This week’s Danger Gal Friday profiles Rapunzel as voiced by Mandy Moore in the new movie TANGLED. Yeah, you heard right. A Disney princess has joined the Danger Gal ranks. How is this possible? Well, she pulls a pretty mean punch with a frying pan, gets herself out of her damn tower (thank you very much), and convinces a gnarly bunch of thieves to follow their dreams.
Before I go any further I have to get one thing out of the way: Curse you Disney for making me cry! Twice! I can’t even tell you when in the story it happened without spilling major spoilers. Just be warned to bring a box of tissues if you’re a sucker for love stories. At least I know I’m not the only one.
Lauren Passell at Culture Blues hits this square on the, um, head. I guess she’s been taking lessons from Rapunzel:
Let’s not knock Rapunzel– I think she’s pretty kick-ass. When Flynn climbs into her tower (because he’s an idiot, it was totally accidental), she captures him with her hair and hits him in the face with a frying pan. She then smartly negotiates with him to get her way. The movie may focus on a male protagonist (as if Aladdin didn’t), but Rapunzel isn’t some idiot slapping a tambourine on her hips in the background. In fact, I’m going to argue with Slate. The movie isn’t just about Flynn, and it doesn’t just center on boys. Shouldnt the pro-girl power people be applauding Rapunzel? Come on, ladies. We can’t get ahead in this man-centric world if we don’t support each other. Anyway, would any of you challenge her to an ass-whooping contest? That hair is sick.