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Barbie of Swan Lake [Import]

Kelly Sheridan , Mark Hildreth , Owen Hurley    Unrated   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Barbie shines in her third animated movie, an adaptation of the classic ballet Swan Lake. A young girl named Odette (played by Barbie) follows a beautiful unicorn into the enchanted forest and picks up a magic crystal that proclaims her destiny as savior of the enchanted forest. Odette, hampered by an overwhelming sense of insecurity, proclaims herself unfit for the job and sets out to leave the forest when the evil wizard Rothbart (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) turns her into a swan. Bolstered by the powers of the magic crystal, Odette vows to defeat Rothbart. Meanwhile, love blossoms between Odette and the town's Prince Daniel and, eventually, Odette finds a courage within herself that, combined with her intelligence and the true love between her and the Prince, proves powerful enough to defeat Rothbart. The computer-generated animation in this 83-minute presentation is vivid and lifelike, the London Symphony gives a wonderful performance of Tchaikovsky's original music, and the choreography and dancing is nicely done thanks to Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet. (Ages 3-8) --Tami Horiuchi

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Barbie Of Swan Lake

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5.0 out of 5 stars From a Barbie skeptic... Dec 2 2003
Barbie. I tried to keep her away from my rough and tumble twin girls as long as possible. I relented two months ago, for their fourth birthday. I just couldn't squelch their girly-girlishness any longer. First came the dolls, then the outfits, and now the accessories. Great-Grandma bought them this dvd, Swan Lake, while we visited for Thanksgiving. The whole family is pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it is! It successfully kept the two older brothers and daddy out of the kitchen for a good part of the afternoon!
If you are not freaked out by fantasy, crystals, unicorns, and magic, than I assure you, your little girl will enjoy this dvd. I think what I really enjoyed about it is that it uses the classical Swan Lake music, rather than Disney-esque songs. So if I have to listen to it in the background every day for the next week or two (as children are wont to do with a new dvd), it is much more pleasant than listening to inanimate objects singing mind-numbing verse.
The animation is very realistic, especially the dance sequences. The story is about good vs evil, and courage. There is humor, beauty, some scariness, and of course, true love.
The additional featurette about girls and music was very interesting. It features five teenage girls and how music is such a strong part of their lives (two violins, one cello, one harp, and one trumpet). My girls have now taken to "performing" music for us, using a little electronic keyboard and a guitar, which they prop between their legs like a cello. They even "rehearse" prior to performing. I think a love of music is vitally important in creating a well-rounded soul, and I am thrilled that this Barbie featurette gave them an impetus to actively participate in music-making, rather than just listening.
Again, it was much better than we expected. I'm beginning to think this Barbie-thing could be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to expanding my Barbie horizon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for animation lovers, too... Oct. 28 2003
By A Customer
Yes, I will admit, despite being in my 20s, I still enjoy and collect animation. I have for years, and Barbie is a fairly recent discovery for me (beyond her cameos in Toy Story).
While at first I was reluctant to give any of the Barbie movies a chance, a friend of mine watched Rapunzel with her niece and insisted they were pretty good. So, renting the first two movies with a few other friends including her, we prepared ourselves for an evening of amusement. Yes, we found some things funny and still carry inside jokes based on the movies even many months after, however overall I liked them.
And Swan Lake is certainly no exception. In fact, I loved this one. The animation is very well done, and the music is just enchanting. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over. It was like I was a kid again, watching my favorite film and going back to relive the feelings years later. It even made me regret I didn't stick to those ballet lessons my mother sent me to years ago, as the dance scenes were adorable and magical. Barbie was in my life once again, only this time, I wasn't playing with dolls.
The only thing that really, truly bothered me about Swan Lake was that of Rothbart's daughter. Her laughter was incredibly irritating and distracted me from any scene in which she chose to do so. Thankfully Ivan and the other enchanted forest dwellers are a delight and make up for it.
In closing, I highly recommend this to any parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or whoever looking for a great gift (holiday or otherwise) for a child. And perhaps even for an animation fan such as myself, if you aren't too afraid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Magical Animation Inspires Imagination Oct. 27 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Artisan Entertainment captures the elegance of Swan Lake through three-dimensional digital animation (think Monsters Inc. or Finding Nemo vs. Power Puff Girls). The London Symphony Orchestra performs an enchanting original score to accompany the dance-like movement of the characters. When young Kelly can't sleep during a camping trip, Barbie shows her the swan constellation Cygnus. Then Barbie tells her the story of Odette (played by Barbie herself), a magic crystal, and her quest to save the Enchanted Forest. The forest is populated with elves and fairies that were transformed into animals by the hawk-nosed, spindly Rothbart, voiced by Kelsey Grammar. His spoiled daughter Odile's cackling laugh sounds as irritating as it did when actor Maggie Wheeler played Janice on the hit TV show Friends. Carlita, a skunk with spunk, and Ivan, a befuddled squirrel, provide comic relief. Computer-generated facial expressions appear lifelike. Sound effects, such as the hooves of Lila the unicorn clopping on cobblestone and the raging waterfall, are convincing.
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... I liked it better than Rapunzel honestly. The Tchaikovsky music was beautifully played and accompanied by ballet. The story was classic and lovely. I am continually enchanted by the supplemental materials provided on these DVDs, and this was no exception. There was a documentary following 5 or 6 teenage girls who are musicians and attend Julliard. I know that my 6 year old worships teenagers, and these girls provided good role models and goals for her to aspire to. There was also the ballet portion of the Special Features that took each dance and broke it down, naming the dance moves (porte des bras, pirouette, jette, etc.) and describing what is being conveyed by the dance. When the first video in this series was released two years ago (Nutcracker), I honestly expected it to be junk. I have been pleasantly surprised, and I am happy to let my little girl watch these movies that promote positive values, self-esteem, and creativity. I often watch with her, as I find them entertaining as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Barbie of Swan Lake
I'm happy with the movie, it arrived in good shape. The only reason I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 is because it took so long to get here. Read more
Published 11 months ago by cheryl gerard
4.0 out of 5 stars Watched many times by my 7 year old.
This is a good Barbie video....and we loved the music of Tchaichovsky (sp).
The story was compelling and the dancing was well choreographed... Read more
Published 21 months ago by k.carlsom
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd review
my daughter absolutely loves this show and watches it over and over again a definite buy for any little girl
Published on Aug. 12 2011 by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Conte de fée avec Barbie sur le Lac des cygnes
Dans ce conte de fée avec Barbie, nous entendrons la musique classique de Tchaïkowski dont l'histoire rappel le Lac des cygnes. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2011 by I. Theoret
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still a child
This movie is absolutely wonderful. Of all the Barbie movies I have to say that this one was my least favorite. The reason being that the bad guys were just to wierd. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2007 by A. Joosten
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbis wins again
Another hit for Barbie! Barbie of Swan Lake features beautiful costumes, losts of dancing and gracefully waving arms, and plenty of faithful friends. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My kid loves it
I haven't sat through this entire movie yet, just bits and pieces here and there. The fact is my almost three year old loves this one and the first one, so it gets my five star... Read more
Published on April 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL*~*~*
BEAUTFUL, as usual Mattel makes another gorgeous Barbie movie with an enchanting story to it! I own all 3, and I'm 22! Pathetic? No. Honest! Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by "glamandpunk"
2.0 out of 5 stars Coming after Rapunzel, a disappointment
Coming off what I felt to be a very well done adaptation of the Rapunzel story, I felt Swan Lake to be a serious disappointment. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Gregory J. Podgurski
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise winner!
I bought this video for my princess and Barbie-obsessed 4.5yo daughter, but much to my surprise, everyone in the house enjoys it, including both of my sons (6.5yo and 2yo). Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Jackie Barbosa
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