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Rapunzel: It was a magical day, and everything went just as we planned.
Eugene: Well...almost.

Tangled Ever After is a 2012 short film directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. It is a sequel to Tangled. It premiered in theaters on January 13, 2012, before the 3D theatrical re-release of Beauty and the Beast and on Disney Channel followed by the premiere of The Princess and the Frog on March 23, 2012. The short was later included as a bonus feature on the Diamond Edition of Cinderella.

The story happens after Tangled, Tangled: The Series a.k.a. Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, and Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon, and as such is the concluding chapter of Rapunzel's story.

The Kingdom is in a festive mood, preparing for the royal wedding of Princess Rapunzel with Eugene Fitzherbert. However, chameleon Pascal and horse Maximus lose the gold bands, triggering a frenzied search to retrieve them.

Greno and Howard started the film after a popular demand. Among the film's voice actors are Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Matt Nolan.

This work shows examples of:

  • Artifact Title: Since Rapunzel now has short hair, the title loses a bit of its meaning.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Downplayed because the camera doesn't zoom in on them during it, but Rapunzel and Eugene exchange a long-expected and long-during kiss, as is usual at weddings, after they are declared married by the cleric, in front of almost the entire kingdom.
  • Blatant Lies: Eugene tells the wedding went exactly according to plan, during his opening speech. Rapunzel quickly calls him out on it. Even if they don't realize the wedding rings nearly were lost, it's very clear they notice something went wrong when they see how Maximus and Pascal look at the end.
  • Call-Back:
    • The Running Gag of Tangled, namely Eugene's portrait not being right, is mentioned and happens again.
      Eugene: Oh c'mon! They still can't get my nose right?!
    • The poor musician who was forced to play by having an axe thrown at his head by Hook Hand, is present and the exact same thing happens.
    • "Commemorative Frying Pans" are being sold as wedding merchandise; Maximus introduced these to the army to use as weapons.
    • Shorty again is inappropriately hitting on a woman, this time on the bride at her wedding instead of Mother Gothel.
    • Hook Hand has fulfilled his dream to become a piano player; now he even plays at the royal wedding.
  • Church of Saint Genericus: It is not clear which denomination the cleric at the wedding ceremony belongs to. His mitre might hint towards Catholic or Anglican, but it shows Corona's sun symbol instead of a cross or any other known religious symbol.
  • Close on Title: The title card doesn't appear until after Eugene and Rapunzel are declared husband and wife, and then Maximus and Pascal have a Here We Go Again! moment.
  • Continuity Nod: Things the short will make you remember that happened in the movie, if you have seen it:
    • The four identical-looking sisters who braided Rapunzel's hair when she arrived in Corona town are present again, and again this time give a "Squee!" reaction when seeing her (although this time at her dress and the length of it, rather than her hair).
    • The Stabbington brothers are there, and apparently are reformed now and on friendly terms with Eugene.
    • An ice sculpture is made of Shorty, whom Rapunzel met in the Snuggly Duckling pub.
    • A subtle one in that the length of Rapunzel's dress is the same as her hair used to be.
    • The colour Pascal first, and mostly, chooses note  to be when the ceremony still is going well, is pink-purple, just like the dress Rapunzel wore during Tangled.
  • Covers Always Lie: The Stabbington brothers look evil on the poster, giving the impression that they're the antagonists. But nope, they seem to have buried the hatchet with Eugene and appear to be genuinely for him and Rapunzel.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Team Pets Pascal and Maximus played smaller roles in the original movie and the series, but they're the protagonists of this short, playing bigger roles than the bride and groom the wedding is for. They take the entirety of the short retrieving the rings in time for the wedding.
  • Denser and Wackier: The amount of slapstick in this short is about what there is in the full movie, but condensed into just a few minutes.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Pascal and Maximus basically destroy the town by setting off the doves.
  • Disturbed Doves: A group of doves are to be released as part of the celebration; they get set off early and because of the general chaos Maximus and Pascal cause.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Rapunzel wears a slim one, with lots of subtle detailing. And a train about 70 feet long, a Call-Back to her former hair.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Maximus smashes into a series of "commemorative frying pans," including an oversized one being used as a sign.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: Maximus and Pascal have to outrun a wave of wine (presumably, there aren't many purple liquids in barrels).
  • Heirloom Engagement Ring: When Maximus loses the wedding rings, he has an Imagine Spot of Queen Arianna leaping to her feet and shrieking that they had been her grandmother's rings. Since this was ultimately just in Max's imagination, it's unknown if the wedding rings that Rapunzel and Eugene wear really did belong to Rapunzel's great-grandparents.
  • Here We Go Again!: After spending the entire short getting the rings back after accidentally losing them, Maximus again loses an important item as he kicks the wedding cake out the door, implying that they'll have to perform a chase again.
  • Imagine Spot: Maximus, upon losing the rings, briefly imagines the consequences. The castle explodes for some reason, and Queen Arianna yells hysterically.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Rapunzel's hair is short and brown, and Flynn's going by his real name.
  • Lost Wedding Rings: The plot is about trying to get them back, and the mess it causes.
  • Manly Tears: The Stabbington brothers, normally tough and grim criminals, start to cry when Rapunzel and Eugene exchange their rings.
  • Posthumous Narration: Eugene does it again, this time using the phrase "when my life ended." Immediately subverted when Rapunzel admonishes his description of their wedding, though obviously he's joking.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Rapunzel's wedding dress has an incredibly long train, which may both be a Shout-Out to the 25-foot train on Princess Diana's wedding dress and a Call-Back to the 70-foot hair that Rapunzel no longer has.
      • Fridge Brilliance there, actually. Rapunzel's balance would be out of alignment; she's had 18 years of massive hair and now, with that gone, her balance would be off. The 25-foot train is probably to give her some sort of balance.
    • The figurines of the soon-to-be-wed Princess being sold on the street at the beginning, feature Rapunzel in the pink/purple dress she wears during the entire Tangled movie.
    • The wave of wine looks a lot like the wave of blood from Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining.
  • Suddenly Speaking: The Queen gets a line, albeit in an Imagine Spot. ("Those were my grandmother's wedding rings!")
  • Standard Snippet: The Hook Hand Thug plays Pachelbel's Canon on the church organ, and the ball-and-chain prisoner plays Wagner's wedding march on the accordion.
  • Tar and Feathers: Well, half of it anyway. After running into several clothing carts and ending up in drag, Maximus and Pascal crash into a tar factory. They return to the wedding covered in tar.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Maximus crashes into a series of carts that result in him wearing drag, whereupon he gets hit on by a stallion.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Pascal gets his tongue stuck to an ice sculpture while trying to catch one of the rings.
  • With This Ring: When Maximus accidentally sneezes on them, he and Pascal must retrieve them in a Wild Goose Chase in time for the wedding, with much hilarity ensuing.