Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World (formerly known as Barbie and the Rock Stars: Out of this World) is a 1987 TV special created by DIC Entertainment with Saban Productions featuring popular Mattel character Barbie. The story was based upon the Barbie and the Rockers line of dolls, which featured Barbie as the leader of a rock band. The special originally aired in syndication as a two-part TV "mini-series" with each installment lasting approximately 25 minutes; part two was entitled "Barbie and The Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth". This miniseries was supposed to have been the pilot for a Monday-Friday Barbie cartoon series. Unfortunately, negotiations between DIC and Mattel fell through, and the project eventually emerged with a whole new set of characters — and the sponsorship of Mattel rival Hasbro — as Maxie's World in 1988. The story was based on the Barbie and the Rockers doll line in which Barbie is the lead singer of a rock band. The two-part special was later released on video as a single movie by Hi-Tops Video.
Barbie's rock band completes a successful World Tour and decides to perform one last concert in Space to promote world peace. Then in Part 2 ("Barbie and the Sensations"), when Barbie and her band, whose name has inexplicably been changed to the Sensations, come back to Earth, they travel inadvertently back to 1959.
Here's the titles of the songs in order of appearance in "Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World":
Barbie and the Rockers Theme - Sharon Lewis, Mary Adams, Joanne Wilson and Sarah Jayson
I'm Happy Just to Dance With You (The Beatles cover) - Sharon Lewis
Do You Believe in Magic? (The Lovin' Spoonful cover) - Sharon Lewis
Reachin' for the Stars - Sharon Lewis
Everybody Rock - Sharon Lewis
DVD release status
The miniseries has not been seen since its original broadcast, and the VHS release has been out of print since the 1980s. The film has not been released on DVD, except in Italy. Additionally, of the songs performed by the group, four of the songs are covers: "Do You Believe in Magic", originally recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful, "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You", originally recorded by The Beatles, "Here Comes My Baby", originally recorded by Cat Stevens, and "Do You Wanna Dance?", originally recorded by Bobby Freeman. These songs would have to be licensed for a DVD release.
Beginning in 1987, select episodes were released in the United States on Hi-Tops Video NTSC VHS tapes by Hi-Tops Video's Hi-Tops Video Mini Features line. Beginning in 1988, 1989 and 1994, select episodes were released in the United Kingdom on 30-minute, PAL VHS tapes by Channel 5, Mia Video, rated U for "Universal" and deemed suitable for all ages. The series was distributed by Saban Productions, which was owned by Mattel, the makers of the "Barbie" dolls. As a result, Mattel must give approval before any future home video release of the series is made available.
In the UK, the series was released on VHS by Channel 5 and Mia Video in 1987, 1989 and 1994