In this Disney animated version of the Rapunzel story, Gothel (voice of Donna Murphy) steals the baby Princess Rapunzel so she can use the magical powers of Rapunzel’s hair. Gothel brings up Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore) as her own daughter, but keeps her locked up in an inaccessible tower. When Rapunzel reaches her teenage years, she yearns to go outside but Gothel makes sure Rapunzel is terrified of what’s out there in the world.
When Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi), a handsome and charming thief, climbs into her tower to escape pursuing soldiers, Rapunzel doesn’t immediately see him as her Prince Charming. Instead, she attacks him and locks him up in a cupboard. She eventually makes a deal with Flynn to take her out of the tower in exchange for the crown he has stolen from the palace. Together they have a rollicking and sometimes scary adventure. They have to escape Gothel, soldiers, thugs, bandits and floods, as well as a fierce horse called Maximus. Along the way, they also fall in love.
Separation from parents; imprisonment
This movie contains some violence. For example:
- Flynn falls onto a pursuing soldier and knocks him off his horse.
- Maximus stamps on the tree where Flynn is hiding and the branch snaps off. Flynn and Maximus both fall a long way to the ground but are unhurt.
- Rapunzel repeatedly hits Flynn over the head with a heavy frying pan. When Flynn regains consciousness, she knocks him out again and stuffs him into a cupboard.
- Flynn falls out of the cupboard, and Rapunzel ties him in a chair with her very long hair.
- Thugs in an inn grab hold of Flynn and threaten him with knives. Rapunzel starts hitting them with a frying pan.
- A large thug comes after Rapunzel with an axe.
- Flynn has a fight with the soldiers and Maximus.
- Gothel stabs Flynn in the back, and it looks like he’s about to die.
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie contains some scenes that could scare or disturb children under eight. For example:
- Gothel is a bent, grey, scary old woman. She eats a magical flower, which transforms her into a young and beautiful woman.
- Gothel steals Rapunzel as a baby from her loving parents.
- Gothel keeps Rapunzel locked up in the tower. She scares Rapunzel by telling her that the world is a frightening place full of evil people, skeletons and nasty things.
- Flynn tells Rapunzel that a little rebellion is good for her and that she should ‘break her mother's heart and crush her soul’.
- Maximus is a very scary, aggressive horse.
- Flynn’s companions are scary-looking thugs, and one has an eye patch.
- There are some thugs in an inn who are all very fierce-looking. One has a hook for a hand, and one has blood in his moustache. They call themselves ‘malicious, mean and scary’. The fact that they turn into the comedy act of the movie could be confusing for some children.
- Rapunzel and Flynn are trapped in a cave with rising water, and they almost drown.
- Flynn is about to be hanged but is rescued.
- Gothel ties Rapunzel up in chains.
- Flynn is seen covered in blood.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.
Nothing of concern
This movie contains some sexual references. For example, Gothel uses her beauty to charm and seduce the bandits.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
This movie contains some use of substances. For example, one of the thugs appears to be drunk.
Nudity and sexual activity
None of concern
None of concern
Ideas to discuss with your children
Tangled is an animated adventure comedy for children, based on a fairytale classic. The new Rapunzel isn’t the classic damsel-in-distress, but her beauty is still important in the storyline. The movie is at times very sentimental, but is likely to appeal to school-age children.
The main messages in this movie are about following your dreams. It also tries to show us that things and people are not always as they appear to be. Finally, it highlights the idea that girls don’t need to be rescued and can stand up for themselves.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include love, loyalty and friendship, trust, selflessness, and the ability to see good in others.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as selfishness and manipulative and controlling behaviours. You could also talk about how the story seems to reward Flynn, even though he’s a thief.