tangled: the series has done something amazing in acknowledging rapunzel’s trauma and not shying away from the impact gothel’s abuse is still having on her.
they’ve shown rapunzel having recurring nightmares about gothel coming back to attack her again, there are references to rapunzel being behind on common/pop knowledge due to her time in the tower, and when she had to return to the tower for the first time since she and eugene had escaped from it at the end of the movie, she didn’t just waltz on in.
she actually recoiled at the edge of the clearing, well before she even got near the tower. just the sight of it sent her back, and you could see the fear on her face. eugene offered his support and encouragement, and rapunzel pushed on and insisted on entering the tower - but it was never easy. she hesitated again at the entrance, and then looked on the verge of a panic attack before walking up the steps. she had to take deep breaths and talk herself into being able to do it - “it’s just a tower.”
i know that this isn’t the first kid’s show to acknowledge the long lasting impact of trauma but it still doesn’t happen enough and i was really, really pleased to see that the writers are including this growth and healing in rapunzel’s story rather than just ignoring it completely.
“… it’s called Vices & Virtues, and in one way or the other, at least one to 10 virtues or vices are represented in every song… [it’s] little minor things I didn’t know were vices or virtues, until we looked them up. I was like, ‘I don’t know what altruism means, so I’ll look that up.’ Things like logic, pride, vanity — it can go either way. So it was kind of interesting to read about that.”