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  • Awesome Music:
    • Alan Menken composed the score for this film; the songs may not be up to a Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid caliber, but they're still great. "When Will My Life Begin" and its reprise in particular are awesome.
    • The Pub Thugs get a Funny Moments song with "I've Got A Dream".
      • This Troper really didn't care for most of the songs, but he did like some of the animated sequences that go with them, such as the "I've Got a Dream" sequence and the main duo seeing the lanterns.
    • "I See The Light" is absolutely beautiful.
    • Mother Gothel's reprise of "Mother Knows Best" deserves an honorable mention. That song is EPIC.
  • Sure, he gets stabbed immediately afterwards, But who didn't cheer for Flynn when he started ascending Rapunzel's tower at the climax? Especially since he strikes the famous "climbing the tower" pose associated with the fairy tale.
  • Moment of Awesome: Gothel's death.
    • Rapunzel, after Mother Gothel has just stabbed Flynn Rider to inflict a fatal wound. Bound and Gagged, she struggles until her gag comes off just to tell Gothel that no matter what Gothel does to her, she'll never stop fighting, never stop trying to escape, and will never sing to her again (which is the only thing keeping Gothel young) unless she lets Rapunzel use her hair to save Flynn's life first, preparing to sacrifice her own freedom and happiness to save Flynn's life.
      • Immediately after, when Rapunzel is allowed to heal Flynn, Flynn chops off Rapunzel's hair, ensuring that Gothel will immediately wither up and die from old age, sacrificing his own life to free Rapunzel.
      • Seconded, that was definitely a Crowning Moment for Flynn and it doubles as a Tear Jerker, too, making that scene all the more moving.
      • Better, he had no idea that it would kill Gothel. All he knew was that it would save Rapunzel from being captive for the rest of her life.
  • How about when Rapunzel first stands up to Mother Gothel? After Rapunzel has an epiphany that she's the lost princess, she approaches Gothel mumbling what she just realized, and Gothel retorts by saying (sorry I can't remember the exact quotes) "Rapunzel, you know how I hate the mumbling." She then says angrily "I'm the lost princess, aren't I?" In response to Gothel's shocked face she draws herself up and says coldly "Did I mumble, Mother? Or should I even call you that?"
    • Better, she grabs her arm. Gothel tries to break free, and CANNOT. Compared to how weak she was at the beginning of the movie, being unable to lift Flynn or anything, it shows how much stronger she has become.
      • Fridge Brilliance: Rapunzel never was as weak as Gothel kept telling her she was. She spent all those years hauling Gothel up to the tower with her hair, after all. Escaping just made her realize how strong she actually was, physically as well as mentally.
    • Indeed, it's that brief moment when Gothel gets the Oh Crap face that gives away everything. No denial can cover that look, and for the first time in the movie, you almost get the vibe of Tranquil Fury from Rapunzel. (Awesome and scary)
  • Flynn and Maximus' brief duel at the dam scene was part this and part Funny Moments.
    • The fact that he took out 4 members of the Royal Guard (the captain and 3 soldier) with nothing but a frying pan. The surprised look on his face at the knocked-out guards on the ground clinches it.
    • To quote Flynn: "Oh! Mama! I have got to get me one of these!
  • The animators get two for this movie. The first in the level of attention and focus paid to Rapunzel's hair, which is notoriously hard to render in CG. The second is when her tear heals Eugene, which is by far the most visually impressive and beautiful resurrection scene in any movie edranis has ever seen.
    • And a third for the Costume Porn. Holy cow, have you seen the detail on Rapunzel's dress alone? The complicated flower pattern on the front section of the skirt is not drawn on. It is embroidered with metallic thread. The whole damn thing. The rest of the costumes include all the actual seams, wrinkles, even weathering that actual, wearable clothes would have. (Contrast the The Incredibles' red spandex suits. Looks cool but how would you actually put it on?) The edging of the rest of Rapunzel's skirt is not just done in thread, it's done unevenly - as though she either handstitched it or was a bit uneasy on the sewing machine. And must we even mention the complex hair-braiding?!
    • Of course her dress would be wildly embroidered, there was not all that much else she could do in that tower room. She also painted every square inch of that room too.
      • The costume porn even extends to the sound the clothes make as they move, Flynn squeaks and jingles constantly due to all the leather and buckles he wearing.
    • Add a fourth moment for them to the list. Watch the scene before the King and Queen release the lanterns again - the pain on the King's face is so very evident, even in CGI. They manage to get incredible emotion across in CGI without any sound whatsoever - just a character model's face.
  • When Flynn's being led down the hall to his execution, his hands cuffed behind his back, and sees the Stabbington brothers in a cell, he pulls off the "jumping over the handcuffs" move to get his hands in front of him. Very impressive.
    • This troper found the fact that after he did that, him proceeding to threaten one of the Stabbington brothers also impressive. Even moreso is that he *successfully* does so; the Stabbington brothers had previously regarded him as a joke and annoyance, so for him to effectively threaten and squeeze information out of the talking one marks a huge Took a Level In Badass.
  • Pretty much any time Rapunzel uses her hair as an action implement, mostly by swinging from it.
  • The first time Rapunzel gets a good look at Flynn when he's unconscious. It's that look on her face that scream "Ooh, so handsome."
  • One for the animators. When you see Rapunzel's mother, she looks very similar to Rapunzel, but not exactly. In other words, just like a real mother/daughter would look. Instead of being a Generation Xerox, they actually look like real people, despite the stylised nature of the artwork.
  • Another for the animators. They've again pushed the technology another step past Madagascar and Horton Hears a Who by incorporating smartly-placed squash-and-stretch into three-dimensional character models, an animation principle previously only reserved for hand-drawings!
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