The Journey So Far
(Please note, this article contains spoilers for Tangled.)
As Disney's 50th animated feature and their first CGI fairytale film, Tangled's huge success came as no surprise. A visually stunning tale - complete with a captivating storyline, endearing characters and 70 ft of golden hair - naturally, there was talk of a sequel that was to be Tangled 2.
After the release of Tangled in 2010, Disney created a six minute short 2 years later called Tangled Ever After, presenting eagerly awaiting fans with Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding. The beloved couple were content and, despite our unwillingness to admit it, their journey seemed complete.
Yet there was still a possibility for more.
Roy Conli Interview
In January this year, Den of Geek (a UK website that covers popular culture and entertainment media with an edge) shared an interview with film producer, Roy Conli, who's known famously for Big Hero 6, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and, of course, Tangled.
In addition to covering topics such as Big Hero 6 and his advice to read more for people who want a career in the film industry, the subject of sequels was brought up, which eventually lead onto discussing Tangled.
The 3 Reasons Why Disney Never Made Tangled 2
"I think sequels are fine if there's a story."
As we already know, Rapunzel and Eugene were last seen tying the knot, with Mother Gothel deceased and The Stabbington Brothers watching the ceremony in chained handcuffs, shedding joyful tears for their former companion. All was well.
If Disney were to make a sequel, what more could they actually tell the audience? Do we really want our beloved couple to unnecessarily experience a tragic turn of events just to make an interesting sequel? Perhaps the story is best left where it finished - a truly happy ending.
"There was a desire somehow to take it into a filmic sequel. But the directors weren't really interested in doing that."
According to Conli, not even the directors are interested in continuing the story, which confirms the belief that there are no more adventures about Corona to tell.
Furthermore, with the release of new movies and plans for bigger projects, such as Moana (Disney's upcoming computer animated, musical film), Tangled seems to have lost the hype it once had. This could be due to Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time with its unforgettable song Let It Go, which appears to have replaced children's interest in frying pans and chameleons to magical ice powers and talking snowmen. And with Frozen Fever following the live-action film Cinderella, it's arguable that Disney has its hands full at the moment.
"Her hair was gone!"
A big part of the story was Rapunzel's excessively long hair which had healing powers and functioned like an extra limb; it could grip onto objects and suspend the lost princess in the air. Once the hair was cut, Rapunzel no longer had a need to hide in the tower.
Known primarily for her hair, creating a sequel with her brunette pixie cut would detract from the original story that we fell in love with.
Moreover, one could argue that despite not having her hair, she still has healing powers in her tears. Although this is an interesting trait that Disney could play with, it would mean finding a reason for Rapunzel to use her healing ability. Since Corona was left as a peaceful kingdom, again it would be pointless to cause drama to the harmony amongst all who live there.
Based on the words of Tangled's film producer, we can understand why Disney hasn't made a sequel. Nothing is ever set in stone, however. For example, Toy Story was thought to be complete with the third installment - that is, until a new idea was proposed last year. What's more, there are plenty of films that were put to rest for several years before suddenly being brought back to life with a sequel. And from the way things are going with Disney's live-action films, hopefully we won't have to wait long to witness Rapunzel's version.
Personally, I'm quite happy with how Tangled has finished and if a sequel is ever agreed on, we will know it's because Disney finally found the perfect idea.