Lara and I often enjoy watching a movie together on a Sunday afternoon. Lara is into all sorts of things at present, but Barbie is a relatively recent discovery for her so she was over the moon when we were asked to review the new Barbie movie - Barbie and her Sisters in A Pony Tale. Ponies don't feature highly on my list of top things to look for in a movie but Lara seems to be interested right now (I'm not going to question this in a 4 year old girl!) and very honestly, I had previously quite enjoyed the Barbie movies we had watched together. Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale didn't disappoint - even for grown-ups, it is a very watchable movie!
Lara sat quietly and watched the whole movie with me; I think this may be a record. The story obviously made an impression on her because she rushed straight into school the following morning to tell her teacher all about Majesty the mysterious wild horse who comes to Barbie's rescue when she needs a horse for the all-important horse show.
Barbie's sisters cover all sorts of ages and tastes. I was particularly taken with Skipper who seems more interested in her tech and her blog than with the ponies. I thought it was interesting that the movie just began to touch on her relationship with... boys (although this was totally lost on Lara). Lara most likes Barbie's youngest sister who thinks it is unfair that she only gets to ride a tiny pony... but then she is quite tiny herself. There were several points in the movie that Lara laughed out loud at her antics.
Because the movie is based in Europe (in the bright sunny setting of the alps) there are lots of European accents. I didn't find any of the movie to make me cringe, which to me is very important if I am going to watch a film with my daughters.
Barbie and her Sisters in a Pony Tale is a celebration of all things girly - ponies, pinks and Barbie all rolled into one. It comes out on DVD and Blu Ray next Monday the 28th October.