Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses

2006 NR 1h 22m DVD

Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses

2006 NR 1h 22m DVD
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In this direct-to-video animated tale, Barbie plays the role of Princess Genevieve, who finds herself -- and her 11 sisters -- forbidden to sing or dance when mean-spirited Aunt Rowena moves into the family castle. While looking for a way to escape, the 12 siblings happen upon an entrance to a magical palace where dreams come true. But the girls must return to rescue their father when they discover that he may lose his kingdom -- and his life.
Catherine O'Hara, Nicole Oliver, Chiara Zanni, Britt McKillip
Greg Richardson
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 fairytale-based fantasy combines elements that will appeal to little girls -- it's all right there in the title -- and themes that might scare them, too: The princesses' father is being slowly poisoned by a cruel relative who also bullies the girls. Parents should also be aware of the large number of product tie-ins they'll find mentioned in the insert, featured online, and in the toy stores.

Sexual Content

Sparks of innocent romance between two characters who eventually wed.


A two-faced character uses poison to try to slowly murder a king and take over his throne. She also bullies and mistreats the king's daughters. In one scene, two armored knight statues come to life and attack characters with a sword and a spiked ball and chain. The sword comes dangerously close to cutting a protagonist.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Includes lessons in looking out for your siblings and sticking together. "Big or small, there's a difference only you can make." Although most of the 12 sisters aren't well-developed characters, as a group they demonstrate the value of working together as a team.


While there is no product placement during the film itself, Mattel is selling a plethora of merchandise to tie in with the film: plush toys, dolls, a vanity playset, picture books, coloring books, etc. -- all featured in the DVD insert and in a special section of the site.

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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