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Barbie as Rapunzel (2002)

Unrated | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | Video 1 October 2002
0:31 | Trailer
Barbie is an artist who paints her way out of a castle to save her prince.


Owen Hurley
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Cast overview:
Kelly Sheridan ... Barbie / Rapunzel (voice)
Anjelica Huston ... Gothel (voice)
Cree Summer ... Penelope (voice)
Ian James Corlett ... Hobie / Palace Guard (voice)
Mark Hildreth ... Stefan (voice)
David Kaye ... Hugo / General (voice)
Peter Kelamis ... Otto / Skinny Swordsman (voice)
Russell Roberts ... King Frederick (voice)
Christopher Gaze Christopher Gaze ... King Wilhelm (voice)
Terry Klassen Terry Klassen ... Fat Swordsman / Baker (voice)
Chantal Strand ... Kelly / Katrina (voice)
Danny McKinnon Danny McKinnon ... Tommy (voice)
Britt McKillip ... Melody (voice)
Jocelyne Loewen ... Lorena (voice) (as Jocelyn Loewen)
Dale Wilson ... Silversmith (voice)


Barbie is Rapunzel in this beloved story. Kidnapped by an evil witch, Rapunzel is locked in a tower and hidden from the outside world. Rapunzel goes on a journey and with the help of her friends Penelope and Hobie, she manages to get the life she deserves and live happily ever after. Written by Ben Strang

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A Magical Twist on the Classic Fairy Tale! See more »


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Did You Know?


The first movie where Barbie plays Rapunzel. See more »


At the end of the movie when Rapunzel and Prince Stefan have just been married, Rapunzel has all her glorious long hair back. Just a little while before this, the evil Gothal chopped Rapunzel's hair off just to below the shoulders. See more »


Penelope: Well, scratch my scales!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits it says: "Love and imagination can change the world." -Barbie See more »


Rapunzel Theme
Written by Arnie Roth
Performed by Becky Taylor
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User Reviews

Engaging, tasteful story encourages creativity, tops Disney
20 December 2002 | by DrGroodSee all my reviews

The worst thing about this video is its cover, which looks stiff, commercial and artificial. What's inside, however, is a very well done original take on a little-dramatized but familiar fairy tale that entertains without overdoing or offending and has an extremely positive subtext. You can tell it's got its heart in the right place, when at the very beginning in an introductory sequence Barbie, at an easel, encourages her little sister to paint what she wants and express herself rather than telling her what to do. Rapunzel, not immature in this version of the story, though sheltered, also paints when she can to pass the time between chores, and unlike Disney's Little Mermaid, doesn't feel the need to forego developing her talent and creativity to chase handsome princes. She discovers and explores her world while always trying, though not usually successfully, to keep peace with her unreasonably demanding and jealous stepmother, whose voice is effectively performed by Angelica Huston, and with feuding royalty in two neighboring kingdoms. The impossible-to-dramatize plot elements of the original fairy tale have been replaced by effective new characters and story ideas, which keep the presentation from being all decoration without substance, and though Rapunzel's baby dragon friend may be somewhat distractingly big and purple, her own sub-plot does work into the main story well and add interest when we are introduced to her grown up dragon father, the guardian of the tower. Choices made in good taste are all over this DVD, which is refreshingly free of Disney-style smartass humor and sell-out scripting. The original music is nice and very underplayed--Barbie could easily have been made to burst into song at any time here, but wisely the producers just let the perfectly decent story stand on its own instead of trying to make it into a Broadway musical. The whole package here is pretty, original, pleasantly presented, and encourages self-expression without pandering or being heavy handed about its message at all. From start to finish it is refreshing, interesting and positive. Only the packaging is corny, but even the doll it cross-promotes is as pleasant-looking as the movie. Highly recommended for the little girl in the family.

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Release Date:

1 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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