What happens when you combine a plucky, impassioned heroine, a carefree crook-turned-caring hero, and a story with a heart (or flower) of gold? You get a hilarious, heartwarming film with a re-watchability factor of 100. It’s no wonder then, that this writer has seen the movie 100 times (not an exaggeration), noticing more and more magic each and every round. So if you haven’t watched Tangled as often: one, get on that, and two, prepare to be enlightened.
1. The story starts and ends with the sun.
“And it starts with the sun.” Flynn introduces us to Rapunzel’s tale with this very line. But if the story starts with the sun—with the promise of daylight—shouldn’t it end with the moon, and the promise of darkness? Nope (this is a Disney movie after all!). The final shot of the film sees a lantern with a sun insignia float across the screen. Talk about coming full circle!
2. Who created the mysterious incantation?
Flower, gleam and glow, let your origin shine? After Mother Gothel first stumbles upon the golden floret, she somehow knows the exact words to extract its mystical age-restoring mojo. Did she create the spell? Is she psychic? We’ll never know.
3. Speaking of psychic, Rapunzel’s baby mobile foreshadows the entire film.
Anything look familiar? The five tiny trinkets hanging from the mobile each come into play as Rapunzel’s journey progresses. There’s a chameleon (Pascal), a white horse (Maximus), a rubber ducky (The Snuggly Duckling), an angel (the Pub Thug dressed as cupid), and the least obvious of all, a blue bird (alluding to the bird that flies around Rapunzel after she finally leaves her tower).
4. Rapunzel’s tower is undisputedly the greatest Disney scavenger hunt ever.
Easter eggs on top of Easter eggs! While Rapunzel bakes and paints and wonders when her life will begin, we’re treated with enough princess nods and royal references to last us a lifetime … or, at least until the next Disney movie. There’s an apple (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), a spinning wheel (Sleeping Beauty), a rose and wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), a seashell (The Little Mermaid), and a slipper (Cinderella) all scattered about the tower.
5. Maximus sports a pretty sharp haircut (mane-cut?) at the beginning of the film.
Conclusion: The kingdom has horse barbers, and we now know our purpose in life.
6. The Snuggly Duckling is undisputedly the second-greatest Disney scavenger hunt ever.
Another scene, another surplus of Disney magic. Watch the “I Have a Dream” number closely and you’ll spot Pinocchio, Pumbaa from The Lion King, and Louis from The Princess and the Frog. We need more!
7. The lantern Rapunzel lifts up and back toward the sky is the only one with a royal emblem.
Could this be the very one her parents lit and sent off? Stranger things have happened (see: horse barbers).
Have you seen
the light anything else in Tangled after watching it endlessly? Tell us in the comments!