…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.)
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!