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Barbie Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends

DVD cover.
Directed by Conrad Helten
Produced by Nancy Bennett
Luke Carroll
Written by Elise Allen (screenplay)
Starring Kelly Sheridan
Chiara Zanni
Alessandro Juliani
Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date(s) February 26, 2008
Running time 75 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Preceded by Barbie as the Island Princess
Followed by Barbie and the Diamond Castle

Barbie Mariposa (alternate title: Barbie: Mariposa and her Butterfly Fairy Friends) is a 2008 direct to video computer animated Barbie film which was released on February 26, 2008. This film is a part of the Barbie "Fairytopia" series, but is not a canon sequel to the previous films.

The film features the voice of Kelly Sheridan, who has been voicing the Barbie protagonist in all of the Barbie film series to date.

"Mariposa" is the Spanish word for "butterfly.

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Plot

Elina, heroine of the Fairytopia films tells her friend Bibble the story of Flutterfield, a faraway kingdom populated by fairies with butterfly wings. Henna, the evil butterfly fairy has poisoned the queen of Flutterfield in an attempt to take over the kingdom. Due to this, the lights protecting Flutterfield are in danger of going out. These lights protect Flutterfield from the "Skeezites", monsters who eat butterfly fairies, and are connected to the life of Flutterfield's queen. It's up to Mariposa, Zinzie, Rayna and Rayla to find an antidote to save the queen.

Mariposa

Mariposa, a butterfly fairy, is initially introduced in this movie as a friend of Elina's. Her name translates to 'Butterfly' in Spanish, and she is the basic heroine of the story. Unlike most of the other butterfly fairies, whose hair range from purple to blue in color, Mariposa shares her familiar blonde with a bit more of a brownish color to it, like the Fairytopia heroine Elina. Throughout the movie she sports pink butterfly wings.

Mariposa is shown the bearer of a character very different from most of the other butterfly fairies of Flutterfield. While the rest of the land is happy to forget the world outside the last light of Flutterfield, Mariposa loves to imagine the wide world she has not seen. She also loves to read, and much of her imagination feeds on books. We come to know of her love for stars, and she is well aware of the constellations and the figures they form in the sky. The Archer, one of these constellations, is close to her heart and essential to the movie.

She is a gentle, loving and caring person, but feels that she does not belong in Flutterfield, and is a misfit of sorts. For this reason, she does not attend parties and balls that most other butterfly fairies are more than happy to be present at. She does not believe she is capable of great things, and puts little trust in her bout of abilities and talents.

Throughout the journey to find the antidote required to save the Queen, Mariposa displays sensibility and knowledge. She is the one who interferes and puts an end to Rayna and Rayla's initial quarrels over petty matters. When the three are faced by Skeezites, she comes up with the brilliant plan of carrying flowers over their heads, so that the Skeezites smell these instead of the three butterfly fairies. She is also the one chosen by her friends to 'go on' in the Cave of Reflection.

Mariposa confronts her own self-doubts and fears in the Cave, making the right choice by trusting her own abilities, and thus pleasing the fairy of the Cave who beautifies her wings by enlarging them, darkening them, and giving them a lovely, sparkling glow. At the end, we see her find faith in herself, and believe that, despite her love of reading and the world outside, she does belong in Flutterfield.

Mariposa has a very special relationship with Prince Carlos - the Queen's son and heir to the throne - during the movie. They share a number of interests and, in their first meeting, find that they have been reading and enjoying the same book.

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