Barbie as The Sleeping Beauty would be the tenth and sixth film in the Barbie film series and was supposed to adapt the third installament of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty ballet into a Barbie film, in the place of Barbie and The Musketeers, was announced in 2008 by Mattel and was would be released in September 2009, but the movie was never released and was canceled, having Barbie and The Three Musketeers released in their place in September 15, 2009
Why It Was Cancelled
- Disney currently has a trademark application pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, filed in March 13, 2007, for the name "Princess Aurora" that would cover all live and recorded movie, television, radio, stage, computer, Internet, news and photographic entertainment uses, except literature works of fiction and nonfiction, this caused controversy because "Princess Aurora" is also the name of the lead character in Tchaikovsky's ballet version of the story, from which Disney acquired some of the music for its animated 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. The move also could sink any movie about the ballet or that uses a scene of the ballet in another movie. This has caused Mattel to abanbon and cancel Barbie as The Sleeping Beauty movie production.
- A campaign has emerged to complain the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office if people feel this trademarking of a pre-existing character name should not be allowed.
- The film was permanently canceled.
- A game of the same name for PC was released in place of it.