Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper

Synopsis: In her first animated musical featuring seven original songs, Barbie comes to life in this modern re-telling of a classic tale of mistaken identity and the power of friendship. Based on the story by Mark Twain, Barbie as The Princess and The Pauper features Barbie in an exciting dual role as a princess and a poor village girl - two girls who look amazingly alike. The girls' paths are fated to cross when Princess Anneliese is captured and Erika, her look-alike, must try to save her. Can Erika pretend to be the Princess and foil her captor, the evil Preminger? And what of the handsome King Dominick, who falls in love with Erika, mistaking her for Princess Anneliese? In this magical musical performance, two beautiful, adventurous girls dare to follow their dreams and discover that destiny is written in a very special place: your heart.
Director(s): William Lau
Production: Universal Pictures
  6 nominations.
85 min

Long ago, and far away,

in a village high on a mountaintop,

something amazing was occurring.

At the very same moment, two

identical baby girls were born.

One, a baby Princess.

The King and Queen were overjoyed.

Princess Anneliese would

have only the finest.

The second baby girl was named Erika.

Her parents loved her every bit as much

as the King and Queen loved the Princess.

But they worried.

They were so poor.

How would they be

able to care for their little daughter?

Many years passed.

The Princess learned her royal duties,

while Erika worked long and hard as a

seamstress for the spiteful Madame Carp.

With lives so different, it

wasn't surprising that the Princess

and the Pauper never met.

But fate decreed they would.

It all started at the Royal Mine.

When the miners informed the

Queen the gold had run out.

The widowed Queen was shocked.

The Kingdom was no bankrupt. How was

she going to take care of her people?

If only she could call on

her trusted advisor Preminger,

But he was away on a long journey.

She needed to do something quickly

to save the Kingdom.

But what?

And then it struck her.

Nearby lived a rich young

King who was seeking a wife.

Oh. We're late, late, late. We have 20

maximum 22 minutes for your royal fitting.

Then it's move, move, move. Your

speech at the Historical Society.

After that we have the

rush. And I mean rush

to the Horicortural Society Tea.

And then there's your math lessons, your

geography lessons, your science...

All my life I've always wanted

to have one day just for me.

Nothing to do and for

once nowhere I need to be.

With no lessons, Lords, or lunches,

Or 'to do' list in the way,

No one to say when to eat

or read or leave or stay

That would be the day

All my life I've always wanted

To have one day for myself

Not waking up with a pile

of work on every shelf.

With no hems in need of pressing,

and no sleeves in disarray,

No wedding gown with a

thousand stitches to crochet

And no debt to pay.

Madame Carp!

What do you think I'm running here?

A cabaret?

I would've said a debtor's prison.

Keep laughing. You'll be working

for me for another 37 years.

But I've already paid

off more than half.

But there's interest isn't there?

Your parents should've thought of

that before they borrowed so much.

- They did it to feed me!

- Their mistake.

- What would it be like to be...

- What would it be like to be...

- Free.

- Free.

Free to try crazy things

Free from endless IOU's

- Free to find

- Free to see

And marry whom I choose.

I'm so sorry, my darling,

but as you know, it is vital

you marry King Dominick.

It is the only way to

take care of our people.

I know. It's my duty.

Oh, and look!

Another engagement gift.

You would think that I'm so lucky

that I have so many things

I'm realizing that every

present comes with strings.

Though I know I have so little,

my determination's strong.

People will gather around

the world to hear my song.

Can I come along?

- Now I fear I'll never be

- Soon I will forever be

- Free!

- Free!

If I close my eyes I'd feel

myself fly up a thousand miles away

I could take flight

but would it be right?

My conscious tells me stay.

- I'll remain forever royal

- I'll repay my parent's debt

Duty means doing the things

your heart they well regret

But I'll never stop believing

She can never stop my schemes

There's more to living than gloves

and gowns and threads and seams

In my dreams

I'll be free!

Ok, what idiot put this in here?

Oh, that would be me.

Let us review, shall we?

We are stealing gold!

- Is this shiny?

- No.

- Valuable?

- No.

- Gonna make the boss happy?

- No.

Focus, Nick.

That's what you need. That and

a break.


Why, hello.

Master Preminger, you're

back... here... early.

Hope you had a nice journey.

Here you are, sir. The last of

the gold from the Royal Mine.

- There's nothing left.

- Yeah, 'cos it's all yours!

Yes, it is, very much mine.


I've been bowing, I've been scraping,

I've been lying like a rug

And for 10 long years I've

had to pay my dues.

But today I am escaping,

for the last hole has been dug

It was waiting there,

so how could I refuse?

I'm returning home a hero

who's discovered mighty wealth

and what better husband

could a Princess choose?

I'm the suitor who will suit her, bring

the Kingdom back to health,

and I'll wear the crown,

for how could I refuse?

Raise every glass

and rouse every cheer!

Praise that the reign

of Preminger is here!

Master in charge of all that I see

All hail me!

And by marrying the Princess

I get all that I desire,

Like a moat, an ermine

coat and palace views

Even though she treats me coldly,

it's a sign of inner fire

For inside she's thinking,

"How can I refuse?"

Right, except for

this one little problem, Boss.

- That's Prince Boss to you!

- Right, and

The Queen decided to marry her off

to the King of Dulcenia next week.


Making a decision without me?

Who does she think she is?

Uh, the Queen?

- You simpering simpleton!

- Well, she is the Queen!

She's got a crown, a scepter, and

sits in her great big fancy chair...

- and those...

- Silencio!

No! I won't let go!

This peasant's son won't turn and run

because the reckless royal chose another beau!


It's... a...

Temporary setback!

It's a momentary loss

But conveniently my ego doesn't bruise

And the moment that I get back

I will show them who's the boss

You can bet your bullion

there'll be no "I do"'s

Yes, suppose the girl goes missing

So the king says "au revoir"

Then I find her, bring her back,

and make the news

Then the Queen will be so grateful

That she'll pledge the heir to moi

And I'll humbly tell her

"How can I refuse?"

When our ceremony's over

I'll arise and take the throne

And that nitwit

Anneliese can kiss my shoe

For the Kingdom and the castle

will be mine and mine alone

If the crown should fit

then how can I refuse?

So... get..

ready with the roses and

stand by with the champagne

When you've got a brilliant

plan you never lose

Yes before the chapter closes

I'll be as big as Charlemagne

It's a thankless job... but

How can I refuse?

Enjoy it now, sister, 'cos it

ain't gonna be yours much longer.

Oh, please, having

delusions again, Midas?

Let's just say the throne's gonna

belong to my master, Preminger.

and anything belonging to him

ergo and ipso facto, belongs to me.

- You lose a tooth, Midas?

- My tooth?

No, no, not my tooth!

Ah you better hope you

got 9 lives, Serafina!

'Cos you're gonna need 'em all!

I am Ambassador Bismark, here

by invitation of the Queen.

King Dominick, you are

quite sure about this?

I am.

Come in!

Julian, perfect timing.

I classified this as iron pyrite.

Pretty, but not considered valuable.

- Commonly known as "fools gold".

- Well done, your Highness.

Your Highness? Why the sudden formality?

- It's just me.

- The Queen sent me.

Apparently the Ambassador has

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