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Rapunzel Gets Tangled

Disney princess gets a name change

Interesting news on Facebook today, where it appears that Disney's Rapunzel is now to be known as Disney's Tangled. The film's producer, Roy Conli, announced the change almost as an aside when talking about the film's plot here.

"In our film, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in the girl with the 70 feet of magical golden hair. We're having a lot of fun pairing Flynn, who's seen it all, with Rapunzel, who's been locked away in a tower for 18 years," said Conli. Rider's voiced by Chuck's Zachary Levi and Rapunzel herself by Mandy Moore.

The name change is, we're guessing, designed to ensure that boys go see the film as well as girls, sacrificing the familiarity of the title for something more gender-neutral and somewhat in keeping with recent Disney hit Enchanted. Certainly, from what we've seen of the film this is a Princess Bride-tinged tale rather than some pink-hued Barbie-as-Rapunzel story, so there will no doubt be lots there for boys to enjoy. But the change does put this out of step with, er, every Disney fairytale ever (hello Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and the rest), which are generally titled for their central character, and it's kinda sad that Disney apparently thinks a film named after a girl won't draw both genders of kids to see it.

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