R is for — Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled
When Disney’s 50th animated movie, Tangled, hit the theaters in 2010, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Since the early 1990s, their animated movies had been, in my opinion, less than impressive. I needn’t have worried this time, though. Tangled was delightfully funny with a lot of heart and great music. I laughed and cried. I loved it.
Rapunzel’s story may have strayed quite a bit from the original fairy tale, but I loved this Rapunzel’s personality — her wide-eyed innocence, her adventurous spirit, her inner strength and courage. She wields her hair almost like a weapon, swinging on it like Tarzan to escape pursuit. She swings a pretty mean frying pan, too.
One of my favorite scenes is in the beginning when Rapunzel is trying to figure out what to do with the unconscious Flynn Rider after beaning him with the frying pan. It’s absolutely hilarious. Another favorite scene is when she sees the floating lights for the first time. I loved the wonder and magic of seeing it all unfold through her eyes. The scene where she reunites with her real family still brings tears to my eyes.
Officially the 10th Disney princess, Rapunzel has become a favorite, second only to Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.