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Barbie as Rapunzel is a 2002 Direct-to-VideoBarbie 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.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. But Rapunzel's life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant of Gothel, a jealous, scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest, guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo and surrounded by an enchanted glass wall.Rapunzel's discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deception, bring peace to two feuding kingdoms, and ultimately lead her to love with the handsome Prince Stefan.
The film has 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.
Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Rapunzel paints living blue butterflies as she discovers the power of the paintbrush. One of those butterflies alerts Gothel to the painting's presence.
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.
Exact Words: "Never release your prisoner with a lying heart!" is the spell Gothel chants to trap Rapunzel in the tower. But the way Gothel chose to word the spell screws her over: Rapunzel doesn't have a "lying heart" so she manages to escape the tower, but Gothel herself is a pathological liar and is eventually trapped in the tower herself.
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.invoked
Furry Confusion: Talking dragons, ferrets, rabbits... and a completely normal palace horse.
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.
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 had in fact kidnapped her, or her lies that started the feud.), and had made the spell unbreakable. 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.
Not So Stoic: Gothel rages when she reads the ball invitation.
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 her parents are alive and well, and she reunites with them in the end.
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: 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.
Though it is a tad strange that someone raised as a servant is dressed better than the village peasants.
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.
Pretty much played straight when Rapunzel has a dream of Prince Stefan visiting her, as she does have tower-length hair. But then it's over.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Prince Stefan, who knows that the kingdoms' feud is very petty and shows kindness to even his more incompetent soldiers.
Redemption Rejection: Gothel refuses to seek redemption even after Rapunzel tells her that she forgives her for what she has done.
Rescue Romance: Rapunzel first meets the prince when she almost falls into a pit trying to save his little sister.
Stern Chase: Gothel's magic makes her pretty much unstoppable, and turns the final battle into just her chasing everyone.
Stock Sound Effects: While two of Stefan's guards are looking for Rapunzel's tower in the forest,the growling of a Tyrannosaurus Rex from JurassicPark can be heard, most likely uttered by Hugo, Penelope's father. Another one is heard at the very beginning, when the camera passes through the forest.
Traumatic Haircut: Well duh. But not that severe as Gothel magics the hair away so she can disguise herself as Rapunzel at the ball. Rapunzel's remaining hair is still well past her shoulders and it's grown completely back by the end.
"Well Done, Daughter" Girl: Hugo is hardly the nicest father, and has high expectations for Penelope to grow into a mighty dragon.