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Tangled (2010)

Walt Disney's 2010 animated film based on the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel.

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Has the feel of a Disney Classic!

  • Jan 12, 2011
After a stint of about two decades, wherein fans of the old Disney movies nostalgically lamented the gradual decline of Disney, the studio which once brought us such classics as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast appears to have kicked its mojo back into gear with its latest feature, Tangled. The computer-animated film, based on the well-known German fairy tale “Rapunzel,” follows Disney’s tried and true formula -- and lo’ and behold, the recipe still produces magic. Tangled has garnered the praise of reviewers and general movie-watchers alike and currently stands at a rating of 8.1 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database. So what exactly is it about this movie that just works?

To begin with, the animation is superb. I was at first apprehensive – and I think many fans of the old Disney classics can relate – to hear that Disney was attempting a princess-movie with computer animation. Not that Walt Disney Pictures hasn’t produced good movies using CGI – for instance, Bolt was a decent film. But I was sceptical about Disney bringing modern technology to their traditional fairy-tale scheme.

I needn’t have worried; this is one beautiful film. Surprisingly, I even forgot at times that it was computer-animated – the images have all the quality and characteristics of the Disney classics. But in this case, naturally, images speak louder than words.

Of course, one can’t review a movie like this, made by Disney in the format of golden oldies such as The Little Mermaid, without discussing its songs. Tangled’s soundtrack doesn’t have such memorable numbers as “Part of Your World”– but there are some good tunes in it, such as “Mother Knows Best” and “I’ve Got a Dream,” which bring a musical-theatre quality to the film. I wouldn’t say the soundtrack is perfect. I particularly disliked the first song “When Will My Life Begin?” which used as one line in its lyrics, “It’s like 7:15." But the songs are good enough to occasionally send your toes tapping. They add to the film – or at least do not bring it down.

What really pulls this movie through, though, in my opinion, to an IMDB rating of 8.1/10 is the characters. Disney is most memorable for its strong, inspiring heroes and heroines as well as its devious villains. The protagonists of Tangled are easy to fall in love with: Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) is curious and determined to prove herself, while Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) is funny and sensitive though he tries to maintain a tough-guy exterior. The villainess, Mother Gothel (voiced by Donna Murphy), is likewise delightful in the way that antagonists can be; she is selfish, cunning, and 100% evil (and in a relative and subjective world, a purely evil character is so wonderfully refreshing).  

It is, however, with the secondary characters that Tangled really strikes gold. The royal horse, Maximus, is pure hilarity; the chameleon, Pascal, is adorable. Both the characters are slightly befuddling (Why is the horse fighting with a sword? Why is the chameleon named after a famous mathematician?) but all the funnier for it! The King and Queen, though they have such minor roles, are so well depicted that you can’t help but feel their sorrow.

To be brief, this is a movie you don’t want to miss. Disney has finally managed to recapture its lost essence; Tangled follows the classic Disney formula, incorporating colourful characters, comic relief and even moments of sadness all into the fairy-tale design. For the die-hard Disney fan who is reluctant to head to the theatre (especially after The Princess and the Frog), fear not! This movie won’t disappoint.

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January 12, 2011
Glad you liked this one, Swadhi. I had mixed feelings about it but then again, I wasn't much of a Disney fan. Thanks for the review!!
January 12, 2011
Thanks for the comment! I have to admit, though, Tangled didn't have exaaactly the same warmth as older Disney films...but it came close, for me. And yes, I read somewhere that family films aren't your cup of tea (Narnia review, I think?). Family/children's films are defffinitely my cup of tea, so maybe I am biased in this case!
January 12, 2011
Yeah, that was me. I am not huge on family films. This is the beauty of this site, we get to learn from each other's tastes!
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review by . November 25, 2010
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review by . February 05, 2011
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review by . May 01, 2011
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review by . January 07, 2011
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review by . January 22, 2011
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review by . January 04, 2011
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review by . May 19, 2011
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review by . November 25, 2010
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is an upcoming 2010 American 3D animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and starring the voices of Mandy Mooreand Zachary Levi. It will be the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, planned for release on November 24, 2010, the day before Thanksgiving. The story is largely based on the classic German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: November 24, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Dan Fogelman
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
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