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Rapunzel Sneaks Past ‘Tangled’ Director and Into ‘Frozen’

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We all know that Disney has a penchant for sneaking cameos into their films and this little tradition continued in Disney’s latest film Frozen with the special appearance of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled.


Cartoon Brew recently released a screenshot of a fan speaking with Nathan Greno, co-director of the Tangled, who hadn’t even realized that Rapunzel and Flynn Rider had sneaked into Frozen to visit Elsa’s coronation. “I didn’t know,” Greno told the fan. “I guess I missed that when I watched the film.”

This conversation with Greno was posted on Tumblr, and the fan who initiated the conversation confirmed that it is authentic.

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This scene is from the beginning of Frozen during the first rendition of “For the First Time in Forever” when Anna is rushing around to greet various people-including a fellow princess by the looks of it!

Did you notice Rapunzel and Flynn Rider when you saw ‘Frozen’? Or are you just going to use this as an initiative to go see the film again to find them?

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Alissa is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, studying Media Arts & Technology. Her hometown is in the Middle-of-Nowhere, NY, where winter is approximately 6 months of the year. She is extremely nerdy, and loves all things animated, literary, or Harry Potter related. Her older sister spawned her love of animation by dragging her downstairs at 2 a.m. every morning and making her watch various films until their parents took them back to bed. Some of her all-time favorite films include Mulan, The LEGO Movie, Up, Tangled, and The Lion King. She also collects old Peanuts comic strips, and spends her free time reading, writing for the Rotoscopers, and working a variety of jobs. You can follow Alissa on Instagram and Twitter: @ThisAlissa. See her work here.
  • Elsa Preston

    Hello there! I would just like to say that I am the one who asked Nathan Greno about Flynn and Rapunzel, and that post is mine! I can’t believe it was featured on here! 😀
    The original post is here: http://forever-tangledup.tumblr.com/post/68505599550/dear-tangled-frozen-and-disney-fandoms-i-have

    • You’re a celebrity now!

    • Alissa Roy

      That is amazing! You have a good eye- thanks for letting us know! You are famous now!

  • Braden

    Tumblr has been freaking out over this! Saying that Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa are related, perhaps cousins! This would explain those magic powers that Rapunzel and Elsa have, but why not Anna!? Also there is a connection between the viking pub thugs because vikings come from Norway. Tangled and Frozen take place around the same time, the late 1700’s, and some even say the queen from Frozen and from Tangled look alike. (Not Elsa, but her mother). Was the magic flower made from the tolls? Were the former king and queen of Arendelle killed while traveling to Rapunzel and Flynn Riders wedding? Is there a connection betwen Rapunzel and Anna’s hair colour change? Would Elsa’s hair be brown like her parents too if she lost her powers, or would it be strawberry blonde like Anna? WE MUST KNOW!! DISNEY PLEASE MAKE THIS BE A SHORT!!

    • Brittany

      Well, the trolls did say “I recommend we remove all magic, even memories of magic.” Implying maybe Anna did have magic in her.
      But wasn’t the flower in Tangled a speck of sunlight that fell from the heavens, like god or some celestial figure… and Rapunzel only had the flower’s magic because they used the flower to heal the queen pregnant with her, so that wouldn’t give her cousins powers even if they are related. But it’s definitely conceivable and fun to think that they live in the same world!
      Elsa’s hair probably would be closer to her family members if she lost her born powers too though, her eyebrows are already darker and it makes sense in this universe.

  • Brandon Kelly

    Tangled and Frozen are part of the same universe!

    • TT

      that explains why the animation look so alike. 😀

      • pew

        frozen was made by the people who made tangled and wreck it ralph, so the animation looks like a mashup of tangled and wreck it ralph. i like it, it’s pretty cool. :3

    • Mr. Obvious

      REALLY?????? We never would have guessed!

  • Bill

    While this cameo is cool, I think it is a bit far fetched to say that Tangled and Frozen share the same world. This cameo is no different to Belle, Magic Carpet and Pumbaa appearing in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. No one says those 4 movies co-exist together. And then throw in the Scar cameo in Hercules and the world simply has to implode in its craziness. And don’t forget Pinocchio appears in Tangled as well. So does that mean Pinocchio and Frozen share the same world? Disney has been doing this for years, so let’s just take it as the cameo as for what it is, a cameo not some deep underlying linking tool like a Marvel movie.

    • TT

      but most of the cameos cannot move. they all stuck in books or shelves. belle was there was because both beauty and the beast and hunchback have French connections. and shes so far away that someone might look like her.
      but here, Rapunzel and Flynn looks exactly like their originals and they r living beings! not some carpet that can be copied and recreated.

      • Bill

        Still doesn’t mean they live in the same universe, and be honest that is Belle in Hunchback, not some person who passes a passing resemblance to her. A cameo is a cameo, while it might be grat for fanfic to justify there existence I doubt this will cause Disney to produce an Adventures of Elsa and Rapunzel spin off. Anyway, the Disney Princess line already has created the Princess world where they all interact so this cameo isn’t creating anything new. If they really wanted to make it a link, Rapunzel would have spoken or sang in that song. Even if it was only a line.

  • My friend and I, when seeing the movie the second time, pointed and cheered when Rapunzel came onscreen 🙂

  • TT

    I noticed that a long time ago lol. I freaked out for a moment.

  • Will

    There near the end of the song if u are not look for them u will miss the there on the screen for 30sec that all

  • Any hidden Mickeys found?

    • SnarkyDisneyFan1003

      Yes one very very very small one in oakens trading post and sauna

  • Christine Huang

    They should do a crossover some day.

  • Adriana

    I only noticed Rapunzel because she turned her head a little bit and I saw her eyes. Those eyes are so big it’s hard not to notice them.

  • Firefly

    Did anyone else notice the “tumblr” post looked a lot like facebook?

  • SnarkyDisneyFan1003

    This is very interesting and cool

  • Raine

    There is a head cannon that Rapunzel is Elsa and Anna’s cousin, Queen Primrose of Corona and Queen… Uh.. I don’t know the original queen of Arendelle’s name are sisters.

    • Clara Harper

      here is the head cannon or rumor: Apparently, Rapunzel, Anna, and Elsa are cousins. Tangled was made three years ago, and the king and queen of Arendel went to Eugene and Rapunzel’s wedding, but then died in the storm. The movie Frozen says “Three Years Later”. Rapunzel and Eugene felt bad that their parents died, so they came to Elsa’s coronation.

  • hannah

    hi found them it was cool too

  • Anna 123

    Yup I noticed it the second time but not the first! Lol that’s really funny that Nathan didn’t know!
    Anna 123

  • ?

    How can anyone not know?Nobody can shut up about this.

  • skylarp1234

    well i also heard that elsa and rise of the guardians jack frost are married is that true at all???

  • leanna danser

    i saw that like the 3rd time i watched the movie.

  • Kate

    Hi, I’m new here and am 99% sure I won’t come back. But, how could Rapunzel and Flynn get to Arandelle that fast on short notice? And, does Anna have powers? If she does, what kind? Is Rapunzel Anna’s and Elsa’s aunt? Is Flynn they’re cousin ounce removed? Is Rapunzel originally from Arandelle? Had Elsa actually been born with powers? If not, was she cursed by Rapunzel’s mom? Could Rapunzel be they’re new baby-sitter?

  • random person

    I heard Disney actually confirmed that Rapunzule is Elsa’s and Anna’s cousin. I don’t know if this is true, but that is what I heard.