I think most little girls want to be a ballerina at some point and JD is right there with them. She’s got a pair of red, sequined Hello Kitty shoes that she pretends are her ballet shoes and she’ll spin around on her toes. I love watching her and listening to her go on and on about dancing.
A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to review Barbie in The Pink Shoes DVD I had to say yes. Since I can’t keep a secret I told JD about the DVD and she bugged me for over a week until it finally arrived. A few days later we sat down and watched the movie and I can’t believe I actually enjoyed it.
The story follows Barbie playing Kristin a ballerina who dreams of being a prima ballerina. When the ties on her shoes break she tries on some sparkling pink shoes and is suddenly transported with her friend Haley to a world where everything is a ballet and she’s Odette in Swan Lake and Giselle. She also finds the evil Snow Queen. Of course this wouldn’t be complete without a lesson and Kristen learns that she should be herself and not try to be anyone else.
One thing that jumped out at me was the lifelike movements of the dancers. I mean, I’ve seen other Barbie DVD’s and the animation is OK but nothing wow’s me. What made this but the dancing in this was very realistic was using motion capture technology they were able to capture the dance moves of ballerina Jenelle Manzi. Janelle is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet Company. As a bonus I was able to interview Jenelle and ask a few questions that JD wanted to know.
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I received the DVD and Doll to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.