Tangled (2010)

floating lanterns tangledThe Rapunzel story that set off swarms of floating fire hazards lit by children all across the world.


In case you’re wondering, yes, there was a brief period in my life when I was convinced my own mother was a wicked sorceress using me for my golden voice. What can I say? 26 was a fragile age.

Now I’ve heard several people declare Frozen to be the Disney movie that resurrected a dearth of non-Pixar successes. But I think most of us forgot what a pleasant surprise Tangled was to Disney fans. Not only did it fill a musical void in our hearts that had existed since the mid-‘90s, but it likely played a part in the banning of sky lanterns proposed by the United States fire marshals.

Really though, if you take a look at Disney’s Pixar films compared to Disney non-Pixar films in the same time period (last decade), all the real “hits” were Pixar, hands down. Tangled was the first bonafide classic of the century that was pure Disney. (Unless, of course, you define classic as “cartoon with weird aliens” in which case Lilo & Stitch, Atlantis, and Treasure Planet are all home runs.)

tangled disney movieTangled was Disney’s 50th animated feature and the first CG-animated musical ever made. With a meticulous blend of traditional animation and CGI, it ended up taking six years to make, and is actually estimated to be the second-most expensive movie ever made. Yes, ever.

It stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi from the TV show Chuck and Thor: The Dark World. (Side note: I refused to see that movie in 3D since it makes my eyeths thor.)

I can’t think of anything else Mandy Moore is in…I may have to go on a walk to remember.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If your mom ever tries to stop you from running off with unsavory criminals, it’s probably because she’s an evil, psychotic witch who kidnapped you at birth.

One of the great moments in this film is when Rapunzel leaves her tower for the first time…


…But an even better moment is when she rides the emotional roller coaster we all experience with risky decisions.


We were all born for great things, but we’ll never know what we’re capable of until we leave our comfort zones. As Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently taught:

“No one likes to fail. And we particularly don’t like it when others—especially those we love—see us fail. We all want to be respected and esteemed. We want to be champions. But we mortals do not become champions without effort and discipline or without making mistakes…Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward.”

We must not give into the fear of failure. And yes, difficult decisions will always leave us emotionally exhausted. But as Jeffrey R. Holland once explained, we must not give up once we know it’s the right thing to do:

“Yes, there are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. You can find an apartment. You can win over your mother-in-law. You can sell your harmonica and therein fund one more meal. It’s been done before. Don’t give in.

Certainly don’t give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself. Face your doubts. Master your fears…Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.”

We can be more than we are now. But we have to have the faith and confidence to leave the tower.

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” – Hebrews 10:35

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