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Tangled [2010] (2 discs)

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Director:Byron Howard
Nathan Greno
Writer:Dan Fogelman
Composer:Alan Menken
Songs:Glenn Slater
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:89%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • CG
  • Comedy
  • Kids
  • Action
  • Romance
  • Family
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Synopsis: The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.


Reaction: Fun and charming. Not as strongly an instant classic as some, but still very entertaining.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Byron Howard => Director
Nathan Greno => Director
Dan Fogelman => Writer
Alan Menken => Composer
Glenn Slater => Songs
Jacob Grimm => Original Fairy Tale "Rapunzel" (as the Brothers Grimm)
Wilhelm Grimm => Original Fairy Tale "Rapunzel" (as the Brothers Grimm)
Bob Bergen => Additional Voices (voice)
Brad Garrett => Hook Hand Thug (voice)
Bridget Hoffman => Additional Voices (voice)
Delaney Rose Stein => Young Rapunzel / Little Girl (voice)
Donna Murphy => Mother Gothel (voice)
Fred Tatasciore => Additional Voices (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor => Big Nose Thug (voice)
John DiMaggio => Stabbington Brother (voice) (uncredited)
Laraine Newman => Additional Voices (voice)
M.C. Gainey => Captain of the Guard (voice)
Mandy Moore => Rapunzel (voice)
Michael Bell => Additional Voices (voice)
Mona Marshall => Additional Voices (voice)
Nicholas Guest => Additional Voices (voice)
Paul F. Tompkins => Short Thug (voice)
Richard Kiel => Vlad (voice)
Ron Perlman => Stabbington Brother (voice)
Susanne Blakeslee => Additional Voices (voice)
Zachary Levi => Flynn Rider (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Disney's previous animated feature The Princess and the Frog (2009), despite being popular with critics and audiences alike, was a box office disappointment. Disney felt that the film's princess theme discouraged young boys from seeing it. In an attempt to market the film to a broader audience, Disney changed the title of the film from Rapunzel to Tangled, and promoted it as a comedic adventure. An early trailer for the film focused less on Princess Rapunzel and more on Flynn Rider, the male lead character. It was originally believed that Disney's marketing campaign was a desperate attempt to search for a particular audience. However, directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno claimed that the title change was to emphasize that Flynn has as much of a role in the film as Rapunzel.
  • This is the first animated Disney "princess" film to get a PG rating by the MPAA. The previous Disney princess films up to that point were all rated G.
  • The character design of Flynn came from the process called the "hot man meeting" by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, during which they set up a meeting with all of the female employees of the studio in one room and asked them for their opinions of what made a man good-looking, in order to create Flynn's character design with features such as eye color, hair color and style and body type. Video footage showed concept art and photos of various male celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Gene Kelly, on the walls of the room.
  • Zachary Levi auditioned for the part of Flynn Rider and got it, with an English accent. Later, this was dropped and Levi read the role in his own American accent instead.
  • Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel both auditioned for the role of Rapunzel. Three years later, they both starred together in Frozen (2013) as Anna and Elsa.
  • Composer Alan Menken reported that he based the film's musical score on 1960s rock.
  • Mandy Moore only met her co-star Zachary Levi once when they came together to perform their duet in the film. Moore never got to meet Donna Murphy who voiced her character's mother.
  • From the beginning, [?] Glen Keane intended that the film looked and felt like a traditional hand-drawn film, but in 3-D. He hosted a seminar called "The Best of Both Worlds," where he brought in fifty Disney animators (both CGI and traditional artists) to discuss the techniques used in each style and how to, in his words, "bring the warmth and intuitive feel of the hand-drawn to CGI."
  • In the "When will my life begin" sequence, Rapunzel says she'll "take a climb" and climbs up her hair. The way she climbs is an actual aerial silk climbing technique.
  • Natalie Portman was considered for Rapunzel and her audition recording was used for a pencil test.
  • When Mother Gothel is looking for her bricked-up doorway into the tower, the plant covering the base of the tower resembles Campanula rapunculus, commonly known as rapunzel (or rampion) - this plant is the one that the Brothers Grimm used in their original story to give their main character her name. However, rapunzel is not a climbing plant as shown in the movie (it appears to be growing like ivy up the base of the tower) - the animators appear to have taken some creative license with it.
  • David Schwimmer and Burt Reynolds were cast in roles that were eventually deleted in the pre-production stage.
  • When Rapunzel heals Flynn's hand, she says "Don't freak out," a line often said to Chuck, title character of the TV series [Chuck (2007)], played by Zachary Levi, voice of Flynn.
  • Whenever Mother Goethel expresses her "love" to Rapunzel, it is always to her hair and not directly to Rapunzel. She kisses Rapunzel on the head and touches her hair whenever expressing love. She also calls her "my little flower," in reference to the original sunflower. By contrast, whenever Flynn is being affectionate to Rapunzel, he always brushes her hair away, so he can see her face better.
  • Rapunzel (with her short brown locks) and Flynn can both be seen in Frozen (2013), as part of the crowd when the palace gates open for Princess Elsa's coronation.
  • While it may seem that Mother Gothel is the eighth animated Disney villain to fall to her death - following the Wicked Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)), Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective (1986)), McLeach (The Rescuers Down Under (1990)), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast (1991)), Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)), Queen Narissa (Enchanted (2007)), and Charles Muntz (Up (2009)) - she does not in fact die in this manner. She is, however, the only Disney villain to die from extreme and rapid old age - brought on by the sudden loss of the magic effect on her of Rapunzel's blonde hair. She only happened to be falling out of a 70-foot window at the time; once her cloak hits the ground, she has already turned to dust. This is probably why this is the only time we see a Disney villain falling "to their death" where we actually witness the impact--an intact body hitting the ground would not have been considered family-friendly.
  • In the original Grimm fairy tale, Flynn Rider was actually a prince and Rapunzel wasn't a princess but born a peasant. Before her birth, her mother saw some rampion growing in Dame Gothel's garden and craved it longingly, Rapunzel's father stole the rampion, the first time successfully but during the second time he got caught and in exchange he had to give up his first child. When Rapunzel was born, the witch appeared, took the child away and named her after the rampion her mother had craved for. After 12 years Gothel locked Rapunzel in a tower and was the only visitor for some years until a prince came by. In the Grimm story Rapunzel falls for the prince who visits her frequently, leading her to become pregnant. Gothel finds out, cuts Rapunzel's hair and banishes her to a desert, where she gives birth to twins. The prince arrives at the tower only to learn that the witch is there. In his grief he lets go of the hair and falls into thorns, becoming blind. He wanders through the desert, gets reunited with Rapunzel, whose tears restore his sight, and they live happily ever after.