Friday, September 6, 2013

Project Disney-Tangled

Project Disney: The plan is to tackle all of the Disney films, re-reading the classic stories and tales that inspired many of them and to look at how the changes the filmmakers made, the new elements they introduced and the essential elements they kept. We will, of course, be talking about the films as movies as well, saying why we enjoy them and what some of our favorite moments are, but our focus will be on looking at them as adaptations. For the films that are not drawn from any one work we’ll be looking at some of the possible literary influences that we see in the stories.  Inspired by Project Disney hosted by Picture Me Reading.

I am so excited that this week's Project Disney is Tangled based off of the book Rapunzel by The Brother's Grimm.  I love this movie sooo much.  I think it deserves more love then it gets. The story Tangled is based off of is really similar to the film. Of course there are a few changes... Rapunzel's parents have to give her away to the witch because her mom eats from the witches garden.   The witch raises Rapunzel in a tower, but then a prince travel's past and hears Rapunzel.  He calls to her and then plan that he takes silk up every time he visits so that Rapunzel can get down.  The witch discovers this and puts Rapunzel in a desert.  The prince goes back to find Rapunzel only to discover the witch.  He jumps out of the tower but goes blind because he lands on some thorns.  He wanders and ends up in the desert with Rapunzel.  They find their way out and then their lives are great.

This is actually a happy ending for a Grimm story.  The film of course adds so much to this.  In fact, Disney really tried to attract male viewers with Flynn Rider  (the love interest in the film).  Who is actually not a prince but a thief! The name of the movie was originally going to be called Rapunzel but then it was changed to Tangled.  The story has a really beautiful love story.  Not only between Flynn and Rapunzel, but the love of family.  An evil witch (Gothel) steals Rapunzel when she is a baby because her hair makes Gothel young again.  Rapunzel's parents send up lit lanterns in the nighttime every year on Rapunzel's birthday.  Honestly this is beautiful.

There are two really great side kicks in the movie.  One is a chameleon named Pascal. I love this little guy.  He is Rapunzel's only friend for quite some time so he tends to act like a parental figure.  Plus there is a hilarious horse, Maximus.  Oh man do I love this horse! I mean I laugh out loud so much what that horse is on screen. 

I think the music in this film is great too.  The love song!!

I love it so much!! Back to the movie. So Flynn has to hide from the city guards for being a thief (he stole a crown.. which turns out to be Rapunzel's) and ends up in Rapunzel's tower.  Of course Flynn convinces her to be brave and go out into the world. She tells him if he will take her to see the lights (the lanterns her parents put in the sky) then she will give him the crown.  So now a big adventure starts of the two of them making it to the city.  Here they discover that Rapunzel is the missing daughter.  Of course she cuts off her hair at the end of the film and that totally BUGS me!! Her hair!

If you haven't seen this film and you love Disney then it is time you check it out.  Fun!  Here is the Annie Lebovitz picture of Tangled featuring Taylor Swift:

I saw this film in 3D and it was totally worth paying extra for.  Sometimes anymore 3D movies are made just to make money and the 3D looks crappy.  But this one was pretty decent.

101 Dalmatians
Fantasia 2000
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Aristocats
The Lion King 
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Robin Hood
The Black Cauldron
Mary Poppins
Lilo and Stitch
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound
Melody Time 


  1. I don't think I can count the number of times I've seen this movie. My daughter (just turned 4) was obsessed with it for a LONG time. We had bought her the Disney 'Punzel (that's what she calls her) dress for Halloween and added one of her toy frying pans to the costume. It is certainly a lot of fun and more people should watch it.

    1. I think so too. It has great humor and modern (compared to say Cinderella). I think it's fun and the music is on point too for a modern fairytale. I love that your daughter liked this movie (just like me!)

  2. I definitely need to rewatch this (and I think I will soon with Paola from A Novel Idea!) because I don't remember it as much and I only just recently became obsessed with I See the Light. :D I agree too thought that it's sad when Rapunzel cuts her hair!

    1. Do you and Paola live by each other? I wish I could watch with you guys!!

  3. I LOVE Tangled looking forward to seeing it again!

  4. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! These two characters are like my OTP of Disney princesses. They are just the adorablest couple ever created in Disney history! Not to mention the main character Rapunzel is so kick-butt that makes me love her as the best Disney Princess. :D Oh my and the mention of Grimms yes. Finally i story I have read! I went crazy and read ALL of Grimms story and I think there is a second book, but I read 700 pages of Grimms story. It was heaven and hell mixed in.

    Anywho! So happy that Tangled was featured as this weeks Disney Project! It's an amazing story/movie. ^^

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    2. Blogger screwed up my comment! I love this movie too. Rapunzel is kick ass and girly at the same time. I just love it.

  5. My son laughs at me because I adore this movie so much. Apparently there was a Hallmark ornament called Fierce With a Frying Pan and he told me he found a perfect ornament for me. It has to be one of my favorites in years. Maximus made me laugh so much! Flynn with his nose and those pictures got me too. I just love it :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. I am going to look up the ornament right now... speaking of... I love Hallmark Disney ornaments. It stinks that they are so expensive and by the time the sales come after Christmas usually the Disney ones are sold out.

      Flynn with his nose is hilarious! I just love this movie. So cute and not enough love.

    2. It really helps on cost that my best friend and I exchange ornaments for Christmas as gifts. We usually go with movie ornaments that we know they loved during the year.

  6. I thought about participating in Project Disney, but I didn't have the time to dedicate to it. So glad you were able to dive in!

    I agree that Tangled is pretty similar to Rapunzel in so many important ways. Unlike, say, Frozen. Call it ORIGINAL. Don't call it The Snow Queen. Because it's not. Not even close. Not even a little bit. And that makes me upset, because The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales!

    Anyway! Tangled! I think the fact that Flynn cuts her hair at the end is poignant. he wants to save her. He will give his life so that she will live. I do wish it wasn't *quite* so short because it will never grow back, but I love the sentiment!

    I think one of my very favorite things about Tangled is the way they kept the fairy tale element with the tears and introduced it in a new way. It made me so, so happy.

    I'll have to come back and read your other Projects as time permits! Thanks for letting me in on them :)

  7. I always think it's crazy too... that when a character changes their look Disney doesn't use that look later. The Beast is the beast.. not his human form. I guess Tiana is the woman and not the frog. And Rapunzel doesn't have any dolls with her new hair. Crazy!!

    I really do love this movie. It is amazing and just great. Plus I mean Flynn. Yum!


    My project Disney for Tangled is up. It is one of my all time favorite Disney movies so this was such a fun review to write. I really want to get more into project Disney this summer and catch up a bit.

  9. Great! Thanks for linking up.. about to go check it out now.