On Tangled (and why it’s wonderful)

After a long (but great) night at Bible study in the next town over, I’m ending it all with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and watching a movie that, in light of the Frozen obsession, everyone seems to have forgotten about.  Can we all just take a moment to appreciate what a fantastic movie Tangled is?

I mean, Mother Gothel is one of the most terrifying Disney villains.  I often find that the scariest villans are the ones with no superpowers.  Take Gaston from Beauty & the Beast.  He’s horrifying because he fights with ignorance, pride, good looks, and the popularity card.  Gastons actually exist in the world.

Mother Gothel is in that same boat.  She doesn’t have any superpowers, but what she has are words.  And oh, how skillfully she uses them.  She twists and wraps Rapunzel in her lies to the extend that Rapunzel doesn’t even realize she’s being emotionally abused.  There are people like that in the world.  Not just people, there are mothers like that in the world.  That’s why this movie is resonating so deeply this time around.

Well, that and the fact that I keep reading into it as an allegory for Christianity.  I went to an event at a local church a couple of years ago where a guy analyzed the entirety of Tangled (performing the songs as they came along) and tied it into Christian faith.  It forever changed the way I see this movie.

Also, stuck in a tiny town in the middle of the prairie with nothing to do but watch movies and freak out about my impending finals, I kind of relate to Rapunzel here:

P.S. This is my 100th post on Keep Your Feet!  YAY!!!

Progressive fairy tales

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always loved a good Cinderella adaptation.  It’s one of the most popular, well-known fairytales.  I’m fascinated by the amount of ways people can tell the same story over and over and still breathe new life into it.

Can we stop for a moment and appreciate the fact that this movie exists?

As a kid, I was obsessed with this movie.  I’d rent the VHS from our local video store countless times.  When the video store went out of business, I asked for the DVD for Christmas.  It took three years of asking for my parents to finally indulge me.

It’s not only a retelling of the classic fairytale, but a re-rendering of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, complete with a handful of brand new songs.  When I was younger, I loved the romance.  I liked the pretty dresses, the over-the-top characters, and garish colors.

Now that I’m older, the movie has taken on new significance.  Yes, I still love all the cheesy parts.  But I’m starting to realize just how progressive the movie is.  Hailing from 1997, it was a Disney-sponsored production that features only four white characters (the stepmother, stepdaughter, king, and Lionel).  The main couple is African American and Asian.  And there is no racial stereotyping, no odd excuses for such casting choices.  They’re treated as any other couple in any other movie like this.  I think it’s fantastic.

Is there a fairy tale adaptation you’re head-over-heels in love with?  Tell me about it in the comments!