Another Tangled Post

…but this time from Jill!

So last weekend when the Nerdgirls were all together, we watched Tangled.  Which really should make perfect sense to you.  It was my 2nd time seeing it, and again I enjoyed it a lot.  And again it reminded me of several other Disney movies – the older classic ones I love.  I think Jen has touched on a few of these, but here’s why I love Tangled:

  • Rapunzel’s chameleon friend, Pascal

An animal best friend who acts like a person?  Just like Abu from Aladdin!  (FYI: This is NOT the same as Flounder from The Little Mermaid because he could actually talk.)

  • Maximus

The awesome horse who is treated like a person by the male main character.  Just like Samson in Sleeping Beauty!

  • The Boat Scene

That boat is basically the same one as in The Little Mermaid.  Hello, one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) songs in Disney history)!

  • An evil, manipulative witch who sings

Mother Gothel is a great character.  Evil, but very entertaining.  And she sings!  Just like Ursula in The Little Mermaid!  Btw, Ursula totally used to scare me and I wouldn’t listen to “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”  But now I realize that it is a great song, and it doesn’t scare me as much.

  • Girl taken from royal parents and raised not knowing she’s a princess.

Just like in Sleeping Beauty!  Ok, granted, in one situation she was stolen and in the other she was taken by fairies to be protected, but that’s pretty similar.

Now I’m definitely not knocking Tangled for using common elements in Disney films – I love it for doing that!  Those classic Disney films are amazing, and I haven’t seen many of the ones past Pocahontas because they felt different, but Tangled feels back like the good old ones.  Plus it has a few awesome elements the older ones don’t have!  Like a cocky male character – Flynn is fantastic – and girl power!  Rapunzel saves herself and Flynn many times, unlike some of the traditional heroines.

I would love to be a Disney scholar, but I’m not there yet.  So what am I missing?  Other Tangled similarities to Disney movies?  Let me know!

– Jill

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7 Responses to “Another Tangled Post”


  1. 1 ngtjennifer April 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Flynn is a thief just like Aladdin and always has guards chasing him.

    There’s a town montage in The Little Mermaid when she and Eric are getting to know each other that is kind of similar to when Flynn and Rapunzel are in the village.

  2. 2 ngtjill April 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Oh Jen! You’re so right with those!

  3. 3 ngtlindsay April 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I finally bought Tangled! And Andrew loved it too! Maximus was his favorite too 🙂

  4. 4 ngtjennifer April 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Lindsay, you two are so totally perfect for each other 🙂

    I was also thinking while I was watching it tonight (cuz I have to watch it ever weekend) that a lot of villains die via falling. Gaston is the one that comes to mind, but I know there are a lot more.

  5. 5 Abby April 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    There’s a jaunty pub song (“I’ve Got a Dream” a la “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast!

    And for some reason, Mother Gothel makes me think of Snow White.

    You have totally inspired me to watch Disney movies – I watched The Little Mermaid on Sunday and I ordered Tangled with some of my Amazon rewards money and I’m watching it right now! 😀

  6. 6 Jill April 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Ooh more villains that fall: the witch in Snow White and it’s been awhile since I’ve seen these but Scar in The Lion King & Maleficent when she’s the dragon in Sleeping Beauty? Good call, Jen.

    And Abby you’re right about the pub songs!

  7. 7 ngtjennifer April 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Yea, Abby!! I’m so glad you bought Tangled!! I can’t stop watching it, it’s like an addiction!


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