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Tangled (2010)

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

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  • Apr 12, 2011
Much like a Disney bluebird, another $10 flutters away from my wallet, serial numbers flapping while Alexander Hilton stares out at me coldly. Tangled is a triple-threat to my attention span, simultaneously making me sleepy, itchy and a little hungry during the middle. The tap-tap-tap sound you can hear is another nail being driven in the coffin containing my terminally ill love for the movie industry.

On the positive side, nobody can accuse Mandy Moore of mumbling. Cranking out the tunes with a reckless abandon that makes me scared to think of her with a credit card in a department store sale, Mandy brings a blandness to Rapunzel's vapid and unlikable self-absorption that's somewhere between Lea Michele in Glee and Lea Michele. Mandy's robo-written heroine <Insert name here> is about as memorable as flu.

But forgive me for getting ahead of myself. Disney once again shows a fear for originality that rivals my fear of flying insects, with executives shoeing out the window anything that we haven't seen before and spraying Raid on anything that dares to look different. The entire first act of Tangled is The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Quasi Modo - imprisoned love-hungry teen with a heart of gold - replaced by a long-haired skinny cheerleader and Frollo - evil kidnapper posing as parent - replaced by a drawing that looks just like the witch from Enchanted, with a little Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove.

Meanwhile the male romantic lead  - a thief with a heart of gold, just like the guy from Aladdin, though he looks just like the soldier from Hunchback - spends the first 30 minutes being chased by twin morons and being hit with a frying pan. The frying pan joke is right up there with slipping on a banana skin. The entire set is a morph between Beauty & The Beast and Hunchback, portraying some none existent French countryside presumably in an effort to boost park sales at Eurodisney. And even the freakin' horse looks just like every Disney drawing of a horse you've ever seen.

Literally, Disney's sponge of ideas has been wrung so dry that their next film should just be called "Out of Copyright - Give me Your Wallet". If the Brothers Grimm could see their "reimagined" boorish Rapunzel, they would be scratching their way out their graves. By the way, if this review sounds negative then clearly I'm not trying hard enough.


Dear Disney,

Although I cannot expect you give me back two hours of my life, a cliche so ripe that I fully expect to see it as dialog in an upcoming release, please send me $10 back, you thieving bastards. If this is the best you can do for a 50th film, please stop now and consider a career in nothing else.



Tangled is such as bad film that it might try to run for President if Donald Trump gets suffocated by his own wig. I'm presuming that the whole thing is a result of a drunken bet by Disney executives to see how much crap the audience will take before a sequel is out of the question. Straight out of the door, it hits every single overdone cliche with a precision that makes you want to cancel Panda breeding programs:
  • Evil woman with mystical flower curses a household (for no reason at all). It's kind of the fairy tale version of a drive-by shooting with petals instead of 9mm rounds.
  • Pretty, narcissistic heroine is waiting to be recognized (as a Princess, girlfriend or both), with the instigating event arriving as male hero at page 10.
  • Subtext of royalty-slash-monarchy offering a better political system than a Republic, interestingly enough.
  • Animal sidekicks who can't talk. At least the tiger in Aladdin could have eaten the irritating little muppet - the poor chameleon here has to listen to Rapunzel's shit none-stop.
  • Broken families and evil step mothers.
The list goes on and on, much like the musical numbers in this mess. Did Alan Menken really write those?


1. I thought about redubbing the soundtrack with added profanity. It's actually much funnier with a few F-bombs thrown around.

2. Randomly pick one of the BBC's 1,500 remakes of Pride & Prejudice while learning to tie a noose with a USB cable.

3. Selecting a partially dangerous myth from Mythbusters and seeing if you can repeat the experiment, get different results, and not burn down the kitchen.

4. Attempt to hum the theme tunes of Superman, Spiderman and Star Wars one after the other. Nobody can do this by the way, and if anyone can it will open a vortex to another dimension, much like if you type "Google" into Google.

5. Write an alternative Disney movie based upon ripping off the bits you remember from Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback and Beauty & The Beast. This will only take about 5 minutes, so consider this an extra if one of the first four finish early.


The truly remarkable part is that this film cost $260 million. Holy hell! More alarmingly, it's grossed twice that. The key thing I learned is that Rapunzel must go through conditioner like crazy, and since every moppet in the land is probably going for "the grow" right now, I need to buy shares in Johnson & Johnson immediately.

I'm honestly contemplating releasing my DVD collection into the wild and reading books instead of subjecting myself to this mindless drivel. It makes me yearn for another remake of The Incredible Hulk to see how much more it can be screwed up.

In a final, final random thought, I'm thinking about heading down to Disneyland with a megaphone to warn people off this film. I should also raise the issue of their major rodent infestation too.

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May 24, 2011
OUCH! I actually just saw this movie a few weeks ago, after skimming through your review the first time around. But since I'm a girl... I loved it. I even held back tears at the end! :P Hilarious review, though. Love it!
April 12, 2011
Yeah, pretty much how I felt about it when I saw it in theaters, but you may have said it LOL! I don't fault it for being such a formula feature, but there was just nothing here and I struggled to accept the slapstick humor and musical numbers. It just doesn't sit well with me. Nice review, James! (how come it is still under "awesomeness"? because it was so awesomely bad? LOL!)
April 12, 2011
Seriously, it's mind control from the diseased brain of a deranged mutant rodent hell-bent on turning the new generation into mindless narcissistic drones. Oh wait, I meant to use that for my Facebook review. I'm not sure why I put this under Awesomeness - I've only had one cup of coffee so far today!
April 12, 2011
you can write "awesome mutant narcissistic split ends". LOL!
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review by . November 25, 2010
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review by . March 18, 2011
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review by . January 12, 2011
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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 …
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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