|Barbie & The Diamond Castle|
|Release dates||September 9, 2008|
|Running time||78 minutes|
|Genre||Friendship, magic, musical|
|Distributed By||Universal Studios|
|Producer(s)||Shelley Dvi-Vardhana and Jennifer Twiner McCarron|
|Writer(s)||Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser|
|Preceded by||Barbie: Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends|
|Followed by||Barbie in a Christmas Carol|
|“||Friendship is the true treasure.||”|
Barbie & The Diamond Castle is the 13th CGI computer-animated Barbie movie. It is a musical fairy tale about two girls named Liana and Alexa, played by Barbie and her best friend Teresa, and it is a story about friendship and music. The soundtrack was released on September 2, 2008.
"Barbie and Teresa tell us the fairy tale story of Liana and Alexa, best friends who share everything including their love of music."
"One day their simple lives change when they are given an enchanted mirror and befriend the girl trapped inside! To save their new friend, Liana and Alexa embark on a dangerous journey to the hidden Diamond Castle, that will put their friendship to the test. But through the power of song and with the companionship of two adorable puppies, the girls face their challenges together and learn that friendship is the true treasure."
The movie begins with Barbie and Teresa writing a song together on their guitars when Barbie's sister Stacie storms in, angry with her friend Courtney. Barbie decides to tell Stacie the story of two friends named Liana and Alexa, who also get angry at each other.
Although the two girls do not have much, they have each other, a love of music and depend on planting flowers to upkeep their living. They live in a hut in a beautiful garden. One day, they find a pair of heart-shaped stones in the river near their house, not realizing they are actually trinkets of the mythical Diamond Castle. They turn them into necklaces to symbolize their friendship. The next day, after sharing the last of their food with an old woman, she gives them a mirror, although none of them are aware that it is the hiding place of Melody, an apprentice muse on the run from Lydia, who turned evil and changed the other two muses to stone, but not before they hid their home, the Diamond Castle, and left the key with Melody. As the Diamond Castle is the birthplace of all music, Lydia's finding it would mean the end of music, and with it, eventually the world. Liana and Alexa coax a song out of Melody by singing, and Lydia's minion, a dragon known as Slyder, is able to locate the young muse by her voice.
With their home destroyed by Slyder, Alexa and Liana head off with Melody to find the Diamond Castle and keep it safe from Lydia, finding two small puppies on their way. Liana names one Sparkles, and Alexa names the other one Lily. But with no food or money, they eagerly take the place of two wayward musicians at an inn that evening. The always late musicians, twin boys named Ian and Jeremy, hear the girls play and sing, and instantly fall for them, but the girls leave them behind at the inn. No sooner are they out of the town than Lydia confronts them, using her magic flute to cast a mind spell on them, but the stones on their necklaces — originally from the Diamond Castle itself — protect them. Unable to use her magic against them, Lydia sics Slyder on them, and he nearly gets them, but the twins from the inn arrive on horseback, and the four of them give Slyder the slip.
The girls travel with the twins, who wind up running into a troll that they had managed to trick the last time they met. The troll vows to eat the boys this time unless the girls answer his riddle. They do, which not only frees the boys, but reveals a rainbow bridge that carries the girls off, leaving the boys behind. Liana and Alexa continue to travel, but soon run out of food and water. But not for long, as Liana spots a mansion in the middle of a wood, and when they go in to ask for shelter, the servants there — bewitched by Lydia — tell them that they are the long-awaited mistresses of the house. With all the food and clothes they could ever want, Alexa longs to stay, but Liana wants to honor the promise they made to Melody, and the two girls fight. In the end, Liana leaves and Alexa stays, ripping off her necklace in anger at her friend's apparent betrayal.
Almost as soon as Liana is gone, Slyder arrives and takes Alexa to Lydia. After determining that Melody is not with Alexa, Lydia uses her flute powers to get Liana's location, and because Alexa is no longer wearing the heart-shaped stone which would've protect her, Alexa is easily put under Lydia's control. Alexa tells Lydia that Liana and Melody are heading to the seven stones (the place where the Diamond Castle is hidden). Lydia sends Slyder to capture Liana as well.
After Liana is captured, Lydia uses a mind-controlled Alexa to threaten Melody into telling her where to find the Diamond Castle. Although Lydia promises to release Liana and Alexa once the Diamond Castle is hers, Slyder knocks the two girls over a cliff, and they very narrowly escape falling into some kind of glowing, green lava-like acid. Liana uses Alexa's necklace to undo Lydia's spell, and they manage to climb up the cliff. One of the puppies leads the twins to where the girls are, and together they all head to the hiding place of the Diamond Castle.
Meanwhile, Melody kept Lydia busy with a fake story about the key to the castle (Placing rhinestones in the crevices of the rocks in a certain order), and by the time Lydia catches on, the girls and the twins have a plan of their own set in place. The twins lure Slyder away and keep him busy while the girls pretend to fall under Lydia's mind-control spell. Lydia creates a whirlpool in a nearby pond and commands the girls to jump in and drown, but Liana pulls away Lydia's flute instead. Lydia counters by threatening to break the mirror Melody is in, but Melody breaks it herself, rather than let the Diamond Castle fall into Lydia's hands. Liana drops Lydia's flute in the whirlpool, and Lydia goes after it, but gets caught in the flow. She tries to cast a spell to make the whirlpool disappear, but her waterlogged flute backfires and she disappears instead.
The girls realize that the song Melody sang earlier is the key, and their singing reveals the Diamond Castle. Stepping inside the castle changes everyone's clothes to more regal bearings, and releases Melody from the mirror. Melody leads Liana and Alexa to the other muses' instruments, but Lydia, not entirely gone for good, returns on Slyder and attacks. Melody saves the instruments from being turned to stone, and the girls play and sing, creating a barrier that turns Lydia's spells against her, turning both her and Slyder into stone and bringing peace to the Diamond Castle at last.
With Lydia vanquished, the other muses, Dori and Phaedra, are returned to life and they return to the castle. They bestow the title of Princesses of Music to Liana and Alexa, promote Melody to a full muse, give Jeremy and Ian blue rocking electric guitars, and have sparkly tiaras placed on the puppies' heads. Although Melody would love for Liana and Alexa to stay at the castle forever, the girls just want to go back home. So the muses give them special flower seeds and send them on their way.
Back home, Liana and Alexa plant the magical flower seeds and soon beautiful flowers grow which have diamonds on them. Jeremy and Ian are successful in their performances with their electric guitars. The puppies follow at the girls' sides.
When the story ends, Stacie realizes nothing can break true friendship. She goes to apologize to Courtney. A song from Barbie and Teresa ends the movie.
Starring the Voices Of
- Barbie/Liana: Kelly Sheridan
- Singing Voice of Liana: Melissa Lyons
- Teresa/Alexa: Cassidy Ladden
- Stacie: Chantal Strand
- Melody: Marÿke Hendrikse
- Singing Voice of Melody: Lara Janin
- Lydia: Kathleen Barr
- Slyder: Mark Acheson
- Troll: Scott McNeil
- Jeremy: Jeremy From
- Ian: Noel Johansen
- Dori/Maid: Nicole Oliver
- Phaedra/Waitress: Heather Doerksen
- Innkeeper: Michael Dobson
- Butler: Ron Halder
- Old Woman: Linda Sorenson
- Sparkles/Lily: Veena Sood
- The first blooper was taken from the Valley of Flowers. Liana smells roses, and the scene goes on to where they supposedly found Sparkles and Lily. Unfortunately, when Alexa was about to find them, she sees Lily, listening to music on headphones, and Sparkles breakdancing.
- The next outtake was when they're going to see the heart-shaped stones. Liana was gonna help Alexa skip the slippery stone, but she slipped into the water. Alexa is then shown with a fish on her head.
- The next scene was at the Diamond Castle. It is a close-up of Sparkles and Lily when they got glitter on them, but they shake themselves so the glitter on them comes off their body. Shimmer, the pink sparkly horse sneezes. Then the director says, "Bless you.", and Sparkles and Lily giggle.
- The next one was when Wilhelm (the troll) caught Sparkles and Lily in the film, but the puppies are gone. In turns out that they're dancing again, and Wilhelm starts to dance with them. The director goes, "Cut, people, people! Focus, please?"
- The next blooper was never seen in the final film. Glimmer was on her way to the Diamond Castle when a bird gets in her way. Glimmer was glad that she didn't hit the bird, but the bird is then shown relaxing on Glimmer's head.
- This scene was before Slyder caught Alexa. He was flying on the roof when he slips, hitting his chin. He claims he meant to that and laughs, embarassed, and his eyes starts rolling around in different ways.
- The next was when Alexa was hypnotized by Lydia, and begins to walk to the edge of the cliff. Lily tried to stop her by pulling Alexa's dress, but she pulled so hard that the tore off, exposing her underwear. Alexa, embarrased, starts to laugh, along with Lily, who's embarassed about what she did.
- The last one was after Melody came out of the mirror, who then hugs Liana and Alexa. The director says, "Cut! Now that's a wrap!", and Lily and Sparkles are shown dancing again, and the three girls laugh at them.
- "Connected" is an English version of the Mexican group RBD's song "Tenerte y Quererte".
- Early trailers show Liana with a bun hairstyle, and Melody with strawberry blonde hair.
- Glimmer resembles Brietta from Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus.
- This film marks the 20th anniversary of Teresa and Barbie being friends.
- A man that looks like Mr. Fabien from Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses appears in the mansion.
- While in the mansion, Alexa finds a closet full of dresses similar to the ones worn in Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses and to Princess Luciana's purple gown from Barbie as The Island Princess
- Liana's original name was Emma while Alexa was Isobel.
- At the beginning of the movie there are shown pictures of Barbie, Teresa and Nikki. One of them, where they are in swimming suits is made on the Island from Barbie as The Island Princess.
Also Known As
- Portuguese - Barbie e o Castelo de Diamante
- Dutch - Barbie en het Diamantkasteel
- French - Barbie et le Palais de Diamant
- Albanian - Barbie dhe Kështjella e Diamanteve
- German - Barbie und das Diamantschloss
- Italian - Barbie e il castello di diamanti
- Spanish - Barbie y el Castillo de Diamantes
- Polish - Barbie i diamentowy pałac
- Finnish - Barbie ja Tiamttilinna
- Turkish - Barbie ve Kristal Şato
- Greek - Η Μπάρμπι και το Διαμαντένιο Κάστρο
- Persian - باربى و قصر الماس
- Hungarian - Barbie és a Gyémánt Kastély
- Georgian - ბარბი და ბროლის სასახლე
- Russian - Барби и Хрустальный замок
|Barbie & The Diamond Castle|
Quote: "Friendship is the true treasure."
Media: Barbie & The Diamond Castle | Soundtrack
Objects: Magic Mirror