It stays unwaveringly true to the spirit of the original movie while still giving us new worlds, scenarios, and characters to explore
Realistic/believable/complex relationships between lovers, friends, acquaintances, enemies, frenemies, etc. etc.
Rapunzel is portrayed as naive and exploratory, as she should be, re-discovering a world she always dreamed of but didn’t truly experience for the first 18 years of her life; she’s a fish-out-of-water and it’s hilarious, pure, beautiful, and realistic
Conflicts between the main characters are resolved through communication and discussion
The themes are honest, raw, and respectful to viewers of all ages; nothing is “dumbed down for kids”, nor is it peppered with references geared specifically for the adult audience; it’s its own thing, and it works on all levels
No one is an archetype: Rapunzel is a funny, girly princess, but she’s also an adventurer and knowledge-seeker; Eugene is comic relief, but he’s also noble and brave; Cassandra is a hardened warrior, but she’s also a dreamer, and a best friend; etc. etc. etc.