By: Emily Kellas
Rating: 9 out of 10
This week Disney’s newest foray into the land of make believe comes out on DVD and BLU-RAY. Tangled is an adorable film based on the old fashion story of Rapunzel, with a modern punch. With its release Tangled ushers in a whole new era for the Disney studio with its switch to a combination of traditional animation and CGI graphics. After a bit of a dry spell with their traditional films (those lacking the extremely popular Pixar), Disney may has gotten back on track with this endearing and hilarious re-telling.
Gifted with magical hair at birth, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is kidnapped as an infant by a begrudgingly aging spinster who uses the baby’s magical hair to keep her young. As Rapunzel grows into a beautiful young woman she spends her days locked up in a tower, yearning for the day she can see a beautiful and mysterious light show in person that happens to appears every year on her birthday. When a handsome thief, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), finds protection in her tower Rapunzel seizes the opportunity to start the biggest adventure of her life.
Walking into the film I was nervous that perhaps I would suffer the same disappointment that crossed me with The Princess and the Frog, but was pleasantly surprised. Tangled was not only striking to look at but was jam packed with wonderful characters, and incredibly comical moments. There is enough humor in the film to keep the attention on the youngest audience member, as well as the oldest. As for me, I saw this film at an early morning matinee with two friends, amidst a sea of children under the age of 6. And as the film unraveled not only were the kids visibly having a good time, but so were the three twenty year olds sitting front row and center.
There is truly something in Tangled for everyone. Rapunzel becomes a true independent woman as she learns who she is, and that she is capable of doing anything she puts her mind too. For the boys, and honestly for those very same twenty year old girls, Flynn Rider, the leading man, is a multi faceted character that doesn’t just rely on good looks and brut strength for once in Disney’s existence.
My only gripe about the film is the music. The songs are usually what I most look forward to in any Disney film. With Tangled I was a bit disappointed with the usually wonderful Alan Menken tunes as none seemed to really garner attention, or even appear catchy. The film did earn an Academy Award nomination for “I See the Light.” With that said, the song may have wooed over the Academy, but judging by the increased restlessness among the kids in the audience during that moment, I’d say it will be forgotten in the list of Disney music greats.
Though the film does loosely follow the tried and true fairytale formula found in so many of Disney’s films, there is something inherently different in this film, and it’s not just the animation. Tangled is a fun family adventure that may have finally put traditional Disney animated films back in the public consciousness.