The Barbie Movies were introduced in 1987 with Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World and its sequel, Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth. Barbie starred in both of the short, 2D animated films as herself. In the 90s Barbie starred in Dance! Workout with Barbie and Barbie Birthday Party at Walt Disney World Epcot '94, both of which she appeared in stop-animation.
At first the series consisted of just these four short films, but after 14 years, feature length CGI films began being produced, the first being Barbie in the Nutcracker. It was marketed as Barbie's first movie. Kelly Sheridan provided Barbie's voice and Barbie starred in several films featuring princeses, mermaids, fairies and other fantasy and romance themes.
In 2010, Mattel wanted to take a different approach to Barbie films. It was started in Barbie in A Mermaid Tale when Barbie films were modernised. On fall 2010, for the first time Barbie was voiced by Diana Kaarina in the modern movie Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale and she continued voicing Barbie in three other movies. Kelly Sheridan returned in 2012 to reprise her role as Merliah Summers in Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 and also as the speaking voice of Princess Tori from Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar, meaning that she returned as the voice of Barbie. The Barbie movies are now modern fairytales.