What can I say – I’m a sucker for animated movies. I barely ever turn down the chance to see these films in theatres. After all, what’s wrong with satisfying your inner child? So this holiday season I found time to see Tangled.
Tangled is your typical animated Disney feature. But that never bothers anyone.
You know there’s going to be a happy ending. You know the princess will eventually fall in love. All of that doesn’t matter because Disney animators continue to present the same magic over and over again on the big screen. The animation is flawless. Sure, the story line might be a bit contrived but it’s Disney – but when is it ever authentic/real? Disney is all about escaping in to a fantasy. And Tangled lets us escape in to one of our favorite fairy tales of all time – Rapunzel
Disney digs deeper by presenting the true tragedy of Rapunzel – her isolation from the real world. In this version, Rapunzel is born with the gift of hair that heals. An elderly woman with the desire to remain youthful steals Rapunzel away and locks her away in a tower to ensure she is the only one who reaps the benefits of this beauty’s gold locks. Since Rapunzel was stolen away at a young age, she recognizes the elderly woman as her own mother.
As her 18th birthday approaches, Rapunzel makes a wish to spend the day outside the tower – to watch the floating lights above the town. She feels somehow connected to these lights since they only appear on the night of her birthday. These lights are released each year on her birthday by her real family – the king and the queen.
Rapunzel promises to stay inside on her birthday as long as her “mother” goes to town to pick up a gift for her. But we all know that Rapunzel is going to break out. Runaway thief, Flynn Rider scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. She grants him freedom in exchange for his tour guide service for the outside world. And that’s where the adventure begins….
Without revealing too much, I will say that the animation was impeccable. I did not see the film in 3-D but I’m sure it was just as impressive jumping off the screen as it was in 2-D. The storytelling left me curious, regardless of the usual Disney formula. The characters in Tangled were charming to watch and the songs weren’t over the top. Tangled was released as Disney’s 50th animated feature, proving that Disney is a master at creating the entertaining animated films that our inner child craves.
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