Mattel’s Barbie franchise first inspired a CG-animated direct-to-video film in 2001. Produced by Mainframe Entertainment, Barbie in the Nutcracker sold millions of units and inspired a seemingly endless line of followups ever year. In each, the heroine would take on different roles, sometimes being a rock star or even a super spy.
She looked unstoppable until things suddenly came to a stop after 2017’s Barbie Dolphin Magic. Since then, the brand has been more focused on web productions like Barbie’s Vlogs, as well as television shows like Dreamtopia and Dreamhouse Adventures.
The 2020s will start with a return to the CG movie format as Mattel and Mainframe Studios are working on Barbie: Princess Adventures. The new 72-minute musical will feature six original songs and debut later this year. Here’s a plot synopsis:
Barbie discovers what it means to be a modern princess in this full-length, original musical when she switches places with her royal doppelganger. Barbie helps a young monarch find her voice and use her position for social change.