{Movie Review} Disney's Tangled

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This review was first posted on Nov. 11, 2010 
during an advance movie screening for Tangled.
The theatrical version is referenced in the review, 
which has been altered to remove mentions of 
theaters now that the movie is on DVD. 

It always amazes me that people still haven't seen Tangled, one of this generation's best Disney movies! If this is you, what are you waiting for?? It's time to check it out, especially if you're a fan of Rapunzel! And if you have seen it, I hope you re-watch it soon!
...I plan to!!!

Disney movies are always magical. I look forward to them every year. The fact that Disney is going back to both its fairytale roots and the musical is thrilling. While I'm sad that the movie is no longer called Rapunzel, Tangled was still worth its weight in gold(en hair).

First off, Alan Menken. You can't go wrong with this man. True, the songs weren't as memorable as some of his earlier Disney compositions (though that could be nostalgia talking), but they're still things worth humming after seeing the movie multiple times. I also love the fact that Broadway Vet Donna Murphy voiced the mother; I love this woman. I was also a big Mandy Moore fan back in her heyday, and she gave Rapunzel a lively, spunky spirit. One of the best characters was Maximus the horse. He doesn't speak a single word, but his actions really make the movie. Every scene he's in is hysterical. I think he wishes that he was born a dog due to some of his behavior patterns.

The movie looked fantastic. I actually got to see it (for the first time) in 3-D. It was my second time watching a movie in this fashion, so I can't speak from experience, but it looked great. One thing that makes me wary of 3-D is that a lot of action movies might be too blurry and make me sick. The 3-D used in Tangled was unobtrusive and made to make it seem as though the characters had substance. There were layers on top of one another so that it seemed as though some images were further back than others. I was impressed. I also love the way the Disney animators gave a nod to old-school animation by using backgrounds that looked like paintings, though I do wish the characters themselves were drawn in the traditional 2-D animation. The scene on the water, for example, looked stunning. I was thrilled they did that with last year's The Princess and the Frog. At the same time, by using computers to render everything, the animators were able to turn their attention to finite details. Rapunzel's hair, for example, looked AMAZING. It was super-silky; I wanted to run my fingers through it. It was incredibly realistic. Whenever I watch the movie on blu-ray now, I mourn the fact that I don't have a 3-D TV just to watch the lantern scene in 3-D again and again and again. It's an element that really throws you into the movie, and it doesn't exist on the 2-D version.

Story-wise, I was impressed with the way the writers came up with reasons and motivations behind everything that occurred in the traditional fairytale. There's a reason why Rapunzel has such long hair and why the movie's villain locks her in a tower. I also enjoyed the fact that the writers took one small aspect from the traditional story (which is obviously too adult in nature for a children's film) and incorporated it into the ending. It was really well-done. That isn't to say the movie was perfect. There were times when it seemed like Disney was trying too hard to go back to its roots and replicate some of its best works. There's one scene at the beginning when Flynn is on the palace rooftop that reminds me of Aladdin. There's one part where Donna Murphy's character calls someone a "lug," which reminded me strongly of a line from Hercules. One of her songs also brought images of Ursula to mind. In fact, there were a few times when The Little Mermaid sprung to mind throughout the movie, especially during the "romantic" scene. That being said, for the most part, the story remained true to itself and told a beautiful version of a classic fairytale.

If you're on the fence about whether or not to watch this, I encourage you to do so. The trailer does this movie no justice. Plus, it's a princess movie. AND a musical. Tangled and this year's Frozen have both really help revitalize Disney's return to the world of fairy tales, and I can't see which ones they choose to adapt next!


  1. Love the movie and own it on blu ray already .. Heard they were in frozen movie hint hint :)

  2. I was really surprised by how much I liked Tangled, but it was fantastic! I have heard that Frozen is excellent too; just waiting for it to come out on DVD

  3. I. Love. Tangled. It is so cute and I love watching it. It is a favorite of my two girls! And out of the newer Disney movies I think it is tied with Frozen for being my favorite.

  4. I haven't seen this yet but I love fairy tales so I should check it out!

  5. I don't even know how many times I have seen Disney's Tangled, but at this point I'm probably well over 50. I have fall in love with Rapunzel and Flynn. I will be doing a project disney post for Tangled in March. I can't even express how much I love this movie. I originally saw it in 3D also.

  6. I love Tangled soooo much!! I think Disney went a great direction with this movie. The music was good too. I did a review on comparing this movie to the original story (http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2013/09/project-disney-tangled.html) and really thought it was fun to do. Neat how different yet similar they are!!

    1. I'm going to go check your comparison out right now. Thanks for telling me about it!


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