The TV movies based on Barbie have never exactly been critically praised—they are often just part of the overall attempt to cash-in on a Barbie toy line, and in recent years the TV films based on Barbie toy lines have been getting repetitive and boring.
This is where Barbie: Life in the Dream house comes in.
To those unaware of the show’s quality, it might just seem like yet cash in attempt by Mattel, this time aimed at those who want to see Barbie in a non-fantasy setting. But Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse is not only leaps and bounds above the quality of any Barbie movie predecessor, it is actually a quality television show for kids—and even older viewers who are still kids at heart. Why? Let’s look at some of the reasons why this show is definitely worth a look for parents and kids alike.
The creators poke fun at the characters being dolls
Unlike other Barbie properties where Barbie is a full-fledged human being, there is no doubt in Life in the Dreamhouse that Barbie and her friends are dolls. The characters are shown struggling with many things that kids who play with Barbie dolls and adults that used to will recognize—such as the characters struggling with sometimes comical articulation issues, dealing with cardboard furniture and cut outs, and Barbie having a massive wardrobe made up of previous job uniforms. This type of humor is fun and refreshing and adds to the overall light and humorous tone of the show.
Barbie is a genuinely good friend
Barbie, as a whole, hasn’t had much personality since her debut many years ago—which may be the reason she has remained so popular, since children playing with her can insert their own personality. In Life in the Dreamhouse, Barbie is shown as a genuinely good person—even to the characters who routinely try to one-up her or otherwise be mean to her. Barbie always try to see the best in every situation and puts other’s needs before her own, which is a great lesson for children of all ages to learn. It is also refreshing for a character that is often reduced to a snobby stereotype to be so genuinely friendly, caring and nice to everyone (and everything) around her.