Trivia / Tangled

  • Actor Allusion: The lines "Don't freak out!" and "It's complicated" both appear in the same scene. Both lines appear repeatedly in Chuck, which stars Zachary Levi. However neither are spoken by his character, but Chuck is a Phrase Catcher for the former.
    • Possibly unintentional, but both Rapunzel and Mandy Moore like to go around barefoot.
    • In Brazil, local television host Luciano Huck was cast as Flynn, which could be considered an allusion to the fact that he portrayed Rapunzel's prince in a live-action family film released two years prior to Tangled's Brazilian release.
  • Career Resurrection: For Disney. After a second Dork Age, which included the shutting down and failed revival of their legendary traditional animation department and several failed attempts to do more timely CGI films, the studio finally made a welcomed return to form with this, it's second-highest grossing film and ushering in a second renaissance era.
  • Completely Different Title: The Norwegian title "To på Rømmen" translates as "Two on the Run" or "Two Fugitives", apparently for keeping in line with the 'appeal to both genders'-title, and the Norwegian word for "tangled" would just sound strange.
  • Development Hell: With a rare happy ending. Not only that, but the success of this movie also managed to save another movie with it.
  • Executive Meddling: The original director Glen Keane wanted the film to be animated in 2D, but Disney executives David Stainton and Dick Cook said they would only approve it if it were in 3D. They eventually decided to animate it in 3D, but with a traditional 2D Disney aesthetic.
  • History Repeats: The name of an adapted source material is changed for the film's Disney adaptation, prompting much derision and scorn. Sound familiar?
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi both grew up on the early 90s Disney Renaissance films. Both have stated that getting to star in a Disney animated film is a dream come true. Being in a Disney movie has also been on Ron Perlman's to-do list ever since he first got into voice acting. In a twofer, Levi said that part of the reason he wanted to do it is so he could be in Kingdom Hearts someday (and now that the world of Tangled has been confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III, he might get his wish! Ironically, Mandy Moore had already been a part of Kingdom Hearts, voicing Aerith Gainsborough in the original game, but she has not reprised that role).
  • Throw It In: According to an interview with Zachary Levi, the bit where Flynn asks Rapunzel if he'll get superhuman strength in his hand after she healed it was ad libbed.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • For a while, Glen Keane was attached to direct, but had to back down due to some minor health issues. He stayed on to supervise the animators in both performance and how to get the kind of "soft" look of his drawing style on the computer models.
    • Keane originally envisioned the story as being serious and having "painting come to life" feel heavily influenced by Rococo artwork like Fragonard's "The Swing." His daughter and fellow Disney artist Claire did several production design paintings in this style.
    • The main villainess could have been played by Azula and Rapunzel could have been Kristin Chenowith. No, really.
    • Rapunzel could have also been Kristen Bell or Idina Menzel. While those two were passed over, their audition tapes were taken into consideration and they were subsequently cast as the leads in Frozen.
    • An early pitch entitled "Rapunzel Unbraided" was about two modern teenagers suddenly and magically replacing Rapunzel and her prince, with Rapunzel turning into a squirrel.
      • In this version, Flynn was called Vincent, and going by his concept art it's quite likely he was planned to be voiced by Jack Black.
    • Flynn was originally intended to be a wayward prince hanging out with a group of bandits. Later on he was a sort of "bandit prince" and leader of a group of rogues (the rogues themselves eventually became the Snuggly Duckling thugs).
    • The original intentions for the animations was for it to be CGI that looked like 2D watercolor. It was meant to look like a living painting. In the end they canned that idea due expenses and technical limitations, though a few years later Disney released a short called Paperman which used the finished technology; Paperman wasn't watercolor though.
    • David Schwimmer, Burt Reynolds and John Goodman were all attached at one point.
    • A gypsy and her fortune telling monkey had a scene that would be removed from the film. Oddly, references to it stay in the credits.
    • One of the first clips/test animations shown to audiences suggests the involvement of fairies.
    • In early versions of the story, Maximus was a bloodhound. The makers of the movie apparently kept the dog-like traits because it was funny.
    • Rapunzel originally had a harpoon gun as a weapon; this was replaced by the frying pan.
    • In the original trailer, it was planned that Rapunzel's hair, in addition to healing, to be able to move on its own and act like another appendage similar to The Marvel Comics' character Medusa, which Disney later bought as Tangled was nearing its final stages.
    • Rapunzel was supposed to be the final Disney Princess of the franchise, but then Brave happened.
  • Working Title: In a rare case, the working title was actually the name of the story the film is based on: Rapunzel. Then it was changed to Rapunzel Unbraided, probably on the day they decided to make it more of a Shrek-style comedy. That idea was scrapped, so it became Rapunzel again. Then they changed it to Tangled presumably to make it more marketable as a Shrek-styled comedy. Although some parts of the world still called it Rapunzel.
  • Wreaking Havok: The generally complex nature of animating Rapunzel's hair has led to this blooper reel - it's either an unkempt mess or a rather Nightmare Fuel-ish spaghetti of sorts. Kelly Ward spent six years writing and refining algorithms for them to get the look they wanted, and it wasn't until March of 2010 when they utilised a more advanced hair simulation program called Dynamic Wires, enabling them to simulate hair buoyancy, among other things.

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