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13 November 2011 @ 10:57 pm
Next Movie: The Princess and the Popstar?  
Simon and Schuster has a listing for a book titled The Princess and the Popstar, to be released next August 2012, which would make this align with the usual date for the fall Barbie movie. The front cover of the book says "Based on the Movie."
  
 The following is a summary from the page:
What little girl hasn't dreamed of trading in her life for a more exciting one, even for just a day? In this charming story, a world-weary rock star and a stifled princess switch places, but aren't prepared for what happens next. And everyone's favorite actress—Barbie—plays both roles! After girls read the story, they can play out the scenes with the reusable stickers and three panoramic play scenes attached at the front and back of the book.

Another summary from Flickr:
Barbie takes on a big challenge in her new movie—she plays two roles! In one, she’s a princess who feels bored and stifled by her very regimented life. In the other, she’s a rock star who is weary of touring, press junkets, and performances. When the girls decide to switch roles, they get a taste of how the other lives. Filled with memorable songs, this is sure to be a hit with Barbie fans!



I don't know what to say. It seems like such a modern Princess and the Pauper, except that it's still so different. I mean no offense, but I must admit I am wondering whether Mattel really has lost this much touch. Two things: One: the life of a princess and a popstar are already so different from a normal girl's, so this is kind of saying that each character in this movie is bored/has a non-exciting life, which I just don't get, seeing as they are princesses and popstars. Two: about Barbie taking on a "big challenge...she plays two roles"...yeah, I think she had done that in Princess and the Pauper? I don't mean to be negative about this movie before it comes out, but this is kind of like when they said A Christmas Carol was "Barbie's First Holiday Movie." And I was just really hoping for an old-fashioned story. I must say though the cover is pretty on the book, especially the purple popstar.

Also as a small bit of trivia, there was a VeggieTales movie titled The Princess and the Popstar.

Edit: Here is a second cover. I think the bracelet must be a plus that comes with the movie, and also Barbie has a purple guitar and the purple girl has a pink guitar (above):
 
 
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kitsunebabakitsunebaba on November 14th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
It does seem like they're just trying to modernize the Princess and the Pauper. There are plenty of good stories out there, why are they doing something they've already done before?
Emma: Barbie: Glittersailorem on November 14th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
I'm seriously starting to get so embarrassed to call myself a Barbie Movie fan. Wth is Mattel doing? I tell you, next month when I've finish my internship, I'm writing them several letters because I'm pissed. Their earlier movies (the "classics") were a hundred times better than any of this crap they're spewing out today. I'm not happy with the voices, the storylines or the CGI. And I intend to let them know this.

*Also, the Princess and the Pauper is tied with Rapunzel as my favourite Barbie movie, so I'll take this retake very personal if it's shit.
majorabbeymajorabbey on November 14th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Same here. I think that's why I've started drifting off from this fandom somewhat. I liked Princess Charm School and the newest Christmas movie but I'm getting pretty tired of the glamour emphasis in the newer movies. As Velle said, a princess and a popstar's life are pretty different from your average girl's, and I can't say I can relate to being bored of touring and performances.
(no subject) - genforever246 on November 14th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - velle on November 15th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Selenia: barbie: odette readingvelle on November 15th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
I love seeing the dolls as well. If anything I wish they would sometimes bring out more dolls, like some of the more obscure characters. That would be really nice.

Also I love your icon!
(no subject) - majorabbey on November 15th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - velle on November 15th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - velle on November 16th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
majorabbey: angry irritated annoyed blamedmajorabbey on November 14th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what more can I say? I already wrote a gigantic rant on the Flickr link you posted (and I have the same username, too).

However, you're right about the "two roles" thing. In fact, they made a similar claim about "Nutcracker" in one of my old promotional leaflets, claiming Barbie plays two roles - Clara and the Sugar Plum Princess (presumably to avoid spoilers).
Selenia: barbie: pas de deuxvelle on November 15th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
I wish I could see your leaflets. I have some promotional ones but they are more like the inserts from the DVDs. I like that they include those in there, it shows me all of the merchandise, and sometimes I miss seeing some of it at the store so I like looking through and seeing everything they made.
(no subject) - majorabbey on November 15th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
genforever246genforever246 on November 14th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah I agree with you. Even the name sounds like princess and the pauper. I'm guessing that there will be some nasty lady who wants to plagiarize(that would make me miss Preminger a whole lot more). Even the name sounds familiar. Wait...no REAL similar. Pauper, popstar? It is sad that they seem to forget that barbie already had two roles in princess and the pauper. Oh Mattel *shakes head*. Even if this movie turns out fantastic I will be disappointed. I mean come on you basically re-wrote yourself. So wait let me get this straight, is this going to be a musical? Oh and now what is the acronym for Princess and the Pauper? LOl I'd like to see people with no knowledge go, "wait there are two movies that do this, I thought there was one.."
princessidrilprincessidril on November 15th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
to be honest i'm not that bothered that this is kinda a remake, i mean they have done that before.
Fairytopia Mermaidia and Magic of the Rainbow were just the same character going on another adventure. And Mariposa was essentially a rehashing of the original Fairytopia.
I know a lot of people will point out that a princess and a popstar have very different lifestyles to normal girls anyway, but maybe the aim of this movie is to make the point to young girls that being a princess or a popstar isn't all it's cracked up to be? The grass is always greener...

I'm interested in this even if no one else is, I'm starting to drift away from the fandom now anyway, I still enjoy the movies I'm just fed up with the fans. There is so much negativity in this community
majorabbeymajorabbey on November 15th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to drift away too, actually. It's not really anyone's fault, it's just that I'm not so interested anymore. I just can't get excited, and there are other things I'm more interested in.

Also, this is somewhat random, but have you seen "A Perfect Christmas" yet?
(no subject) - princessidril on November 15th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Selenia: barbie: rapunzelvelle on November 15th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I was really hoping for a Mariposa sequel (I know that was pretty much knocked over years ago but I can hope?) :). I think that is a good point, maybe it is also aimed to show not to take things for granted, or to appreciate one's own life?
Barbie on the cover of this book reminds me of another cover that I can't seem to remember, from Musketeers? I don't know but I can't put my finger on it. I like the way she came out and I'm especially interested in the purple popstar, I really love purple and that's one of the reasons.
What I'm really curious to see is the kingdom Barbie will be princess of. I am assuming it will be kind of like Princess Charm School, I really liked how they showed that one, so maybe something like that? Something kind of mysterious/obscure/unknown but also modern.
One of the things I really like seeing is, like Noelle above mentioned, the dolls and other things they make for the movies. I've been trying to get a Barbie Princess Charm School doll (not the large one but the one in the school uniform) and I saw her when the movie came out but can't find her anywhere now. I wonder what kind of dolls they'll have for this one.
(no subject) - princessidril on November 15th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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genforever246genforever246 on November 16th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh you know I have another thing to say, the princess's outfit looks very similar to Blair's. This kinda also ties into how Mattel can't seem to get a grip anymore. As well, the veggie tales one sounds suspiciously similar to this. Hm...Makes me feel that Mattel has lost any idea of a new storyline. Goddamit just do something like Snow White and Rose Red already!.
majorabbey: Cleo unimpressed unhappymajorabbey on November 16th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
That doesn't surprise me. A lot of the princess dresses look the same now.

As for Snow White and Rose Red, that'll probably never happen now. Not modern enough, I reckon.
(no subject) - velle on November 16th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Veronica: pissedhinokahoko on November 27th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
yeah, that does kinda seem silly. It will probably bite dust. Mattel needs to stop being so weird in their plots and go back to their story roots. Personally, I'd love to see a Barbie Secret Agent movie. anybody else?
Maki DavkovskiMaki Davkovski on March 26th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
barbie
shut up you all barbie movies are great and this shoore will be a huge hit