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Tangled is a 2010 American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, based on the story Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. It stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, and is the 50th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, and was released on November 24, 2010 in North America. The film is telling the story of the long-lost princess Rapunzel, who yearns to leave the confines of her secluded tower for an adventure. Against her foster mother's wishes, she accepts the aid of a handsome intruder, Flynn Rider, to take her out into the world which she has never seen.

Before the film's release, its title was changed from Rapunzel to Tangled, reportedly to market the film as gender-neutral. Tangled spent six years in production at a cost that has been estimated at $260 million which, if accurate, would make it the most expensive animated film ever made at that time. Composer Alan Menken, who had worked on prior Disney animated features, returned to score Tangled.

Tangled premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on November 14, 2010, and went into general release on November 24. The film earned $591 million in worldwide box office revenue, $200 million of which was earned in the United States and Canada; it was well-received by critics and audiences alike. Tangled was nominated for a number of awards, including Best Original Song at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Tangled would go on to become the most successful Disney animated feature film since The Lion King in 1994, both critically and commercially, beginning a new style of marketing and aesthetics for the following computer-animated films from the studio, similarly to how The Little Mermaid impacted the Disney Renaissance.

An animated short sequel, Tangled Ever After, was released in 2012. In 2017, a made-for-television sequel film Tangled: Before Ever After premiered as a pilot for an animated spin-off series centering on Rapunzel and Eugene's adventures after the film.


Flynn Rider begins the movie narrating, explaining how hundreds of years ago, a single drop of sunlight fell to Earth and bloomed into a magical golden flower. The flower is found by an old woman named Mother Gothel, who sings the song "Healing Incantation" to it, causing it to restore her youth and beauty. In this way, she lives for hundreds of years, keeping the flower hidden and never sharing it with anyone.

Flynn goes on to tell how the king and queen of the land were expecting a child, but the queen became very sick, and the king sent out his people to search for the legendary golden flower, which was rumored to possess powerful powers that had the ability to heal. Gothel soon realizes what they are looking for, and hides the flower under a false shrubbery, as she is unwilling to share it with anyone. However, Gothel knocks the shrub away by accident when fleeing, causing the flower's glow to be visible in the darkness. The king's guards uproot the flower and bring it back to the palace, where it is fed to the queen, who survives and gives birth to a daughter, princess Rapunzel. The little princess is born with beautiful golden hair that glows with the magic of the flower. In honor of her birth, the king and queen release a floating lantern into the sky.

That night, an already-aging Gothel sneaks into the palace and finds Rapunzel's hair to replace the flower. Though when she cuts it, the lock of hair turns dark brown, its true color. Gothel realizes that cutting Rapunzel's hair causes it to lose its power, so she kidnaps the princess, escaping out the window with her. Flynn's narration explains that she locked the princess away in a hidden tower and raised her as her own child, having Rapunzel sing the healing song to restore Gothel's youth. Determined to keep her new flower hidden, Gothel lies to Rapunzel and tells her not to leave the tower as there are many dangerous things and cruel people out there who could steal her hair and use it for their own good. Every year afterward, on the princess' birthday, the kingdom would release thousands of flying lanterns in hope that one day, their lost princess will return home.


Rapunzel is hidden in a tower far from the castle for 18 years.

Eighteen years later, we cut to an older Rapunzel, who still lives in the tower with her only friend, a chameleon named Pascal. Rapunzel is cheerful, but clearly bored with her dull life, which she describes in the song "When Will My Life Begin?" Her hair has grown to be seventy feet long and extremely strong, and she loops it through a system of pulleys and hooks to hoist herself up and get around the tower. One of the things she does to occupy her time is painting, and her entire tower room is covered in pictures that she's painted. Her newest piece is of herself looking up at hundreds of glowing lights, which are the lanterns she sees in the sky every year on her birthday. She tells Pascal that today is the day, and she's finally going to do it.

Outside, Gothel has arrived at the base of the tower, and she calls up to Rapunzel to let down her hair. She has Rapunzel loop her hair to make a sling to pull her up and in and proceeds to emotionally abuse Rapunzel, putting her down and making fun of her and then laughing it off. Rapunzel believes that Gothel is her real mother and that she loves her, but it is clear that Gothel only cares about her magical hair.

Rapunzel mentions that her birthday is the next day, and what she really wants is to go see the lights in the sky because she believes that they're connected to her somehow. Gothel gets angry at her for wanting to go out, and sings "Mother Knows Best", a song about how the world is a horrible and dangerous place and how she only wants to protect Rapunzel, who is allegedly too gullible and helpless to defend herself. She ends the song by harshly telling her to never ask to leave the tower again, to which Rapunzel agrees, her earlier courage having faded. Gothel then leaves the tower.

Meanwhile, Flynn sneaks across the palace roof with two other thieves, the twin Stabbington Brothers (Ron Perlman). They lower Flynn in through the roof, and he steals the crown of the lost princess, although he is seen, they end up being chased out of the palace and through a forest. They find a tree covered in wanted posters of the three of them, and Flynn takes one and acts upset, but it turns out to have been only because his nose has never been drawn correctly. Still being chased, they reach a steep wall that appears to be a dead-end, and Flynn tells the twins to give him a boost over the wall. They suspect he's just going to run off with the crown and leave them to be caught, but he convinces them to trust him ― and then does exactly that. Flynn then runs through the forest, being chased by the guards, the twins, and the leader of the guards' horse, Maximus. Maximus has an elevated sense of smell and can track Flynn by scent, and he catches up to him even when he outruns the others. In the resulting struggle, the satchel with the princess' crown inside it nearly falls over a cliff, catching at the last minute on a branch sticking out of the side of the cliff. In trying to retrieve it, Flynn and Maximus both fall off the cliff.

Neither are hurt, but Flynn still has to escape Maximus. He finds what appears to be a rock wall, but turns out to just be a very thick curtain of vines covering the mouth of a small cave. He uses the cave to hide while Maximus searches outside, and then escapes through the tunnel, ending up in a small clearing...with Rapunzel's tower standing in the center. Deciding that it looks like a perfect place to hide, he scales the side using arrows and ends up right inside. He opens his satchel to look at the crown he just got away with...right before Rapunzel hits him in the back of the head with her frying pan, knocking him out.

Rapunzel has never seen anyone other than Gothel before, and at first, she's convinced he's one of the monsters her mother said lived outside the tower. Once she realizes that he's just another person, even after she knocks him out again when he starts to wake up, she hides him inside her wardrobe with some difficulty. After finally getting him stuffed inside, she finds his satchel with the lost princess' crown, although she has never seen a crown before either and doesn't know what it is. She tries to wear it in a few different ways before setting it on her head, just as she hears Gothel calling to her from outside. She hides the crown and satchel and brings Gothel up the tower.

Rapunzel plans on showing Flynn to Gothel as proof that she's not helpless and should be allowed outside, but she starts out by mentioning their conversation from earlier, and Gothel flips out and screams at her that she is never leaving the tower, ever. Rapunzel realizes there's no way Gothel will ever let her leave, so she tells her instead that she changed her mind about what she wants for her birthday and asks for paint made from white shells. Gothel really doesn't want to give her that because the shells are three days' travel away, but she thinks it will keep Rapunzel from asking to leave, so she agrees.

Once Gothel has set out, Rapunzel takes Flynn (still unconscious) out of the wardrobe and uses her hair to tie him to a chair. Pascal wakes him up by sticking his tongue in his ear, and Flynn, not seeing Rapunzel at first, immediately freaks out. However, when she steps into view, he realizes that she's beautiful and starts hitting on her, much to her confusion. She assumes he's there to steal her hair, but he has no idea what she's talking about and only wants to get out of it, in both senses of the word. When she realizes he's telling the truth (after whacking him with the frying pan the third time when he correctly guessed she hid his satchel in a nearby pot), Rapunzel decides that this is her chance, and she forces Flynn to agree to her deal ― they'll leave the tower together, and he'll take her to see the floating lights the next night, then bring her back home the next day before Gothel returns. In exchange, she promises to give him back the crown and let him leave and says that she never, ever, EVER breaks her promises. Flynn doesn't know why the lanterns are so important to her, but it's the only way to get the crown back, so he reluctantly agrees.

Flynn gets down the tower wall the same way he got up and asks Rapunzel if she is coming down. Rapunzel, taking her frying pan for protection, uses her hooks and pulleys to lower herself down on her hair, though she begins to have doubts once she's actually outside. She alternates between running around and screaming for joy and wallowing in crushing despair and guilt for betraying her mother. Flynn is exasperated, but tries to encourage her guilt, thinking that he can get her to give up and go back to the tower, and he can get away without having to take her to see the lanterns. He suddenly has an idea and says he'll take her to lunch and drags her out of the clearing.

Elsewhere, Gothel hasn't gotten very far before she runs into Maximus, still searching for Flynn. She recognizes him as a horse from the palace, but without a rider. Suddenly suspicious, she runs back home and calls for Rapunzel, with no answer. She digs out the bricked-up door, the only other way in and out of the tower, and runs up to discover that Rapunzel is gone. In a panic, she discovers the crown Rapunzel had hidden under the bottom of the stairs to her bedroom, along with the wanted poster that Flynn had taken earlier. She assumes that Flynn has kidnapped Rapunzel, so she grabs a knife and sets out after them.

Meanwhile, Flynn takes Rapunzel to a pub called "The Snuggly Duckling". Rapunzel is excited ― she does like ducklings! ― but when they enter, she sees that the pub is actually full of angry tough-looking men. Flynn lies and tells her that this is considered a five-star establishment in the real world, trying to scare her into going back to her tower, but Flynn is recognized by the thugs from his wanted posters before they can leave. One of the thugs is sent to fetch the guards while the rest of them leap on Flynn and fight over who should get the reward money. They look like they're going to tear him apart when Rapunzel hits the hook-handed one on the head and demands that they let Flynn go because she needs him to fulfill her dream of seeing the lanterns. She implores them to find their humanity and asks if they've ever had a dream.

The Hook-Handed Thug (Brad Garrett) looks like he's going to kill her, but instead, he admits that he too has a dream ― to be a concert pianist. This kicks off the song, "I've Got a Dream" amidst the entire pub, where we find out that although the thugs are a cruel and bloodthirsty bunch, they also dream of other things such as true love, baking, enjoy sewing, and making tiny ceramic unicorns. One of them does miming in his spare time. Flynn is forced to join in and sings that his dream is to retire with tons of money on a sunny island somewhere with no one else around. Rapunzel gets excited and joins in too, singing about how happy she is that she left her tower and how she never wants to go back.

Unfortunately, she sings this line right as Mother Gothel looks in the window. Gothel is furious, but before she can do anything, the thug who went to get the guards returns. The guards are right behind him, with the Stabbington twins in chains. Now that they've bonded, Hook-Handed Thug decides to help Rapunzel and Flynn escape, and he opens a secret tunnel in the bar floor for them to flee through. Although they seem to escape without a problem, Maximus enters the pub and tracks Flynn's scent to the secret tunnel. While outside, the guards give chase, and the Stabbington twins give chase right after, having escaped their chains. Gothel threatens one of the pub thugs with her knife to tell her where the tunnel lets out.

The tunnel leads to a dam, where Rapunzel and Flynn appear to be cornered by everyone who is after Flynn until Rapunzel uses her hair to swing across to a ledge. She leaves Flynn her frying pan, and he uses it to fend off the guards and swordfight with Maximus while declaring that this is the strangest thing he has ever done (and it is a pretty strange scene). When Maximus is about to finish Flynn off after he knocked the frying pan out of his hand, Rapunzel lassoes him with her hair and pulls him off. Maximus kicks against a beam holding the dam up to get to Rapunzel, failing to catch her as she jumps off the ledge with Flynn's help. The dam breaks down, causing a huge flood of water to come crashing down on everyone.

Rapunzel and Flynn try to outrun the wave and hide in a small cave, which a falling rock blocks the entrance to, but not before Flynn retrieves Rapunzel's frying pan for her. The water slowly fills up the cave as they realize it's a dead-end and there's no escape. They try to pull at the rocks to no avail, and Flynn only manages to cut his hand. They both try to look for an escape under the rapidly-rising water, but there's no light in the cave, and they can barely see each other above it. As they think they're about to die, Rapunzel cries and apologizes to Flynn for dragging him into this, and Flynn admits that his real name is Eugene Fitzherbert because he thought someone should know before he died. Rapunzel tries to make him feel better by admitting that she has magic hair that glows, only to realize that they can use her hair to search for escape in the dark water. She sings the magic song just as their air pocket disappears, and they end up underwater, where Rapunzel's hair illuminates the cave.


Rapunzel and Eugene bonding over the campfire.

Flynn/Eugene freaks out about her hair, but sees it drifting towards a small opening in the rocks, indicating an air current. They quickly dig their way through and are just about to run out of air when they break through to the outside, landing in a river. They drag themselves up onto the bank, where Flynn proceeds to really flip out about Rapunzel's hair being magic.

Meanwhile, Gothel is waiting at the tunnel exit for them, but instead of Rapunzel and Eugene, she sees the Stabbington twins, who plan to get Flynn and retrieve the princess' crown. She gives them the crown, but tells them that she could give them something worth a thousand crowns and that they can take revenge on Eugene while they're at it.

Back with the other two, Eugene is still shocked about Rapunzel's hair, so she tells him that's not all it can do and, after making him promise not to freak out, wraps her hair around his injured hand and sings the healing song. Eugene tries very hard not to freak out, but is still weirded out when his injury completely disappears. Rapunzel explains to him that Gothel told her that people tried to cut off her hair and steal its magic when she was young. She shows him a short lock of brown hair by the nape of her neck ― the lock that Gothel cut when she was a baby ― and says that when her hair is cut, it loses all of its power. Gothel told her the reason she locked her away from the outside world was to protect her from the people who wanted to steal her hair.

Having given Eugene her background story, she wants to know his too, but Eugene says there's not much to tell ― he was an orphan who became a thief and changed his name to Flynn Rider after the hero in a book. He leaves to get firewood and then Mother Gothel appears behind Rapunzel and tells her to come back to the tower. Rapunzel tells her she wants to stay with Eugene because she likes him and thinks he likes her too. Gothel gets angry and tells her that she's invented the whole romance and that there's no way Eugene could possibly like her. She gives her the satchel with the crown in it and tells her that's the only thing he wants and that the minute he gets a chance to take it, he'll leave her behind. Rapunzel says she will give back to him right then to prove that he won't, and Gothel leaves just as Eugene returns with firewood. Rapunzel starts to give him the satchel, but begins to doubt herself at the last minute and hides it from him.

The next morning, Flynn wakes up to find a dripping-wet Maximus standing over him. Maximus takes Eugene with him, but then Rapunzel pulls him back after she woke up when she heard him scream. She manages to calm Maximus down and begs him to leave Flynn alone for just one day so he can take her to see the floating lanterns. Maximus is charmed by her, and when she mentions that it's her birthday, he gives in, although he doesn't like it, and continues to torment Eugene when she isn't looking. They all head out to the island city the palace is in, where Rapunzel gets her first taste of being in a crowd; she keeps bumping into people, and Eugene convinces some little girls to do Rapunzel's hair up in a braid to keep people from stepping on it while she moves around. Once that's over with, Rapunzel and Flynn go around the city, waiting for night to fall and avoiding the guards in the process. Rapunzel has the time of her life, including dancing around and drawing on the street in chalk. She also sees a mural of the lost princess as a baby with her parents. As a memento, Eugene buys her a little purple flag with the royal crest on it. When dark begins to fall, they leave Maximus with some apples Eugene bought for him, and Eugene takes Rapunzel out on the water on a boat so she can get the "best view" of the lanterns.

The king and queen, still heartbroken over their lost daughter after all these years, set out the first lantern, and then everyone in the city does the same. The lanterns float out over the water, and Rapunzel and Eugene are soon surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of beautiful glowing lights. They set off two of their own while singing "I See the Light", a song about how they're beginning to realize their feelings for each other. Rapunzel finally gives Eugene the satchel with the crown, and he reassures her that he won't leave her. He's leaning in to kiss her when he catches sight of the shore behind her and sees the Stabbington twins, who turn and walk off. He doesn't tell Rapunzel what's going on, but he brings the boat up to shore, tells her he'll just be a minute, and goes off with the crown.

Eugene finds the twins, gives them the crown, and apologizes (albeit in a snarky way) for backstabbing them earlier. Instead of accepting the crown, the twins say they'd rather have the girl ― Gothel has told them all about Rapunzel's magical hair. Back on shore, Rapunzel is getting worried at how long Eugene is taking when she sees a silhouette coming out of the fog. She assumes it's him and jokingly says she was afraid he would take the crown and run ― then the twins emerge from the fog and tell her he did exactly that. They point out a boat heading towards the city with Eugene at the wheel. Rapunzel runs from them, but her braid catches on a branch, and she's unable to escape. When they don't come after her, she finds that Mother Gothel has appeared and hit them with a heavy branch, knocking them out from behind. She's obviously double-crossed them, so she can look like she's saving Rapunzel, but Rapunzel doesn't know that. Heartbroken by Eugene's supposed betrayal, she lets Gothel take her home.

Meanwhile, the boat with Eugene in it reaches the city dock. Eugene is tied to the wheel with the crown in his hand so that he would be unable to escape while his silhouette would appear to Rapunzel that he was steering the boat - two birds, one stone. He is arrested and thrown into prison, facing a sentence of death on the next day.

Back at the tower, Rapunzel is sitting on her bed looking miserable while Gothel is just happy that things will now go back to the way they were. When she leaves to make dinner, Rapunzel pulls out the little flag Eugene had bought her and looks at the sun-shaped royal crest. Suddenly, she notices the same sun shape all over her tower walls ― all of her paintings incorporate it from somewhere. She receives a hazy memory of the shape of a mobile over her crib, her parents' faces, the mural of the lost princess, and the familiar feeling she'd had when she wore the princess' crown. Rapunzel realizes that she is the lost princess and Gothel has lied to her this whole time. She storms out of her room and points out that she should have been hiding from Gothel all along. Gothel tries to convince Rapunzel that she's being silly and attempts to pat her head, but Rapunzel firmly grabs her wrist and insists angrily that she will never let Mother Gothel use her hair again. After she wrenches her wrist free, Gothel staggers backward into a mirror, which falls over and shatters. Rapunzel, refusing to back down, turns to leave the tower. Furious, Gothel tells her that if she wants her to be the bad guy, then she can be the bad guy as she approaches her.

Back in the city, Eugene is taken out of his cell to be hanged for his crimes. As they take him down the hallway, he happens to see the Stabbington twins in a cell ― they were caught after being double-crossed by Gothel. He knocks away the guards and demands that the twins tell him what happened to Rapunzel, and they tell him the old woman (an aged Gothel) took her. Realizing that she's in danger, Eugene tries to escape, but more guards come in and subdue him. They drag him out towards the gallows, but he catches sight of a tiny ceramic unicorn in a little alcove on a wall along the way. Suddenly, the doors slam shut behind, at the side and in front of them, and the thugs from the Snuggly Duckling appear to help Eugene, fighting away the guards. They get him out to the courtyard and use a wagon to catapult him over the jail wall, where he lands on Maximus' back. It turns out Maximus was the one who went to get them, and he will help Eugene find Rapunzel instead of arresting him. They leap off of the palace roof and set off for the tower.

When they reach the tower, Eugene stands at the base and calls up for Rapunzel. Just as he starts to climb up himself, Rapunzel's hair comes tumbling down, and he uses it to climb up. When he reaches the top, though, he finds Rapunzel chained and gagged, and Gothel appears behind him and stabs him in the stomach with her knife. Gothel kicks open a secret passage and begins to drag Rapunzel into it, telling her that she's going to take her somewhere where no one will ever find them ever again. Rapunzel gets the gag off and says to Gothel that she will fight her every minute for the rest of her life ― but if she lets her use her hair to heal Eugene, then she will go with Gothel quietly, do whatever she says, and never try to escape. A bleeding-out Eugene protests, but Rapunzel doesn't back down.

Gothel, knowing that Rapunzel never breaks her promises, finally agrees and chains Eugene up, too, in case he tries to find Rapunzel again after being healed. Choosing to die rather than let Rapunzel be held captive for the rest of her life, Eugene cuts her hair off with a shard of the broken mirror from earlier. Her hair is now just below her chin in a choppy bob cut. It instantly "dies" and turns brown. Gothel tries to gather the rest of the hair, but it has lost all its power. She begins to age rapidly and pulls her hood down over her face so no one will see her without her youthful beauty. She can't see where she's going, though, and stumbles blindly around the room; Pascal uses Rapunzel's cut-off hair to trip her and send her tumbling out the window, where she dissolves into dust from her sheer chronological age (the centuries she gained from the flower), on the way down.

Rapunzel tries to heal Eugene by singing the healing song anyway, although the magic won't work anymore since her hair was cut. He stops her and tells her that she was his new dream, and she tells him that he was hers. After Eugene dies, Rapunzel tearfully finishes singing a longer version of the healing song, "The Tear Heals". She weeps onto Eugene's face; her tear is absorbed into his skin and begins to glow. Light shoots out from the wound on his stomach, and he wakes up again, healed. Eugene tells Rapunzel he's "got a thing for brunettes", and they finally kiss each other.

At the palace, a guard runs into a room where the king and queen are to let them know that the lost princess has finally been found. They run out to the balcony, where a short-haired Rapunzel and Eugene are waiting. Rapunzel and her parents share a tearful hug, and as Eugene watches, they drag him into it, too.

Eugene narrates the ending, explaining what’s happened since the return of the princess. Everyone in the kingdom celebrated her return for a week. The thugs live their dreams, and the guards adopt frying pans as the official weapon of the military, which largely reduces crime rates. Rapunzel ruled the kingdom as wisely and benevolently as her parents had. Eugene goes back to using his real name, stops thieving, and, after years and years of asking, finally agreed to marry Rapunzel. Her voice cuts in to correct him, and Eugene admits that it was he who actually asked her. The movie ends with a shot of floating lanterns surrounding the palace and everyone living happily ever after.


Additional Voices[]


Main article: Rapunzel Unbraided

The story of Tangled began in 1996, under the guidance of Glen Keane who was, at the time, in the process of developing Tarzan. He continued developing the film until 2008, when suffered from a heart attack. On October 9, 2008, it was reported Glen Keane and Dean Wellins would be stepping down as directors, and were replaced by a new team of Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, director and storyboard director of 2008's Bolt. Keane would stay on as the Executive Producer, and Wellins moved on to developing other short films and feature films.[1]

On April 12, 2007, it was revealed Annie-nominated animator and story artist Dean Wellins will be co-directing the film alongside Glen Keane.

Disney's previous animated feature The Princess and the Frog in 2009, while being highly critically acclaimed and taking in nearly $270 million worldwide, was not as successful as Disney had hoped. Disney expressed the belief that the film's emphasis on princesses may have deterred young boys from seeing the film. In order to market the film to both boys and girls, Disney changed the film's name from Rapunzel to Tangled, while also emphasizing Flynn Rider, the film's prominent male character. Disney was criticized for altering the classic title and story as a marketing strategy. Floyd Norman, a former Disney and Pixar animator, said, "The idea of changing the title of a classic like Rapunzel to Tangled is beyond stupid. I'm convinced they'll gain nothing from this except the public seeing Disney as desperately trying to find an audience."

Technical details[]

Rapunzel-Concept Art

A concept rendering of Rapunzel, demonstrating the "luscious golden hair" Glen Keane wanted.

The movie's visual style is based on the painting "The Swing" by the French Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Because Glen Keane wanted this to be an animated movie that looked and felt like a traditional hand-drawn Disney Classic in 3D, he first had a seminar called "The Best of Both Worlds", where he, with fifty Disney animators (both CGI and traditional artists), focused on the pluses and minuses of each style. Because of advancements in computer technology, many basic principles of animation used in traditional animated movies, but which have been absent in CGI films due to technical limitations became possible in this field of animation, where they will be used together with the potential offered by CGI. Keane has stated numerous times that he is trying to make the computer "bend its knee to the artist" instead of having the computer dictate the artistic style and look of the film. By making the computer become as "pliable as the pencil," Keane's vision of a "three-dimensional drawing" seems within reach, with the artist controlling the technology. Because many of the techniques and tools required to give the film the quality Keane demanded didn't exist when the project was started, WDFA had to make them on their own.

To create the impression of a drawing, non-photorealistic rendering was used, making the surface look like it is painted, but still containing depth and dimensions.

Glen Keane's daughter, visual development artist Claire Keane, sought to capture Rapunzel's world view: "Rapunzel's walls are really a reflection of what she could see from her window as well as what she was thinking about. There was a definite plan with specific choices made in choosing the colors of Rapunzel's walls. It was important to create how Rapunzel would create, not how I would create, so I had to try a variety of different things that would express her world."[2]


Main article: Tangled (soundtrack)
I See the Light

The "I See the Light" scene

Original music was composed for the movie by Alan Menken with original songs (Music by Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater). Menken said he attempted to blend medieval music with 1960s folk rock to create the new songs.


Critical response[]

Tangled received critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics have given Tangled a positive review based on 216 reviews, with an average score of 7.5/10. Among Rotten Tomatoes Top Critics, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 90%, based on a sample of 31 reviews. The site's consensus is: "While far from Disney's greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon." Another review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 0 to 100 out of reviews from mainstream film critics, calculated a score of 71 based on 33 reviews. CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend revealed the average grade cinemagoers gave Tangled was A+ on an A+ to F scale. On IMDb, the film has a 7.8/10 rating with 81,561 ratings.


Home media[]

Main article: Tangled (video)

Tangled was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment as a four-disc combo pack on March 29, 2011. The combo pack includes a Blu-ray 3D, standard Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy. A two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and single DVD are also available. Bonus features for the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, two alternate opening sequences, two extended songs, and an inside look at how the film was made. The DVD includes only the two Original Storybook Openings and the 50th Animated Feature Countdown.

Sales of Tangled in the US and Canada exceeded $95 million in DVD and Blu-ray sales, the highest grossing DVD of the year to date; its home video sales exceeded the film's earnings in its first week in theaters. The film sold a record 2,970,052 units (the equivalent of $44,521,079) in its first week in North America, the largest opening for a 2011 DVD. It dominated for two weeks on the DVD sales chart and sold 6,657,331 units ($102,154,692) as of July 18, 2012. It has also sold 2,518,522 Blu-ray units ($59,220,275) by May 29, 2011.


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  • Tangled is the eighth Disney Animated Canon film to receive a PG rating, right after The Black Cauldron, Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, and Bolt.
  • This is the first Disney Princess film to be computer-animated.
  • This is the first Disney Princess film to receive a PG rating due to it showing a scene where Mother Gothel stabs Eugene.
  • Mother Gothel stabbing Eugene behind his back when he was trying to save Rapunzel is similar to Gaston stabbing the Beast behind his back when Belle was trying to save him in Beauty and the Beast. Both these characters were revived after their deaths if counting the Beast being transformed back into a human.
  • This is the first Disney animated film for Brazil to feature the voices of Rede Globo actor, in this case with Luciano Huck.
  • This is the first Disney Princess film to show the Princess wearing diapers as a baby in the prologue.
  • This is the sixth Disney Princess film to briefly show blood after Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog.
  • Eugene is 26 years old and Rapunzel is 18 years old. Due to this, they have a 8-year age gap, the largest of any Disney animated couple if not counting Milo J. Thatch and Kida Nedakh in 2001's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (8,768 years).[3]
  • During the song "I See the Light", over 45,000 lanterns were used to light up the night sky.
  • The lantern that has the Corona sign that Rapunzel lifts during "I See The Light" is the lantern that the King and Queen of Corona had lifted.
  • This is the first film from that studio to be composed by a recurring composer since 2005's Chicken Little (which was composed by John Debney). However, Menken would eventually return to compose a song for Ralph Breaks the Internet (which even features Rapunzel as one of the characters).
  • Tangled is the first Disney film based on a fairy tale to not be named after the original title.
  • Pinocchio and a statue of The Lion King's character Pumbaa can be seen during the song "I've Got a Dream".
  • When Rapunzel and Flynn are in the library in the kingdom, books with the cover of The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast can be seen in the room.
  • Events of the movie are often referenced in the spin-off series.
  • King Frederic and Queen Arianna have no speaking lines in the film. This makes Tangled the first animated movie to have neither parent of the main character not to have any lines.
    • However, they do speak in the spinoff series.
  • When Rapunzel was introduced, the inside of the tower was bright and full of color. After she returns from seeing the lanterns, it is dull and darkly colored, as a sign she no longer sees it as amazing.
  • Whenever Gothel expresses her "love" for Rapunzel, it is to her hair and not directly to her:
    • She often calls Rapunzel "Flower" instead of her real name.
    • She's always stroking and touching her hair when speaking to her, and pats her on the head frequently. After Rapunzel learns her true heritage, she grabs Gothel's wrist to prevent her from touching her, as a sign she doesn't love her anymore.
    • She claims "it never happened" when undoing the flowers in her braid, showing she's back under her control. The braid allowed Rapunzel to move more freely, and such long hair might have hindered her movement.
  • The film is referenced in the TV show Brooklynn Nine-Nine. Jake Pareltta calls Rosa Diaz Rapunzel when she has long black hair. He also mentions Mother Gothel and the lanterns that Flynn Rider takes Rapunzel to see on her birthday.
  • The storyline of Rapunzel is exactly similar plot in Hercules, both were kidnapped, both found out who they really are, both reunite with their parents, both give up their unique powers (Hercules, god powers, Rapunzel, endless, long grow and glowing hair) to save their partner.
  • At the end of the film, Eugene mentioned that it took years for Rapunzel to accept his proposal. The follow up series revealed Eugene asked Rapunzel to marry him on several occasions and she finally said yes after about 3 years, the length of the show.
  • The title is quite ironic considering Rapunzel's hair never gets tangled in any way.
  • The scene where Flynn breaks into the Corona Castle by being lowered on a rope is a reference to the Mission Impossible films.


  • Mother Gothel did not create an alias or false birthday for Rapunzel when realistically, she would have, though an explanation for the latter could be that the lantern display only started to happen annually years afterwards as a memorial so she never took it into account.
  • Rapunzel was able to swim, yet she never had access to a body of water and therefore would not have known how.
    • The most likely explanation is that she might have been allowed to learn to do so in the valley around the tower.
  • Rapunzel looked a lot older for being a newborn and was able to remember when she was whereas a real human would not, though this is probably because of the magic.
  • Rapunzel had no proof that she was the lost princess, yet she was instantly accepted.


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Films: Tangled (video/soundtrack/score) • Tangled Ever AfterTangled: Before Ever After

Shows: A Poem Is...Tangled: The Series (soundtrack one/two/three) • Chibi Tiny Tales
Video Games: Tangled (video game)Disney Infinity seriesKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Crossy RoadDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: The Art of TangledComic BooksRapunzel and the Lost LagoonRapunzel and the Vanishing VillageRoyal Weddings
Cancelled projects: Rapunzel UnbraidedVarian and the Seven Kingdoms

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Entertainment: Believe! Sea of DreamsDisney's WishesDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicFantasmic!Fantasy FestivalMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey's Royal Friendship FaireMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookRoyal TheatreTangled: The MusicalThe Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical AdventureThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess WaltzWhen You Wish
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Season One: "What the Hair?!" • "Rapunzel's Enemy" • "Fitzherbert P.I." • "Challenge of the Brave" • "Cassandra v. Eugene" • "The Return of Strongbow" • "In Like Flynn" • "Great Expotations" • "Under Raps" • "One Angry Princess" • "Pascal's Story" • "Big Brothers of Corona" • "The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth" • "Max's Enemy" • "The Way of the Willow" • "Queen for a Day" • "Painter's Block" • "Not in the Mood" • "The Quest for Varian" • "The Alchemist Returns" • "Secret of the Sun Drop"
Season Two: "Beyond the Corona Walls" • "The Return of Quaid" • "Goodbye and Goodwill" • "Forest of No Return" • "Freebird" • "Vigor the Visionary" • "Keeper of the Spire" • "King Pascal" • "There's Something About Hook Foot" • "Happiness Is..." • "Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas" • "Curses!" • "The Eye of Pincosta" • "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" • "The Brothers Hook" • "Rapunzel: Day One" • "Mirror, Mirror" • "You're Kidding Me!" • "Rapunzeltopia" • "Lost and Found" • "Destinies Collide"
Season Three: "Rapunzel's Return" • "Return of the King" • "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?" • "The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Beginnings" • "The King and Queen of Hearts" • "Day of the Animals" • "Be Very Afraid" • "Pascal's Dragon" • "Islands Apart" • "Cassandra's Revenge" • "Race to the Spire" • "A Tale of Two Sisters" • "Flynnpostor" • "Once a Handmaiden..." • "Plus Est En Vous"

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Film: When Will My Life BeginMother Knows BestI've Got a DreamI See the LightHealing IncantationSomething That I Want

Musical: Flower of GoldWanted ManWhen She Returns
TV Series: Life After Happily Ever AfterWind in My HairMore of MeFriendship SongListen UpI've Got ThisLet Me Make You ProudSet Yourself FreeReady As I'll Ever BeNext Stop, AnywhereIf I Could Take That Moment BackView From Up HereHook Foot's BalladBuddyWaiting in the WingsLivin' the DreamWith You by My SideEverything I Ever Thought I KnewCrossing the LineStronger Than Ever BeforeBigger Than ThatThe Girl Who Has EverythingNothing Left to LoseThrough It AllI'd Give Anything
Deleted: What More Could I Ever Need

Rapunzel's Frying PanSundrop FlowerRapunzel's Magic HairRapunzel's CrownLanternsRapunzel's JournalBlack RocksDemanitus DeviceAttitude-Reversing PotionAutomatonRapunzel's CaravanIdol of VershaftsbezeigungengienThe Graphtic ScrollMoonstone Opal
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Official Disney Princesses: Snow WhiteCinderellaAuroraArielBelleJasminePocahontasMulanTianaRapunzelMeridaMoanaRaya

Other Princesses: Minnie MouseTiger LilyMaid MarianEilonwyDaughters of TritonCallaMegaraMelodySallyKida NedakhTing-Ting, Su, and MeiKilala RenoKairiPrincess of GentlehavenNancy TremaineVanellope von SchweetzSofiaAnnaElsaElena
Other Heroines: AliceWendy DarlingTinker BellNalaNakomaEsmeraldaJane PorterGiselleMirabel MadrigalAsha

Films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) • Cinderella (1950) • Sleeping Beauty (1959) • The Little Mermaid (1989) • Beauty and the Beast (1991) • Aladdin (1992) • Pocahontas (1995) • Mulan (1998) • The Princess and the Frog (2009) • Tangled (2010) • Brave (2012) • Moana (2016) • Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) • Moana 2 (2024)

Theme Songs: "If You Can Dream""It's Not Just Make Believe""The Glow""Live Your Story""Starting Now""Like a Princess"
Video Games: Disney Princess: Fashion BoutiqueDisney PrincessDisney Princess: Magical Dress-UpDisney Princess: Royal Horse ShowDisney Princess: Royal AdventureDisney Princess: Enchanted JourneyDisney Princess: Magical JewelsDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Princess Enchanting StorybooksDisney Princess Majestic QuestDisney Tsum TsumDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Magic Kingdoms
Home Video: Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Once Upon a DreamDisney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea PartyDisney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly PrincessDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
Books: Kilala PrincessDisney PrincessDisney Princess BeginningsDisney Princess Comics TreasuryRoyal Weddings
Cancelled: Princess Academy

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsEnchanted Storybook CastleFairy Tale ForestFantasy FaireGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMinnie's Tiara of DreamsPLAY!Princess PavilionRoyal Banquet Hall

Fireworks: Disney Illuminations

See Also
Sofia the FirstDisney FairiesPrincesses of HeartPalace PetsPrincess AcademyRalph Breaks the InternetDisney Princess - The ConcertLike a Princess

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Walt Disney Animation Studios
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) • Pinocchio (1940) • Fantasia (1940) • Dumbo (1941) • Bambi (1942) • Saludos Amigos (1942) • The Three Caballeros (1944) • Make Mine Music (1946) • Fun and Fancy Free (1947) • Melody Time (1948) • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) • Cinderella (1950) • Alice in Wonderland (1951) • Peter Pan (1953) • Lady and the Tramp (1955) • Sleeping Beauty (1959) • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) • The Sword in the Stone (1963) • The Jungle Book (1967) • The Aristocats (1970) • Robin Hood (1973) • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) • The Rescuers (1977) • The Fox and the Hound (1981) • The Black Cauldron (1985) • The Great Mouse Detective (1986) • Oliver & Company (1988) • The Little Mermaid (1989) • The Rescuers Down Under (1990) • Beauty and the Beast (1991) • Aladdin (1992) • The Lion King (1994) • Pocahontas (1995) • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) • Hercules (1997) • Mulan (1998) • Tarzan (1999) • Fantasia 2000 (1999) • Dinosaur (2000) • The Emperor's New Groove (2000) • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) • Lilo & Stitch (2002) • Treasure Planet (2002) • Brother Bear (2003) • Home on the Range (2004) • Chicken Little (2005) • Meet the Robinsons (2007) • Bolt (2008) • The Princess and the Frog (2009) • Tangled (2010) • Winnie the Pooh (2011) • Wreck-It Ralph (2012) · Frozen (2013) • Big Hero 6 (2014) • Zootopia (2016) • Moana (2016) • Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) • Frozen II (2019) • Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) • Encanto (2021)Strange World (2022) • Wish (2023)

Upcoming: Moana 2 (2024) • Zootopia 2 (2025) • Frozen III (2026) • Frozen IV (TBA)

Pixar Animation Studios
Toy Story (1995) • A Bug's Life (1998) • Toy Story 2 (1999) · Monsters, Inc. (2001) • Finding Nemo (2003) • The Incredibles (2004) • Cars (2006) • Ratatouille (2007) • WALL-E (2008) • Up (2009) • Toy Story 3 (2010) • Cars 2 (2011) • Brave (2012) • Monsters University (2013) • Inside Out (2015) • The Good Dinosaur (2015) • Finding Dory (2016) • Cars 3 (2017) • Coco (2017) • Incredibles 2 (2018) • Toy Story 4 (2019) • Onward (2020) • Soul (2020) • Luca (2021) • Turning Red (2022) • Lightyear (2022) • Elemental (2023) • Inside Out 2 (2024)

Upcoming: Elio (2025) • Toy Story 5 (2026)

Disneytoon Studios
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) • A Goofy Movie (1995) • The Tigger Movie (2000) · Peter Pan: Return to Never Land (2002) • The Jungle Book 2 (2003) • Piglet's Big Movie (2003) • Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) • Planes (2013) • Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
Disney Television Animation
Doug's 1st Movie (1999) • Recess: School's Out (2001) • Teacher's Pet (2004)
20th Century Animation
Spies in Disguise (2019) • Ron's Gone Wrong (2021) • The Bob's Burgers Movie (2022)
Films with Stop Motion Animation
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) • James and the Giant Peach (1996) • Frankenweenie (2012)
Other Disney units
The Brave Little Toaster (1987) • Valiant (2005) • The Wild (2006) • A Christmas Carol (2009) • Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) • Mars Needs Moms (2011) • Strange Magic (2015) • The Lion King (2019)

Upcoming: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024)

Live-Action Films with Non-CG Animation
The Reluctant Dragon (1941) • Victory Through Air Power (1943) • Song of the South (1946) • So Dear to My Heart (1949) • Mary Poppins (1964) • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) • Pete's Dragon (1977) • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) • The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) • Enchanted (2007) • Mary Poppins Returns (2018)