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Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' (2008)

Barbie stars in her first holiday movie in this heart-warming adaptation of the classic Dickens story filled with cherished Christmas carols, fabulous fashions and lots of laughs!

Director:

William Lau

Writers:

Elise Allen, Charles Dickens (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Sheridan ... Barbie (voice)
Morwenna Banks ... Eden Starling (voice)
Melissa Lyons Melissa Lyons ... Eden Starling (singing voice)
Prudence Edwards Prudence Edwards ... Young Eden Starling (voice)
Leanne Araya Leanne Araya ... Young Eden / Spirit Of Christmas Past / Ann / Nan (singing voice)
Kandyse McClure ... Catherine / Young Catherine (voice) (as Kandyse Mcclure)
Shauntia Fleming Shauntia Fleming ... Catherine (singing voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Chuzzlewit / Spirit Of Christmas Present / Mrs. Dorrit (voice)
Pam Hyatt Pam Hyatt ... Aunt Marie (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Spirit Of Christmas Past / Seamstress / Baby (voice)
Lisa Roth Lisa Roth ... Spirit Of Christmas Present (singing voice)
Gwynyth Walsh ... Spirit Of Christmas Future (voice)
Kelly Bixby Kelly Bixby ... Spirit Of Christmas Future (singing voice)
Amelia Henderson ... Kelly / Tammy (voice) (as Amelia Thripura Henderson)
Michael Ann Angone Michael Ann Angone ... Tammy (singing voice)
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Storyline

Intent on spending Christmas Eve at home rather than going to the hospital's annual charity ball, Barbie's little sister, Kelly, dreams of eating cookies and drinking cocoa in front of her fireplace. Much like Charles Dickens' timeless festive tale depicted in A Christmas Carol (1951), to convince her, Barbie recounts the story of the famous Victorian singer, Eden Starling, who demands that her crew cancel their Christmas plans, to rehearse her upcoming show. Will the night-time visitations by the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future help Eden change her mind? Written by Nick Riganas

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Barbie stars in her festive movie! See more »

Genres:

Animation | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbie Kerstverhaal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of the few adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" were the Spirit of Christmas Future actually talks. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing quote: "Keep the beauty of Christmas in your heart every day of the year"
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Connections

Follows Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Christmas Tree
Original Carol 'O Tannenbaum' by August Zarnack (as Joachim August Zarnack) and Ernst Anschütz (uncredited)
Produced and Arranged by Arnie Roth
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I actually thought it was quite good
26 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I know I'm going out on a limb in saying I like this movie, as wherever I go there is always someone who looks down on the Barbie movies with scorn. Although I am not the main target audience(I'm 20) and although none are among the best movies in the world, I do get some pleasure out of them, especially Nutcracker, especially for the music and the characters. Barbie in A Christmas Carol is not one of my favourites in the franchise, but I did like that it had its heart in the right place and it is a nice movie to me. The dialogue is on the corny side, I did find the Ghost of Christmas Past annoying and the animation is not as good as that of Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Diamond Castle, having moments that are either too flat in colour or over-saturated, even then there are some nice moments still. What tempted me in the first place in seeing this movie was not just that it was Barbie, but also what they would do with such a great story that has been told so many times and of course the colourful cover. Surprisingly the story is told very nicely, parts are toned down a little to make potentially scary parts like The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come but considering the target audience this was appropriate, and the storytelling overall maintained the story's heart and sentiment with a heart-warming ending and not too much of an overly-sentimental air. Again, not one of the best adaptations of the story, but a long way from the worst. The music is sprightly and really puts you in a mood for the festive season, and the characters are great on the whole, although I liked the change of pace for Barbie from brave, strong-minded and resourceful to the less idealistic values of selfish to sympathetic my favourite character was Chuzzlewit, who is so funny in his clumsiness and adorable. The voice acting is good, Kelly Sheridan is such a talented voice actress to me, from Nutcracker she showed great promise and is getting better and better every time I hear her. Overall, quite good in my opinion. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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