Most people would believe that a children’s movie based on original fairytale would have the same basic storyline. However, when looking at the Grimm Brothers’ version of “Rapunzel” and comparing it to Disney’s “Tangled,” there are many differences noticed and only a few similarities. Society and culture impacted both the original story of “Rapunzel” and Disney’s version, “Tangled,” through a modification in the projected audience, the addition of morals, and the drastic increase in adoption rates.
“Rapunzel” is an old German folktale passed down throughout history until it was finally written down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812 (New World Encyclopedia).
It was originally published in Children’s and Household Tales along with many other classic fairy tales such as “Cinderella,” ”Little Red Riding Hood,” ”Rumpelstiltskin,” and many more. However, this was not the first version of the story of Rapunzel. The first can be traced back to the early seventeenth century. In 1637, the Italian, Giambattista Basile told the story of Petrosinella, which has a similar plot to the Grimm Brothers’ version (Heiner).
It was approximately two hundred years later when the protagonist’s name consistently became Rapunzel. According to the New World Encyclopedia, “The enduring power of such stories is based on universal themes such as love lost and regained and the power of good to overcome evil”
After roughly another two hundred years, the famous Walt Disney Pictures created their own version of the classic story.Tangled was produced and released in November of 2010.
It was also one of Disney’s most popular movies at the time, grossing nearly 590 million dollars in the first year after being released. One reason this movie was more popular is because it was Disney’s first ever nontraditional fairy tale. Since 2010, Disney has produced many more nontraditional fairy tales, such as Frozen and Brave. In…