Premiering on Starz this weekend was one of Disney’s most recent animated offerings, 2010’s “Tangled”.
“Tangled” is Disney’s take on the classic fairytale Rapunzel. In this recounting, Rapunzel’s mother, a Queen, ingests a medicine made from a magical flower while she is with child. Rapunzel is born a Princess with magical hair.
However, an evil old woman had been using the magic of the flower to keep herself eternally young. Soon after Rapunzel is born, the woman kidnaps her in order to gain the youthful benefits of her magic hair. She raises Rapunzel as her own child, locked away in a hidden tower.
Rapunzel knows nothing of the outside world, nor her true parentage.
Except for what she’s able to see through the tower window of course. And every year, on her birthday, she sees the floating lanterns that the King and Queen and their subjects release in memory of their missing daughter. So, when a thief – Flynn Rider- breaks into her tower in order to evade his pursuers, Rapunzel insists that he take her to see them.
So begins Rapunzel’s journey of adventure and discovery.
Like all Disney movies, “Tangled” is impeccably animated. It comes standard with a couple of animal sidekicks, despicable villains, and musical numbers scattered throughout. It has some excellent action sequences, genuinely comedic moments, and charm aplenty. It’s a worthy addition to the Disney stable, for certain. My only minor complaint being that they should scale back the “big eyed heroine” thing a bit, ‘Punzels eyes were outrageously huge.
There are a couple of other things to note, since we’re here. This movie was initially called “Rapunzel”, but Disney renamed it and amped up the presence of Flynn in their marketing campaign in order to appeal to boys. They’ve also stated that this will be their last traditional fairy tale for the foreseeable future. Both are regrettable in their own fashion.
The movie itself is a winner, though. I’m not certain yet it belongs up with their absolute best movies, but as an addition to the Disney library on the whole? It fits right in perfectly.