In 2001, Mattel’s iconic fashion doll, Barbie, leapt from the toy aisle onto home video shelves for the animated movie, Barbie in the Nutcracker. The film – loosely based on E. T. A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King – was a hit with its target audience (young Barbie fans) and led to a follow-up.
This second movie, Barbie as Rapunzel, arrived in 2002 and was also a hit, with a third film appearing in 2003, and a fourth in 2004. Each movie was a success, and as the series continued it became an extremely popular run of animated children’s movies.
But how many Barbie movies are there?
Short answer? A lot!
In this post, I am presenting a list of all the Barbie movies, along with some additional information about the series. So, if you have ever wanted to chart Barbie’s film career, or you’re just plain curious, read on for all the details!
The Barbie movies in order
To date, there are a whopping 43 Barbie movies! The films – released between 2001 and 2023 – include:
- Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
- Barbie as Rapunzel (2002)
- Barbie of Swan Lake (2003)
- Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004)
- Barbie: Fairytopia (2005)
- Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (2005)
- Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia (2006)
- The Barbie Diaries (2006)
- Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (2006)
- Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow (2007)
- Barbie as the Island Princess (2007)
- Barbie: Mariposa (2008)
- Barbie & the Diamond Castle (2008)
- Barbie in A Christmas Carol (2008)
- Barbie Presents: Thumberlina (2009)
- Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009)
- Barbie in a Mermaid Tale (2010)
- Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (2010)
- Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011)
- Barbie: Princess Charm School (2011)
- Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011)
- Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 (2012)
- Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar (2012)
- Barbie in the Pink Shoes (2013)
- Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess (2013)
- Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale (2013)
- Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014)
- Barbie and the Secret Door (2014)
- Barbie in the Princess Power (2015)
- Barbie in Rock’n Royals (2015)
- Barbie & Her Sisters in The Great Puppy Adventure (2015)
- Barbie: Spy Squad (2016)
- Barbie: Star Light Adventure (2016)
- Barbie & Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase (2016)
- Barbie: Video Game Hero (2017)
- Barbie: Dolphin Magic (2017)
- Barbie: Princess Adventure (2020)
- Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday (2021)
- Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams (2021)
- Barbie: Mermaid Power (2022)
- Barbie: Epic Road Trip (2022)
- Barbie: Skipper and the Big Babysitting Adventure (2023)
- Barbie (2023)*
*Please note: All of the movies listed above are animated feature-films with the exception of 2023’s Barbie which is a live-action movie, starring Margot Robbie.
Who are the cast of the Barbie movies?
The cast of the Barbie movies varies across the series, but notable voice actors in the animated movies include Kelly Sheridan, Diana Kaarina, America Young, and Erica Lindbeck. These actresses have all played Barbie throughout the movie series.
As for the live-action movie, the cast includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrara, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Cera, and Will Ferrell.
Is the Barbie movie series the work of the same director?
The Barbie movie series is the work of multiple directors, with a number of directors working on more than one project.
…the Barbie directors are as follows:
- Owen Hurley directed Barbie in the Nutcracker, Rapunzel, and Swan Lake.
- William Lau directed Princess and the Pauper, Magic of the Rainbow, A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers, Fashion Fairytale, A Fairy Secret, A Mermaid Tale 2, and Mariposa & the Fairy Princess.
- William Lau co-directed Mermaidia with Walter P. Martishius. Walter P. Martishius was the sole director of Fairytopia.
- Greg Richardson directed Magic of Pegasus, 12 Dancing Princesses, and Island Princess.
- Conrad Helten directed Mariposa, Thumbelina, Spy Squad, Puppy Chase, Dolphin Magic, Princess Adventure, and Epic Road Trip, and co-directed Video Game Hero with Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Norton.
- Ezekiel Norton directed Princess Charm School, The Princess & the Popstar, The Pearl Princess, and Princess Power.
- Owen Hurley directed The Pink Shoes; while Kyran Kelly directed A Pony Tale; and Karen J. Lloyd directed The Secret Door and co-directed Rock’n Royals with Michael Goguen.
- Eric Fogel directed Barbie Diaries; Gino Nichelle directed Diamond Castle; Adam L. Wood directed A Mermaid Tale; and Mark Baldo directed A Perfect Christmas.
- Andrew Tan directed Great Puppy Adventure and Star Light Adventure.
- Cassandra Mackay and Katie McWane directed Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday.
- Scott Pleydell-Pearce directed Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams.
- Ron Myrick directed Barbie: Mermaid Power.
- Steve Daye directed Barbie: Skipper and the Big Babysitting Adventure (2023).
- Greta Gerwig directed 2023’s live-action Barbie.
Got all that? Good – don’t make me repeat it!
The key thing here is that Barbie is a very successful movie star with a collection of films that really appeals to her target audience. Many directors have been retained and re-employed because they understand how to deliver a Barbie movie which meets audience expectations.
Oh, and you should expect the list of Barbie movies to continue to grow over the coming years. Barbie remains an iconic toy and her film career shows no sign of slowing down.
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