De-Tangling Disney’s Stereotypes

The movie Tangled was born as a spin-off of Rapunzel, the movie was a way that Disney could transition into the future of Disney movies AKA no more damsels in distress sitting around waiting for a prince, I mean, I could sit around and wait to be saved by a prince IF the prince saving me brings a pizza… Or wings.  Anyway, Seriously I don’t think Disney hit the nail on the head with this one, From the start of the movie the opening shot of Flynn Ryder’s wanted poster and Flynn Ryder’s narration of “It’s a funny story and it isn’t even mine” yeah Flynn it isn’t yours, you masculine freak and kidnapping a child it also NOT FUNNY!


What about the fact that the main character Rapunzel, a woman, who has been locked away in a tower for 18 making her naive is saved by a man who has seen it all. . .

The movie has a lot of male characters, like a lot, a lot. Here’s a list:

  • Flynn Ryder
  • Pascal (The Chameleon)
  • Maximus (The Horse)
  • Pub thugs
  • King Fredric
  • The Stabbington Brothers (Flynn’s goons)

These are just the characters in the movie that have one of the main roles, Here’s a list of Female main Characters:

  • Rapunzel (“Blondie”)
  • Cassandra (Rapunzel after her hair is cut)
  • Mother Gothel

So for a movie that is about a PrincESS with magical hair being kidnapped, locked away for years, and having only one dream to see the magical lights, that sure is a lot of men! The best part aside from the testosterone-fueled male lead Flynn being a little bit too self-confident is the Chauvinistic name he calls Rapunzel, “Blondie”. Yes, another movie or really another man describing a woman by her looks! If this doesn’t hit home for every woman out there I’m not sure what would! Truthfully this is probably my biggest problem with the whole movie, Oh how I hate shallow people, especially in today’s world where we have entire apps based upon matching because of mutual physical attraction, which is fine, but people can  not be judged by their looks solely. It’s absurd that a nickname based on her hair was even thought to be appropriate! This nickname is also a problem because of it “Blondie” which is generally associated with being dumb or ditzy, saying’s like “Dumb Blonde” or “Blonde moment” are all ways of generalizing the intellectual abilities of a female in this case; she is also very clearly not a dumb blonde because she has charted stars which she taught HERSELF and many other talents. 

The movie also has a predominantly white cast, even the horse is a white horse which truthfully I would see as a coincidence but others probably disagree with this. I found this list of characters in the film. Out of the last hope I have and my true love of Disney I had to google “is Disney’s Tangled racist?”  The results are kind of spewed honestly, I am a little bit shocked at what I encountered, there is a lot of fighting over what is racist and what is not and really just a lot of information that I honestly didn’t even think of. I think if you have a chance you should read over the post “Racism And Sexism in Tangled – or, Okay WHAT Are These People Smoking?”  I think that could find things in it that you may not have seen before.

I’m having a really hard time putting aside my love for Disney here but when I read the above post I definitely found some things that I agreed with and some things I knew were probably true but I wanted to not believe. The Above article made me think. What do I actually think? so I found some charts about eye color and hair color

 This is showing the eye color of the princess’s.

 This shows the color of princess’s hair

These charts actually made me think about the fact that the hair color in Disney is pretty varied, they even have a princess with white hair. White hair! So maybe we don’t give enough credit to Disney. Also, let’s think a little bit about the original story’s that the movies are based on, For example:

  • Tangled is based on Rapunzel 
    • In the story Rapunzel she has long BLONDE flowing hair which is generally the hair type and color which is most appealing to the German people of which the story originated.
    • In the original story, the long beautiful hair was brought on by the mother eating a plant while she was pregnant to save her life, however, in this case, it was a rapunzel plant.
    • In Rapunzel, she was not kidnapped but rather given to the witch after the father was caught stealing, to spare his own life. The couple were desperate to have a child and then just gave her away, so kinda strange considering the circumstances.

These things shouldn’t take away from the fact that Disney generally, follows that same type of woman but they do take some things from the original story too. let us not forget that some things aren’t meant to be harmful, in fact, lots of things aren’t meant to insult people it just happens.

Now again let’s move away from defending Disney and let us move on to some more things I don’t like. like how Mother Gothel is a genuinely two-faced character who only is nice when she needs something and when her body is no longer persuasive enough to get her what she wants.

The following video shows us an antagonist analysis of Mother Gothel

This video does a good job of talking about some the character traits of Mother Gothel as well as the general traits of antagonist. the CriticalHit  guys have some pretty good video’s on other aspects of movies so check them out. I also found another video by the title: everything there is wrong about tangles in 14 minutes or less by CinemaSins , but this video is a little long so feel free to check it and have your eyes opened by things that seem meaningless but are kind of funny!

Okay this long post is over and it is kind of boring but I hope you learnt something beneficial. I also hope that your love for Disney has be destryoyed because that wasn’t my intention and I know that mine is still there!


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