This is the second ever CGI Barbie movie, for y’all’s information.
The old Barbie movies have terrible graphics, but to be honest, the moving part of the animation is pretty okay.
Rapunzel is a great character. She’s like 2015 Cinderella–good and kind and loving even when others (*cough*Gothel*cough*) are cruel to her.
Okay–the story is almost exactly like Cinderella (2015). The girl is mistreated by an evil jealous lady who makes her a servant, she meets a prince but doesn’t know who he is, she gets invited to a ball by said prince, and she eventually forgives the evil jealous lady. But…Barbie as Rapunzel came out first, so HA Disney! Y’know, that actually makes me mad! Barbie should sue Disney!
Speaking of Disney copying Barbie as Rapunzel, Tangled (Disney’s adaptation of the Rapunzel fairytale) copied a few elements as well that weren’t in the original fairy tale.
- Rapunzel wears purple
- Rapunzel is blond
- Rapunzel loves to paint
- Rapunzel has two animal sidekicks, one big and one small/one a reptile and one a mammal
- Rapunzel was kidnapped
- Rapunzel is secretly a princess
- The guy (Stefan/Flynn) wears a blue-hued vest over a white shirt
- The guy has brown hair
My favorite part about this all is that Barbie came up with it all first and so Barbie has the original rights.
But ignoring all that plagiarizing stuff, the story is emotional and layered. Gothel’s kidnapping of Rapunzel is intertwined with the feud between Frederick’s and Wilhelm’s kingdoms, Gothel has a proper villain motivation (convincing reasoning, but her choices are still obviously wicked)