The Semi-Finals got REALLY heated a few times, with much back and forth - tooing and froing - but I can NOT reveal that the final two are...
In a slight change to how we did the voting before, all previous votes these couples have had in the past are now nullified. Only votes for THIS round will be counted. So there has never been a more desperate time for these fine Princesses/Princes. They need your votes to win!
Voting will stay open until the 30th of March - after which the winner will be announced on the 31st March. So get your votes in whilst you still can!
- Voiced by Mandy Moore, a singer who had a hit with the song “Candy”.
- Based on the character of Rapunzel in fairy tales.
- One of my favourite Disney Princesses.
- Her mother was ill whilst pregnant with her, so the King sought a magical flower to heal his wife, which in turn gave Rapunzel magical golden hair that could heal with a special song. Unfortunately, this was also sought out by Mother Gothel, who kidnapped Rapunzel so that she could keep her magical hair to stop her from aging. Which in turn means Rapunzel’s hair is incredibly long – about 70 feet or so.
- Since then she’s been locked away in a tower by Mother Gothel. But unlike characters like Cinderella and to a lesser extent, Aurora, she doesn’t KNOW she’s been locked away. She wants to leave her tower and explore the world, but Gothel has such a strong control over her that she is forced to do what she pleases.
- A chance meeting with Flynn Rider (why was he not on my team?) allows her to escape her tower and explore the world, where she eventually learns about life outside – and her true nature.
- Now, some people call Rapunzel a “damsel in distress”, as she has to be rescued by Flynn Rider a couple of times. But I could not disagree with this more. Rapunzel may be a bit naïve of the outside world, but despite Mother Gothel putting her down, she is full of confidence and is a tough girl at heart.
- After all, she knocked out Flynn Rider with a frying pan on their first entrance, then tied him up with her hair. She also saved Flynn Rider on MORE than one occasion, first from a group of bar thugs (by making them go into song no less), then rescuing Flynn from a group of soldiers, and ultimately, saving his life.
- She’s also got somewhat of an emotional tie to her “mother”. Though she wants to leave and explore the world, she feels guilty about doing it because she’s worried about upsetting her, not realising her true motives. It’s that sort of emotional blackmail that Gothel can cause to her that makes this psychologically one of the most saddening backstories for Rapunzel.
- But the coolest thing about Rapunzel is, in my book, her hair. It can heal any wound (using a special song) AND, I have a theory, it can grant superhuman strength. When she heals Flynn’s injured hand, you’ll notice he uses this SAME hand to cut her hair in one go.
- Come to think of it, Rapunzel herself is pretty strong. She can use her hair to lift people out with little or no fuss, so maybe the magic of her hair makes her stronger than she looks. Though she’s still able to get tied up now and then.
- Interestingly enough, in the original story of Rapunzel, it’s her tears that hold the magical powers, not her hair, as her lover is blinded and it’s her tears that give him back his sight. This is referenced in the end when Flynn Rider dies (oh the feels) and it’s her tears that heal him.
- The color purple is often said to be the color of royalty. During the film, Rapunzel only wears purple, which can be a reference to Rapunzel's true royal identity.
- Apparently her hair was also originally gonna move on it’s own, sorta like Medusa from Marvel’s The Inhumans.
- She carries a chameleon with her called Pascal, who was apparently based off a pet by one of the workers. His name is derived from the Latin word "paschalis", which translates as (relating to) Easter.
- Voiced by William Phipps in the animated film (who I have to be honest I know almost nothing about) and Richard Madden in the live action film, who is know for playing Robb Stark in Game of Thrones.
- Now I have to be honest, and I’m sorry to any Cinderella fans out there, I never liked this guy. I found him one of the most blandest Princes in the Disney franchise.
- I mean honestly, he doesn’t actually DO anything – apart from save Cinderella. He just happens to be there at the right time. He doesn’t really have much in the way of personality or anything like that in my opinion. At least not in the animate series.
- Thankfully, the live action Cinderella fixes this problem – and it’s done incredibly well. In this version he has the first name “Kit” (I wonder if this was done as a GOT reference, considering he worked alongside Kit Harrington – but who knows?) and in this one he meets Cinderella BEFORE the ball during a hunting expedition.
- In the live action version, there’s also a legit reason for Prince Charming trying to find a wife – as his father is dying and he makes a wish for him to find a bride. Unlike in the animated film where the King just wants his son to be married. Now the law states that he can only marry a Princess, but he’s already in love with Cinderella, so it causes friction between them.
- However, at the end of the ball, Cinderella (just before midnight), meets the King and tells him how wonderful his son is. This makes the king change his mind and he tells his son, before he dies, to marry for love.
- I dunno about you guys – but that scene between the Prince and his father is just beautiful and sad at the same time. It’s one of the best scenes I’ve seen in a Disney film and it’s nice that they got a bit of redemption for each other.
- So, as controversial as this sounds, I actually PREFER the live action Prince Charming than the animated version. He has a more robust character arc and they at least give him some interesting traits to make him more than just a typical bland prince character.
- Let’s just hope his marriage to Cinderella goes better than his last one. If you get my meaning *RED WEDDING*. Sorry, bit of a cough there.
- Interestingly enough, he is NEVER actually referred to as Prince Charming in the original film. To my knowledge, he is NEVER given a name except in merchandise. In fact he has loads of different names in other franchises. But I’ll get to that should he go through to the next round.
- There is an homage is made to Prince Charming in The Princess and the Frog as Tiana is seen in Charlotte's room with a prince doll that resembles him wearing his outfit from the second movie. This makes him one of the four Disney characters referenced in the movie, with the Magic Carpet, King Triton and Genie being the other three.
- Rapunzel appears in Sofia the First (a spin off cartoon) – in which she had her classic blond hair. She appeared in the episode The Curse of Princess Ivy.
- She will appear in her TV show Tangled: Before Ever After, which will take place after the film and presumably fill the gap between when her and Flynn get married. She will have a new character in this show called Cassandra – who is described as being “Tough as Nails”.
- Naturally, she and Flynn had a cameo in Frozen – and in a Nostalgia Critic episode, (in which the Critic jokingly revealed the plot of Frozen 2) Rapunzel and Flynn were going to have a larger role appear in that film - although as this was a parody, this will in all likelyhood never happen.
- She also, like many characters appeared in Once Upon A Time – but as I never saw that show I don’t know much about her character there.
- About a decade before the release of Tangled, Rapunzel was given her first mention in the first issue of New Adventures of Disney's Beauty and the Beast by Disney Comics, where Belle compared her current situation of being trapped in a cellar with a bear outside to Rapunzel's situation in the story.
- Other actresses that were considered for the role of Rapunzel were Kristin Chenoweth, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel were also considered for the role. Yep – Idina Menzel COULD have been Rapunzel.
- Rapunzel was originally going to have to have a red dress, before being changed to pink and then blue – before setting on Purple. Geez, her dress changes colour more time than Aurora’s!
- In Disneyland, Prince Charming is a “Meet and greet character”, but is rarer than the other characters – probably due to him not having much character early on in his career.
- I mentioned he has various first names throughout his incarnations – these are just a few of them. In the Blu-ray/DVD release of Cinderella that Prince Charming's real name is Henry, in Disney on Parade, his name is Prince Alto August Ferdinand. In the 1997 TV movie, his name is Prince Christopher. In the live action Cinderella, it’s Kit. And in Once Upon a time his name is Prince Thomas. Here’s an idea Disney, pick a name – AND STICK WITH IT!
- Gaston mentions Prince Charming briefly in A Tale of Beauty’s Prince.
Whatever happens, thanks to Morgan for helping me organise this event and thanks to you guys for making it extra special! I had a blast!
See you on the 31st where we reveal who is the winner of Disney Couples Reshuffled!