There is something, however, that I think has been underrated and ignored.
That, my friends, is the relationship between Rapunzel's real parents, the King and Queen.
Disney always has that annoying tendency to make the parents look like morons who don't understand their kids and "hold them back"
With Rapunzel's parents, you see something different. You see so much love between those two, and they don't ever say one word. The very first scene, you watch a concerned husband sit with his very sick wife, holding her hand. Then, when the cure is found (A.K.A the magic golden flower) he himself gives it to her. You watch as they hold their little baby girl together, and when she is stolen away, you see them comforting each other.
My all time favorite scene between them is right before they're about to release the lanterns into the sky. You see the Queen helping her husband prepare, and then watch as she wipes way the tears he cries for his lost daughter. You can just tell that they are still completely in love with one another.
What I'm trying to say is that Disney did something right and refreshing in this movie. They showed what a good marriage is supposed to be. Loving and supporting and comforting each other, and simply being there no matter what. I mean, you don't know how the two of them got together or anything, and you still think that those two are just awesome. Neither of them are made out to look like idiots. They are just a married couple who have been together a very long time, and are still in love. That's what gets me. They're still in love, and in this secular culture, its rare to see that.
Right so how does this relate to writing?
Give people a sort of backstage love story.
Create that awesome couple who everyone admires. They all know the story isn't mainly about them, but they still love to hear about them.
Hermione and Ron (Harry Potter)
Faramir and Eowyn (Lord of the Rings)
Meg and John (Little Women)
Sybill and Branson (Downton Abbey)
Try and make them out to be that tough dynamic duo, but give them some "trials and tribulations". Write it to where they have to actually prove how strong they are. Make them that great backstage love story.
That's all for now! Thank you for reading!