Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 DVD Review
I loved mermaids when I was a little girl, and now my daughter does, too. Thankfully for her, at least, she has many different mermaids (other than Ariel) that she can play with as dolls or watch on TV. Because of Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale 2, she now has a new mermaid friend in Merliah.
Merliah is a surf champion who is also the mermaid princess of Oceana. She was born with legs rather than a tail, so she was given to her mother’s grandfather to be raised. Her mother gave her the gift of a very special necklace that allows her to turn into a mermaid when she goes into the water and says, “I wish to become a mermaid”.
Merliah is one of the finalists for a big surf competition that is going to take place in Australia. But unfortunately, the surf competition is happening at the same time as the Changing of the Tides ceremony in Oceana, which only occurs every 20 years.
Merliah initially chooses the surf competition over the ceremony, but she must return to Oceana to help save it from her evil aunt Eris, who cleverly tricks Merliah’s biggest rival, Kylie, into stealing Merliah’s necklace and helping her escape from the whirlpool that was holding her captive.
Although Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale 2 is a “sea-quel”, I didn’t feel lost just diving right into the second movie. At the beginning of the film, there’s a brief summary of what happened in the first movie told by news clips from Oceana. My daughter is 3, and has no idea that there is even another movie.
I’m not ashamed to say that from an adult perspective, Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale 2 actually has a compelling story. Merliah is torn between two worlds, and has to sacrifice one or the other (but don’t worry–things have a way of working themselves out!). Young girls will learn lots of valuable lessons while watching as well, such as: you can get more accomplished by working together than against each other and you might find a friend in the most unlikely person. There are a lot of good messages in this short movie, and they are shared in such a way that they do not come across as preachy.
I enjoyed Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale 2 so much that I will definitely be purchasing the first movie, Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale, so that my daughter and I can watch that one over and over again, just like we’ve been watching Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale 2.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.