11 Things You May Or May Not Know About Tangled

Today, November 14th marks 10 years since the world premiere of Tangled at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.  Here are 11 things you may or may not know from the film that we shared a few years ago and thought it was a great time to share again…

Rapunzel inspires us to go out into the world and learn new things every day, so why not learn something about Tangled? We’ve gathered 11 awesome Tangled facts that will make you feel like you feel like you’re leaving your tower for the first time.

1. Tangled was Disney’s first full-length computer-animated fairy-tale adventure.


It was also Disney’s 50th animated feature. No pressure or anything.

2. The director of Tangled, Nathan Greno, began his Disney career as an inbetween artist for Mushu in Mulan.


Before directing Tangled he also worked on Brother Bear, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. He even voiced Lefty in Meet the Robinsons. Surprising, isn’t it?

3. Artists were inspired by the real world when designing Rapunzel’s world.


The kingdom was inspired by Mont-Saint-Michel and the hidden valley was inspired by Rocamadour. New life goal: visit these and other places that inspired Disney movies.

4. Early designs for Pascal were purple and blue.


Eventually the artists settled on green because it looked best with Rapunzel’s hair and clothes. (Pascal was also almost a squirrel. Nuts right?)

5. Animators drew inspiration from Cinderella and Pinocchio.


Much of this inspiration comes from “shape language,” which is so subtle that you might not even notice it. Even though it isn’t obvious, it gives Tangled the fairytale feeling we love from other Disney classics.

6. There’s a family resemblance between Rapunzel and her parents.


Okay, this one seems pretty obvious. For the audience to instantly know that the King and Queen are Rapunzel’s mom and dad they should look alike. Unlike normal families, Rapunzel came first and her parents were designed after her. Technically it would be wrong to say she looks like her parents—her parents look like her.

7. Animators originally considered using fireworks instead of floating lanterns.


Story artist John Ripa came up with the idea to have lanterns instead. The team called ameeting to show John Lasseter the idea, thinking they would show him something amazing that he had never seen before. Turns out that John and his wife lit a lantern together on their anniversary while visiting Bora Bora. So much for a surprise… but he loved it!

8. Details from the castle are duplicated in the surrounding village.


Artists wanted to make sure that there wasn’t a huge disconnect between the king and his people. They used shapes and architectural detail to do this. However, they did want the castle to stand out in terms of scale, so all the buildings in the village are three stories or less.

9. One particular meeting was instrumental to the smoldering success of Tangled.


During this meeting, women from the studio brought in pictures of male actors and celebrities they found attractive. A very serious discussion followed as to what made these men… ahem… hot. From that day forth the meeting was referred to as the “Hot GuyMeeting.” Thanks to their tireless efforts and discussions, we can all gaze into the beautifully crafted face of Flynn Rider.

10. Tangled was almost a satire.


Glen Keane (character animator of Ariel, Beast, Pocahontas, and Tarzan), who had originally pitched the idea, wanted it to be a sincere fairy tale. When there was talk of taking a satirical approach to “Rapunzel” and titling it “Rapunzel Unbraided” Glen said, “I can’t do this kind of movie. This has to switch back, or else I can’t do it.” It switched back. He did it. Joy resulted.

11. The development of Tangled took forever.


Foooorrrreeevverrr! Well, since about 1937. “Rapunzel” was originally one of the stories that was considered and then rejected during a frenzy of post-Snow White and the SevenDwarfs concept development.  Other stories that were explored were Alice in Wonderland,Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.

Now that you’re totally wrapped up in these Tangled facts…


… you should see how well you know the songs from Tangled and share your newfound knowledge with all your friends!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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