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Tangled (2010)

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

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A fun, light, funny, and comic animated adventure.

  • May 1, 2011
Rating:
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*** out of ****

Disney has always had a reputation, which is the same for me or anyone else really, that has me wondering what they'll cook up next. They always have something on the stove; something good, and sometimes even great. Now, you can't have a good animated film just by having good animation; you need something more. "Tangled" is an animated feature that adds a clever little ingredient, giving it a nice taste, thus bringing it from the potential "animated, goofy mediocrity-fest" to the "wholesome, funny, and undeniably charming victory".

This is no animated classic, but I will admit that I enjoyed myself throughout. One does not approach a film such as this expecting a full-on masterpiece of poetic story-telling and direction; we have Pixar for that. But for some damn good entertainment that will have all audiences laughing and engaged, we have films such as this one here. "Tangled" is indeed consistent in its entertainment, funny in its humoristic elements, and speedy, if not imperfect, in its story-telling. I have no problem with that.

The story is a spin on the fabulous and widely-known "Rapunzel" fable. There have been many films that spoof, honor, or pay homage to such a tale, although this is one of the more successful reimagining's. Sometimes, the spin is funny; sometimes its actually kind of smart. In short, it works; for all its worth. As you can expect, there is a princess (Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore), a prince (Eugene, voiced by Zachary Levi) and a villainess (Mother Gothel, voiced by Donna Murphey).

The "prince" and the "princess" essentially go on one big heck of a journey, which helps the princess to get out more, and the "prince", who you should know is a currently "wanted" man for theft, attempting to avoid getting caught by the "old day" fuzz. Oh, and there's also a chameleon and a horse. This automatically makes this movie better than the standard family animation fare.

The voice casting works, and to my surprise, so does the musical numbers. Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that most animated flicks, especially those coming out of Disney's doors, are almost REQUIRED to have "song-and-dance" sequences? I noticed such a thing, and many times I've had problems with these "sequences". Here, we have a film which is so well-made that it even remembers to have these particular scenes/sequences enjoyable, instead of ear-splittingly melodramatic and childish. There's something mature within this film, something that is mature enough to charm a handful of adults. This film is indeed marketed towards children, but parents shouldn't mind the experience. They may even like the film themselves, because it has undeniable charm and a hell of a heart.

Listen, people: there's a crowd that this film was made for, and it's a crowd that can appreciate animated films as well as see through their cartoon-qualities. However, "Tangled" is the very definition of cartoon; featuring sequences so delightfully comical that you can't help but recall the "good old days" of animated filmmaking. You know: the days when animated films weren't riddled with poop/fart jokes and clichés that are stuffed down our throats like a jail-cell meal? Yes, those were the days. And there are many reasons why I'm recommending "Tangled". It looks great, feels nice enough to enjoy, and frankly, it's just really entertaining. The only problem that I (as well as many people) had was the plot clichés. Damn them to hell; who needs them? They're present here, although the film sometimes appears to be mocking them. None the less, "Tangled" doesn't trip on its hair and fall face-first into animated-filmmaking mediocrity hell, and it's actually worth a watch. It has charm, good looks, and the humor is, well, humorous. If you can appreciate any of that, then "Tangled" is for you.

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May 19, 2011
nice review and I really liked your closing paragraph....
 
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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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