Barbie: A Christmas Carol

2008 NR 1h 16m DVD

Barbie: A Christmas Carol

2008 NR 1h 16m DVD
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In this animated holiday tale based on Charles Dickens's classic story, the usually lovable Barbie takes on a decidedly different demeanor as the self-absorbed Eden Starling, a singing star of the London stage who forgets the spirit of the season. When Eden pulls a Scrooge and demands that her fellow performers rehearse on Christmas Day, she's visited by a trio of spirits who remind her what giving is all about.
Kelly Sheridan, Morwenna Banks, Melissa Lyons, Prudence Edwards, Leanne Araya, Kandyse McClure, Shauntia Fleming, Kathleen Barr, Hyatt Pam, Tabitha St. Germain
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this animated DVD is based on the classic Charles Dickens tale and, unlike most Barbie movies, features an unlikable main character. Exactly like most Barbie movies, that character learns predictable lessons about selfishness and caring. Though not period-appropriate for Victorian England, a close biracial friendship is depicted. Ghosts play a part in the story, but not in a way that would scare even young children (one looks like a Valley girl, another Ethel Merman, and the third looks like a queen). There is virtually no discussion of the religious aspect of the holiday.

Sexual Content

Very mild flirting.


There are ghosts, but none are scary: one looks like a Valley girl, another looks like Ethel Merman, and another a queen.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

As in the original Charles Dickens story, a miserly, selfish main character is changed and learns to value the true meaning of the Christmas holiday. Includes lessons on the impact of simple acts of caring, the way that facing our fears helps us grow, and the redemptive power of second chances.


Another in the juggernaut of Barbie movies timed for holiday release, there is plenty of reinforcement of the Barbie brand -- and at least two tie-in dolls. Promos for other upcoming Barbie movies can't be skipped over.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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