EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2005--With five chart-topping films under her hit-making belt, Barbie(R) doll returns to the small screen this fall in the Barbie(R) brand's highly anticipated, new original princess tale and 3-D enhanced, animated film, "Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus." Since 2000, Barbie(TM) has become an entertainment powerhouse and a family favorite among home DVD collections with four princess films, including "Barbie(TM) in the Nutcracker," "Barbie(TM) as Rapunzel," "Barbie(TM) of Swan Lake" and "Barbie(TM) as the Princess and the Pauper." The Barbie(TM) princess movies are distributed by Lions Gate Family Entertainment in the U.S./Canada and Universal Pictures International in the international markets. Each film has earned a No. 1 ranking on the video charts and a warm place in girls' hearts by inspiring girls' imaginations and encouraging them to explore their creativity through the arts.
This fall's DVD -- the fifth in the princess collection and sixth overall -- is the Barbie(R) brand's first-ever to include scenes in 3-D. It's also Barbie(R) doll's first-ever original princess story, casting her as the courageous Princess Annika(TM). Set amidst the fluffy clouds of the exquisite Magical Cloud Kingdom(TM), "Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus" is scored primarily based on Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and features the beautiful motion-capture figure skating of Canadian skaters Jessica Miller and Ian Moram. In addition to the animated movie, an entire line of products including princess dolls, winged horses and playsets will intrigue girls and help bring this enchanting new tale to life at play.
"The mission of Barbie(TM) entertainment is to inspire the imagination of girls everywhere and make various forms of the arts accessible and relevant to them. Barbie(TM) princess movies have put the spotlight on dance, visual arts, classical music, song and much more, and, by doing so, girls can see how the arts fit into their own worlds," said Tim Kilpin, Senior Vice President of Girls Marketing and Design, Mattel. "Each unique tale has also taught girls about important values such as courage, friendship, love and self-expression. This year, "Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus" teaches girls that there is always hope and that nothing is more powerful than family love."
"Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus" DVD and Video
"Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus" sends Barbie(R) on an adventure with a new set of pals, including: Brietta(TM) the Pegasus, a magical flying horse; Rayla the Cloud Queen(TM), the kind and gentle ruler of the Magical Cloud Kingdom(TM); Cloud Princess(TM) Kelly(R), the tiny princess who "paints" the sunset; and Prince Aidan(TM), the rugged, handsome love interest of Barbie(R) doll's character, Princess Annika(TM).
Continuing the tradition established in Barbie(R) doll's first four princess movies, this beautiful film allows girls to experience a wonderful princess tale through characters and music they can relate to. To help spread the magic to young girls everywhere, Mattel partnered with teen pop sensation and Universal recording artist Brie Larson to produce "Hope Has Wings," the beautiful end credit track in "Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus." A life-long Barbie(R) fan, Larson's lyrical voice whisks girls away with the message that hope has wings to carry you, and anything is possible. A music video featuring Brie Larson performing "Hope Has Wings" appears as a bonus feature on the movie's DVD. In stores in the U.S. and Canada today, the DVD's suggested retail price is $19.98 and includes four pairs of 3-D glasses. The VHS version also retails for a suggested price of $19.98 but does not include 3-D enhanced scenes or 3-D glasses.
"Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus" Dolls and Accessories
Girls can enjoy "Barbie(TM) and the Magic of Pegasus" beyond the excitement of the movie with themed dolls, playsets and accessories, providing girls with an even richer, content-filled experience. The following products are now available on store shelves:
-- Barbie(R) as Princess Annika(TM) Doll: This enchanting lead character can magically change her look. Barbie(R) doll is dressed in a gorgeous lavender gown with sparkly accents and a silvery crown. With one quick twist, girls can change the look of her dress from princess pretty to princess glam! Barbie(R) doll also comes with a magical "Wand of Light(TM)" that lets little girls play out the story and inspires new adventures.
-- Prince Aidan(TM) Doll: The rugged, handsome Prince Aidan(TM) is the charming friend of Princess Annika(TM). Prince Aidan(TM) comes with an adorable, bobble-head polar bear named Shiver(TM).
-- Brietta(TM) the Pegasus: Brietta(TM) the Pegasus is a beautifully articulated, enchanted horse that girls can play with in a variety of poses. She has sparkly fabric wings that gracefully flap as she glides through the air.
-- Little Princess Shiver(TM): Princess Annika(TM) befriends this darling plush polar bear cub who shivers and chatters until a little girl hugs her, bringing a warm glow to her cheeks.
-- Rayla the Cloud Queen(TM) Doll: Rayla the Cloud Queen(TM) doll is the kind and gentle ruler of the Magical Cloud Kingdom(TM). This multi-ethnic doll comes with a miniature flying horse companion that Rayla the Cloud Queen(TM) and the girl can nurture and love.
-- Kelly(R) Cloud Princess and Pony(TM) Assortment: Girls will be able to play out the scene of tiny princesses and ponies painting the sunset in breathtaking beautiful shades of rainbow colors with adorable Kelly(R) Cloud Princess and Pony(TM) dolls.
-- Brietta(TM) the Pegasus Groom n' Glam(TM) Styling Head: Girls who love hair play will love this innovative new twist on a styling head! Girls can style the horse's long blonde mane with streaks of pink hair that magically turn purple with cold water. The styling head also has color change eye shadow, and comes with a brush and fun hair accessories.
-- Magical Cloud Kingdom(TM) Playset: The Magical Cloud Kingdom(TM) Playset comes to life in a dazzling, magical way. In this kingdom, girls can play with their Princess Annika(TM), Brietta(TM) the Pegasus, Cloud Princess and Pony(TM) dolls, and even the Magical Mini-Ponies(TM). The kingdom is filled with fun areas to explore, including: a vanity area for Princess Annika(TM) and Brietta(TM) the Pegasus, a dance floor where Princess Annika(TM) and Prince Aiden(TM) can dance, a playground and bedroom for a Princess Kelly(R) doll, a dining area and much more.
-- Magical Musical Wings(TM): Girls can experience the "magic" of flight with their very own beautiful, sparkly wings. These wings flutter at different speeds and play beautiful music, while girls dance around and play out the fantasy of flight.
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) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products, including Barbie(R), the most popular fashion doll ever introduced. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Hot Wheels(R), Matchbox(R), American Girl(R) and Tyco(R) R/C, as well as Fisher-Price brands (www.fisher-price.com
), including Little People(R), Rescue Heroes(R), Power Wheels(R) and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than 25,000 people in 42 countries and sells products in more than 150 nations throughout the world. The Mattel vision is to be the world's premier toy brands -- today and tomorrow.
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