Fun Facts about Rapunzel:
– Rapunzel’s hair is 70 feet long.
– Another name for the rampion plant is rapunzel. So the enchantress named the girl for the plant that got her parents into the mess in the first place.
– The plan Rapunzel and the prince came up with to escape involved several skeins of silk transformed into a ladder.
– The enchantress’s name, or at least the name Rapunzel uses to refer to her, is Dame Gothel.
– Tangled takes the story of Rapunzel and turns it into a fun-filled, musical adventure. There aren’t a whole lot of similarities to the original story.
– Rapunzel’s origins go back much farther than Tangled, all the way back to 1812 and much more earlier.
– In the original tale, Rapunzel is named for a plant in a forbidden garden that Rapunzel’s mother desired to eat when she was pregnant.
– The Grimm Brothers’ story was actually an adaptation of a much early tale, Persinette, written by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force, published in 1698.
– The identity of the flower Rapunzel has been debated over the years, with likely candidates being corn salad and rampion (both similar to lettuce or spinach).
– Tangled was the second most expensive film ever made. The total cost of production is estimated at $260 million.
– In Tangled, it took six years of programming and refinement to finally get Rapunzel’s hair to behave as the directors’ intended.
– Tangled is the first Disney princess film to be animated via computer imagery.
– Rapunzel’s eyes are the biggest compared to her Disney Princess counterparts.
– There are so many ‘Maiden in the Tower’ stories in cultures all around the world.
– The first known version is from Christian iconography with the story of Saint Barbara. She was a virtuous young girl locked in a tower by her father in the 3rd century.
– The first appearance of the motif of the ‘hair ladder’ was in a 10th century Persian tale told by Ferdowsi (932-1025 AD).
– The ‘hair ladder’ reappears in Petrosinella, a literary fairy tale told by a Florentine writer, Giambattista Basile and published in 1634.
– In Persinette, the mother conceives an insatiable longing for parsley which her husband steals for her from a sorceress’s garden.
– Rapunzel is an old nickname for a herb with leaves like lettuce and roots like a radish — it is also called rampion.
– Originally, the child Rapunzel was named after the cause of her ill fate.
– The Grimm Brothers made two versions of the story because the first one was just too much to handle.