Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Tangled (2010 Movie)

Disney’s “Tangled” is an animated musical film released in 2010. It is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and is loosely based on the German fairy tale “Rapunzel” by the Brothers Grimm.

The film tells the story of Rapunzel, a young princess with magical long hair that has the power to heal and rejuvenate. She is kidnapped by Mother Gothel, an evil woman who uses Rapunzel’s hair to keep herself young. Mother Gothel raises Rapunzel in a hidden tower, keeping her isolated from the outside world.

As Rapunzel’s 18th birthday approaches, she becomes curious about the outside world and yearns for an adventure beyond her tower. One day, a charming and daring thief named Flynn Rider stumbles upon the tower while escaping from his pursuers. Rapunzel seizes the opportunity to leave her confinement and strike a deal with Flynn: she will return his stolen item if he takes her to see the floating lanterns that appear in the sky every year on her birthday.

Thus begins a thrilling and humorous journey as Rapunzel and Flynn embark on an adventure filled with magic, danger, and self-discovery. Along the way, they encounter a ruffian group of thieves, a chameleon named Pascal, and a loyal horse named Maximus.

The film is renowned for its captivating animation, engaging storytelling, and catchy musical numbers, including the Academy Award-winning song “I See the Light.” “Tangled” was well-received by both audiences and critics alike and became a commercial success for Disney.

One of the highlights of “Tangled” is its portrayal of Rapunzel as a strong and resourceful character who learns to stand up for herself and embrace her true identity. The film also explores themes of freedom, friendship, and the power of self-discovery.

“Tangled” is considered one of Disney’s modern classics, and it helped pave the way for a new era of animated musical films for the studio. It also inspired various spin-offs, including the animated television film “Tangled: Before Ever After” and the subsequent television series “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure” (also known as “Tangled: The Series”).

Fun Facts

  • Tangled was the 50th animated feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • The film is loosely based on the German fairy tale “Rapunzel” which was published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.
  • Tangled was the most expensive animated film ever made at the time of its release, with a budget of $260 million.
  • The film’s original title was “Rapunzel Unbraided,” but it was changed to Tangled to appeal to a wider audience.
  • It took six years to make Tangled, with over 400 artists and animators working on the film.
  • Tangled was the first Disney animated film to use a new technology called “Depth Image-Based Rendering,” which allowed the animators to create more complex and detailed backgrounds.
  • The film’s signature song “I See the Light” was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, and it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2011.
  • Tangled was a commercial and critical success, grossing over $591 million worldwide and receiving a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Tangled was followed by a short film called Tangled Ever After, which premiered in 2012 and showed the wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
  • Tangled has been adapted into a stage musical and a television series called Tangled: The Series, which premiered in 2017 and ran for three seasons.

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $591.8 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award; Nominated Golden Globe; Won Grammy Award
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  • Directors: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
  • Producer: Roy Conli
  • Music: Alan Menken

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