Facts on the Movie "Tangled"

by Brenton Shields
Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi starred in the film.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi starred in the film.

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"Tangled" is a 2010 3D animated film from Disney. The story is loosely based off the Grimm Brothers tale of Rapunzel, the princess with the incredibly long hair that her prince uses to ascend the tower where she's held prisoner. It is the second most expensive film ever made and opened to positive critical reception.


"Tangled" revolves around Rapunzel, a long-lost princess oblivious to her royal heritage, locked up in a tower by a woman she believes is her mother. The reality is that the woman, Gothel, is keeping Rapunzel locked away because of her magic hair, which keeps the woman young as long as it is not cut and allowed to grow. Things are complicated when Rapunzel turns 18 and decides she wants to see the outside world, much to Gothel's dismay. The arrival of a thief named Flynn Rider, on the other hand, provides her a her ticket out of the tower and to a journey that will change both Flynn and Rapunzel forever.

Cast and Crew

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi provide the voices of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider respectively. Donna Murphy portrays Mother Gothel while Brad Garret, Ron Perlman and Jeffrey Tambor star as various thugs. Nathan Greno and Byron Howard directed the film from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman. Roy Conli, and John Lasseter of Pixar fame served as producers.


"Tangled" was made with computer-generated imagery and took more than six years and $260 million to produce. The animators had to develop new techniques for correctly simulating Rapunzel's long, flowing hair, particularly when it interacted with water. The titled was originally "Rapunzel" but was changed to "Tangled" a few months before release. The Los Angeles Times reported that the reason for the title change was due to the lack of financial success for Disney's previous effort, "The Princess and the Frog." Disney believed that boys were not interested in seeing the film because of the "Princess" in the title, so the name "Rapunzel" was changed to "Tangled" to appeal to a wider audience.

Box Office Performance

"Tangled" opened to generally positive reviews from critics. Eighty-nine percent of critics on the review aggregate site RottenTomatoes gave the film a positive review. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised the voice actors, particularly Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel. The film performed well at the box office and brought in an estimated $590,721,936 when counting domestic and foreign receipts. It was also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category for "I See the Light," but it lost to Randy Newman's "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3."


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