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If you had told me that my five-year-old son would adore this video, I wouldn't have believed you. But he did! And I was expecting a complete pink tackfest, but I was wrong about that, too. This computer animated tale is well put together and slick looking, and while a sharp eye has obviously been kept on the marketing opportunities (Shelley and Tommy, the revolting mini Barbies, make an appearance) there is much more to it than that. Rapunzel is a lovely traditional story, and while some liberties have been taken with the plot, all the key elements of folk tales are present, from beautiful princess to fierce dragon, handsome prince to wicked witch. The characters are reasonably well rounded and Rapunzel has acquired two Disney-style side kicks in the form of a rabbit and a dragon, whose antics amused both my children greatly.
The video begins with Barbie telling the story to Shelley, which then becomes the film action, rather as it did in The Nutcracker, and at then end, we return to "real life", leaving the scary witch safely back in fairy land. Like The Nutcracker, this video boasts a soundtrack featuring the London Symphony Orchestra (and also Samantha Mumba). We invited a girl from Joe's class round to watch the video, and she declared it to be better than The Nutcracker... unfortunately she also said, "Why have you got this video? It's just for girls". This might be something to bear in mind if you are buying for a boy who values his street cred! --Rachel Elvidge
Rapunzel is one fairy tale Disney have not made but here Barbie as Rapunzel provides children with a computer-animated tale about the imprisoned maiden. The story is loosely based around the traditional story but expands into a long journey with dragons, magic and fantasy. Beautiful music by the London Symphony Orchestra sets the atmosphere. Rapunzel is imprisoned in a huge castle by wicked witch Gothel who uses Rapunzel as her servant, to cook food, beat rugs, wash and mend clothes, polish silver and generally keep the house in perfect order. Rapunzel has been in the castle since she was a baby and has never seen the outside world. Her only companions are a talking purple dragon called Penelope, and a rabbit called Hoby. One day Rapunzel accidentally finds a cellar which leads her to take a walk via a secret passage to the outside world where she meets the handsome prince. This sets the scene for the story to unfold. Using her magic paintbrush Rapunzel, who looks just like Barbie but with the exceptionally long hair, becomes the heroine of the story as she becomes the girl whose paintings save her life.
The 83-minute video, which I would recommend for children aged six years and over, features the voice of Angelica Huston as Gothel the witch and Cree Summer as Penelope the friendly baby dragon. This is a story where love and imagination can change the world, where children look like computer animated dolls and fairy tales become "Barbie pink". --Sarah McNamara
Rapunzel, Barbie's second animated adventure is as exciting and enchanting as her debut feature length movie, The Nutcracker. It opens with Barbie painting beautiful pictures that lead her to tell this wonderful fairy tale. Long, long ago, in a time of magic and dragons, there lived a girl named Rapunzel who had the most beautiful, radiant hair the world had ever seen and so the story continues. Rapunzel is trapped in a fortress of magic and held captive by a witch called Gothel. Fortunately, Rapunzel has the company of some humorous and entertaining friends. She manages to circumvent the magic wall and visit a nearby village where she meets Prince Stephan. Will she ever escape from the wrath of Gothel and the tower that is her prison? Will she find her true family and identity?
This is a magnificently produced animated version of a much-loved fairy tale. It has twists and turns that are unexpected but welcome and a delightful soundtrack. As an adult I found myself immersed in the tale and certainly wanted to follow it through until the end as there is much to entertain adults. --Tiffany Prescott
The video is visually impressive with dark and light colours used effectively to emphasise good and evil, allowing Barbie to be surrounded by her favourite soft pinks and purples.
The well-known actress Angelica Huston is memorable as the vocal talent behind the unbalanced and scary Gothel. Excellent sound effects greatly enhance the film and Dvorak's New World Symphony played by the London Symphony Orchestra makes a pleasant change from films' current dependence on pop hits.
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 film, but essentially this is a little girl's film and the outrageously pink castle, the magical fashion show before the masked ball and the fairytale wedding will make it a firm favourite for its intended audience. --Tracey Hogan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Such a classic love it. Used to watch it with my little sisters now watch it with my daughter. Great film.Published 3 months ago by Amy Yeomans
10 year ago this one was my fave movie and Barbie as Rapunzel dolls they I had so now I not like Barbie anymore BUT I stay think this movie is good and nice so.... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marion
Bought this for my niece, but actually I love this film!! Rapunzel story slightly different. Came quickly and well packaged.Published 4 months ago by ea123