Saturday, 21 April 2012

Tangled (DVD)

 Rating: ★★★

Tangled is Disney's adaptation of the children's story Rapunzel. It is Disney's first computer animated fairy tale and they really went all out to make it as fantastic as the other beautiful princess movies. The result was an exciting fantasy adventure in which Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) escapes her tower/prison with the help of the handsome thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi). As usual Disney has taken a lot of artistic license on the story until its practically unrecognisable from the original. But this is what Disney do best and we can't blame them because they do it very well. I think they even improve the story from the original.

Combing out the problems
It's a surprise Disney managed to pull it out of the bag in time after the reported changes to the story, characters and title very late in the game. After the lackluster box office of the Princess and the Frog, Disney decided to change aspects of the story and marketing to appeal to boys as well as girls. That's why is called Tangled instead of the much more familiar Rapunzel. It seems to have worked because the film was the biggest success Disney has had for a while. Rapunzel and Flynn have even made their way into the Disney parks now.

Modern princess
Rapunzel is not your typical princess waiting for her prince to save her. Instead she's more about breaking the rules and fighting the bad guys with her incredible hair, 74ft of golden locks to be correct. It's also beautifully animated and seems very real. Apart from when it starts to magically glow. But this is a fairy tale.

Have I mentioned that Tangled is funny too. The two main comedic characters Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse have the ability to make children and adults laugh. 

Split ends
I do have some small criticisms though. One is that the songs are nothing compared to Disney's usual melodic masterpieces. I'm not a very musical person but I can tell when they have stolen bits of the melodies from their old musical numbers like A Whole New World and Part Of Your World. My other criticism is that the ending is a bit of a cheat. I don't what to spoil it for you but if you've seen it you'll know what I mean! (Magic tears? Where did that come from?) My last problem with Tangled is it's beautifully animated but I miss drawn animation and I always will.

Hair raising adventure story
Other than that Tangled could be the start of another renaissance for Disney. It has all the standard Disney hallmarks, like a brilliant story, a scary villain and beautiful animation while at the same time being very modern and funny. It will make you laugh and cry. Tangled is HAIR-larious (sorry, couldn't help myself)

This is my personal list of the top 10 Disney princesses, which now includes Rapunzel:
1. Ariel
2. Pocahontas
3. Belle
4. Mulan
5. Rapunzel
6. Tiana
7. Jasmine
8. Snow White
9. Cinderella
10. Aurora

If you disagree leave a comment.


  1. I like Ariel, but I'm a Pocohontas gal all the way.

  2. I like ariel but me thinks Cinderella should be higher on the list

  3. yeah I felt bad putting her so low but she is so boring.