All aboard as Barbie, Chelsea and the rest of the Roberts family hit the high seas in Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday, arriving on Netflix in the U.S. on April 16. The new movie joining the streamer’s slate of animated premieres next month is the first to feature Barbie’s little sister, Chelsea, in a starring role, and follows the success of last year’s musical special Barbie Princess Adventure — also available on Netflix U.S., along with the Barbie Dreamhouse Adventure series.
“Barbie’s brand message, about inspiring the limitless potential in every child, and the themes in her stories resonate deeply with both kids and parents all over the world. This year, we are expanding the Barbie content universe in a number of ways starting with a fantastical story centered around Barbie’s little sister, Chelsea, who embarks on an adventure to save her seventh birthday. Chelsea is an incredibly popular character and we are excited to bring her into the limelight in this television movie. Her story is all about finding your voice, and self-empowerment, in the face of unexpected challenges,” commented Fred Soulie, SVP and General Manager, Mattel Television. “We have barely scratched the surface of the stories the brand can tell, and this is the first of many scripted and unscripted Barbie projects we have in production and development.”
Synopsis: When the Roberts family sets sail on a cruise to celebrate Chelsea turning seven, Barbie’s precocious little sister discovers too late that they crossed the International Date Line and her birthday was skipped. Searching for answers, she soon sets off on an extraordinary journey with a collection of new animal friends all to save her special day.
The special is directed by Cassi Simonds (Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures), written by co-exec producer Ann Austen and Nate Federman from a story by Charlotte Fullerton. Executive producers are Soulie, Adam Bonnett and Christopher Keenan. Mainframe Studios (Barbie Princess Adventures) provided the animation.
Accompanying the new movie is Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday & More!, an album featuring songs from Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday, as well as other previously unreleased tracks sung by both Barbie and Chelsea will also be available across digital streaming platforms beginning on April 16. Mattel has also released a line of dolls and playsets inspired by the special: Barbie & Chelsea Story Set ($19.99), Chelsea Jungle River Play Set ($29.99), Chelsea And Accessory Assortment ($9.99), Sisters & Pet Accessory Assortment ($14.99) and the Chelsea Surprise Playset ($19.99).
New on Netflix animation highlights for April include:
April 3 Escape from Planet Earth
April 6 The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You — Netflix Family
April 12 New Gods: Nezha Reborn — Netflix Film
April 16 Arlo the Alligator Boy — Netflix Family
Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday
Fast & Furious Spy Racers, Season 4: Mexico — Netflix Family
April 19 PJ Masks, Season 3
April 27 Go! Go! Cory Carson, Season 4 — Netflix Family
April 28 Headspace Guide to Sleep — Netflix Documentary
April 29 Yasuke — Netflix Anime
April 30 The Mitchells vs. The Machines — Netflix Family