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    Apr 7, 2020

    "Tangled" Is Better Than "Frozen" And Here Are The Receipts

    You know I'm right.

    Hi! Hannah, massive Disney fan, here! I'm here to interrupt your day/evening so that we can talk about something very, very important — and that is the fact that Tangled is better than Frozen.

    First, let me just say that I absolutely loved Frozen, and I'm not trying to hate on it. But if I'm COMPARING the two, Tangled is far superior, and here's why.

    1. Rapunzel's hair was the best computer animation I have ever seen.

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    Long hair is notoriously difficult to animate, which is why cartoon characters so often have updos and braids. The amount of work and care that went into Rapunzel's hair was incredible. It truly looked like actual hair and not just a cartoon mass, and I was sort of disappointed to see them go back to that in Frozen.

    2. Mandy Moore was born to be a Disney princess.

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    I literally couldn't think of anyone I would want to be a Disney princess more, except for maybe Julie Andrews when she was younger. Mandy is truly a real-life Disney princess, and her unique voice was absolutely perfect to play someone of Rapunzel's age and personality. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel were amazing, but they didn't sound quite young enough to me!

    3. Rapunzel was basically Anna, but first and better.

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    Tell me Anna didn't basically have the same personality as Rapunzel. Both were naive but unafraid of plunging into danger (often overestimating their abilities). Both were sheltered and desperate to make connections, often coming across as awkward and dorky. Both ended up being betrayed by people they should never have trusted.

    Look, Anna was cute, but she was just a less capable copy of Rapunzel. I loved how we got to see Rapunzel truly stand up to Mother Gothel when she realized the truth, whereas we didn't really get that with Anna and Hans.

    4. Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert was the best Disney prince of all time, and I will fight you about this.

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    First of all, he was definitely the hottest. The directors literally had women employees come into a meeting with pictures of hot men to help them decide what Flynn would look like. For his personality, they were inspired by Ferris Bueller and Indiana Jones. It modernized the movie so much to have a sassy, overconfident, yet emotionally repressed male hero, and he worked absolutely perfectly with Rapunzel's naivete, curiosity, and surprising capability. He was funny and flawed, and while Kristoff was cute, he wasn't as charismatic as Flynn.

    5. Tangled's music was written by Alan Menken, who scored all your fave Disney films.

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    Alan Menken scored all the Disney Renaissance movies, including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Pocahontas. I will say that while I didn't absolutely love all the songs in Tangled, they had this really familiar Disney feel to them. And the score was absolutely incredible — I used to listen to it while just doing homework. Frozen was not scored by Alan, and while the songs were great, some lacked that classic Disney feel. The fact that "Let It Go" could be covered with very few changes by a pop star like Demi Lovato is indicative of that. (No shade: I love Demi!)

    6. Tangled had better animal sidekicks than Frozen.

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    Look, Sven, I'mma let you finish, but Maximus was the best Disney animal of ALL TIME. OF ALL TIME!!!

    Pascal was great too, but Maximus was truly the most expressive of all the Disney animal sidekicks, without saying a single word. The animation of his face and movements oozed so much personality in comparison with Sven, who was sort of a Maximus Lite. It was also great to see a sidekick who was actively working against our main characters for part of the film and had to reluctantly tag along.

    7. Tangled was way funnier than Frozen.

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    I loved Olaf, but he felt sort of out of place at times in Frozen, like he was forced in there for comedy's sake. Tangled's humor felt much more organic and circumstantial and contained one of my favorite Disney scenes ever (pictured above).

    8. But it was also darker than Frozen!

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    Maybe this is just me, but I love when fairy tales are dark (as many original fairy tales were). Tangled's premise was incredibly dark: A kidnapped girl literally spent 18 years in captivity with a woman who pretended to be her mother but who really just wanted her for her magical powers. Less than an hour into the film, Flynn and Rapunzel got trapped in a mine and gave up on trying to get out, accepting death and confessing secrets to each other. When Flynn went to rescue Rapunzel at the end, he found Rapunzel chained up and being taken away by Mother Gothel, and he was then stabbed, causing Rapunzel to promise Gothel a life of obedience if she could heal him. Yes, it had a happy ending, but it was refreshing to see Disney delve into darker territory first.

    9. Along with that, the villain was much more complicated.

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    Once we realized that Hans was the villain, that was that. We hated him, and Anna and Elsa certainly hated him. But in Tangled, Mother Gothel was more complicated. Despite realizing that Gothel was not her mom and she'd manipulated Rapunzel her entire life, and seeing her stab Eugene, Rapunzel still reached out for her when she fell out the window. This was far more realistic than I would've expected from Disney. Gothel had raised her, after all. Rapunzel still cared about her, which added a layer of complexity to a movie like this, which normally would've been very black and white.

    10. Tangled had a better plot.

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    Along with being darker, the plot was also just more straightforward. We knew Mother Gothel was bad from the beginning (bringing a lot of dramatic irony), and we knew Rapunzel's dream was to see the very same lights her real parents put out for her birthday every year. This remained consistent throughout the film, until the predicted result of Rapunzel realizing the truth about her parentage. Frozen's plot, in comparison, was a little bit convoluted. Elsa accidentally caused an eternal winter and ran away, causing Anna to look for her. Simple enough, right? But then Elsa accidentally hurt Anna and Anna had to go on a detour to some rock trolls, then run home to find her fiancé rather than continue to chase after Elsa. Then she was betrayed, and her goal was suddenly to find Kristoff. But then she saw Elsa, who conveniently also ended up back at the castle, and went back to her original goal of saving her sister. It felt a bit all over the place.

    11. Flynn and Rapunzel > Anna and Kristoff

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    Rapunzel and Flynn's relationship felt really organic. But in Frozen, Anna and Kristoff's relationship felt a bit thrown together at the last minute. When Olaf told Anna that Kristoff loved her, Anna was kind of just like, "...OK." I don't know that she loved him back yet, especially after the movie's focus on how you couldn't love someone you just met!

    12. Also, Kristoff's backstory was never explained.

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    We got a really good sense of Flynn's background, which was definitely a big moment of bonding for Flynn and Rapunzel. But Kristoff and Anna never actually talked about their lives, and also it felt a little too convenient that Kristoff was raised by the same trolls that had helped Anna when she was younger. And that's the same guy she happens to run into on the mountain? What happened to Kristoff's parents??? There was just so much that was confusing there.

    13. Speaking of backstories...with Tangled, we finally got a Disney film where the parents weren't dead!

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    A staple of Disney films for decades has been the whole "dead parents" thing. To be honest, it's getting a little old, and it's starting to seem like lazy writing to explain why these teenagers end up in these situations or why their remaining parent is overly cautious. I loved the new twist in Rapunzel, where both her parents were alive but had lost her, and she didn't know they existed.

    14. The animation of the landscapes and backgrounds was amazing in Tangled.

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    This one is not so much to say that Tangled was better than Frozen, but it was definitely on the same level. Plus, Tangled had way more varied landscapes to animate! Notable scenes included the lantern scene and the dam breaking.

    15. And finally, the mood coloring in Tangled was just SO good.

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    Another thing I felt Tangled did better than Frozen was changing the tone of the colors based on the mood. When Flynn went to rescue Rapunzel at the end, the tone was noticeably less bright. It got darker when he went up into the tower and was stabbed, until Gothel fell out the window, when it got lighter but was still less bright. After Rapunzel healed Eugene, the color came back. It all blended so seamlessly!

    That's all, folks! Both are wonderful films, and great options to watch if you're stuck indoors right now. But...Tangled is better, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. AND THAT'S THAT.

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