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Transcript of Tangled
Michael Evans & Kaylyn Laws
Compare/Contrast with Grimm's Tale
Witch takes Rapunzel as a baby
Witch raises Rapunzel as her own
Rapunzel has long, blonde hair
Rapunzel fears Flynn at first
Rapunzel plots to leave tower
Witch deceives Flynn with Rapunzel's hair
Rapunzel heals Flynn with her tears
Magic flower heals the queen.
No agreement to take Rapunzel
Rapunzel leaves tower to pursue her dream
Flynn is not a prince/Rapunzel is royal
Rapunzel does not become pregnant and is not cast out
Hair has magical properties
Transforms from thief to prince
Changes to care for someone other than himself
Orphaned to having a family
His dream changes from having money to having love
Admission by the fire hints at his true desires
Pretends to be a mother when she isn't one
Her constant aging is a reminder of her true self
Ruffians and Thugs
When Flynn and Rapunzel
enter the town they find a
happy place with people
who dance and sing.
The cave is the first moment of vulnerability where both Rapunzel and Flynn share a secret about themselves-- revealing their true identities.
The fire scene allows them to "warm" to each other and to gain a greater understanding of each other.
"This is clearly a non-traditional princess trapped in an all too traditional setting, and she aches to escape. And she is clever enough to orchestrate her own escape, too, convincing the wily Flynn Rider to lead her to the site of the floating lanterns; her desire to see them in person is for all intents and purposes her life's ambition... The culmination of her narrative is not the fulfillment of her life's dream but her marriage to Flynn Rider. Clearly, her progressive tendencies have been diminished so that additional focus can be placed on Flynn."
"We did not want to be put in a box... Some people might assume it's a fairy tale for girls when it's not. We make movies to be appreciated and loved by everybody." -- Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios
"A fake reputation is all a man has."
While in the variants of Rapunzel the tower has been referred to as a phallic symbol in connection to sexual maturity, what could it represent in this animated version in connection with our theme?
How does the use of lanterns effect the message of the movie and specifically the setting?
Out of the characters in the film, who discovers the most about themselves and others?
Transforms from child to adult
But is true to her personality the whole time
Realizes her true identity of princess
As people are around her they reveal who they truly are too
Clothing hints at her "hidden identity"
"And when I promise something, I never ever break that promise."
Transforms from "letter of the law" to "spirit of the law"
While he never actually changes his personality, Pascal is a chameleon representing constant change and transformation.
"The Disney pantheon is full of evil stepmothers, though none quite match Mother Gothel for sheer sadistic intensity. A classic underminer, she has brainwashed Rapunzel into loving her, and her brutal selfishness is camouflaged in sweet-voiced expressions of solicitude."
Whelan, Bridget. "Power to the Princess: Disney and the Creation of the 20th Century Princess Narrative." Interdisciplinary Humanities 29.1 (2012): 21-34.
Scott, A. O. "Back to the Castle, Where it's all About Hair." New York Times, 2010. Web. 5 November 2013.
"I see a strong, beautiful, confident young lady... Oh, look! You're here too!"
Real World Application
In today's world it is both important to find our own true identity and be able to differentiate the true identity of others.
"Only with difficulty does one take leave of his old, familiar form of existence; he tends to cling desperately to what he has. He feels that every step forward involves dying. Every process of development and maturation demands great bravery; to let go, to take leave, requires courage; fear and anxiety can occur" (113).
Luthi, Max. Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales. Trans. Lee Chadeayne and Paul Gottwald. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1976.
"But after several years the lovers find each other again, and when [Rapunzel] weeps to see her prince's desperate plight, her gushing tears fall on his eyes and cure his sight" (333-334).
Warner, Marina. "After 'Rapunzel.'"
Chmielewski, Dawn C. "Disney Restyles 'Rapunzel' to Appeal to Boys." L.A. Times, 9 March 2010. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.
"See, I ain't as cruel and vicious
as I seem."
Tough looking on the outside.
Touchy-feely dreams on the inside.
In one scene, Rapunzel convinces a tavern full of ruffians, ex-cons, scary types, to help her and Flynn instead of turning Flynn in for reward money. “Find your humanity,” she chastises, “Hasn’t any of you ever had a dream?” The rest of the scene is full of these delinquents baring their souls to us, explaining in song that even though they’re all murderers and criminals, way down deep inside of each one of them there’s a dream of doing something socially acceptable. ... Underneath their hard surfaces, we’re told, all of these men have “humanity.”
Mondala, J. Lauren Lipp. "LIS 722 01 December 8, 2010 Dyad Paper." (2010). Pg 26
The true feeling of the ruling
leaders is sadness. A sadness
that has lasted 18 years.
The lake scene is warm
using golds and browns.
The cut to the shore with
cold hues of color contrasts
the warm scene and reminds
the audience of the original motive.