Barbie As The Princess & The Pauper (2004)

A New, soaring melodic update on the classic folktale.

Regan Humphrey

After Preminger (Martin Short), advisor to the royal family, kidnaps Princess Anneliese (Kelly Sheridan) in a ploy for the crown, Erika (Kelly Sheridan), a pauper—and the princess’s doppelgänger—assumes her identity to keep the engagement of the princess to Dominick (Mark Hildreth), King of Delcenia, afloat. In the meantime, Julian (Alessandro Juliani), the princess’s personal tutor tries to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

REF SCORE: 39%

Soundtrack: 100%
Story: 80%
Writing: 70%
Diversity: 5%
Daring: 60%
Racism: ABSENT — 0%
Gender Bias: ABSENT — 10%
Homophobia: ABSENT — 0%

SUMMARY
With an unforgettable, infectious singalong-ready soundtrack and adequate script, this edition to the Barbieverse pantheon is a classic, worth watching for the preposterous Preminger and heartfelt friendship of two girls with the same appearance.

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