100 Min | Animation – Comedy – Family | January 2010
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy
Tangled Review: Tangled continues in Disney’s animation legacy of timeless classics. Being Disney’s first fairy tale outing done in CGI, it’s easy to have doubts. The marketing for this film didn’t really do Tangled any favors either. Originally titled Rapunzel, the name change to Tangled and the shift of focus onto the male co-star Flynn Ryder in the merchandising was done as a way to try to get more boys into the theater. Despite this faulty marketing move, Tangled is very much Rapunzel’s story and Rapunzel is the star of this instant classic. Sticking very close to the roots of the original German Rapunzel fairy tale, Tangled’s story is one about overprotective parental figures and the need to want to break free. Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel and sings for her. Yup, this a musical. This is a big grand musical in the classical Disney style with songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.
Alan Menken was the one who brought Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Enchanted to life, to name only a few. Moore really gets to the heart of Rapunzel and truly owns the part, but the real surprise is Donna Murphy as our main villain Mother Gothel. A true hero is measured by it’s main villain and Mother Gothel does not disappoint. Every great Disney classics needs supporting characters. What would Mary Poppins be with Bert and the Banks’ Children. What would Belle be without the enchanted objects. Snow White is just a lost girl in the forest without those dwarfs.
An amazing supporting cast of characters that include Rapunzel’s color changing chameleon companion Pascal, the scene stealing horse Maximus, and the main male co-star Flynn Ride accompany Rapunzel in her quest. Tangled is a big grand epic Disney musical done in the classic sense with the modern rendering of CGI animation. This is for sure to be seen for years and years to come.