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Barbie as Rapunzel
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Barbie as Rapunzel Classic Cover
Release dates October 1nd, 2002 (USA)
Running time 83 minutes
Genre Fantasy, adventure
Animation Studio Rainmaker Entertainment
Distributor Mattel
Movie Crew
Director Owen Hurley
Producer(s) Jesyca C. Durchin
Jennifer Twiner McCarron
Writer(s) The Brothers Grimm (fairy tale)
Elana Lesser and Cliff Ruby (film)
Music Arnie Roth
Preceded by Barbie in the Nutcracker
Followed by Barbie of Swan Lake
Love and imagination can change the world.


Barbie as Rapunzel is the second computer animated movie in the Barbie film series. It was released direct to video in 2002. The film is based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Rapunzel. Barbie stars as Rapunzel, a young girl who is kept locked in a manor hidden inside a dark forest. She dreams to be free, and one day she is able to change her life by painting her dreams.


Official summary

"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.

However, in a twist of fate, 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. She succedes with the help of Penelope, the least intimidating of dragons!

Barbie as Rapunzel shows that love and imagination can change the world..."

Full Story

The story is being told by Barbie to her little sister Kelly, who does not have confidence in her painting abilities. Rapunzel lives as a servant to the witch Gothel, who resides in a manor isolated in the woods. She grows up believing that Gothel saved her from abandonment as an infant. Rapunzel finds companionship in Penelope, an outgoing dragon, and Hobie, a worrisome rabbit. Rapunzel spends what free time she has painting.

The story begins with Rapunzel painting a beautiful picture of a seashore where she dreams she can go to be free one day. Hobbie soon alerts her of Gothel's approach and Rapunzel just manages to get things ready in time. However, Gothel notices a smear of paint on her cheek and accuses her of that appreciating everything that she has done for her.

While preparing tea for Gothel, Penelope accidentally finds a secret staircase which, leads to an old room below the manor. In it they discover a gift from her parents who allegedly deserted her: a silver hairbrush engraved with the following: “Constant as the stars above, always know that you are loved. To our daughter, Rapunzel on her first birthday. With Love Forever, Mother and Father.” These words leave the young artist questioning her past for the first time. Her diversion is quickly interrupted by Gothel’s call for tea.

After serving Gothel her meal, Rapunzel and her friends revisit the cellar where Penolope exposes yet another secret: a tunnel leading to the nearby village. Rapunzel takes this path to the small kingdom and is able to rescue a princess named Katrina from a pitfall. Soon after, Rapunzel is introduced to Katrina’s elder brother, the handsome Prince Stefan. He explains to her that the trap Katrina managed to escape was put there by King Wilhelm, the ruler of an opposing kingdom. Enchanted by the mysterious maiden, Stefan asks to meet her again, to which she agrees, though their meeting is ended abruptly before Stefan could tell her his name when she quickly rushes back to the woods to avoid being discovered by Gothel. Unknown to Rapunzel, Gothel's pet ferret, Otto, has witnessed the entire exchange.

Angered, Gothel demands Rapunzel tell her the boy's name. Rapunzel insists that she does not know it but Gothel does not believe her, thinking she has been lying to her, despite that she knew his existence. Rapunzel tells her that she cannot keep her locked away forever to which Gothel responds: Watch me. Gothel destroys Rapunzel's paint and paintings before transforming her bedroom into a tall tower and stations Hugo, Penelope's father, outside. Gothel refuses to let Rapunzel go until she tells her the name of the boy she met.

That night, Rapunzel has a dream that Prince Stefan found her tower. He came up by climbing her long hair. When up there, they are about to kiss, but Gothel shows up and separates them. Rapunzel then wakes up and reads the engraving on the hairbrush. She realizes that there is still hope. Going back to sleep, a shower of light turns the hairbrush into a paintbrush.

It is revealed that Gothel is the fiendish puppetmaster of the whole feud and is enjoying watching the two kings attempt to destroy one another.

Rapunzel is left alone with Hobbie and Penelope, who cheered her up with new paints to replace the ones taken away from by Gothel. Hobbie discovers the paintbrush and Rapunzel begins to paint. It soon becomes clear that she doesn't need paint and whatever she paints becomes real. Rapunzel paints the village and then steps through, arriving at the palace gardens and meets Stefan.

She shows him the brush and asks for help to find its maker but insists that he never tell her his name. She meets a silversmith who says his brother made it, who lives in Wilhemn's side. The silversmith has not seen his brother in years, making him very upset. Stefan realizes that the feud is hurting the villagers more than he realized.

Afterwards, Stefan asks Rapunzel to a masked ball. She replies that she will meet him there. He tells that her hair is a 'beautiful give away.' Penelope soon arrives explaining that Gothel is coming and they must leave so that Hugo will not be hurt. Rapunzel leaves and paints a way out.

When back at the tower, Rapunzel uses the paintbrush to paint herself a beautiful gown. Hobbie and Penelope provided a mask. Unfortunately, the paintbrushes light can be seen and Otto sneaks in. He quickly steals the invitation without their notice and presents it to Gothel.

Angered, she arrives at the tower and slices off Rapunzel's hair and breaks the paintbrush into pieces. She also manages to destroy the painting of the village. Because she thinks Rapunzel refused to tell the truth, Gothel puts a spell around her tower, which holds people who lie forever and can never be broken. Gothel then storms to King Frederick and Stefan's castle, intent on destroying them. Back at the tower, Rapunzel manages to escape with the help of Penelope and Hugo, as the spell only works if the prisoner is a liar, and rushes to save Stefan.

Stefan is lured away by Gothel who is disguised as Rapunzel but Gothel reveals herself and begins her attack. Wilhelm appears before Frederick, hoping to end the feud by force. It is revealed the source of the feud was because he believes Frederick kidnapped his daughter, who has been missing since she was an infant. Frederick replies that he planned nothing of the sort and he has no idea where Wilhelm's daughter is, to which Gothel reveals that she's the one who took Rapunzel because Wilhelm "loved" her but married another woman, as he saw her only as a friend. Rapunzel arrives just in time to stop them from fighting and Wilhelm recognizes her as his daughter.

A battle ensues, and Gothel begins to attack Rapunzel with magic. As Rapunzel runs into the royal maze she remembers the magic painting of the tower and trick Gothel into running into it—which Hugo reminds her she can't escape as she has a lying heart.

Rapunzel is reunited with her father and mother, and marries Stefan, thus their fathers reconcile to re-unite their kingdoms, with Hugo, Penelope, Hobbie living in the castle with them. It is revealed that Otto now serves Gothel but it is implied that she eventually died soon after. And a shot is seen of the couple walking along a beach, which is the same one as Rapunzel painted with a castle in the distance, implying her dreams came true.

The scene becomes the painting Barbie had been working on. Kelly now feels better and begins painting with blue which turns into the credits.

Starring The Voices Of

Voice Artists Role(s)
Kelly Sheridan Barbie
Anjelica Huston Gothel
Cree Summer Penelope
Ian James Corlett Hobie
Palace Guard
Mark Hildreth Stefan
David Kaye Hugo
Peter Kelamis Otto
Skinny Swordsman
Russell Roberts King Frederick
Christopher Gaze King Wilhelm
Terry Klassen Fat Swordsman
Chantal Strand Kelly
Danny McKinnon Tommy
Britt McKillip Melody
Jocelyne Loewen Lorena
Dale Wilson Silversmith


Teaser Trailer Official Trailer
Barbie Rapunzel - Trailer 2001(01:18)
Barbie™ as Rapunzel - Official DVD Trailer(00:31)


Arnie Roth produced the music in Barbie as Rapunzel. Roth composed, arranged and orchestrated most of the music in the film, and it was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roth. The film also includes themes from Symphony No. 9 (New World) by Antonin Dvorak.

"Rapunzel Theme" was performed by Becky Taylor and written by Rob Hudnut and Arnie Roth; "Constant As The Stars Above" was performed by Jessica Brown and written by Arnie Roth; and "Wish Upon A Star" was performed by Samantha Mumba and written by Nicals Molinder and Joacim Persson.

DVD Special Features

  • Rapunzel's Art Gallery
  • Dress-Up Rapunzel Game
  • The Artist in Me Documentary
  • DVD ROM Sampler
  • Barbie in the Nutcracker trailer


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In DVD Exclusive Awards 2003, Barbie as Rapunzel won "Best Animated Character Performance" to Anjelica Huston (voice), Gino Nichele (animation director), Sebastian Brodin (animation director), Jean Gillmore (character designer), and Sean Newton (character designer) for Gothel, and "Best Original Score" to Arnie Roth. The movie is also nominated "Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie" to Jesyca C. Durchin and Jennifer Twiner McCarron, Best Original Song to Jessica Brown, Rob Hudnut (lyrics/music), and Arnie Roth (lyrics/music) for the song "Constant As The Stars Above", "Best Original Song" to Samantha Mumba for the song "Wish Upon A Star", "Best Original Song" to Becky Taylor and Arnie Roth (music) for the song "Rapunzel Theme", "Best Director" to Owen Hurley, and "Best Visual Effects" to Jason Gross.



  • When Rapunzel was walking through the draft, she accidentally threw the candle right out of her hand when a mouse ran by. In real life, the fire would be supposedly gone, but in the movie, it's not.
  • When she was about to paint the wall with the Magic Paintbrush, you can see the image is blurred. As it was 'pixelized'.
  • Rapunzel's hair is short after Gothel cut it with her spell, but in the end of the movie, when Rapunzel was married, her hair is still long as the previous.

Also Known As

  • Français - Barbie Raiponce
  • Italian - Barbie Raperonzolo
  • German - Barbie als Rapunzel
  • Greek - Barbie ως Rapunzel
  • Portuguse - Barbie como Rapunzel
  • Serbian - Барбие ас Рапунзел
  • Russian - Барби в роли Рапунцель 
  • Albanian - Barbie si Rapunzel
  • Polish - Barbie jako Roszpunka
  • Finnish - Barbie kuin Rapunzel
  • Swedish - Barbie som Rapunzel
  • Persian - راپونزل و قلم جادویی
  • Turkish - Rapunzel gibi Barbie
  • Spain - Barbie Princesa Rapunzel
  • Dutch - Barbie als Rapunzel
  • Mirandés - Barbie cumo Rapunzel

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Barbie as Rapunzel Transcript

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