Barbie comes to life at the ZSL London Zoo
Children were wide-eyed with amazement when Barbie visited the Butterfly Paradise at ZSL London on Sunday to celebrate the release of Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess.
The new Blu-ray and DVD release offers a classic computer-animated tale of good versus evil, filled with action, slapstick comedy, music and dancing.
As well as watching the film, the throng of excited youngsters invited to the special event at the Regent's Park attraction had their picture taken with Barbie, and enjoyed designing personalised jewellery boxes and face painting, among other activities.
Meanwhile, Barbie opened her exclusive Mariposa Butterfly Trail at the Zoo, wearing a bespoke dress made in colours known to appeal to butterflies. Its attractiveness to the insects was further enhanced with various natural oils - including Lavender, Heliotrope and Sweet William - and ultra-violet patterns invisible to the human eye.
Nestled in the heart of the Zoo, visitors will find out lots of fun facts about butterflies and are then encouraged to end the trail at the Zoo’s Butterfly Paradise. The giant caterpillar-shaped enclosure contains hundreds of butterflies from the tropics of South-East Asia, Central and South America and East Africa.
A free limited-edition spotter sheet that encourages children to find six specially hidden butterflies, including the stunning Barbie Mariposa butterfly, is available from the entrance gate.
Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess is released on August 26
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
RRP: £10.99 (DVD)/ £17.99 (Blu-ray)
For information about London Zoo visit their website: http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/
Copyright Stephen Applebaum, 2013