Mandy Moore as Rapunzel
Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider
Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel
Walt Disney Pictures
Tangled is derived from the German folklore tale Rapunzel, written by the Brothers Grimm.
The film spent 6 years in production.
It was originally named Rapunzel, with a last minute change to Tangled.
When a single drop of sunlight falls to earth, it becomes a golden flower filled with magical properties. A very old woman, Gothel, discovers the flowers and hoards its healing abilities, keeping it for herself, making her live for a very long time. In a nearby kingdom, a queen becomes very sick. Her husband the king, searches for the plant to save his wife’s life. Despite Gothel’s effort, he finally finds it, and the queen recovers. She gives birth to a princess, and the plant’s healing powers becomes part of the new-born, in the form of extremely long, golden hair.
Knowing the only way to remain immortal and beautiful is through the plant’s powers, steals a lock of the princess’ hair, discovering that cutting it makes the hair lose its power. She decides to kidnap the princess, naming her Rapunzel and hiding her in an isolated tower. Rapunzel’s parents miss her terribly, and honour their memory of her by releasing lanterns into the sky on the night of her birthday each year.
Each year Rapunzel sees the floating lanterns, never knowing she is the reason they float. On her eighteenth birthday, she asks permission of her “Mother” Gothel to go to the source of the light. Gothel refuses, telling her it is too dangerous, and that she is only locked away for her own safety.
Meanwhile in the kingdom, Flynn Rider is getting himself into a lot of trouble. He, with some accomplices, steals the tiara of the lost princess. The royal guards chase after them, and Maximus, horse of the Captain of the Guards, gets separated from his rider, but continues the search on his own. Flynn manages to escape both the guards and riders, finally ending up at Rapunzel’s tower. He stupidly climbs to the top, where our heroine knocks him out with a pan on the head.
Rapunzel hides the stolen crown, telling him in order for her to return it to him; he needs to take her to see the lanterns. Flynn reluctantly agrees, hoping to scare her off her quest by taking her to the Snuggly Duckling Inn, a place where all the thugs in town hang out. She, however, charms the thugs, and encourages them to follow their dreams.
Gothel returns early to the tower, finding a tiara but no Rapunzel. Being her scheming self, she teams up with Flynn’s earlier, and deserted, accomplices. She promises them the tiara if they help her get Rapunzel back, as well as the added benefit of revenge on Flynn.
Flynn and Rapunzel are meanwhile found and chased by the guards. When they are trapped in a cave, Flynn admits that he is Eugene Fitzherbert, and Rapunzel reveals her magical hair. She saves them by using her hair as a light, leading them to safety and healing his Flynn’s hand. to take them out of the cave.
Our main characters continues come closer to each other, but Gothel meets Rapunzel secretly in the wood, telling her that Flynn will leave her as soon as he has the crown. Rapunzel refuses to believe this, but chooses not to give him the tiara just yet.
Maximus the horse becomes friends with Rapunzel, and a suspicious ally to Flynn, when Rapunzel charms him when he finally catches them. He takes them to the city, and Flynn takes Rapunzel to see the lanterns. He is captured by his old thieving friends, and Rapunzel returns home with Gothel, believing Flynn deserted her.
Back at the tower, Rapunzel realises she is the missing princess she heard of in the city. She unsuccessfully tries to flee the tower. Flynn is saved from his death sentence by the thugs from the inn and Maximus. He rushes to the tower, and is stabbed by Gothel. Rapunzel tells Gothel that she will go with her forever if she is allowed to heal Flynn. Knowing that Rapunzel never goes back on her word, Gothel agrees. Knowing if he is healed, she will be captive forever, Flynn cuts off her hair, breaking the spell. Gothel ages rapidly, dying quickly. Flynn tells Rapunzel he loves her just as she dies, but her tears saves his life. They return to the kingdom, Rapunzel reunited with her parents, and they eventually marry.
This is a happy ever after story, and I loved it. It represents everything modern Disney aims for – strong, independent girls, who has opinions and saves themselves. The Prince charming is more a side benefit than the actual present. Little girls should watch this to see they don’t need to act helpless to catch a man, and grown women should watch it just for fun.
And hey, who doesn’t love a good love story?