I know everyone has a personal opinion, but I hate when people criticize Tangled. I relate a lot with Rapunzel with the abusive family situation and wanting to escape, but being taught that the world is cruel and never being allowed to. Some days, singing “When Will My Life Begin” and “I’ve Got A Dream” was what got me through the day. Tangled was something that stopped me from taking my life when I was younger. The thought of escaping my own tower like Rapunzel was what helped me hold on.
I have clinical depression and Disney used to help me cope with it, but now, even if I watch my favorites like Mulan, Tangled, Beauty & The Beast, and Coco, they no longer really help. Which sucks since Disney used to help a lot and now I feel like I have nothing to really live for or feel joy from
Tangled is the only Disney movie I prefer watching in my native language (German) rather than in English. Especially the songs “I See The Light” and “Mother Knows Best (Reprise)” give me goosebumps. It makes me feel proud of my language and of the fairy tale that originated in my country.
Rapunzel inspired me to cut my hair short. I had an abusive dad when I was growing up and he used to grab/pull me by my hair whenever he got mad at me. When I watched Tangled and saw Eugene cut off Rapunzel’s hair right before Mother Gothel lost her power and fell to her death, I decided to chop off my own hair up to my ears which was once all the way down to my butt. Ever since then, I’ve cut my hair eight times already. My hair is the one thing my dad will never have power over again.
As I’ve opened up about my relationship with my mother to friends, several of them have called her emotionally abusive or toxic, and independently of one another have each compared her to Gothel. Now I just feel guilt when I watch Tangled, because I’m anxious that I’ve done poorly to my mom by talking about this stuff with my friends, and worry that I’m a bad and ungrateful child.
I know it’s wrong to think this way but sometimes I wish my husband was more like Eugene from Tangled. I love my husband and I think he’s a great guy but I wish he was more patient with me like Eugene is with Rapunzel, especially when Rapunzel turned down Eugene’s first proposal he was understanding about it while my husband gave me the silent treatment when I asked him if he was sure because he asked me after I was gone for 2 weeks and I wanted to make sure it didn’t have anything to do with it
Tangled is my favorite Disney movie because it’s the movie that got me to love Disney again after the “Disney is for kids” phase