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Full disclosure: I cried twice during Tangled. The first time was before the movie even started. That is the kind of Disney Nerd I am. You’ll have to see the movie for yourself to discover what prodded cry #2 — I’m sure you’ll get embarrassingly emotional too. It’s okay.
And you really should see it, boys. It has been advertised as Disney’s “Princess Movie for Boys” afterall. Well, let’s go back a bit. Tangled tells the classic fairy tale Rapunzel, but Disney wanted to attract more boys, teens and adults, so they changed the name to Tangled. Trailers marketed the film heavily toward the rough ‘n tumble, accentuating the slapstick humor, action, adventure, and bad boy protagonist Flynn Ryder. Predictably, this kills people who hate fun.
In Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Orenstein shares a moment she had talking with her mom friends after dropping her daughter off at preschool:
“It’s a matter of practicality,” Dana, a thirty-eight-year old stay-at-home mom said [about letting her daughter play with Disney Princess outfits in the house]. “They’re really helpful for the endless playdates. And Eleanor loves to swim so she identifies with Ariel.” I began to ask Dana how she felt about the rest of the Little Mermaid story, but she cut me off. “Oh, I don’t let the actual story in the house,” she said. “Just the costumes. Eleanor doesn’t know the stories.”
That turned out to be Mara’s policy, too. The issue to her was not princesses, it was plotlines. “Those stories are horrible,” she said, making a face. “Every single one is the same: it’s about romance, love, and being rescued by the prince. I will protect my daughter from that.”
WhooooOOop-de-whooOOooop! That’s the sound that it makes when my eyes roll.