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