Rapunzel cleaned up and dreamed big in Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel cleaned up and dreamed big in Disney's Tangled

Rapunzel cleaned up and dreamed big in Disney's Tangled

From Snow White and Cinderella to Mary Poppins and Enchanted, we've covered plenty of Disney here on the Aurora blog recently.

This week, continuing our exploration of cleaning and cleaners as depicted in popular culture, we return to the House of Mouse to look at a recent version of a fairy tale character who is more than 200 years old.

A new princess
In the 2010 animated movie Tangled, audiences met Disney's version of Rapunzel, the character who first appeared in a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. The film version became the tenth Disney princess and was introduced with a musical number that shows Rapunzel's daily routine in her tower, where she is held captive by the wicked Mother Gothel.


Following a prologue that shows Mother Gothel kidnapping the infant Rapunzel from the king and queen to exploit the magical properties of her hair, we see the princess going about her regular jobs and household tasks.

"Seven A.M. - the usual morning line-up," she sings. "Start on the chores and sweep 'til the floor's all clean!"

Every Disney princess has to have an animal buddy, of course, and it's at this point in the song that Rapunzel coats her loyal companion, a chameleon named Pascal, in dust and dirt.

"Polish and wax, do laundry and mop and shine up," she continues, as we see a montage of the princess cleaning the floors, dusting ornaments and scrubbing linen while Pascal swings, scampers and plays around her. The song then moves on to show how Rapunzel dreams of venturing outside her tower and exploring the world.

This is just our introduction to the title character, of course, and soon her adventure and eventual escape from the clutches of Mother Gothel begins, sparked by the arrival in her tower of the thief Flynn Rider.

Upholding and departing from tradition
Kicked off by Snow White whistling while she worked and Cinderella being forced to do the housework by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, there is a long tradition in Disney princess movies of cleaning scenes providing an insight into the central character.

While Tangled clearly acknowledges this trope, it also departs from some of the more old-fashioned Disney pictures and offers a modern take on the story of Rapunzel, partly by showing that the princess doesn't need a man to rescue her. In fact, there are a number of scenes in the movie in which Rapunzel saves Flynn from some dangerous situations.

Enchanted is another example of how more recent Disney productions have taken a new approach to some of the studio's well-known conventions. In one of that film's stand-out scenes, the princess Giselle relies on some animal friends to clean up a New York apartment, but in this case, the animals are not cute bunnies and songbirds, but rats, pigeons and cockroaches.

Here at Aurora, there are no animals - cute or otherwise - involved in our methods, just experienced, professional cleaners who will ensure that your place of business always looks and feels great.


Posted by Julie Tucker