Barbie and the Diamond Castle
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|Barbie and the Diamond Castle|
|Produced by||Nancy Bennett |
|Distributed by||Universal Studios Home Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||September 9, 2008|
|Running time||78 min.|
|Preceded by||Barbie Mariposa|
|Followed by||Barbie in a Christmas Carol|
Barbie and the Diamond Castle is a 2008 direct-to-video computer-animated film that was released on September 9, 2008. The film features the voice of Kelly Sheridan, who has voiced the Barbie protagonist in the CGI Barbie film series. It is the third musical in the series.
Songs for the film were written by Amy Powers, Guy Roche, Russ DeSalvo, Gabriel Mann, Megan Cavallari and Jeannie Lurie along with executive producer Rob Hudnut.
A line of toys, dolls, and other products were made based on and released slightly ahead of the film. The Toy Fair 2008 released images of some of the dolls to be released later this year. Fox Interactive will self-publish the video game adaption for the movie.
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. (This is the first appearance of Barbie's sister Stacie in any of the Barbie Films.) Barbie decides to tell Stacie the story of two friends named Liana and Alexa.
Liana and Alexa (Barbie and Teresa) are best friends who share everything, including their love of singing. Liana and Alexa sell flowers for a living. One day, Liana finds 2 heart-shaped diamonds in the river. Suddenly, there is a storm, and the two girls hurry inside their house. Liana makes the two diamonds into two necklaces, one for each girl. When they went outside the next morning, they find that their garden is destroyed by the storm. They sell the remaining flowers to get 3 coins, but that will not last until the next growing season. While walking through the forest home from the village, the girls meet an old beggar. Liana feels sorry for the old woman so she gives her her lunch, bread and jam, even though she and Alexa don't have much either. In return, the old woman gives her a magical mirror. As they clean the mirror and sing, a musical apprentice muse named Melody appears in the mirror's surface. Melody tells the girls about the secret of the Diamond Castle, which is the home of all music, and where three musical muses once resided until one evil muse, Lydia, tried to take the castle for herself. She failed, but turned the other muses to stone.
In an act of safekeeping the other two muses (Phaedra and Dori) entrusted the key of the Diamond Castle to Melody. And to keep the key safe from Lydia, Melody hid herself in the mirror, but now she can't get out. She needs Liana's and Alexa's help to free her from the mirror and to save the Diamond Castle. Suddenly, Slyder, Lydia's dragon hears Melody's voice, prompting Lydia to go after Melody for the keys. Liana and Alexa must hurry to get to the Diamond Castle first to get the other muses instruments to free the two other muses and to banish Lydia. Along their way, Liana and Alexa find two puppies (Sparkles and Lily) in the Valley of Flowers and decided to keep them and they also make new friends including two identical twin brothers Jeremy and Ian, who also have a love of music.
Lastly, they knew that the key to the diamond castle was melody's song.