Sunday, 20 September 2020
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 16:16

TangledBibbidi-bobbidi-boo! I’ve seen the resurrection of Disney magic and its’ name is Tangled! At one time the definitive name in animation, Disney has spent the last decade making one bad decision after another. The comparison between a film like, say, Home on the Range to the magic of Beauty and the Beast is non-existent. And don’t even get me started on The Princess and the Frog which made me want to walk out. Good old Walt would be rolling in his cryogenic freezing chamber.

Flynn and RapunzelBut with the latest animated feature Tangled, Disney reawakens their sleeping beauty, the ability to create other worlds full of magic and enchantment for the kid in all of us. Believe it or not there is at least one fairy tale they haven’t covered yet and that is Rapunzel.

Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is not your typical 18 year-old. For one thing she lives in a tower that she can never leave, for another she has hair so long that it nearly fills that tower to the rafters. Oh yeah, and her hair has magical powers and glows when she sings. Her mother (who isn’t really her mother, of course) keeps her hidden away from the world, but she longs more than anything to venture out and see it for herself. Enter Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a charismatic thief who isn’t exactly prince charming! When he barges in on her quiet life, Rapunzel makes a deal with him to be her guide for one day in the real world.

Disney gold!The animation is beautiful, the songs are lovely and the magic is back. I enjoyed every minute of this movie, and was reminded of what made modern classics like The Little Mermaid so wonderful. It doesn’t rely on big-name actors for popularity. Rapunzel is a charming new princess to add to the Disney collection, and Flynn makes this fairy tale just as fun for the boys. But the best character by far is Maximus the horse, who isn’t quite what you would expect!


Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. Starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

Visual inspiration was taken from the painting “The Swing” by French artist Jean-Honore Fragonard.