Rapunzel
Peter Harding

 




               INT. BARE STAGE

                                   FLYNN
                         Once upon a time, there was a baby
                         girl, named Rapunzel. She was
                         magical.

               Lights up on a baby carriage. A magical sound.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Her hair had magical healing
                         powers. It can make you live
                         forever, yadda yadda yadda...
                         Anyways, her mom and dad wanted her
                         magic for themselves.

               MOTHER and FATHER stand on either side of the baby carriage,
               pantomiming an argument.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         One night, while her father was
                         sleeping, her mother took Rapunzel
                         for herself and ran off.

               Lights up on a giant tower.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         To keep people from finding them,
                         she hid Rapunzel away in a giant
                         tower. Discreet, right?

               MOTHER pokes head out of window, holding baby, and looks
               around.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         For her entire life, Rapunzel's
                         mother never let her leave the
                         tower.

               RAPUNZEL steps into window, looks around.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Hold on, there's more. Rapunzel's
                         dad hadn't forgotten about her
                         either. He spent every day and
                         every night searching for her.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         After finally finding out where she
                         was hidden, he called upon the help
                         of one dashing, brave, handsome,
                         heroic, muscular, suave, charming
                         man.

               FLYNN enters during slew of adjectives.

                                   FLYNN
                         See that guy? That's me! Aren't I
                         pretty?

               FLYNN turns to audience and makes gesture. GOOBER enters, and
               trips, and FLYNN makes embarrassed gesture.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Oh, and that's Goober.

               GOOBER regains posture.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         He's a bit clumsy, a bit... Not all
                         there. He's not ugly, but he's
                         nowhere near as good looking as
                         me... Or charming. Heh.

               GOOBER makes offended gestures.

                                   GOOBER
                         Do you really think that?

               FLYNN shrugs.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         Anyways, back to the story. This
                         guy, who never told us his name,
                         hired us to kidnap this Rapunzel
                         chick. Now this, this is where
                         things got interesting...

               Both are tired. GOOBER more so than FLYNN.

                                   FLYNN
                         Alright, so where are we?

               GOOBER pulls out the map.

                                   GOOBER
                         Well, it says there should be a
                         tower right in front of us!

                                   FLYNN
                         I don't see it. Are you sure you're
                         reading it right?

                                   GOOBER
                         I'm positive! NORTH WEST SOUTH
                         EAST.

                                   FLYNN
                         Great, now we're lost in a forest!

               FLYNN grabs the map, and turns it upside down. He then
               flashes a dirty look at GOOBER. FLYNN and GOOBER make their
               way to the tower's base. They then head towards the tower
               onstage.

                                   GOOBER
                         So... What do we do?

                                   FLYNN
                         We have to find a way in.

                                   GOOBER
                         I don't see how.

                                   FLYNN
                         I do.

               LANCE starts climbing. GOOBER wipes away vines to reveal a
               sign that says, "DON'T CLIMB THIS TOWER."

                                   GOOBER
                         Wait, Lance! Hello?

                                   GOOBER (CONT'D)
                         Uh... What should I do?

                                   FLYNN
                         Wait until I tell you it's clear!

               Lights down as FLYNN starts to climb.



               INT. RAPUNZEL'S ROOM

               RAPUNZEL is finishing dusting the various furniture in her
               room. She is humming a tune. RAPUNZEL pulls out a scrap of
               paper.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Did the dishes. Cleaned my room.

               MOTHER enters

                                   RAPUNZEL (CONT'D)
                         Swept the floors. Dusted
                         EVERYTHING... What else could I do?

                                   MOTHER
                             (With a laugh)
                         Maybe a foot massage?

               RAPUNZEL jumps.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         Oh, I'm just kidding dear.

               MOTHER lets out a soft cackle.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         Oh dear, I am so witty!

               MOTHER looks at her self in the mirror.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Hilarious.

               RAPUNZEL steps aside for a moment.

                                   RAPUNZEL (CONT'D)
                             (Aside)
                         I'm gonna tell her. I'm gonna ask.
                         No matter what the answer, I'm
                         going to!

               RAPUNZEL turns to MOTHER, who is still looking at herself in
               the mirror.

                                   RAPUNZEL (CONT'D)
                         Mother?

                                   MOTHER
                         What?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I've been thinking...

                                   MOTHER
                         What is it?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I'm almost 17, and I think I'm old
                         enough to leave the tower.

                                   MOTHER
                         What?!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I've been reading about the city,
                         and it sounds so wonderful! All of
                         the people, all the food!

                                   MOTHER
                         No.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Please! There are so many amazing
                         things I could do! So much to
                         learn, so much to see!

                                   MOTHER
                         I said no, Rapunzel!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I can handle myself out there,
                         Mother! I'm tougher than you think!

                                   MOTHER
                         Look at you, you're clumsy! You'll
                         bruise easier than a peach! You're
                         gullible!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I am not!

                                   MOTHER
                             (Gesturing to the floor)
                         You missed a spot!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (Glancing down)
                         What?

                                   MOTHER
                         See?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         That's not fair, Mother!

                                   MOTHER
                         Life's not fair.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Mother, I-

                                   MOTHER
                         Not another word!

               RAPUNZEL lets out an exasperated sigh.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         I'm going back to bed.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         But Mother!

                                   MOTHER
                         You are never leaving this tower,
                         EVER!

               MOTHER begins to leave, then turns back.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                             (Creepily sweet)
                         I do this because I love you.

               MOTHER exits.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (With a sigh)
                         I just wanted to go see the city at
                         least once... I wish someone could
                         just take me there...

               Thud from backstage. RAPUNZEL squeals and hides.

                                   FLYNN
                         Okay, Goober! Come on up!

               LANCE enters room. He pulls out picture of RAPUNZEL. He
               searches throughout the room. She pops out with a pan.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         ... Hi there.

               RAPUNZEL swings pan.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Whoa, whoa, whoa!

               FIGHT ensues. Ends with RAPUNZEL repeatedly hitting LANCE
               with the pan behind the couch. She drags his unconscious body
               to a chair. She then ties him to the chair with rope. She
               takes a moment to look him over.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         He's kinda cute.

                                   FLYNN
                             (Waking up)
                         You're not so bad yourself.

               RAPUNZEL shrieks and smacks him with the pan again.

                                   LANCE
                         Ow!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Who are you, and what are you doing
                         here?

                                   FLYNN
                         I'm Flynn Rider. I'm an adventurer.
                         I've seen every corner of the
                         world. Tasted every flavor of
                         doritos. Caught all the pokemon.
                         And...

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Wait, you've been everywhere?

                                   FLYNN
                         Pretty much!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Have you ever been to the city?

                                   FLYNN
                         Plenty of times, actually. One time-

               RAPUNZEL cuts him off.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         What's it like? Is there music?
                         What are the people like? Are they
                         friendly? Is it pretty? Are the
                         beds comfy? Are there children? Are
                         there fireworks? I want to see
                         fireworks so bad! What about boats?
                         And horses?

                                   FLYNN
                         Well you know, actually, I'm on my
                         way to the city.

               RAPUNZEL's interest is piqued.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         And there's gonna be quite the
                         fireworks show! In 3 days!

               Thud heard backstage.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         (RAPUNZEL gags FLYNN.) Shh!!! Be
                         quiet!

               GOOBER enters.

                                   GOOBER
                         Hey Lance, are we gonna kidnap this
                         girl or what....

               GOOBER notices Lance tied up.

                                   GOOBER (CONT'D)
                         Uh oh...

               GOOBER exits.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         You're gonna kidnap me?

               FLYNN attempts to speak, but the gag prevents him.

                                   RAPUNZEL (CONT'D)
                         Oh.

               RAPUNZEL takes off tape.

                                   FLYNN
                         Ow! When you put it like that, it
                         sounds bad.

               FLYNN squirms away toward the window.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (Aside)
                         Wait a second... He wants to take
                         me away... away from here! That
                         means I can go outside! And maybe
                         even see the city! And once I get
                         there, I can just run away... He
                         shouldn't be too hard to deal with!
                         I beat him up once, I can do it
                         again!

               RAPUNZEL turns around and sees FLYNN inching his way out.

                                   RAPUNZEL (CONT'D)
                         Hey!

                                   FLYNN
                         Yes?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I propose a deal.

                                   FLYNN
                         I'm listening.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I want to see the city.

                                   FLYNN
                         So?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         So... If you take me there, I won't
                         fight back, and I'll let you take
                         me as your prisoner.

               FLYNN considers for a moment.

                                   FLYNN
                         You've got yourself a deal.

               RAPUNZEL unties him, and they exit. MOTHER enters.

                                   MOTHER
                         Rapunzel, dear!

               MOTHER begins scrambling throughout the room, looking for
               clues.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         Rapunzel's mother returned to find
                         her missing.

               GOOBER, LANCE, and RAPUNZEL run into the house. MOTHER comes
               to the tower window, and sees them running off.

                                   MOTHER
                         RAPUNZEL!

               RAPUNZEL, LANCE, and GOOBER exit completely.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         I'm just doing this because I love
                         you... And sometimes, you have to
                         hurt the ones you love.



               INT. MYSTERY ROOM - NIGHT

               BRUCE and LENNY are standing by a table. BRUCE is staring
               blankly. LENNY is toying with his sword.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         Rapunzel's mother called upon the
                         help of Bruce and Lenny. Many know
                         them as the most dangerous bounty
                         hunters.

               BRUCE begins to wander off, chasing a bug.

                                   LENNY
                         Bruce, get back here!

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         I know them as two of the dumbest
                         people in the world.

               MOTHER enters.

                                   MOTHER
                         Bruce, Lenny?

                                   BRUCE
                         Yes, sir!

               LENNY smacks BRUCE.

                                   LENNY
                         Yes, ma'am?

                                   MOTHER
                         My daughter has been kidnapped.
                         I'll pay handsomely for her return.

                                   LENNY
                         What's the kidnapper look like?

                                   MOTHER
                         Brown hair. Tall. Athletic.

                                   LENNY
                         Wait a sec, was he wearing a blue
                         vest? Brown pants?

                                   BRUCE
                         Shoes? Was he wearing shoes?

                                   LENNY
                         Was there a guy with him? Scrawny
                         little fellow?

                                   MOTHER
                         Yes, yes! Exactly!

                                   LENNY
                         We know him. His name is Flynn...
                         Flynn Rider.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         They didn't like me one bit.

                                   BRUCE & LENNY
                         We don't like him one bit.

                                   MOTHER
                         Then you're gonna LOVE this job.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         Mother sent Bruce and Lenny to
                         "take care of" me and bring
                         Rapunzel back to the tower.



               INT. FOREST INTO BAR

               RAPUNZEL, GOOBER, and FLYNN enter.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Are we there yet?

                                   FLYNN
                         No.

               (Pause)

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I'm bored! Oh! Let's play a game.
                         I spy with my little eye.... (Looks
                         at Goober) Something goofy looking!

                                   GOOBER
                         .....Hey!

                                   LANCE
                         You do realize you're a prisoner
                         right?

               RAPUNZEL ignores Lance and looks at "Puppy Palace" sign.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Oh! Puppy Palace! I've never seen a
                         puppy before! Can we go? Please?!

                                   FLYNN
                         Trust me, there's no puppies in
                         there...only...

               FLYNN and GOOBER look at each other mischievously.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Cute, little, fluffy faces ready
                         for your love!

                                   GOOBER
                         You better hurry before they all
                         grow up!

               RAPUNZEL runs into Puppy Palace. LENNY is at the bar, talking
               to the bartender (HELGA), and BRUCE is at a table with
               another random goon.

                                   FLYNN
                         This should be fun to watch.

               LANCE and GOOBER enter bar.

                                   BRUCE
                         I don't like the way you look!

               BRUCE smacks random GOON unconscious. RAPUNZEL runs up to
               BRUCE.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         You're no where near as cute as a
                         puppy!

                                   BRUCE
                         WELL THANKS A LOT!

               BRUCE walks away crying.

                                   LENNY
                         Excuse me, we're looking for this
                         guy.

               LENNY hands HELGA a poster of FLYNN.

                                   HELGA
                         I've never seen him before.

                                   LENNY
                         Can you hang this up for us, then?

                                   HELGA
                         I don't see a problem with that.

               HELGA takes poster and puts it on the wall behind the bar.

                                   LENNY
                         Uh... Thanks.

               LENNY walks back to the table with BRUCE. He looks at the
               unconscious goon.

                                   LENNY (CONT'D)
                         Really?!

                                   BRUCE
                         Sorry...

               FLYNN stands in the corner. GOOBER walks to the bar. He
               notices the sign.

                                   GOOBER
                         Flynn! We got a problem!

               LANCE makes his way to the sign, looks at it, then smirks to
               GOOBER.

                                   LANCE
                         Don't worry about it.

               GOOBER walks away and bumps into HELGA.

                                   GOOBER
                         Oh sorry.

               Love music, and spotlight on GOOBER.

                                   HELGA
                         I'm glad I bumped into you.

                                   GOOBER
                         Uh... Okay then.

               As GOOBER continues walking, HELGA watches, amorously.

                                   HELGA
                             (To self)
                         I'm very glad.

               BRUCE makes his way to the bar, and slams his fist on the
               counter.

                                   BRUCE
                         I want a refill!

                                   HELGA
                         Helga busy!

               BRUCE sees FLYNN, but doesn't realize he's FLYNN.

                                   BRUCE
                         Hey...

                                   FLYNN
                             (Nervously)
                         Oh... Hi!

                                   BRUCE
                         Don't I know you?

                                   FLYNN
                         I... I don't think so!

               BRUCE looks at the poster, then back at FLYNN.

                                   BRUCE
                         You know something? You look just
                         like the guy on that poster!

                                   FLYNN
                         I get that a lot.

               BRUCE rushes over to LENNY.

                                   LENNY
                         Where are the drinks?

                                   BRUCE
                         That guy over there, he looks just
                         like Flynn Rider!

                                   LENNY
                         What? Who?

               BRUCE points at FLYNN, LENNY glances over.

                                   LENNY (CONT'D)
                         You doofus! That is Flynn Rider!

                                   BRUCE
                         Oh!

               FLYNN scurries quickly on by. BRUCE grabs his collar and
               brings him back. FLYNN is now in between LENNY and BRUCE

                                   LENNY
                         Long time no see... Flynn.

                                   FLYNN
                         Hey there fellas... Been a while...
                         hasn't it?

               FLYNN tries to scurry away. Fight happens. GOOBER gets into
               it, HELGA attacks in rage at goons.

                                   HELGA
                         I'll take care of these pests! Run
                         my love!

               FLYNN and GOOBER look at each other slightly confused. Then.

                                   FLYNN & GOOBER
                         OK!

               FLYNN and GOOBER grab RAPUNZEL. Run out into forest. HELGA
               man handles goons. Goons hide under table

                                   BRUCE
                             (sobbing helplessly)
                         Lenny...

                                   LENNY
                         Yeah, Bruce...

                                   BRUCE
                         I'm scared...

                                   LENNY
                         Me too... Lets get out of here!

               HELGA roars in anger.

                                   LENNY (CONT'D)
                         Like right now!



               EXT. FOREST

               FLYNN, GOOBER, and RAPUNZEL all enter the forest gasping for
               air.

                                   FLYNN
                         Okay, there's no way they could've
                         followed us this far!

               GOOBER falls down, extremely tired. Then.

                                   GOOBER
                         Okay, I think this is a GREAT place
                         for camp.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Why were those men chasing us?

                                   FLYNN
                         We haven't had the BEST past...

               HELGA enters, bringing firewood.

                                   HELGA
                         Helga bring firewood.

               GOOBER, FLYNN, and RAPUNZEL stare at HELGA confused.

                                   GOOBER
                         Well, I'm gonna go look for
                         something to eat.

                                   HELGA
                         I'll come with you! I'm an
                         excellent hunter!

               HELGA and GOOBER exit. FLYNN and RAPUNZEL are sitting on a
               log. Awkward pause.

                                   FLYNN
                         Okay... I'd like to know something.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         What is it?

                                   FLYNN
                         If you've always wanted to go to
                         the city, why haven't you just gone
                         before?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Well... I've never been allowed to
                         leave my tower... Because I have
                         magical hair and my mom's worried
                         people will find out and try to
                         take me away.

                                   FLYNN
                         Wow.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Heh... Yeah...

                                   FLYNN
                         So... Your hair is magical?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (Kind of embarrassed)
                         Yeah...

                                   FLYNN
                         That's awesome!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Really? You don't think it's weird?

                                   FLYNN
                         It's the weirdest thing I've ever
                         heard! But... That's awesome!

               Pause.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (Jokingly)
                         So... are you really an adventurer?
                         Or was that a lie too?

                                   FLYNN
                             (chuckles)
                         Actually, yes. I am.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Okay, well, where have you
                         traveled?

                                   FLYNN
                         Plenty of places... But my favorite
                         is the city. Amazing food, the
                         best parties, dancing until the
                         sunrise!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         They dance there?

                                   FLYNN
                         Well, sure! Everyone dances!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Oh... I've never danced before...

                                   FLYNN
                         Really?

               RAPUNZEL nods.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Not even once?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         I've never been able to leave the
                         tower until now.

               FLYNN stands up and puts his hand out.

                                   FLYNN
                         Better late than never.

               Music begins.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         But... I don't even know how.

               FLYNN brings her up.

                                   FLYNN
                         Just follow my lead.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         Yes, I taught Rapunzel how to
                         dance. Her dancing skills? All me.

               Music continues, GOOBER and HELGA enter. They notice RAPUNZEL
               and FLYNN dancing and begin to twirl violently.

                                   HELGA
                         I love dancing!

               HELGA grabs GOOBER. They dance violently. FLYNN and RAPUNZEL
               get ready to kiss.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                             (Chuckles)
                         Yes, the moment was ALMOST perfect,
                         but then...

               HELGA and GOOBER cut between FLYNN and RAPUNZEL.

                                   HELGA
                         I see dinner!

               HELGA charges offstage. GOOBER yawns awkwardly.

                                   GOOBER
                         Well! As fun as this awkward
                         tension is, I'm gonna hit the hay!

               GOOBER finds place on stage and falls asleep.

                                   FLYNN
                             (Coughs)
                         Ahem... Well! Ha ha... so...

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         So...(pause) Good night...

                                   FLYNN
                         Yeah! Heh. See ya in the morning!

               Both go to sleep. BRUCE and LENNY enter. LENNY starts to
               sneak towards them. BRUCE stops him.

                                   BRUCE
                         Wait!

                                   LENNY
                         What?!

               BRUCE looks around scared-like.

                                   BRUCE
                         Is that scary man-woman around?

               BRUCE and LENNY look around. They see nothing.

                                   LENNY
                         The coast is clear. Let's shut the
                         goofy lookin' one up first.

               They approach GOOBER. Before they even touch him HELGA enters
               with rubber chicken.

                                   HELGA
                         I caught a chicken!

               HELGA sees the goons about to attack GOOBER.

                                   HELGA (CONT'D)
                         What are you doing to my Goober?

               GOOBER wakes up.

                                   LENNY
                             (Nervously)
                         Uhh... Just wishing him a happy
                         birthday!

                                   HELGA
                         It's your birthday? Helga give you
                         a big birthday hug!

               HELGA bear hugs GOOBER. Goons try to slip away unnoticed

                                   GOOBER
                         Well thanks guys! I don't know what
                         to say! Wait... It's not my
                         birthday!

               BRUCE and LENNY instantly freeze. HELGA puts GOOBER down and
               gets extremely angry.

                                   HELGA
                         You lied to me?! No one lies to
                         Helga!

               HELGA attacks BRUCE and LENNY. FLYNN and RAPUNZEL wake up.
               They are scared and confused.

                                   HELGA (CONT'D)
                         You guys go on ahead! I take care
                         of these sissy girls! I will find
                         you again my Goober!

                                   GOOBER
                         Helga!

               FLYNN grabs GOOBER.

                                   FLYNN
                         Trust me! She can take care of
                         herself, lets go!

               FLYNN, RAPUNZEL, and GOOBER exit. Fight between HELGA, BRUCE
               and LENNY. BRUCE and LENNY hide. HELGA loses them

                                   HELGA
                         Where did you two pansy flowers go!
                         I always find my prey!

               HELGA roars and runs offstage. Goons come out of hiding.

                                   BRUCE
                         Lenny...

                                   LENNY
                         Yes?...

                                   BRUCE
                         I don't like her...

                                   LENNY
                         I don't like her either Bruce...

               BRUCE and LENNY cry on each others shoulders. MOTHER enters.
               She's furious.

                                   MOTHER
                         Bruce! Lenny!

               BRUCE and LENNY instantly man up.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         What are you two doing?

                                   LENNY
                         Not crying, that's for sure!

                                   BRUCE
                         I thought this was called crying?

               LENNY hits BRUCE.

                                   MOTHER
                         UGH! Well you were suppose to bring
                         me Rapunzel! Remember? Or are your
                         two little pea brains having
                         trouble understanding me?

                                   BRUCE & LENNY
                         Uhh... Well...

                                   MOTHER
                         Why did I think I could entrust
                         even the simplest task to you two?
                         I bet you two can't even spell your
                         own names if you want something
                         done right, you do it yourself. You
                         two come with me.

               BRUCE and LENNY reluctantly follow her. They exit.



               INT. CITY

               RAPUNZEL and FLYNN enter through the aisles. Music and
               festivities occur on stage.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Oh my gosh! Lance! It's... It's...

                                   FLYNN
                         Isn't it great? Wait until you-

               RAPUNZEL grabs FLYNN in excitement and leads him onstage.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             It's amazing! Come on!

               RAPUNZEL, FLYNN, and GOOBER are now onstage. RAPUNZEL looks
               around in wonder. She walks around, amazed with her
               surroundings, grabs an apple in the meantime. RAPUNZEL
               begins to get choked up.

                                   FLYNN
                         Is... everything alright?

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Yeah... Yeah... I mean... I've been
                         dreaming of this moment forever...
                         And now it's here, and I can hardly
                         believe it! And I never would have
                         been able to do this without you...

               RAPUNZEL stands up and hugs FLYNN.

                                   RAPUNZEL (CONT'D)
                         Thank you, thank you so much!

                                   TOWNSFOLK
                             (Shouts) The fireworks are
                              about to begin!

               All exit, except RAPUNZEL and FLYNN. FLYNN unrolls blanket
               underneath fireworks.

                                   FLYNN
                         I saved you a seat.

               RAPUNZEL giggles and sits down. Fireworks begin. RAPUNZEL
               stares in awe.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         You're beautiful.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         What?

                                   FLYNN
                         It's beautiful... The fireworks, I
                         mean.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         It's so beautiful!

               An awkward silence is shared, then they return their gaze to
               the skies. A beat.

                                   FLYNN
                         You know, I've seen just about
                         everything there is to see...

               RAPUNZEL scoots closer to FLYNN.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         And... I've never met anyone like
                         you.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (Flattered)
                         Really?

               RAPUNZEL grabs FLYNN's hand. They close their eyes and lean
               in for a kiss, but at the last minute, FLYNN looks behind
               him, then pulls back.

                                   FLYNN
                         I'll be right back, I need to take
                         care of something.

               FLYNN hurries offstage. GOOBER enters from the opposite side
               of where FLYNN exited. He sees RAPUNZEL.

                                   GOOBER
                         Hey, Rapunzel!

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Hey Goober!

                                   GOOBER
                         I need some advice.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Okay?

               GOOBER sits next to RAPUNZEL, then looks around.

                                   GOOBER
                         So, there's this girl, and I like
                         her... And I think... I think she
                         might like me...

               RAPUNZEL spazzes out like a preteen girl.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         What's her name? Is she pretty?

                                   GOOBER
                         She's the most beautiful thing I've
                         ever seen in my entire life.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                             (Eagerly)
                         What's her name?

                                   GOOBER
                         It's Helga.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Goober, that's so sweet!

                                   GOOBER
                         Shh! Keep your voice down! Someone
                         might hear!

               RAPUNZEL nods. They start whispering, inaudible to the
               audience. BRUCE and LENNY enter.

                                   LENNY
                         There they are!

               LENNY pulls two big bags out. He hands one to BRUCE.

                                   LENNY (CONT'D)
                         You get Lance.

                                   BRUCE
                         I get pants?

                                   LENNY
                         No, you doof! You get him!

                                   BRUCE
                         I get him pants?

                                   LENNY
                         No! You put this bag over him, and
                         drag him away. I put this bag over
                         her, then we take them to the crazy
                         lady.

                                   BRUCE
                         Ohhh, Got it.

               BRUCE and LENNY sneak up behind them. In a swift motion, they
               capture GOOBER and RAPUNZEL, GOOBER loses his shoe, and goons
               drag them offstage. HELGA runs on.

                                   HELGA
                         Goober! Where are you?

               FLYNN runs on.

                                   FLYNN
                         Helga! Have you seen Goober? I need
                         to tell him the deal is off. We're
                         not taking Rapunzel in anymore.

                                   HELGA
                         I haven't seen my love. I sense
                         that something is wrong.

                                   FLYNN
                         Listen, all I know is that I left
                         Rapunzel right here...

                                   HELGA
                         Look, over there!

               HELGA picks up GOOBER'S shoe

                                   HELGA (CONT'D)
                         Helga found Goober's shoe!

               HELGA begins to smell GOOBER'S shoe.

                                   FLYNN
                         Oh... Oh, what are you doing?
                         That's his shoe! Yuck! You keep
                         that away from me.

                                   HELGA
                         I've found his scent!

                                   FLYNN
                         You've done what now!

                                   HELGA
                         Quick! Follow me!

                                   FLYNN
                         Helga, I really hope that you're
                         not delusional.



               INT. TOWER-NIGHT

               BRUCE and LENNY take RAPUNZEL and GOOBER across house.

                                   BRUCE
                         So why are we doing all this
                         kidnapping and stuff?

                                   LENNY
                         Because we like money, and if we do
                         this, we'll be rich!

                                   BRUCE
                         And then girls will finally talk to
                         me?

                                   LENNY
                         Maybe, Bruce. Maybe.

                                   BRUCE
                         Oh boy, I hope she's pretty!

               HELGA and FLYNN enter through isle, HELGA sniffing like a
               pig.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         So I followed the scary, Viking
                         woman, and surprisingly enough, she
                         found Goober, and Rapunzel. They
                         were being held in the tower by the
                         evil mother, and this is where
                         things took an unexpected twist.

               GOOBER and RAPUNZEL are tied back to back, BRUCE and LENNY
               cower from MOTHER.

                                   MOTHER
                         You imbeciles! You brought me his
                         sidekick?! What use is he? I mean,
                         look at him! Ugh! I am surrounded
                         by a bunch of morons!



               EXT. TOWER BASE

               HELGA and FLYNN enter next to tower base.

                                   HELGA
                         He's in there... Helga know.

                                   FLYNN
                         Okay... Well lets start climbing.

                                   HELGA
                         Helga doesn't climb... Helga find
                         her own way in.

               HELGA exits.

                                   FLYNN
                         Your powers of deception are
                         frightening, Helga... Whatever.

               FLYNN tries to climb but realizes the ivy makes it
               impossible.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your
                         hair!

               Lights shine on room.



               INT. TOWER ROOM-NIGHT

                                   MOTHER
                         Do you hear that Rapunzel? We
                         wouldn't want to keep him waiting,
                         now would we?

               MOTHER drags RAPUNZEL up the stairs and to the window.



               EXT. TOWER-BASE

                                   FLYNN
                         Rapunzel!

               RAPUNZEL'S hair falls out of the window. FLYNN begins to
               climb.

                                   FLYNN (CONT'D)
                         I'm coming, Rapunzel!

               FLYNN reaches the top of the window and looks out. MOTHER
               grabs his shoulder.

                                   MOTHER
                         Hello, Flynn.

               He runs down the staircase and sees BRUCE and LENNY.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         What are you doing standing around,
                         get him!

               BRUCE and LENNY charge at FLYNN. FLYNN defeats them and
               stands one on one with MOTHER. They begin to fight. BRUCE and
               LENNY get up and capture FLYNN. MOTHER stands, pointing her
               sword at FLYNN.

                                   MOTHER (CONT'D)
                         You've made your last mistake,
                         Flynn.

               "Ride of the Vikings" plays. HELGA bursts through the wall.

                                   HELGA
                         I always find a way!

               MOTHER, BRUCE, and LENNY are baffled. HELGA manhandles all.
               HELGA throws them down the trap door. FLYNN runs to RAPUNZEL.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Lance! I thought I'd never see you
                         again!

               RAPUNZEL and FLYNN hug each other. HELGA bursts through
               them.

                                   HELGA
                         My Goober!

               HELGA takes GOOBER in her arms and kisses him passionately.

                                   GOOBER
                         I'm the happiest man in the
                         world!!!

               HELGA carries GOOBER offstage. RAPUNZEL and FLYNN laugh.

                                   RAPUNZEL
                         Wow... Goober really lucked out,
                         didn't he?

                                   FLYNN
                         He's not the only one that lucked
                         out.

               FLYNN kisses RAPUNZEL.

                                   FLYNN (V.O.)
                         And they lived happily ever after.
      
      

 

 

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