The Disney film “Tangled” differs greatly from the original tale, and one can see this just from the change of titles. It’s clear Disney wanted to go their own way with the tale and really add their own spin on it.
Main Plot Comparison:
|Original “Rapunzel” Tale||“Tangled” Disney Film|
|-Husband steals rapunzel lettuce from a fairy’s garden to fulfill his pregnant wife’s craving
-He is soon caught, and the fairy lets him take as much rapunzel as he wants but he must give her his child
-The fairy names her Rapunzel, and when she turns 12 she locks her away in a high tower
-Rapunzel lets down her long hair when a prince visits her, and at first she is afraid but then they enjoy each other’s company
-Rapunzel accidentally tells the fairy, Mother Gothel, that she is pregnant
-Mother Gothel chops off her hair and banishes her
-She then tricks the prince and he throws himself off the tower; he becomes blind
-After wandering around Rapunzel and the prince find each other, and two tears restore his vision
|-Rapunzel is a princess, whom possesses magical qualities due to a magical flower that has healing powers
-Mother Gothel is an old woman who steals Rapunzel to harness her power, which brings back Mother Gothel’s youth when she sings. Rapunzel’s hair glows at the song.
-Rapunzel grows up in a tower thinking Mother Gothel is her mother.
-Flynn Rider, a thief, takes shelter in the tower and Rapunzel is surprised and scared by him
-They go on an adventure to take Rapunzel to see the “floating lights”, and they end up falling in love
-Mother Gothel ends up stabbing Flynn, and re-kidnapping Rapunzel
-Flynn cuts off Rapunzel’s hair so Mother Gothel will die, and then he dies
-Rapunzel cries a single tear over him and he is brought back to life
-She is returned to her true family, and her and Flynn marry and live happily ever after
Disney added their own backstory and adventure, as well as more detail in the romantic subplot of the story. Disney added the entire story with the magical song and youth-restoring hair; none of this is found in the original tale. The core similarities really include; “Rapunzel’s” name, her long hair, and ending up with her “prince.” Mother Gothel is not killed in the original tale, but Rapunzel and her prince still have their happy ending anyway. In this case, Disney adds that violent justice of killing the villain, even though they usually eliminate violence. An interesting detail, however, is the magical element of Rapunzel’s tears. Two tears restore her prince’s vision in the original, and one tear brings back Flynn in the Disney film.