Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia (2006)

A rare and praiseworthy portrayal of a female enemies-to-friends relationship, bordering beautifully on the romantic.

Regan Humphrey

In her evil quest to rule Fairytopia, an exiled Laverna (Kathleen Barr) kidnaps Prince Nalu (Alessandro Juliani) of Mermaidia and threatens to contaminate the ocean if he refuses to help her find a rare and powerful magical fruit. It is up to Elina (Kelly Sheridan), savior of Fairytopia and Nalu’s friend, to help find him before it’s too late. To do so, she’ll have to work with Nori (Chiara Zanni), a surly and standoffish mermaid, temporarily give up her newly-bestowed fairy wings, and travel to the deepest darkest part of the ocean.

REF SCORE: 50%

Soundtrack: 30%
Story: 100%
Writing: 70%
Diversity: 0%
Daring: 100%
Racism: ABSENT — 0%
Gender Bias: COMBATTED — 80%
Homophobia: ADDRESSED — 20%

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