By Taylor Rice
Netflix has officially released more Barbie into its repertoire of Movies. No, not the live action film being released in 2023; but multiple classics that all of us know and love! Classics such as “Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper”, “Barbie as Rapunzel”, “Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus”, and “Barbie in the Nutcracker”.
Netflix has indeed dabbled in Barbie before with more modern titles such as “Barbie Dolphin Magic”, “Barbie Big City Big Dreams”, and “Barbie Princess Adventures”; but none ever sparked the same delight as the originals did. I still remember the joy I personally experienced as a child when I watched Erika and Princess Anneliese singing together on screen, and now I can revisit that joy again.
On August 16, 2022, the four classic Barbie titles appeared on our Netflix recommendation lists. People can now officially watch two girls save a kingdom from corrupt nobility (“Princess and the Pauper”), witness a lost princess return home (“Rapunzel), cheer on two sisters saving their kingdom from an evil sorcerer (“Magic of Pegasus”), and experience a Barbie twist on a classic ballet (Nutcracker). However, the release of these classic movies of our childhood leads to a new question, what about the others?
Right now, Netflix has an opportunity. According to “A Definitive Ranking of The Barbie Cinematic Universe,” by Alexa Stevens, some of these movies don’t even make it into the top ten movies. This means that Netflix can’t go wrong adding more Barbie movies to the roster. Netflix can capitalize on a generation who wants to reminisce about their childhoods. Netflix can add so many more titles such as, “Barbie and the Three Musketeers”, “Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses”, and “Barbie and the Diamond castle.”
Fellow students at Benicia High state their favorite Barbie movies being “Swan Lake” and “Barbie Island Princess”, proving that Netflix has the capability to draw in more audiences. So Netflix, get on it. Bring us more of the nostalgia we crave. Let us relive the princess fantasy’s of our youth!