What do 23 mailboxes, 10 African Elephants, 3 noses on Mount Rushmore, 2 yellow school buses, and The White House all have in common?
I’ll answer that question later. For now, have you ever heard of the salad plant rampion?
Rapunzel is the German name for the plant above. The Brother’s Grimm had “Dame Gothel” name Rapunzel after the plant that Rapunzel’s mom stole from the witch’s garden.
Do not confuse rampion with ramps Hip trendsetters go “ramping” and then make the ramps.
In the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel’s birth mother wasn’t hip. She was poor. Her desperate husband, wanting to make her happy, climbed a neighbor’s wall and stole the leafy vegetable with a crunchy stem.
Disney’s Rapunzel comes from wealthy parents, a king and queen – otherwise she wouldn’t be a princess.
Where can she be found? Princess FairyTale Hall in the Magic Kingdom (Fast Pass permitted) and the new Bon Voyage breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno on the Boardwalk.
So why do you think that Disney called the movie Tangled? None of the original fairy tales weave a tale of a maiden tangled up in so much hair that she can hardly walk.
We’re not talking about people who are tangled in a web of lies
According to Disney, “In order to market the film to both sexes and additional age groups, Disney changed the film’s name from Rapunzel to Tangled while also emphasizing Flynn Rider, the film’s prominent male character, showing that his story is just as important as Rapunzel’s”.
I guess Flynn Rider and Rapunzel are tangled hearts in love, the largest age gap of any of the Disney couples (8 years). What drew her to him was her large pair of eyes – largest of any of the other Disney princesses.
Whatever the reason for the title, Rapunzel is definitely a great addition to the Disney princesses.
Remember my question earlier? What do 23 mailboxes, 10 African Elephants, 3 noses on Mount Rushmore, 2 yellow school buses, and The White House all have in common? – The answer: at 70 feet long, they are all as long as Rapunzel’s hair.
Hair that never seems to get knotted. Never seems to get tangled. Hair I would love to have myself, if it never needed to be washed, because that has gotta be a ton of work.