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Barbie as Rapunzel is a 2002 direct-to-video Barbie film directed by Owen Hurley. It is the second in the film series of computer animated films,adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name.


The film show examples of

  • Abusive Parents: Gothel fits the emotionally abusive type to a T. She's not even so lenient as to let Rapunzel address her as anything but "milady."
  • Acrophobic Bird: Penelope, still being a young dragon, is a little rusty at very high heights. She gets better.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Gothel. The German dub makes her a baroness.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Rapunzel is raised as Gothel's servant. Gothel is borderline abusive towards her, reminding her daily that nobody loved or wanted her. It is later revealed that she is actually a princess, and Gothel kidnapped her as to get revenge on her father.
  • Cool Big Sis: Barbie at the beginning, who tells this version of Rapunzel to motivate Kelly out of an artist's block.
  • Cool Crown: Rapunzel gets an ornate one, of gold molded in lots of curls.
  • Disneyfication: Even before Disney made their version.
  • Dojikko: Penelope, whose big tail and untrained fire and strength can jump up at the worst times (and yet often conveniently work out for the plot).
  • Wicked Weasel: Gothel has Otto, a nasty talking weasel.
  • Evil Is Petty: Gothel kidnapped baby Rapunzel for no other reason than out of spite for her ex marrying and having a child with another woman. Oh, and she doesn't give a damn that it started a whole feud.
  • Evil Sorceress: Gothel.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Averted. Why does the climax focus on the importance of honesty so much? This is meant to fix the moral found in the original story, in that Rapunzel is punished after accidentally confessing the truth to the witch about the prince visiting her, implying that it is good to lie.
  • Furry Confusion: Talking dragons, weasels, rabbits... and a completely normal palace horse.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Rapunzel ad the masquerade.
  • Girl in the Tower: Subverted. Gothel keeps Rapunzel as a servant in a pretty spacey manor concealed by a magic wall. It's only when she starts to falsely suspect Rapunzel's dishonesty that she turns Rapunzel's room into a tower.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Anjelica Huston plays Gothel, and Cree Summer voices Penelope.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: See Karmic Death.
  • Important Haircut
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: In no way are there dragons in the original fairy tale, but Penelope and her father Hugo serve to advance the story rather than act as distractions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Penelope's father is extremely stern, but really does love his daughter.
  • Karmic Death: Gothel curses the tower so that no one with a lying heart can ever escape. Rapunzel was honest the whole time, so she is able to leave. When Gothel is tricked into returning to the tower, she is stuck there forever, as she had been lying to everyone throughout the entire movie (for instance, telling Rapunzel that she was abandoned by her parents, when she kidnapped her, or her lies that started the feud.) It is implied she soon starves to death.
  • Kick the Dog: Gothel destroying Rapunzel's paintings, and later brush (which was the only thing Rapunzel had left of her parents), as well as reminding her how worthless she is.
  • Lovable Coward: Hoby.
  • Masquerade Ball: The film's climax.
  • Never Say "Die": Yes, but it's certainly implied.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Rapunzel's paintbrush is the only thing Rapunzel has left of her parents, and Gothel destroys it in a Kick the Dog moment. Somewhat subverted in that the her parents are alive and well, and she reunites with them in the end.
  • Parental Abandonment: Averted.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Both Rapunzel's pink and lavender dresses.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The whole feud between the two kingdoms could've been solved rather easily were it not for this trope.
  • Portal Picture: Is used in place of the hair as the way Rapunzel escapes her tower, and tricks Gothel into trapping herself.
  • Power of Love: Is presumably what gives Rapunzel's paintings their magic.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Rapunzel wears a pink dress as her regular ensemble, though her fancier dress for the masquerade is lavender.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Yes, but it's subverted in that her hair is floor-length; certainly long but not enough to reach the bottom of a tower.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Prince Stefan, who knows that the kingdoms' feud is very petty and shows kindness to even his more incompetent soldiers.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Inverted.
  • Rescue Romance: Rapunzel first meets the prince when she almost falls into a pit trying to save his little sister.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: Hugo is hardly the nicest father, and has high expectations for Penelope to grow into a mighty dragon.

 Hoby: Does he ever smile?

Penelope: Not around me.

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