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  • Actors: Kelly Sheridan, Anjelica Huston, Cree Summer, Ian James Corlett, Mark Hildreth
  • Directors: Owen Hurley
  • Writers: Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser
  • Producers: Brett Gannon, Jennifer Twiner McCarron, Jesyca C. Durchin, Rob Hudnut
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HCMR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Barbie movies would not have been top of my family's Saturday evening viewing list, but Barbie starring as Rapunzel really had us gripped! Traditionally marketed towards a young female audience, this elaborate fairy tale had suspense, action and scary dragons that delighted my two boys and us parents. The quality of the animation is excellent, with a music score to match. A cast of quirky characters pivot around the rather serene Rapunzel, including Angelica Huston as the evil Gothel who has imprisoned Rapunzel. You are taken on a 17th century journey through mazes, tunnels and secret villages and you are compelled to watch until the journey ends. Although this is not Disney, it comes a close second. This is the only movie my two-year-old has ever watched to the end, and he now insists upon putting "bar-bu" on at hourly intervals! The film was scary yet soothing--a chilling mix of suspense and action and colour which held my toddler's attention, and the jokes, asides and adventures entertained the rest of us. Barbie as Rapunzel is a perfect family movie, full of magic and romance with the odd sword fight thrown in for good measure. Do not be put off by the pink packaging--this is a high quality product which will entertain small boys as well as girls. This product represents good value for money and is a perfect gift for young children and the young at heart. --Jo Fitzgerald

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

From Amazon.co.uk

Barbie as Rapunzel is an 80-minute video that will thrill children aged three to eight, following on from 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.

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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AGF on 14 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
We bought the DVD for our two girls as a Christmas present but they couldn't wait to watch it and we opened this one early. The children loved the animations and the story. They have had it on every day for a week now !
All Barbie fans will enjoy this one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "police-uniform" on 12 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
MY 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER LOVED THIS.
IT ENTERTAINED HER FOR HOURS.. A REAL FAIRY PRINCESS STORY
FABULOUS
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By O'connor John Paul on 10 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
All of the barbie films are wonderful...from the music to the plot. Parents needn't worry about Barbie's suspect reputation as a blonde bimbo... she shows herself as intelligent, generous and self sacrificing...there's simply no better role model for a child. A lot of Disney stuff is quite strange, surreal and nor really appropriate for children. These Barbie films are very well put together and ultimately really watchable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J. Podgurski on 2 Feb. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
As a parent who rarely allows my daughter to watch video's of any kind, I was very happy to stumble across this one. The use of "The New World Symphony", the clever story line, and a wonderful lullaby make this an outstanding children's story. Because it is perhaps somewhat frightening for the very young, you may wish to screen it first alone. The story will hold you and it is overall very well done. I caught my four year old singing the lullaby to her two year old sister. That alone rates 5 stars to me.
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I'm 16 and I bought this because it was mine and my best friends favourite video at the rental place when we were little (it would literally go between mine and his house). After I got it I watched it straight away and I remembered how much I loved it. Took me back so many years to when I was around 5 and I was so happy with this product. I did have some issues where it would jump but it still worked amazing in other places. Graphics are so clear as well, thought for a film that is over 13 years old it'd be a lot less than it was. Also, as I'm going art as a GCSE the story just matched how I felt with it all, as well as giving me inspiration when I'm stuck on what to do for my work! The story is almost as good as I remember and I would recommend this product to children 4 and up because it's a classic story, even disney did a version of it, and they will enjoy it so much, as well as making them want to be like Rapunzel (like I used to want to) and paint a lot more (unfortunately this may mean you have to buy supplies in for them). However, Gothel and Hugo can be seen as quite fearsome at times (and I'm 16) so I'd suggest not letting any child under the age of 6 watch it alone.

Overall I was overjoyed with this product, it was great quality with the graphics and sound, the story is amazing and it's suitable for any child, boy or girl. Although when mine arrived the disc appeared on the left side of the case when I opened it, but it was easily changeable.

There was only one question that I came up with while watching it, is that really the noise ferrets make?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jacqui545 on 4 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this for my daughter who is 6 and has about 10 Barbie DVD's. She watches them for hours and her sister who is near 3 also has taken an interest, girly, girly, girly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Esther Ware on 19 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
My daughter hated having her "blond" locks brushed untill the third airing of Rapunzel. The animation is good, but more importantly is the moral - as ever a happy ending. Encourages conversation and understanding of feelings. Has definatly increased her imagination and conversations she has with her dollys and teddies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beauty on 16 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my girls and they loved it very much, they watched it over and over again.

I will recommend it as a birthday gift your girls they will love it.

We all watched it together and found it very interested all the way through the movie weloved it.

Thank you very much

Beauty
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