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Disney Honors Its History in ‘Tangled’ with Echoes of the Past

15 December 2010 10 Comments

Have you been to see “Tangled” yet?  Two or three times, you say?  Then you may have found an “Easter egg” or two hidden among the beautiful animation and music.

In an effort to engage wandering minds, as well as to honor the work of the past 49 animated features that preceded it, the film’s production team managed to embed echoes of other Disney works into “Tangled.”  Last week, Disney released a list of the little surprises.  If you’ve seen the movie, take a look to see how many you noticed without being alerted.  If you haven’t, well…now you can have even more fun as you watch the film and look for all the subtle surprises that serve to stretch the magic of a Disney film just a little further.  The really great thing about the list is that it features some less well-known works, like “Brother Bear” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

  • Pinocchio is in the pub!:  Look for him in the top right corner as Shorty swings around in Cupid-fashion.
  • Kingdom Shops in the Kingdom:  Producers worked an actual shop from Disneyland’s Fantasyland right into the kingdom in the film.
  • Princess Power:  Look for symbols of the other Disney Princesses on the tower’s newel posts – an apple for Snow White, a slipper for Cinderella, a sea shell for Ariel, and a spinning wheel for Aurora.
  • Bookshop Tidbits:  The kingdom bookshop is chock full of Disney references, from a “Brother Bear” salmon, to an excerpt from “Sleeping Beauty” in an open book – to art director Dan Cooper, dressed up in Victorian garb.
  • Hugo Shoutout:  The piano stage in the pub features background scenes from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
  • Pub Thuggery:  Greno, a pub thug, bears a striking resemblance to director Nathon Greno.
  • Bolt Birds:  Lots of funny birds are featured in Disney films, but there is a nod during Flynn’s escape to “Bolt,” when the three New York pigeons appear.
  • Pascal’s Issue:  Watch the credits for “Chameleon Kids.”  The real Pascal was bred after finishing his work on the film, and the film’s directors had the honor of naming the babies.

Did we miss any?  Did you find Disney references – or even a hidden Mickey – that we didn’t list?  If so, please leave a comment!  Meanwhile, have fun hunting up these little treasures that show the brilliance and attention to detail of Disney filmmakers.

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  • Jason said:

    I never noticed any of the allusions in this article, but there were plenty of others:

    1) A warthog in the pub is reminiscent of .
    2) I remember seeing Abu, the monkey, somewhere as well.
    3) A unicorn is on the bow of a boat in the kingdom, most likely a reference to (?)

    In a bit of a stretch, some things reminded me of Pixar movies as well:
    a) the boy scout in the kingdom (from whom Rapunzel obtains the flag) is reminiscent of .
    b) Rats in the pub reminded me of .

  • Brooke Fehr (author) said:

    Wow! Thanks Jason – I’ll look for these the next time. It’s so cool to watch for all the little special things the writers come up with. Thanks for the comment!

  • katie said:

    I saw the dresser from sleeping beauty (the dancing one) in the scene where she is about to realize that she is the lost princess. It’s in the left side of her room by her bed.

    :) Have fun!

  • Brooke Fehr (author) said:

    Good catch, Katie! Thanks for reading!

  • Jessica said:

    I noticed that there was some similarities between this movie and some of the others. Max was the name of the horse in another disney movie. At the end when Flynn died her tear brought him back to life, just like in Beauty and the Beast. The boat scene with the lanterns is very similar to the scene in The Little Mermaid.

  • Allen said:

    *When Flynn ‘surfs’ down the aqueduct I had flashbacks to “Tarzan” surfing the tree branches.

    *Rapunzel and Flynn on the boat is (a lot) like “The Little Mermaid” boat scene.

    
*Rapunzel’s tear on Flynn’s cheek (her love for him) and resulting light show is straight out of the ending of “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Brooke Fehr (author) said:

    Good eye, Allen! I also took pause at the lyric in “I See the Light” about it being “crystal clear.” Hmmm…. :-) Thanks for your comment!

  • Kels said:

    The moments before and after Rapunzel’s seeing all the lanterns the ships in the harbor resemble the ships from at least the movies Pocahontas and Peter Pan! :D

  • Catherine said:

    I thought I was the only one getting “Little Mermaid” during the lantern scene! I also picked up an “Aladdin” vibe when the thugs pointed their swords at Flynn in the Snuggly Duckling, when he says “I don’t sing.” In general, Flynn reminds me of Aladdin! Thanks for the list :)

  • Tara said:

    In the song, Mother knows best, the mother has a doll in the frying pan that she is flinging around. It looks like the doll from Toy Story in Sid’s room.

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