"Barbie Fairytopia: Mariposa"
Mariposa is an animated film about a butterfly fairy named
Mariposa and her friends on a quest to find an antidote that will
save their poisoned Queen. Without the Queen alive, the butterfly
fairies homeland of Flutterfield will no longer be protected
by the Queens magical flower lights that shield them from
hideous, hungry skeezite creatures.
Mariposa is given a
map by Prince Carlos to find the antidote. She travels beyond
the safe borders of the city and encounters many skeezites on
the way, but manages to stay alive. As the journey continues,
she realizes that one of her own kind, a butterfly fairy named
Henna, had poisoned the Queen in hopes of taking over Flutterfield.
Fortunately, Mariposa finds the antidote and awakens the Queen
who helps restore the safety lights.
Going in to this film,
I tried not to have any preconceptions. The film had a fantasy
storyline, but had the same tried and true elements reminiscent
of Cinderella. A story about a girl who doesnt feel
like she fits in, but does something worthy to show others she
is special. Mariposa in the beginning is self-conscious and is
treated like a slave by two materialistic twins, who happen to
be her bosses. Its not until she goes on her journey, that
the two sisters realize Mariposa isnt half bad. And of course,
the prince is enamored by her down-to-earth qualities.
The film will most
likely attract a young, female audience, but adults can enjoy
the film with their children. There are little nuances of humor
that an older crowd would detect more, but nothing vulgar. If
you do see this film, brace your eyes for a smattering of bright
pinks and purples. Its a little overwhelming.
In result, I enjoyed
the film for what its worth. Also, with the incline of a
Hispanic population, the film embraces a Spanish-speaking audience
with a title like Mariposa, which means butterfly in Spanish.
And it doesnt stop there. The Queen and Prince Carlos have
accents and the two twin sisters utter a few Spanish words in
the movie. So not only is the movie about morals, its also
is scheduled to be released on DVD on February 26, 2008.