BARBIE MARIPOSA AND HER BUTTERFLY FAIRY FRIENDS
After you see one Barbie film, all the others tend to fade into a sameness. Barbie Mariposa is no different. The one plus that stands it out above some of the other Barbie films is the sheer vibrancy of the colour palette that the animators are using. Moreover, debuting director Conrad Helten, previously an animation director on the other Barbie films, directs with an enormous visual sweep that none of the other Barbie films have so far shown. Some of the scenes, like the attack by the Skeezites, are directed as they would be a live-action film. All of this lifts Barbie Mariposa somewhat Mainframes animation has a constant tendency to slip into eye candy but Conrad Helten makes it move with an exciting flair.
On the minus side, there are all the usual drawbacks of the animated Barbie films. The plot is a routine adventure story that feels like it has come from a computer program designed to churn them out for these films. A minus point is also the voice cast the character of Willa has an annoyingly whiny voice; the two sisters are played as vapid airhead party girls; while for some reason Prince Carlos and the princesses have all been voiced with foreign accents, even though the actors are the same Canadians as all the rest of the cast.
Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess (2013) was a sequel.