Directed by Nathan Greno
Quick synopsis… When the kingdom’s most wanted bandit is taken hostage by Rapunzel–a teen with 70 feet of golden hair who’s looking to escape the tower where she’s been locked away for years–the unlikely duo sets off on a hair-raising escapade.
- I love this movie.
- I know… being on this A to Z list means that it’s nowhere to be found in my personal Top 100.
- It’s ranked at 130 on Flickchart… so it’s pretty close…
- I think it’s beautifully animated.
- I think the songs are terrific.
- And I might be a little in love with Mandy Moore, who is the voice of Rapunzel.
- The movie opens up many years before the main story.
- But that’s because Flynn Rider has to give us the important backstory.
- Once upon a time, a drop of sunlight fell from the sky and sprouted a magical flower that gave old lady Gothel unnatural youth.
- But when the pregnant queen became critically ill, the search was on for this legendary flower.
- The flower was basically destroyed in order to create a healing potion for the queen.
- It worked!
- And then Rapunzel was born with magical golden hair that would also give Gothel her youth when she sang to the hair.
- But she couldn’t cut the hair or it lost its magic and turned brown.
- So Gothel kidnapped the infant princess, keeping her hidden in a tower and never cutting her hair.
- The king and queen, in honor of Rapunzel’s birthday, sent floating lanterns into the sky every year.
- Rapunzel, even at a young age, noticed these lanterns every year.
- Okay, a couple of things before we get into the movie proper…
- If you ever question whether Gothel developed even a little bit of affection for Rapunzel as a daughter, take note of the fact that she refers to her as “Flower” when showing her “love.”
- Gothel also kisses Rapunzel’s hair, rather than kissing her on her forehead, which would probably be a little more normal.
- I don’t know… I’m not a parent.
- You’d think that, after 18 years, even a sociopath would develop the slightest ability to care for this kid.
- Maybe not…
- Last observation, then we’ll move on, I promise…
- Mother Gothel could have avoided this entire headache if she’d only lied to Rapunzel about when her birthday is.
- The kingdom sends up birthday lanterns on June 21?
- Oh, well, Rapunzel… you were born on August 18! Those lanterns have nothing to do with you! Silly flower!
- Okay… Rapunzel is 18 now.
- Well, she’s about to turn 18.
- And she wants to leave the tower to go see the lanterns for her birthday, up close and personal.
- Gothel becomes increasingly angry with Rapunzel’s requests to leave.
- Wonder why…
- Meanwhile, Flynn Rider and the Stabbington Brothers have stolen the princess’ tiara from the castle and are on the run.
- Flynn double crosses the twins and finds his way to Rapunzel’s tower while Gothel is away.
- Rapunzel manages to knock him out and hide him in a wardrobe.
- When Gothel returns, Rapunzel plans to reveal that she captured this guy… but Gothel won’t let Rapunzel speak because it, once again, boils down to her desire to leave the tower.
- Because Gothel is an evil woman who deserves to be thrown from the top of the tower as she disintegrates into nothingness.
- Rapunzel’s plan B is to send Gothel to buy new paints for her as a birthday gift, which would mean the old hag is away for three days.
- This gives Rapunzel the chance to manipulate Flynn into being her guide in the outside world.
- There’s adventure… there are songs… there’s romance and intrigue!
- Rapunzel isn’t just some damsel in distress, which is an important characteristic in this post-Buffy world.
- She doesn’t rely on Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert to save her in the end.
- In fact, it’s Rapunzel that saves Eugene’s life.
- And “I See the Light” is definitely my favorite Disney duet of all time.
Thanks for stopping in while I participate in this year’s A to Z Challenge. I’m gonna keep on hitting these Disney movies each day, except Sunday. You’re welcome to come back for more if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.
Tomorrow’s Disney movie begins with a U and we’re back to a Pixar joint. Pretty sure it’s the only Pixar movie that begins with a U… So that should narrow it down considerably. Alright… another hint… The first 20 minutes are likely to cause every viewer to weep uncontrollably. Any guesses?