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Shibe
July 21st, 2014, 01:10 AM
Does anyone else think that in real life, Rapunzel would have suffered from trauma and anxiety from her hair getting cut like that? Her hair was her life, and she used it to comfort herself (in Mother knows best, you can see her hiding in it.).

Going from insanely long to super short would be traumatic, imo. (I guess that's why it's Disney!)

Thoughts?

Entangled
July 21st, 2014, 07:25 AM
Honestly, with all of the trauma she went trough in a matter of hours, I think she should have gone into shock. I mean, from her near kidnapping, to Flynn's 'betrayal', to her mother enslaving her, to the haircut, to the death and healing of Flynn, to meeting parents she never knew and accepting the responsibility of princess, well, I think she would be experiencing all sorts of anxiety.

chen bao jun
July 21st, 2014, 07:32 AM
I would guess that through the haircut and her hair turning brown, they were trying to show that Flynn loves her for herself, not just her hair (like her manipulative 'mother) but I found the haircut to be a very traumatic part of the movie and not really necessary.
They changed the original story so much that I don't think of it as really being Rapunzel (where her haircut was very traumatic and the witch then used her cut off hair to trap the Prince and blind him).

spidermom
July 21st, 2014, 08:00 AM
Nope. Happens all the time on makeover shows. Most don't cry.

Entangled
July 21st, 2014, 10:13 AM
The most contributing factor would be that her hair, once cut, can't grow anymore, or at least that's how it seems. Since she used it for a tool, she might be reaching for it occasionally when it isn't there, kind of like a "ghost feeling" of a missing limb. Since since she had always had long hair, and didn't put the beauty effort into growing it like we do, I think it would mainly be getting used to missing something you've had your entire life, not missing a cosmetic thing.

patienceneeded
July 21st, 2014, 10:13 AM
No. Her hair was never cut because her "mother" never allowed it. Long hair was not her choice.

Plus, she's fictional. There is that.

Larki
July 21st, 2014, 12:26 PM
I've always loved that movie, but don't like the ending much.

martyna_22
July 21st, 2014, 12:31 PM
When I watched it, I thought 'Why on Earth did he chop her hair so short? He could leave it at waist and it'd still be unactive in terms of magic.." :D
Anyway, I don't think so, she found love, went back to her family, found out life was entirely different, so I say go with change all the way! She finally found happiness, so hair was probably not a problem.

Kherome
July 21st, 2014, 12:34 PM
It's just hair, even if it glows. Personally I bet she was super relieved to be freed of the burden of what must be a zillion pounds of hair.

CurlMonster
July 21st, 2014, 01:39 PM
I found that scene of the movie quite problematic. I really wish they had shown her cutting her own hair, then I think it would've come across as her empowering choice to be free etc, rather than as a traumatic thing for Flynn to do to her.

calmyogi
July 21st, 2014, 01:50 PM
When I watched it, I thought 'Why on Earth did he chop her hair so short? He could leave it at waist and it'd still be unactive in terms of magic.." :D
Anyway, I don't think so, she found love, went back to her family, found out life was entirely different, so I say go with change all the way! She finally found happiness, so hair was probably not a problem.

I think the short length was to represent her being liberated from her old life. But I thought the same thing lol. I mean ankle length would probably feel like a pixie cut after all that hair.

Cania
July 21st, 2014, 01:57 PM
I don't think it's especially problematic that Flynn was the one chopping it. I mean, I'd chop off someone's hair if it meant saving them if a lifetime if slavery. The hesitation would be zero if it was my girlfriend :P

I figure at the time, the loss of Flynn, then his revival and also the death of her mother would be 'bigger' than the hair cut. Then shortly after she's reunited with her parents. She's also just figured out her whole life was a lie, and also she is a princess. There'd be enough going on for her hair to seem less significant, I imagine.

ETA: Apparently 1ft of hair = 1lb, meaning she has 70lbs of hair!

MINAKO
July 21st, 2014, 02:00 PM
Nope. Happens all the time on makeover shows. Most don't cry.

Yepp, this!!!

meowskers
July 21st, 2014, 02:34 PM
I would think so. It was traumatic just to watch! lol

I always stop the movie before the end because it's kind of disturbing tbh

queenovnight
July 21st, 2014, 02:39 PM
When I watched it, I thought 'Why on Earth did he chop her hair so short? He could leave it at waist and it'd still be unactive in terms of magic.." :D


Honestly, I thought the same thing XD

neko_kawaii
July 21st, 2014, 02:55 PM
Having voluntarily gone from waist to bald, I was unaffected by the chop scene. I suppose if I'd ever been forced to cut my hair I might react differently, but I have been in control of my appearance as long as I can remember.

My only thought was that if her hair doesn't grow once chopped, she can only change it to be shorter, so she has missed some length and styling experiences. Wigs and extensions I suppose, should she wish. She is a princess after all.

You could read it as Disney endorsing short hair styles, or you could see it as refreshing that they have a princess with short hair. Can't please everyone.

Entangled
July 21st, 2014, 03:08 PM
If looks affect her, she could always have a wig made from her former hair. It wouldn't be the same, but... Still. Seventy feet of hair.
Benefits of being royalty=can afford luxuries like wigs

Robot Ninja
July 21st, 2014, 06:05 PM
I don't think so. I mean, her hair was the reason "mother" kept her prisoner, and the movie showed that at times it was a hassle. I think her haircut was meant to be portrayed as more freeing than anything.

I don't think she's stuck with short hair either. There is nothing in the movie to indicate her hair didn't just become normal, non-magical hair. It wouldn't grow to 70 feet, but it would still grow.

tetisheri72
July 21st, 2014, 06:11 PM
Well, there is something in the movie to indicate her hair won't grow. The little bit of brown that was cut when she was a baby never grew. Pretty good indicator that the rest of her hair wouldn't grow either.

woodswanderer
July 21st, 2014, 06:55 PM
Am I the only one on LHC who hasn't seen Tangled?I was aware it was something like a a Rapunzel story, but I never knew there was a haircut involved. If that's how it ends then I'm probably not interested in seeing it.

Wavelength
July 21st, 2014, 07:04 PM
Personally I thought the whole "magic hair" thing was a little silly. I don't know why Disney thought they had to make the hair "magical", and it made even less sense that the hair couldn't grow back after it was cut. Changing colour, okay, I can give them that -- but since her hair didn't grow back after it was cut, was it technically even hair??

I can see Rapunzel dissociating from her hair and not considering it to be part of her real identity, since it basically just sat on her head and was merely the focus of her stepmother's obsession. Her stepmother never saw Rapunzel as a person, just as a repository of magic hair. If that's the case, then getting her hair cut would've been a relief to Rapunzel, rather than a traumatizing event.

I liked the movie for other reasons, but the whole magic hair thing was kind of annoying.

GrowingOut
July 21st, 2014, 07:06 PM
Am I the only one on LHC who hasn't seen Tangled?I was aware it was something like a a Rapunzel story, but I never knew there was a haircut involved. If that's how it ends then I'm probably not interested in seeing it.

It was pretty good up until then, but I can see why a lot of us here get a little miffed at the scene, myself included. It just feels, wrong, that's the word I'll use, because a lot of us see ourselves in characters with long hair, and it could be a lot of emotions if someone just up and took it off without consent. That's kinda the feel of the end, but the rest was pretty good. (Some parts were still problematic though in other areas not related to hair.)

Kherome
July 21st, 2014, 07:18 PM
Why is it such a problem that she ended up with short hair? Short hair is just as valid and attractive as long. It's merely a choice like makeup, fashion/clothing etc. It certainly doesn't define a person or decide their worth or attractiveness.

Wavelength
July 21st, 2014, 07:26 PM
Why is it such a problem that she ended up with short hair? Short hair is just as valid and attractive as long. It's merely a choice like makeup, fashion/clothing etc. It certainly doesn't define a person or decide their worth or attractiveness.

If I'm understanding correctly, the problem isn't that it was short. The problem is that Rapunzel didn't choose to cut it herself; it was cut for her by her boyfriend. (For a good reason, but yeah -- she wasn't the one deciding to cut it.)

GrowingOut
July 21st, 2014, 07:30 PM
Why is it such a problem that she ended up with short hair? Short hair is just as valid and attractive as long. It's merely a choice like makeup, fashion/clothing etc. It certainly doesn't define a person or decide their worth or attractiveness.

I agree with Wavelength. It wasn't that it was short, it was that he didn't ask her consent before doing it. If she wants short hair, all the more power to her, but the fact that he did it without permission opens another can of worms.

chen bao jun
July 21st, 2014, 09:38 PM
I just personally found the scene disturbing. I don't think it means that you think all short hair is unattractive or that it's not a valid choice to find a scene in a movie disturbing. I also dislike the message in general that short hair is freedom and long hair is---slavery? I just feel like I hear that too much. From people saying that flappers in the 1920's got freedom by cutting their hair and it made them independent enough to hold jobs(I don't get that one at all) to people continually saying how long hair is so much trouble. Since Rapunzel in the movie had fantasy hair that could do all kinds of magical things, it doesn't seem so much freeing that she loses her hair but it seems more as if she is deprived of special power (even if she does gain true love).
Just my opinion, and yes, I do know its just a movie.

lauren_alia
July 21st, 2014, 10:32 PM
Am I the only one on LHC who hasn't seen Tangled?I was aware it was something like a a Rapunzel story, but I never knew there was a haircut involved. If that's how it ends then I'm probably not interested in seeing it.
You're not the only one- I haven't seen it either. All this controversy has me interested now though, so I might have to see it. :popcorn:

spirals
July 21st, 2014, 10:37 PM
I haven't seen it, and now I don't want to. I'm not one for Disney, anyway.

Aurelinchen
July 21st, 2014, 11:35 PM
I never liked tangled, because they took the "dramatical" stuff (blind prince searching desperately for his girl, sex before marriage, pregnancy/birth before marriage) out of Rapunzel.
I can understand that disney couldn't show sexszenes in a childrens movie but they could imply that the love with the pince is not just platonic. Instead of having one more shorthaired "princess" they'd have the chance to have the first single mom (for a few years) pregnant-with-twins Disney princess!
wouldn't that be cool?
The Reason why Rapunzel is called Rapunzel is also kind of unclear in the Disney Movie. I'd prefer the "selling your unborn child for corn salad“ over „steals a child“, since it's less clichée for a movie.
Also while I like the stepmother in Tangled I think the witch in the Brother Grimm's tale has a deeper character and less clear motives.
What I thought that was cool, was that not Flynn got the throne. Rapunzel became a queen not just the „wife of the king“.

However the thought that she had too lose her hair and hair colour to become a queen is kind of annoying.
As if a blond girl can't run a kingdom, because „blonds are stupid“.
Cutting the long hair is part of the Rapunzelstory, but you don't have to change the hair colour to stay true to the story.
Rapunzel and Snowwhite are the only Grimm princesses that actually have a known hair colour, why could they atleast keep the colour.
Noone would get the idea to change Snowwhites hair to platinblond or red...it doesn't fit the story, so why can't Rapunzel keep her hair „like spun gold“?
There a so my Grimm princesses with unknown hair colour, you could take green hair, if you'd want to...so why change the hair colour of one that is cleary stated and actually has a story immanent function.

sleepysloth
July 21st, 2014, 11:35 PM
I saw it when it first came out before I even lurked on LHC and I remember being off put by it. :(

Stray_mind
July 22nd, 2014, 12:21 AM
Well she seemed perfectly ok with short hair in the movie. The only thing she was sad about was that she thought she won't be able to heal Flynn. There you have it :)

Olavi
July 22nd, 2014, 05:23 AM
First I want to say, that I really like Tangled. Yes, it is different than the original story. I still like it and it inspires me to grow my hair.

Then, the "non-growing non-magical hair". It isn't said in the movie, that it doesn't grow. Rapunzel said "it loses its power and turns brown" and when she shows it, it's way shorter than when Gothel first cut it when Rapunzel was baby. I think it would be totally plausible that Gothel did cut the brown hair frequently after that. It is very clear she is super-manipulative and puts Rapunzel down all the time, cutting non-magical hair as form of manipulation wouldn't be that far-fetched.

What I find weird in the movie, is that Rapunzel looks several months old when she is supposed to be newborn. Long hair could be explained with magic of the golden flower, but other than that... I don't know. Maybe they skipped few months?

Kina
July 22nd, 2014, 06:52 AM
I liked the movie, quite a bit.

Rapunzel's hair was the external symbol of her power in the movie. Her step-mother ONLY wanted her for her power, while Flynn loved her for her. Cutting her hair in that scene was because Rapunzel had made the choice of eternal servitude/slavery with her step-mother to save Flynn. Flynn was dying and couldn't remove himself from the equation, but took the motivation to enslave Rapunzel away. Without her hair's healing power, Step-mom had no reason to enslave Rapunzel.

Also, watching the person you love murdered before your eyes? I think a haircut would not even have registered in terms of dealing with trauma. Maybe after years of therapy, when she was recovered enough to even notice her hair, then it would be an issue.

I saw it more akin to that old story about a woman selling her hair to buy her husband a chain for his watch, while he sold the watch to buy her a haircomb. Both sides willing to sacrifice for each other because of love.

I love the movie because throughout it, Rapunzel made her own choices and dealt with the consequences of them (also, kick butt frying pan) AND saved Flynn's butt a bunch of times. I even liked the Step-mother character (also, why do all villainesses have black hair? and curly? wth?).

It's a Disney movie, so it's sanitized, but I thought it was pretty well done.

Entangled
July 22nd, 2014, 12:27 PM
I like many of the above points. In my view, I don't think that she would be necessarily traumatized by the hairloss, but I do think it might be a little disorienting, because many of her routines are affected by her hair. Since she also uses it as a tool, I think she would find herself reaching for it and find it not there. There were many others reasons for emotional trauma and anxiety.

As for the controversy about the hair being cut without her consent...well, I guess I'll remain silent on that. I'm not sure how I feel. I don't think she would miss it too much, or be angry with Flynn, but its absence would factor in day-to day life. She didn't seem to resent her hair, or love it, but it definitely was a life changing thing, as she would not have to deal with seventy feet of hair while cleaning a house. However, she would also be living in a totally different lifestyle. Do I think it would affect her? Yes. Do I think that her haircut is the only or most important change? Definitely not. She lives with entirely different people in an entirely different setting doing entirely different things and losing very prominent parts of her life (isolation, her mother, no responsibilities, her hair, etc...) I think that she might miss it as a tool and be disoriented.

I know that this movie is fictional, but I like characters and analyzing :p ;)

chen bao jun
July 22nd, 2014, 08:44 PM
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The Reason why Rapunzel is called Rapunzel is also kind of unclear in the Disney Movie. I'd prefer the "selling your unborn child for corn salad“ over „steals a child“, since it's less clichée for a movie.
Also while I like the stepmother in Tangled I think the witch in the Brother Grimm's tale has a deeper character and less clear motives.
What I thought that was cool, was that not Flynn got the throne. Rapunzel became a queen not just the „wife of the king“.
snip.
Enjoyed this post, of course the movie has to differ somewhat from the story for dramatic reasons but I do think disney always goes quite a bit too far with the changes. Interesting to read a post from someone who read and clearly loved the fairy tale, just as I love it.
I do think its very interesting in the original that they 'sell the daughter for a salad' (though to be fair, that's not the intention. But the witch actually had a point--someone stealing your vegetables and trespassing does owe you something.
Of course in the original , the family was not royal and Rapunzel was not a princess. The prince was a prince and Rapunzel was just the daughter of a regular, ordinary couple.
If she WAS a princess in her own right, as in the movie, she would of course eventually become queen regnant, not queen consort, just as Queen Elizabeth II of England is, with her husband Prince Philip just her consort and not King. I believe this is normal unless you have something like the Salic law in France (which was only put into place to keep the English king from having a claim to the throne and was not normal)--while a brother,even a younger brother, would inherit before a princess there were plenty of times historically when there was no boy and the princess become queen. In fact, a system with royal rule gives females a lot more chance to rule than democracies have done so far with many examples of women who were absolutely stellar at the job and had no problem commanding loyalty, I think of not just Queen Elizabeth I, but Isabella of Castile, Eleanor of Aquitaine and quite a few others. You usually had to do something quite drastic to lose loyalty as a woman ruler from a well-liked and efficient dynasty--behave like Mary Queen of Scots and get implicated in blowing up your husband and pretending to be kidnapped when you had actually eloped with a no good boyfriend, and just being generally dopey, as she was---

Sharysa
July 22nd, 2014, 11:18 PM
To be fair about the haircut: The original tale had the witch chop off her hair before gloating that the prince was dead and throwing her out. That's even worse than Disney.

Plus in her cameo in Frozen shows a visible amount of hair growth. It went from a pixie to around chin/nape length.

FireFromWithin
July 23rd, 2014, 12:53 AM
For me I thought it was quite brave of Finn. He was giving up his life to free her. A little over dramatic sure but I don't watch disney for the realism. And she's a princess, I'm sure she can grow out her hair if she wants to but after carting all that around (and not by choice) I'd probably like it short for a while too. I think the loss of powers, while noble on Finn's part was kind of traumatic but she (spoilers) managed it anyway so it was like she found her own power instead of assuming it was all just her hair.

I'm also not bothered by the adaptation. Disney disneyfies everything and I enjoy the films, if I want original fairy tales I'll go somewhere else. I mean sleeping beauty wasn't pregnant either in the Disney film, and the original version of the little mermaid had her dying so I quite like the happy endings in Disney. It makes me happy.

Sharysa
July 23rd, 2014, 04:22 PM
Disney disneyfies everything and I enjoy the films, if I want original fairy tales I'll go somewhere else. I mean sleeping beauty wasn't pregnant either in the Disney film, and the original version of the little mermaid had her dying so I quite like the happy endings in Disney. It makes me happy.

Yeah, that. Pretty much. I'm actually surprised that the Disney version is technically WORSE than the original Rapunzel. In the original, Gothel threw him out the tower and he was blinded by said act, but she just wanted him to suffer and think Rapunzel was dead--in Disney's version, she's openly willing to kill just to keep Rapunzel as a glorified pet.

Sharysa
July 23rd, 2014, 04:24 PM
Double post, sorry.

RileyJane
July 24th, 2014, 12:05 PM
I think what put me off more about the big cut (once I got over the general shock of it being so short!) was that they didn't style her short hair! In later scenes it is still the choppy chaotic hair when Flynn slashed thru it; I was expecting in later scenes maybe a smoothed down angular bob, with a few flyaway wisps for some layer action and maybe a cute clip or a small headband or something! I think that's what bothered me the most about it all

ErinLeigh
July 24th, 2014, 01:02 PM
Am I the only one on LHC who hasn't seen Tangled?I was aware it was something like a a Rapunzel story, but I never knew there was a haircut involved. If that's how it ends then I'm probably not interested in seeing it.

I have not seen it but suppose I will look for it now :)

Shibe
July 24th, 2014, 01:54 PM
To be fair about the haircut: The original tale had the witch chop off her hair before gloating that the prince was dead and throwing her out. That's even worse than Disney.

Plus in her cameo in Frozen shows a visible amount of hair growth. It went from a pixie to around chin/nape length.

I'd have to disagree.

A still from Tangled:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzun3m1WbJ1qge3im.jpg
and her cameo in Frozen:

http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/40508/_1385951986.jpg

It looks exactly the same length.

jackie_rapunzel
July 24th, 2014, 08:21 PM
I love that we're discussing this. :) I'm obsessed

Brattina88
July 24th, 2014, 09:20 PM
... Now I have both frozen and tangled songs stuck in my head LOL

Islandgrrl
July 24th, 2014, 10:01 PM
Am I the only one on LHC who hasn't seen Tangled?I was aware it was something like a a Rapunzel story, but I never knew there was a haircut involved. If that's how it ends then I'm probably not interested in seeing it.

I haven't seen it either.

Sharysa
July 24th, 2014, 11:37 PM
I'd have to disagree.

A still from Tangled:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzun3m1WbJ1qge3im.jpg
and her cameo in Frozen:

http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/40508/_1385951986.jpg

It looks exactly the same length.

Oh, the angle must have confused me. Bleh. Well, hair pieces/extensions have a really long history if she gets tired of short hair. Or maybe it grows, but slowly.

Olavi
July 25th, 2014, 04:27 AM
I'd have to disagree.

A still from Tangled:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzun3m1WbJ1qge3im.jpg
and her cameo in Frozen:

http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/40508/_1385951986.jpg

It looks exactly the same length.

I think it does look the same length, but more tidy. Maybe she decided she liked short hair, and kept it that way.

I don't get why people think her non-magical hair doesn't grow or grow slower than normal hair. They never said anything about her hair growth and I firmly believe that Rapunzel's brown hair is 100% normal hair that grows normally. Cutting hair isn't new thing, and as seen in the beginning of the story, they did have scissors.

martyna_22
July 25th, 2014, 04:51 AM
I don't think the cameo is relevant. They made her look excatly the same so people would recognize her, and I think her hair can grow as well, after all, once cut, it becomes *normal* hair again. So why on earth would it stop growing?

redredrobin
July 25th, 2014, 10:09 AM
Didn't she still have a short bit from when her hair was cut as a kid?

MyFireElf
July 25th, 2014, 12:52 PM
Didn't she still have a short bit from when her hair was cut as a kid?

Perhaps she kept that bit short on purpose because she didn't like the feel of the different length/texture, or didn't find a streak of brown aesthetically pleasing. Her mother spent her whole life telling her the only important thing about her was her magic hair, makes sense she would try to hide her "ordinariness"

chen bao jun
July 25th, 2014, 01:34 PM
I hate that haircut and how it looks on her both in still and cameo.
Just my personal taste, please don't extrapolate about how short hair is as good as long, etc. etc.
And I still do think the haircut was an unpleasant part of the movie.
In the Grimm's fairytale, it was traumatic to have the witch cut her hair and leave it there for the prince to climb up and get blinded and left to wander separated from his pregnant Rapunzel, but somehow the movie managed to make it all incredibly more traumatic, at least for me. I do think partly because the witch character was so unutterably more nasty (and honestly, to me Flynn was far from anyone I'd want my daughter to be dating/marrying either). Someone who resents their garden being invaded and their food stolen is fine, demanding a little girl in return is, shall we say, excessive, and keeping said little girl locked up is controlling and obnoxious and when we get to the point of blinding people, we are criminal. However, then the witch was out of everyone's life for life. While in the movie it was incredibly stressful for me to watch and listen to her acting out the nightmare mother that is hopefully rare (I've only run into two women like this in my whole life, but it was more than enough), who really does not intend for their child to grow up and controls them and gaslights them for their own sick reasons. It just went on and on and on and made me feel almost physically ill. And when it ended up with mom throwing off the mask and trying to kill people, I just didn't like it at all. Yes, I know its just a movie but it really bothered me and then the brutal hair chop (her hair in that photo is obviously chopped, not cut nicely by a hairdresser, but just lopped off) really did it for me.
Fairy tales have meaning and are archetypal and part of it for me is that everything is not spelled out in such sickening detail as in that movie. They are therefore more universal and meaningful. Yes, I read Jung and also Bruno Bettelheim and C.S Lewis (he wrote an essay on Fairy Tales and Tolkien I believe wrote an essay on the fantastic too), but I loved fairy tales long long before, they jsut speak to me.
Sorry. Just my opinion.

Shibe
July 25th, 2014, 02:42 PM
I still think it does not grow.

when you see this scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhSVreVsjJo

you see Mother Gothel cutting her hair that turns brown to shoulder length.

When she shows her cut piece to Flynn, you can see that it is now neck length (where her shoulder used to be as a baby)

martyna_22
July 25th, 2014, 02:50 PM
Perhaps she kept that bit short on purpose because she didn't like the feel of the different length/texture, or didn't find a streak of brown aesthetically pleasing. Her mother spent her whole life telling her the only important thing about her was her magic hair, makes sense she would try to hide her "ordinariness"

Couldn't find a better way to say it :)

Shibe
July 25th, 2014, 03:08 PM
I don't think Mother Gothel would allow scissors around the tower, in case she accidentally cut her hair.

None of her hobbies require scissors.

Olavi
July 26th, 2014, 04:04 AM
I don't think Mother Gothel would allow scissors around the tower, in case she accidentally cut her hair.

None of her hobbies require scissors.

Sewing usually require scissors. Also, Gothel might have taught Rapunzel to be super careful with scissors.

Besides, as you can see, the brown part of her hair is shorter than when she was a baby. Even considering growing, it still should be longer if it wasn't ever cut. And only "good" reason I can see to cut it, is of it did grow.

Dreams_in_Pink
July 26th, 2014, 04:41 AM
I think the brown part never grew because Disney didn't want to animate a bunch of brown hair among all that blond hair.

Her short hair remained short because it represents her freedom from all the responsibilities that owning magical hair put on her shoulders (pun not intended LOL). I also don't see any clue that she hates her new super short cut, she was only worried because she thought she couldn't heal Flynn.

Besides, if brown hair was %100 normal, it would have a terminal length and would start splitting/thinning at around classic length, right? So she might be keeping that bit short in purpose because it looked very bad compared to silky magical self-repairing blond hair.

ETA: By the way, if this was a real life story, as soon as she reached puberty she would cut her own hair in secrecy and then ask her mother "Do you STILL love me mother???Huh???" ;)

Shibe
July 26th, 2014, 02:17 PM
Sewing usually require scissors. Also, Gothel might have taught Rapunzel to be super careful with scissors.

Besides, as you can see, the brown part of her hair is shorter than when she was a baby. Even considering growing, it still should be longer if it wasn't ever cut. And only "good" reason I can see to cut it, is of it did grow.

But that's my point. If it doesnt grow once it's cut, it's in the same place it was as an infant, she's just taller.

Olavi
July 26th, 2014, 02:27 PM
But that's my point. If it doesnt grow once it's cut, it's in the same place it was as an infant, she's just taller.

Even considering her growing up, it is still shorter. When it was cut when she was a baby, the brown hair still got some wave and looks several inch long. When she is 18, it kinda sticks out and looks maybe two inch long. Babies grow but not that much.

mary*rose
July 26th, 2014, 02:40 PM
Am I the only one on LHC who hasn't seen Tangled?I was aware it was something like a a Rapunzel story, but I never knew there was a haircut involved. If that's how it ends then I'm probably not interested in seeing it.

Oops...spoiler alert.

SThr
July 26th, 2014, 08:55 PM
Even though she never does anything with her hair style-wise but leave it down, she could have had some interesting buns with a classic length brown lock criss-crossing all over her long hair.

Kherome
July 26th, 2014, 09:16 PM
If I'm understanding correctly, the problem isn't that it was short. The problem is that Rapunzel didn't choose to cut it herself; it was cut for her by her boyfriend. (For a good reason, but yeah -- she wasn't the one deciding to cut it.)


I agree with Wavelength. It wasn't that it was short, it was that he didn't ask her consent before doing it. If she wants short hair, all the more power to her, but the fact that he did it without permission opens another can of worms.

This, to me, is the silliest argument. I mean, if you are walking along and your hair gets sucked into a machine and it is about to squash your head and kill you, do I go "Oh, may I please cut your hair off to save your life?" Um no. I grab a sharp object and slice your hair off as fast as I possibly can. Exactly what Flynn did. Her stepmother had her bound in chains and gagged. Her life was clearly in danger. He saved her life and had no time to consider what sort of "haircut" he should give her. He acted, on his deathbed, in an emergency, to save the life of the girl he loved.


I think it does look the same length, but more tidy. Maybe she decided she liked short hair, and kept it that way.

I don't get why people think her non-magical hair doesn't grow or grow slower than normal hair. They never said anything about her hair growth and I firmly believe that Rapunzel's brown hair is 100% normal hair that grows normally. Cutting hair isn't new thing, and as seen in the beginning of the story, they did have scissors.


I still think it does not grow.

when you see this scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhSVreVsjJo

you see Mother Gothel cutting her hair that turns brown to shoulder length.

When she shows her cut piece to Flynn, you can see that it is now neck length (where her shoulder used to be as a baby)


I think it's very clear that her hair doesn't grow after being cut. Just a plausible as glowing magical hair IMO.