It’s that time of year again where every film has a “for your consideration” slapped onto it. Ugh. You guessed it, awards season. But speaking of consideration, have you considered that half of the films that get drooled over at the Oscars are… bad? Let’s normalize actual good movies winning big at the Oscars. Movies with heart, movies with phenomenal characters, movies with ground-breaking stories that inspire us, move us, and make us who we are. Movies like the Barbie movies.
These are the top 5 Barbie movies that were despicably snubbed by the Academy.
5) Barbie as Rapunzel (2002)
The fact that this wasn’t even on the Academy’s long list for nominations in 2002 is honestly offensive. This absolute masterclass of cinema is phenomenal from start to finish. It reimagined a classic in an ingenious and welcomed way, from Gothel’s ferret sidekick, Otto, who disguised himself as a scarf, to Penelope who was just the cutest stinking dragon in the history of the moving picture. You’re lying to yourself if you didn’t try to make your artwork become a magical portal to whatever you painted like Rapunzel did, and that song that her parents engraved on her hairbrush about loving her as constantly as the stars are in the sky? Chills.
4) Barbie: Fairytopia (2005)
This action-packed 70 minutes of pure gold is quite simply a cinematic journey that none of us will ever forget. Take note, movies that feel like they need to be four hours long to be good, you don’t! Mattel makes you feel every emotion in a tight hour and change. To start, I only have one word: Bibble. I truly could end my analysis right there.