A few months ago, we took our baby girl to see the movie Tangled. I was still pregnant at the time, and it’s the last movie we’ve seen at a movie theater and will remain so for a few more months since baby boy is too young to go. Our girl was excited to see the movie as she’d been seeing the commercials for a while, and like most girls her age, she LOVES princesses. Naturally, she wanted to see Disney’s latest princess movie; their 50th animated film I later found out!
We all really enjoyed the movie and laughed thoroughly, as there are many funny moments in the movie. Even my husband laughed, particularly at Maximus’ antics with Flynn Rider. Rapunzel’s strong will and energy was also contagious and appreciated by my daughter, who is also strong and energetic.
I actually asked my daughter, “Why do you like the movie Tangled?” Her answer: “It’s funny and even though Flynn Rider is a thief, he finds someone that loves him [Rapunzel] and they get married.” The girl has recently become obsessed with all things love and marriage.
Incidentally, the movie’s executive producer, John Lasseter, incorporated a special moment from his own marriage into the movie. Here’s how he explains it:
One of my favorite sequences in the movie is the one we developed with the floating lanterns. Personally, these sequences are very special to me. Why? Well, let me tell you a little story… My wife and I headed to Bora Bora, Tahiti, for our 20th wedding anniversary. The Head Of Food Service at the resort we were staying at was an Italian guy, but he married an Indonesian woman and he had lived in Indonesia for years. He said to us, “I have something special for you.” And on our 20th anniversary, he brought out a lantern. He had us sign a little note to each other, which we taped to the top of the lantern, and then he lit it. It was dusk, we were on the beach and it was very romantic. The guy then said, “Kiss and let it go.” So we let it go and that beautiful lantern floated up into the Tahitian sky and drifted off into the distance.
It was beautiful. We had dinner on the beach that night and we watched the lantern float away for about two hours until it was a tiny, little speck in the sky. It looked like a star up there. It was one of the most magical things that has ever happened to me, so when we started talking about doing something special for Tangled, I mentioned this story to the team. We got on the internet and we discovered that there are festivals in Southeast Asia where thousands of these lanterns light up the sky. We’d never seen anything quite like it, so it became an inspiration for the movie.
If you wish, you can read more from John Lasseter, in this Q&A interview I was provided. [PDF] (Note: These are not questions I personally asked him.)
Also, check out this slide show featuring the concept sketches and drawings for Mother Gothel:
Tangled is due to be released on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 29. And, you have a chance at sharing the story of Rapunzel with your family by entering to win your own copy of Tangled below!
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