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Encyclopedia > Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
Directed by Greg Richardson
Produced by Shea Wageman
Starring Kelly Sheridan, Catherine O'Hara
Editing by Colin Adams
James Boshier
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) September 19, 2006
Running time 81 min.
Country  United States
Language English
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Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses is a 2006 direct-to-video computer animated Barbie film loosely based on the fairytale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." It was released in the United States on September 19, 2006. Kelly Sheridan is a Canadian voice actor based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Catherine OHara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian/American actress and comedian. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ... The Twelve Dancing Princesses or The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes is a German fairy tale originally published by the Brothers Grimm in Childrens and Household Tales as tale number 133. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



Barbie stars as Genevieve, a princess with eleven sisters: Ashlyn, Blair, Courtney, Delia, Edeline, Fallon, Hadley, Isla, Janessa, Kathleen and Lacey. Each princess is beautiful and different, but the twelve sisters have one thing in common: they all love to dance. They live in a castle with their widowed father, King Randolph. Randolph loves his daughters deeply, but at times can't understand them and feels that they should act more like “proper” princesses. Disheartened by their unladylike behavior and hurt about what other royals say about them, he summons his cousin, Duchess Rowena, to help him raise them. But, Rowena has her own plans, which includes getting rid of Randolph and his daughters so she can take over the kingdom. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...

Believing that Rowena is up to no good, Genevieve and her sisters try to reason with Randolph, but due to Rowena’s interference, the king doesn’t believe them and says they will listen to his cousin. Attempting to break their spirits, Rowena makes the princesses’ lives miserable by stripping the castle of everything they love and forcing them to practice "proper" behavior, such as fanning. She even banishes dancing from the castle.

Sad with the changes, the princesses find comfort in their mother's favorite story, which recounts a tale of a magic realm where gold flowers grant wishes and a princess could dance at an enchanted pavilion for three nights. They later discover that the story is true. The entrance to this magical land is in their bedroom on twelve circular tiles, which have each princesses’ favorite flower on one of the stones. Genevieve opens the entrance by dancing in order from oldest to youngest. They enter the magic realm and end up dancing the night away. The youngest princess, Lacey, falls and scraps her knee. Genevieve dabs water from a nearby fountain on the cut and it instantly heals.

The next day, the girls are tired and the duchess finds their new dancing shoes are worn out. Becoming suspicious, Rowena thinks that they were out dancing with princes. Meanwhile, the royal cobbler and Genevieve's love interest, Derek, comes to mend their shoes and sees that they are covered in gold dust. While together, Genevieve asks Derek to find out what Rowena is up to. The duchess continues to deprive them of any enjoyment and stops them from singing to their father, who has suddenly fallen ill. The doctor gives Rowena a tonic for Randolph, which she promptly disposes of, revealing that she is poisoning the king. That night, Rowena has her footman, Desmond, stand guard outside the princesses’ room to find out where they go. The sisters sneak back to the magic realm and dance well into the night again. That same night, Derek discovers that Rowena is stealing from the king and dealing with an apothecary (presumably for the poison). He hurries back to the castle to warn Genevieve and her sisters.

The next morning, the sisters are still exhausted and Rowena demands to know why. When she gangs up on Lacey, the girls tell her the truth, but she doesn’t believe them and forces them into servitude. That night, she demands the truth again, but they tell her the same story. This makes Rowena even angrier and she locks them in their room, blaming them for their father's failing health. Hurt by her cruel words, the sisters can't help but feel that she's right and that their father would be better off without them. Heartbroken and not knowing what to do, the princesses return to the magical land. A furious Rowena finds the princesses gone the next morning.

Later that day, Derek finally makes it back to the castle, but finds out the princesses are missing. Determined to find Genevieve, he sneaks into their bedroom. Remembering Genevieve's dance pattern, Derek enters the magic world and reports his findings to the girls. Unfortunately, Rowena learns how to enter the magical land, thanks to her monkey, Brutus. There, she steals some flowers and returns to the castle. Desmond then destroys the stone pattern that forms the gateway, trapping the sisters and Derek in the magic realm. Thinking she has disposed of the princesses, Rowena then tricks the weak Randolph into making her acting queen until he recovers.

Trapped in the magical land, the sisters and Derek try to find a way out. Genevieve eventually learns that it is only by dancing with Derek that she can open another entrance back to their world. As they dance, the princesses and Derek float up into the sky and return home. However, this new gateway leads to their mother's dance pavilion (which is identical to the pavilion in the magic realm), instead of their bedroom.

Once back, the sisters and Derek discover that Rowena is now queen, new guards (hired by Rowena) have been ordered to capture any stray princesses, and their father is slowly dying. Using their diverse talents, the princesses disable the guards and enter the castle to confront Rowena. Lacey ignores Genevieve's orders and enters the castle, but is seized by Desmond. Derek and Genevieve defeat the enchanted suits of armor that defend Rowena, but the duchess has the upper hand when Desmond drags in Lacey.

Noting that Genevieve is the source of her sisters' resistance against her, Rowena uses the flowers she stole and wishes that Genevieve would dance forever. But when the flowers spew dust at her, Genevieve produces her fan and blows it back at Rowena, who starts dancing instead. Desmond soon joins her while trying to help and the two villains dance their way out of the castle and the film.

It is revealed that Lacey saved some water from the magic realm, and using it, she heals the dying king. Randolph explains that Rowena was poisoning him and apologizes to his daughters for not believing them. He now truly understands them and realizes that they will do great things and be wonderful princesses by just being themselves. The film ends with everything going back to normal, and Genevieve and Derek celebrate their wedding.

Cast and characters


The names of the twelve princesses start with the first twelve letters of the alphabet. Each princess has an associated flower that appears on their dresses, their book covers and on the stones that lead to the magical kingdom. The flowers are located in the middle of the bodice from Ashlyn to Genevieve (like a brooch), off to side of the dress sash on the twins and the center of the sash on the triplets (like a belt buckle). Each princess also has an associated gemstone.

  • Genevieve, voiced by Kelly Sheridan, is the graceful and good natured heroine of the film, who tends to be unintentionally late for all sorts of occasions. Genevieve is the seventh of the twelve sisters and next to her family, Genevieve loves dancing more than anything. Her flower is the pink rose and her gemstone is a pink opal. Genevieve has light blonde hair, dark blue eyes and wears a white and dark pink dress.
  • Ashlyn, voiced by Nicole Oliver, is the oldest sister. She is practical, calm and knowledgeable. She loves music, especially playing the flute and oboe. She is straightforward and cares for her sisters, for whom she tries to act as a role model. Her flower is the geranium and her gemstone is a garnet. She is very close to Blair and Courtney. Ashlyn has brown hair, light teal eyes and wears a light purple dress. She also looks extremely similar to her late mother, Queen Isabella.
  • Blair, voiced by Jennifer Copping, is the second sister. She loves horses and riding. Blair's a dreamer and is close to Ashlyn and Courtney. Outspoken and always speaking her mind, Blair is the first to voice her opinion, especially her complaints about Rowena's presence in their lives. Her flower is larkspur and her gem is a ruby. Blair has black hair, dark blue eyes and wears a dark red dress.
  • Courtney, voiced by Lalainia Lindbjerg, is the third sister, who is close to Ashlyn and Blair. Her favorite hobby is reading, which makes her totally oblivious to her surroundings because she always has her nose in a book. However, her constant reading makes her knowledgeable and open minded. Her flower is the forget-me-not and her gemstone is a sapphire. Courtney has brown hair, brown eyes and wears a dark blue dress.
  • Delia, voiced by Kathleen Barr, is the fourth sister. She loves sports, especially croquet and horseback riding. She is close to Edeline. Her flower is the sunflower and her gemstone is a peridot. Delia has blonde hair, light blue eyes and wears a green dress.
  • Edeline, voiced by Chiara Zanni, is the fifth sister. Like her older sister, Delia, whom she is close to, she loves to play sports, but her favorites are badminton and croquet. She also tends to be messy and disorganized. Her flower is honeysuckle and her gemstone is citrine. Edeline has light brown hair, light brown eyes and wears an orange dress.
  • Fallon, voiced by Adrienne Carter, is the sixth sister. She loves animals, plays the harp, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a total romantic. Her flower is the camellia blossom and her gemstone is a pearl. Fallon has platinum blonde hair, dark brown eyes and wears a pink dress.
  • Hadley, voiced by Ashleigh Ball, is the eighth sister and Isla's fraternal twin. She loves to dance on stilts, something she shares with Isla. Her flower is narcissus and her gemstone is a blue topaz. Hadley has blonde hair, dark blue eyes and wears a turquoise dress.
  • Isla, also voiced by Ashleigh Ball, is the ninth sister and Hadley's fraternal twin. Isla is a skilled acrobatic and enjoys dancing on stilts with her sister. Her flower is the lily of the valley and her gemstone is an emerald. Isla had dark brown hair, dark blue eyes and wears a light violet dress.
  • Janessa, voiced by Britt McKillip, is the tenth sister and leader of the young triplets. She is interested in bugs and loves collecting them. She is also close with Kathleen. Her flower is the jonquil and her gemstone is aquamarine. She has dark brown hair, dark blue eyes and wears an aquamarine dress. During the movie she celebrates her 5th birthday.
  • Kathleen, voiced by Maddy Capozzi, is the eleventh sister, the middle triplet and is close with Janessa. She loves art and enjoys painting, but tends to get a bit messy like her big sister, Edeline. Her flower is the daisy and her gemstone is a pink diamond. Kathleen has red hair, dark blue eyes and wears a light pink dress. During the movie she celebrates her 5th birthday.
  • Lacey, voiced by Chantal Strand, is the youngest sister and is close to her big sister, Genevieve. She is timid, somewhat clumsy and frequently needs help for the simplest things. Even though she loves her sisters and her father, she often wonders about where she belongs in her large family. Her flower is the white lily and her gemstone is an amethyst. Lacey has blonde hair, light teal blue eyes and wears a lilac purple dress. During the movie she celebrates her 5th birthday. She also looks very similar to her father, King Randolph.

Kelly Sheridan is a Canadian voice actor based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Lalainia Lindbjerg is a Canadian voice actress who works for Ocean Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Kathleen Barr is a Canadian voice actor. ... Chiara Zanni (Born in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a actress & voice actress, performing in movies such as BIONICLE: Mask of Light as Hahli, playing the role of Hamtaro in the TV anime cartoon series Hamtaro, Jubilee in X-Men: Evolution and Nori, the mermaid in Barbie: Mermaidia. ... Britt McKillip as Reggie Lass from Dead Like Me Britt McKillip is an Canadian child actress born in British Columbia, Canada on 18 January 1991, best known for her role as Reggie Lass in the cable series Dead Like Me. ... Chantal Strand (born October 15, 1987) works with Ocean Group in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


  • Derek, voiced by Shawn MacDonald, is the royal cobbler. He is friends with Genevieve and her sisters, but he is secretly in love with Genevieve. He becomes the princesses' ally in stopping Rowena.
  • Felix, voiced by Gabe Khouth, is Derek's talking parrot. He wants Derek and Genevieve to be together, so he often blabs hints about how Derek feels to Genevieve. He also speaks with an Indian accent.
  • Duchess Rowena, voiced by Catherine O'Hara, is King Randolph's cousin and the villain of the film. She is brought to the castle to bring order to the twelve unruly princesses. She seeks to steal the throne by poisoning Randolph and getting rid of the twelve princesses. She is doomed to dance forever when the wish she tried to use on Genevieve backfires.
  • King Randolph, voiced by Christopher Gaze, is the father of the twelve dancing princesses. He loves his daughters very much, but is determined to let Rowena turn them into "proper princesses". Little does he know, that Rowena is slowly poisoning him and it is up to his unruly daughters to save him.
  • Desmond, voiced by Gary Chalk, is Rowena's ruthless footman. He seems to have a crush on Rowena and will do anything she says to please her. He is doomed to dance with her forever when he tries to free the cursed duchess.
  • Twyla, also voiced by Nicole Oliver, is Genevieve’s kitten. She tries to act tough in front of her enemies and constantly fights with Rowena's monkey, Brutus. She is friends with Felix and believes that she is related to the tigers of India.
  • Brutus, voiced by Peter Kelamis, is Rowena's pet monkey who is just as cruel and arrogant as his mistress. He loves making Twyla angry and often spies on the princesses to find ways to get them in trouble with Rowena.
  • Queen Isabella is the deceased mother of the twelve dancing princesses. She is only seen twice, as a portrait, and has a hand in enabling the princesses to discover the magical realm.

Gabe Khouth is an uncouth Canadian voice actor who works for Ocean Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Catherine OHara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian/American actress and comedian. ... Christopher Gaze is a British actor (born in Surrey). ... Gary Chalk is an illustator and model-maker who is perhaps best known for his contributions to the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks written by Joe Dever. ... Nicole Oliver is a Canadian actor currently residing in Vancouver, BC. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University, and additional training from the British American Drama Academy in Oxford and London. ... Peter Kelamis (c. ...


Various related items were released at the same time as the film as part of the Barbie franchise, some of which are mentioned here. Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ...

Dolls were released for each of the twelve princesses, with a special two-pack for the twins Hadley and Isla, and a three-pack for the sisters Delia, Edeline, and Fallon. Additionally, Genevieve had a special separate doll with a light-up spinning skirt, and a doll for Derek was also included.

Playsets released with the dolls included a castle, a styling head, a "Let's Dance Doll!", a horse & carriage, a vanity playset, a 3-feet tall My Size Barbie (Genevieve) and a Twyla kitten.

Books released include a Goldenbook storybook, a CD storybook a Panorama Sticker storybook, a "Make Your Own Little Golden Book with Sticker and Crayons and Pens/Pencils and Stencils", a Jewelry Board Book and a "Sisters Forever" storybook.

Games released include a Game Boy Advance, a PC game, a Nintendo DS game, a Sony PlayStation 2 game and Dance Mat (DVD included) game.

Dress-up items include Dress Up Slippers, a TuTu (pink, orange and purple varieties), a Princess Genevieve™ Dress-up Dress and a Dress Up Trunk with Accessories.

Other related items that were released include a 16-inch bike, a 12-inch bike, a 3-wheeled scooter, a bed set, a moon chair, a table & chair set, and a decorative pillow.

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In the October 14, 2006 issue of Billboard magazine, Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses debuted at Number One on the Top DVD Sales chart. is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

See also

This is a list of films that were made for, or primarily marketed to, children. ... A computer-animated film commonly refers to feature films that have been computer-animated to appear three dimensional on a movie screen. ... This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

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