Time to see Skipper and Stacie’s new room! For people who live in a huge mansion in LA, it’s surprising that they share a room -surely they could have afforded to have seperate rooms?
Anyway, Stacie has a big basketball area with a pop-down bed. Skipper has a DJ table and a pop-down bed, too. Everything is electronically controlled by an Alexa / Google Home style remote, designed by Barbie’s mother. It looks like a nod to the “Hello Dreamhouse” playset.
It doesn’t take long for things to go wrong! Chelsea is sad because she misses her old house, which I find a bit strange since her new house is so much better and also, it’s literally right in the same spot.
The house then starts to go wild -Skipper, Chelsea and Stacie’s beds all go crazy, and the robot vacuum tries to eat Chelsea’s toy bear, Dr Wiggles.
Next, the Roberts family (and Ken) discover that their moving van has been towed by the nasty family next door, the Reardons. This is the first time we have met the Reardons, and hopefully they will be a recurring theme! I think that makes a great subplot. (I still prefer Raquelle and Ryan though!)
Sidenote: Why did they hire a moving van if they’re not actually moving anywhere? Couldn’t they have just put all their stuff in a storage unit?
Here they are! Doesn’t the animation look very similar to The Sims 4? I also can’t help but think of The Bee Movie when I see the characters (although I think The Bee Movie had much better animation, sorry Barbie).
After a misfortunate accident at the juice bar, Ken and Stacie decide to investigate the cause of the Dreamhouse’s crazy antics. They decide that it simply must be the curse of the Egyptian poodle statue.
I’m really glad how much of Ken we got to see in this first episode so far -I honestly thought that he would be a minor character, so it’s great that he’s had lots of speaking lines. I feel like he is a more “toned down” version of the Life in the Dreamhouse Ken -he made a quick comment about skinny jeans, but generally, he seems like a more normal guy, similar to how Ken was in Barbie: Dolphin Magic.
Honestly? I miss the old, crazy Ken, but I’m still glad he was featured in DA. It’s a bit weird how he and Barbie have reverted back to “just friends” now -I hope we find out more about that later.
Outside, Barbie and Skipper have other ideas about who is making the Dreamhouse go crazy -the Reardons! They decide to spy on them to see if they are doing anything suspicious.
However, it looks like the Reardons are not capable of doing anything that involves too much thinking! They are struggling to use a Nutcracker, which is an obvious note to the old “Nutcracker in every Barbie movie.”
It’s really lovely they included this specifically just for people who have watched the older Barbie movies -and not just for two seconds, either! The Nutcracker is in full view for quite awhile.
It reminds me of the ‘Schlond Poofa’ from the Life in the Dreamhouse days, which was a shoutout to the serious / older LitD fans.
Anyway, meanwhile Stacie and Ken are trying to work out whether the poodle statue is cursed or not. “If a mummy flies out when you open it, you know it’s cursed,” Ken explains.
(At this moment in the episode, I truly believed it was the cursed poodle that was making everything go wrong)
Down the hall, Chelsea is not helping anybody move the furniture, and is instead sitting on her bed doing absolutely nothing but feeling sorry for herself. Seriously, Chelsea? Do something to help!
Chelsea explains that she feels sad because she still misses their old house. Barbie comforts her and reminds her that when she was her age, she moved all the way from Wisconsin to Malibu. (So really, Chelsea doesn’t have much to complain about! Smh, get a grip!)
Since it’s not the Reardons that have been causing the Dreamhouse to go crazy, and it’s not the cursed poodle statue either, Barbie’s mother realises that it might be her fault. She thinks that her programming is what’s causing the problem.
Again, it’s really lovely that Barbie’s parents feature so heavily in the first episode. So far we have learnt that they are both smart (George is into history, and Margaret is into coding), while George is the ‘goofy one’ and Margaret is the ‘serious one.’
Stacie, Skipper and Margaret look inside the wiring to see if anything is wrong. And it is! All the wires have been chopped up!
My first thought was that the Reardons must have cut the wires, but no!
It was a squirrel!
Everything turns out alright in the end! The poodle wasn’t the problem, Margaret still has her ‘expert coder’ status, and the Reardons didn’t do anything but get the moving van towed away. And that’s the first episode! ~
It was a bit disappointing to look through the credits -there wasn’t a single name I recognised! Not just limited to voice actors, there wasn’t the usual producers or composers either. I feel like it would have been great if the same team who worked on the films continued to work on the television show.
Overall, I was really, really impressed with the first episode! I didn’t expect there to be so many subplots, and I was honestly surprised that it was the squirrel in the end. I really thought that it would either be the Reardon’s, or the cursed poodle. I also loved the nod to the older Barbie films!
I loved how we got to see so much interaction between Ken, George and Margaret. It was fantastic to finally find out more about Barbie’s parents (and see them, too!)
I’m glad they stuck with the same names for all the characters -it would have been horrifying if they randomly decided mix up all the siblings, for example, getting rid of Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea, and instead giving Barbie two older sisters and a baby brother! That would have been crazy annoying.
Now, for the downsides…
I felt that Chelsea was being a little bit pathetic, and there shouldn’t have been such a focus on ‘Chelsea feels sad.’ Get over yourself! I also felt that the ‘Dr Wiggles’ thing was a bit overdone.
It was frustrating how we don’t have information on why Barbie and Ken are ‘just friends’ now. Did they break up? Or is Mattel pretending that they were never dating in the first place?
At the beginning of the episode, Barbie explains that they have been living in the same place for ten years now. Then, later on, she says that her family moved to Malibu when she was Chelsea’s age.
However, here’s where the problem comes in -Chelsea has already been confirmed to be six years old. If they moved in ten years ago, that would make Barbie sixteen currently. And yes, I know she was officially sixteen back in the early 2000s, but isn’t she supposed to be seventeen now?
Another issue -I felt that the personalities of Ken, Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea were seriously “watered down.” In Life in the Dreamhouse, their personalities were interesting! Exciting! Fun! But now? They don’t seem to have much character at all! I hope things develop a bit more, and we can see another side of them, but that’s my thoughts at the moment.
I feel like Dreamhouse Adventures will be a nice “breath of fresh air” since Life in the Dreamhouse ended, and hopefully we learn new things about Barbie and her friends and family. Speaking of friends, I’m excited to see Teresa and Nikki again -perhaps in the next episode? I can’t wait!
At the moment, I am unable to see when the next episode will be aired. Originally, I thought it would be one episode per week, but now I am worried that it won’t be for another two weeks… Unfortunately, you can’t re-watch the show if you have missed it, you have to watch it live. I’ll have to keep checking!
See you soon!