||Universal is releasing Barbie as The Island Princess, a charming little direct-to-video animated film featuring that all-American doll, Barbie. Evidently, these Barbie DVDs sell in the millions; I've never watched one before, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sure, confident storytelling presented here. This may be far from a big-budgeted Disney/Pixar CGI-fest, but it's competently done, with bright, sunshiny colors and a sweet message for all those little girls out there, who dream of far-off places and adventures...Certainly not original, borrowing elements of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and even Doctor Dolittle, Barbie as The Island Princess is nonetheless a sharp little number that's expertly crafted to appeal to the little girls and mothers who will no doubt love this fairy tale...Most parents of course want to indulge their young daughters' love of fairy tales, and princes, and innocent romance...And Barbie is the perfect fantasy figure for those sweet, tender dreams...Barbie as The Island Princess is a well-executed CGI animated fantasy, with a sweet, tender, believable approach to its love story that will no doubt make little girls sigh with delight. It's colorfully designed and always remains a class act, never becoming crass in its humor. I highly recommend Barbie as The Island Princess.