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Barbie As Rapunzel

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Barbie as Rapunzel will thrill children aged 3 to 8, following the success of Barbie in the Nutcracker. Barbie may have started life as a doll in the 1950s, but these days she's also making her name as a computer-animated film star. In a modern twist on the classic fairy tale, Barbie stars as Rapunzel--a courageous and imaginative princess who is locked away in a tower by the evil witch Gothel. With help from her friends (Penelope the cute purple dragon and Hobie the rabbit) and through the power of her own creative energies, she paints her way out of the tower to find freedom, truth, and love.

Anjelica Huston is memorable as the vocal talent behind the unbalanced and scary Gothel, and excellent sound effects and colors greatly enhance the film. Hugo the mighty dragon, Otto the nasty ferret, and the sword fight between the feuding kings will hold the attention of those brothers of Barbie fans who are less than enthusiastic about watching this 80-minute film, but essentially this is a little girls' film and the outrageously pink castle, the magical fashion show before the masked ball, and the fairy-tale wedding will make it a firm favorite for that audience. --Tracey Hogan

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1.0 out of 5 stars a disgrace to the original fairy tale May 13 2003
This movie has nothing to do with the original brothers grimm fairy tale. Although the animation is all pretty and pink, the movie doesn't even come close to the rapunzel story. It was slamming the tale so much, I'm sure the brothers grimm would be turning in their graves by now. If your looking for the real fairy tale try the shelley duvall fairy tale theatres they at least stay true to the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure To Watch Jan. 21 2004
By Geri
This was the first of the three Barbie movies I watched. I loved this little family film, and it inspired me to watch the other two, although, Rapunzel still remains my favorite (and the only one I own the dvd of).
Honestly, I never liked the original Rapunzel story (a bit silly)and when I sat down to watch this with my niece and nephew, I was not looking forward to another cornball children's show. The changes made to the story were definate improvements
I think.
I was very happy with it and the kids love it too!
My nephew (4 years old) likes the movie eventhough he is a boy, I would probably not expect this dvd to be in a single man's collection, but to everyone else with kids, you'll enjoy it. Nothing not to like really, just a simple, clean, fun movie for the young and the young at heart.
I hope they continue to make barbie movies that are more fantasy story oriented (like Rapunzel) rather than the other two ballet based films in which I found the long dancing scenes to be a bit nausiating, takes away from the film I think.
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Format:VHS Tape
Barbie in The Nutcracker quickly became a favorite with our family when it was released last year. So we were psyched to see the new video featuring the animated doll as Rapunzel. Alas, like the princess's glorious golden hair, we were let down. As in The Nutcraker, Rapunzel features wonderful classical music (Dvorak's New World Symphony), dazzling animation, and a touching story. But the layers of meaning, adult-level jokes, and high diction of Nutcracker were missing here. Barbie was dumbed down. Remember the "insolent mice" and "cheeky blighter" of The Nutcracker? Those challenging and delightful phrases have been replaced by lame, contemporary dialogue such as, "I call 'em like I see 'em" in what may be an attempt to make the old fairy tale new, fresh, and relevent. Alas, poor Barbie, we liked you better when you used bigger words. Our children - ages six, four, and two - liked it well enough. But we adults hope the Barbie writers pick up Rapunzel's magic paintbrush and use it to paint the next script with the sparkling and intelligent colors we loved in Barbie's debut.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Barbie in her second animated movie Oct. 8 2002
Everybody's favorite 11-inch fashion doll stars as the girl with the impossibly-long hair, in this new version of "Rapunzel" - BARBIE AS RAPUNZEL.
Barbie tells the story of "Rapunzel" to little sister Kelly, who is having a hard time deciding on what to paint. The story of Rapunzel is a lovely old-fashioned one, with a few nifty modern touches. When Rapunzel discovers a magical silver paintbrush, she unwittingly uncovers the key to her freedom and her destiny.
Kept a virtual prisoner by the evil witch Gothel (voiced by Anjelica Huston), Rapunzel and her two friends; wily rabbit Hobie and kind dragon Penelope (voiced by Cree Summer), spend their days serving Gothel and her evil minions. When Rapunzel discovers the handsome Prince Stefan and his family, she falls in love and decides to take back control of her life; and in doing so brings peace and harmony to two warring kingdoms.
Unlike the original story, Rapunzel doesn't rely on her Prince to suddenly rescue her; she goes after HIM! Also, she does not rely on her long hair to create an escape from her isolation.
As with BARBIE IN THE NUTCRACKER, purists will be shocked at the liberties taken with the original storyline, but it is told with style, wit and a lot of charm. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful animation of a classic fairy tale. Oct. 1 2002
They've done it again! Now along with the enchanting Barbie Nutcracker, we have Barbie as Rapunzel. As with the former, this movie is a computer animated glory of a movie. Rapunzel is kept captive in the witch Gothel's castle which is beyond a magical wall that no one can see past. With the help of her friends, Hobie the rabbit, and Penelope the dragon (whose father is Hugo, guardian of the castle), she finds her way to the outside world and meets Prince Stefan in a palace garden.
When Gothel learns of her misdeed, Rapunzel is trapped in a tower with no hope of escape. Her silver hairbrush is touched by magic and becomes a paintbrush that forms paintings that can take one anywhere so of course, Rapuzel goes back to the garden in the hopes of finding Prince Stefan. He invites her to a masked ball and while dressing in the tower, she is found out by Gothel.
What happens from there is, believe it or not, a story of love, betrayal, and redemption. I enjoyed it just as much as my 3-year old! There were just a couple of scenes where she was frightened by Gothel (one in particular during the dream sequence where the Prince asks Rapunzel to let down her hair and a giant Gothel captures her in her hand).
All in all, this is another awesome Barbie DVD and like I said in my Barbie Nutcracker (also very worth watching)review, I hope there are many more Barbie movies to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Enchanting
I love the Barbie movies. This one was the first one I saw. I have to admit it was a little young (I am fifteen) for my liking, but still. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2006 by A. Joosten
5.0 out of 5 stars nutcracker
my granddaughter just loved this movie she has watched it a thousand times and it is great for children I hope barbie brings out more movies she has them all and we are collecting... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2004 by Jo-Ann Howlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, I've seen this one several times
Yes, even though I'm a grown man (well ok, that's debatable), I'll have to say I've sat through this one a couple of times. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed
I'm 11 years old and I liked this movie, it was the only thing on one day, and I was instantly hooked, my little cousins also love it. Read more
Published on March 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to introduce children to the classics!
My kids love this movie! What a wonderful way to introduce them to the classics and have it enjoyable :)
Published on March 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars GAAAAH!!!
Where will I start with what's wrong with this movie. Barbie is TRULY unworthy to be in a movie of any kind, even in a Barney video. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Animated Bad Acting...
As an adult, I absolutely can't stand this movie. It appears to me to be bad acting in animation form. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Rebecca D. Diaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Barbie as Rapunzel
For me, the only redeeming quality of this DVD is that the music backdrop is Dvorak's New World Symphony played by the London Symphony. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by "crrgew"
5.0 out of 5 stars This one took me like a storm in the night.
I remember last year before christmas I wanted a movie something different and this was it.I sat until after twelve midnight I had to view this movie twice, back to back then... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by Selena Esparza
4.0 out of 5 stars A real treat!
As a 46-year-old grandmother, I first rented this DVD for my 6-year-old granddaughter. We were both so charmed by the movie that I immediately purchased my (our) own copy. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Molly M. Freeman
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