Animation Movies, by Ajay Singh, 03 March 2011

Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Stars: Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, Ron Perlman, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi

Country: USA

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Language: English

Official Site: Tangled Official Site

Tangled

Tangled

A new take on the old Grimm fairy tale of Rapunzel, the princess who was trapped in a tower and grew unfeasibly long hair. She must have taken forever in the shower. The story is familiar, Rapunzel, who’s hair has the power to heal and bring youth, is kidnapped and locked up in a tower by Mother Gothel who intends to stay young for even longer than Madonna. Rapunzel, now a teenager is desperate to see the world and takes her chance when one night a thief enters the tower. She persuades him to help her escape and the pair set off on a magical journey.

It looks great, Disney really showing once again that they know animation and have seamlessly now made the transition from 2D to CG animation. And the 3D element is well thought out and used to spectacular effect but doesn’t overwhelm the strangely retro animation quality that the characters have. It’s a Disney movie through and through. Mandy Moore as Rapunzel brings a fresh innocence that never stumbles into naivety, a great performance for the role and Zachary Levi, given potentially a much more interesting part as the thief Flynn Ryder, flings himself into the role with evident delight. It just shows how good Mandy Moore is that her performance is not swamped. Stealing the show is the comedy duo of a Horse called Maximus and Pascal….a chameleon. If that sounds bizarre then Tangled is full of quirky little moments and pairings like this that lift it above the average Disney fairy tale. Indeed, it seems like they are slowly redefining their style ass this movie has a harder edge than their recent offerings.

It’s got enough fast moving action and belly laughs to keep the kids glued to the screen all the way through and there are some unexpected and surprisingly tender moments as well. Some of the other supporting characters do suffer from too little screen time but they can always come back for the sequel. I’ve never been much of a fan of musical numbers but the songs here are all effective in context and one of them is a standout. There’s a breathtaking visual sequence at the end when Flynn and Rapunzel are surrounded by lanterns which really works in 3D. It’s traditional Disney yet new at the same time and well worth seeing in 3D, though if you can’t manage that the story is good enough to bring the film to life even when viewed normally.

Tangled [DVD] (DVD)
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Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Format: PAL
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Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Running Time: 100 minutes

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Price: £9.99
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4.8 out of 5 stars (1395)

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