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Barbie as Rapunzel

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Barbie-themed fairy tale a bit passive but arts-focused.

Movie NR 2002 84 minutes
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age 5+

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age 3+
First movie I’ve ever watched in my childhood. I just hope these Barbie movies came out in this year. More technology and easy to give reviews. These movies could have been boost up. 🥺❤️ But these old Barbie movies got a good lessons and I learned a lot from it. I was abandoned by my parents growing up at the age of 3 and watching this, leads me to be successful.

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age 4+

Great Fairytale

Great movie This is a good barbie movie. I feel like mattel actually put effort and tried to make this a good movie. Yes, I know they made this movie just to sell more dolls,

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Kids say (5):

The age of this animation (2002) means the film looks more like a turn-of-the-century video game than an animated movie, but that won't matter to Barbie fans. They'll still enjoy Barbie's sidekicks, the magic paint brush, and the whimsy of this medieval world. Parents may want to offer a counter to the traditional fairy tale narrative here, but can still likely appreciate the focus on Rapunzel's good naturedness, her big heart, her emphasis on following her dreams, and her message about believing in yourself.

The Rapunzel story has its own limitations -- handsome prince, captive princess, impractically long hair and only one way down. This take adds a few details: a love for painting, some quick thinking, the importance of friendships, and a big show of forgiveness on Rapunzel's part to the evil Gothel who did her wrong.

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