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Tangled
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04.13.2011 By: Jaci Selby
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Director:
Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Actors:
Mandy Moore
Zachary Levi
Donna Murphy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A twist on the Brothers Grimm fairytale of Rapunzel. A young girl with magical long hair is trapped in a tower for eighteen years before finally taking matters into her own hands. She enlists the help of the less-than-trustworthy Flynn Rider to guide her through the world outside her tower.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Chances are, you are familiar with the story of Rapunzel. (If not, then maybe Babbity Rabbity and The Cackling Stump?) This film is a new take on the tale, with Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) as a imprisoned free-spirit who spends her days painting and cooking and daydreaming. Her evil "mother" (Donna Murphy) has manipulated her into never leaving her home in her tower despite having magical hair that would allow her to do so. Rapunzel's deepest wish is to finally see up-close the floating lanterns that appear every year on the same day. When the trouble-making Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) shows up in her tower, Rapunzel finally sees her chance to go out into the world outside her tower and see the lanterns in person.

This movie is gorgeous, it's like a Mucha painting come to life. Brilliant colors, dancing light and seamless animation. I would've liked to have seen it in traditional animation like THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, but I could tell the animators and artists were determined to close the gap between the soft and flowing style of traditional animation and the crisper, more deliberate style of computer animation. There are a handful of scenes where the animation seems too dimensional and awkward, but most of the film is stunning.

The story is familiar, but fresh enough to hold your interest. There are typical Disney shenanigans (bad guys with hearts of gold, silly animal sidekicks), but there is also a refreshing omission of trite and cliched plot twists. Mercifully, no "you gotta believe me" nonsense. The backstory is actually depressing as hell, which is nothing new to Disney films. However, here the heartstrings are pulled for much longer than the usual Disney tearjerker scene. (Remember poor Simba? "Wake up Dad"? Screw you, Disney) But of course, if wouldn't be a Disney movie without a happy ending right?

If I had to make a complaint it would be the music. The voice talent is great, its just the songs are so lacking. Clearly, the golden age of Disney songs is over. Each song falls flat or relies too heavily on its predecessors. ("I See The Light" is basically "A Whole New World" 2.0)

THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Mainly sketchy, pre-production scenes cut for time and story flow. To me at least, storyboard art is fascinating,even if it is a little rough.

Original Storybook Intros: The film originally had a storybook opening sequence (think SWORD AND THE STONE) that was replaced with an animation sequence. Although the opening they ultimately went with gets the same story across, the original illuminated illustrated storybook opening would've been very classic and appealing also.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
All in all, it's an enjoyable movie and beautiful to look it. There's a very delicate balance when it comes to family movies. On one hand, you don't want to patronize children or make it unwatchable for the adults footing the bill. On the other hand, you don't want it confusing for the little ones or all of it going over their heads. (I don't think I got 99% of the jokes from ALADDIN until I was in high school) TANGLED finds that balance and despite its flaws, is definitely worth seeing.
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2:52PM on 04/13/2011
I was so suprised how much I loved this. Definately one of my favorites from 2010
I was so suprised how much I loved this. Definately one of my favorites from 2010
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