- Role Reversal: The original story has Rapunzel as the commoner. In the movie, Rapunzel is a princess and Flynn Ryder is a common thief.
- The witches reason for taking Rapunzel: In the story, it was a trade the husband made in return for vegetables from the witches garden. In the movie, the queen was ill. To heal her, the kingdom went in search of a healing plant, a plant the witch was hiding for herself. When the queen was administered this plant, the healing powers linked itself to Rapunzel's hair. The witch kidnapped Rapunzel for the healing powers.
It's hard to take a short story from Grimm's Fairy Tales and make it into a 90 minute movie, but I think the folks at Disney did a decent job with it. For a fairy tale, I had the usual feelings of hope and romance, wanting the couple to end up together in the end. I liked some of the justifications produced for the quirks of the story. Why was her hair so long and never cut? Because her hair had healing powers and if cut it loses it's magical quality. Why did the witch lock her in a tower? Because she wanted to use the healing powers to keep herself young forever. Now for the difference (you know how I like to point those out):
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