So Frozen became the biggest animated feature film ever in 2013 when it hit the big screen. But how come the wonderfully brilliant Tangled isn't anywhere near as popular? Rapunzel's Tangled was released two years earlier, in 2011 and Tangled has all the right elements for a Disney mega-hit. So, why is Frozen loved so much more?
Frozen Has A Villain?
Firstly, Tangled remains with the bright vibrant colours that you find in the classic Disney films, whereas Frozen mainly sticks with tones of blue and white. Leaving that aside, Tangled features one of the most villainous villains in the Disney universe, Mother Gothel. Gothel brutally manipulates her hostage Rapunzel so she believes that she is the caring mother in this story. Whenever anything bad happens to Rapunzel, Gothel cares for her in a sadistic way only a killer would find comfortable.
Then, we see Gothel on the hunt for Rapunzel doing her best not to let her leave from her grasp. On the other hand, we have Frozen. Frozen features Hans as the villain. However to be fair, towards the start of the film, we see everyone's favourite character, the rather selfish Elsa as the villain, and Hans actually as the hero. Hans even gives a happy, warm smile to his horse, pointlessly confusing the audience. So we spend a large proportion of the film wondering who the real villain is, is it the pretty princess with the great singing voice and beautiful dress or the guy? So by the time we find out who we should really be routing for, its already really too late. Whilst Gothel could simply be compared on the same scale as Maleficent
Love At First Sight Verses Feminism
So apart from Elsa being quite selfish, she is also sometimes over shadowed in the film by Anna, even though everyone still prefers Elsa! When Frozen promised two princesses it looked as if we may be in for a treat. We weren't. The element of love is basically dropped in this film, Anna falls for her new best friend and Elsa is left to fend for herself like the independent radical feminist she appears to be. Whilst Tangled shows so many elements of true, soppy, love that were found in soooo many Disney films. Rapunzel and Flynn have this true love at first sight that as children we brought up to see, not in a bad way but in a fairy tale way. Frozen however really doesn't have this. Well it tries, with 'Love is an open door', but this sort gets left behind! Also Tangled shows men and women to be equal in a true feminist sense, with Rapunzel and Flynn both fighting for what they believe. Whilst on the other hand, Frozen shows men to be basically pointless. (Damn you Frozen.)
Mute Animal Sidekicks
Finally, in so many of the Walt Disney Films there is an animal side kick, as there are in both of these films. In Pocahontas we have the adorably cute racoon Meeko. In Aladdin we have multiple animals and in Mulan we have the hilariously funny Mushu, to name but a few. In Tangled we of course have the rather mute Pascal, who amuses us through actually remaining silent, and the strong Maximus who is also mute, but makes up for it with his moody attitude and facial expressions. This makes a change actually as most other animal sidekicks talk in the Disney franchise. In Frozen, we wish the animals didn't talk. So Olaf of course was made by Elsa, although we actually dont have a clue how she gives life to inanimate objects, but cool, but then we sort of wish that she didn't have that power, as Olaf can be quite annoying, even for the children. A lot of his jokes fall flat or are ploughed over. Then we are given the rocky troll things that I suppose are put in there for the reason of...Actually I dont know why they are there? Either way, they're quite pointless and Frozen could work perfectly fine with out them. Instead it adds a pointless song to the story, which doesn't add anything good at all!
So Should Tangled Be More Popular?
Overall, to summaries, Tangled should have been more popular! Tangled is the most expensive animated film ever made and one of the most expensive films ever! But I understand the fact that the film will never gather the same audience as Frozen. Some would argue the reason Frozen is so popular is to do with the lack of tradition, by tricking the audience into believing Hans and misunderstanding 'true loves kiss'. Tangled was originally called Rapunzel but was renamed Tangled to try and attract more male audiences, with trailers focusing more on Flynn instead of the princess. The reason for this was to try and gain audiences where The Princess and the Frog had not. None the less, we can easily see that for some reason, a film about two princesses and no real male hero gained the hearts of boys, girls and basically everyone, despite these problems, and how much Let It Go was overplayed. Who would have thought?
With the release of Frozen 2 next Christmas, the film will be the third sequel of any Walt Disney animated film, following The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and Winnie the Pooh (2011). But will Frozen 2 do as well at the Box Office, or have we been all Frozen-ed out! Frozen really re-ignited an interest in princess films, meaning if the more widely aimed Tangled was released after Frozen then it may have been more popular. Princess film Moana is released this November, which will be interesting if this too proves to be popular without a prince or a love interest in the film! What do you think? What do you prefer; Tangled or Frozen?