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'Tangled': Disney's princess problem

The studio’s newest film emphasizes male characters at the expense of anything remotely girly

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The November film Tangled may be based on the classic fairy tale ”Rapunzel,” but according to the new trailer, the star is…a roguish guy named Flynn Rider. Huh? Disney declined to comment, but this much seems clear: After last year’s The Princess and the Frog failed to attract young boys and grossed a disappointing $104 million, the studio is emphasizing Tangled‘s male character at the expense of anything remotely girly. Somewhere, Ariel and the rest of the Disney princesses are weeping.