Friday, March 4, 2011

"You get to go find a new dream"- Tangled

I realize that I am a little late in the game on this one, but I could not pass up the opportunity to talk about Disney's latest animated feature "Tangled". Anyone who knows me knows how huge of a Disney fan I am, and is probably sick to death of hearing me rave about this movie. A little more isn't going to kill you. Now, I should probably add the disclaimer that when it comes to Disney, I am a little biased. I am hardwired to love everything that comes out of their studios. I can't help it, I think its genetic. Nevertheless, this film was such a great example of the magic Disney has left in them, aside of course from their Pixar films.

For me, the film was a return to the way Disney should be. I absolutely love Disney/Pixar films, really I do, but for me Disney will always be about the classics. There is something about classic animation, story-lines and music that contemporary Pixar films cannot seem to match.While "Tangled" wasn't exactly "classic animation", it did make a valiant attempt to go back to the way things were. It is another "Disney princess movie", but one that doesn't exclude or alienate boys. The main character Rapunzel has sass, athleticism and so much sugary sweetness you can't help but root for her. Her male counterpart, Flynn, is charming and laugh-at-loud funny which helps balance out their roles nicely.

What really made this movie for me was the music. Alan Menken, responsible for the music in "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin", is back in this film and it shows. The music is witty, fun and often emotional, perfectly complimenting each scene it is featured in. Disney seemed to be backing away from movie-musicals, and I for one am so happy that they are making a return. Was the music as memorable as it was in the golden years? Probably not. But it sure is a start.

I am not a huge fan of 3D. I realize it is the way of the future, but I am having a hard time accepting that. "Tangled" just about made me a believer. One particular scene involving floating lanterns is so beautiful and captures a warmth that 3D is often missing. Critics have even gone so far as to say it is the most stunning example of 3D they have ever seen, and I would have to agree.

I would obviously recommend this for Disney and animation lovers alike. The movie is smart, funny, and engaging and gives a glimmer into the Disney of the past. Fun fact: Tangled is Disney's 50th animated feature. How cool is that?!


  1. I went to see this movie with my cousin's two daughters and we all loved it. I think it was great. Did you get to see Mandy Moore's performance of the Tangled song on the Oscars?

  2. I love the part when you said you think loving Disney movies is genetic. That make me laugh out loud! I agree with you about how the new Disney movies had a new look and feel to them and I crave the old style. I haven't seen this movie but after reading your post its definitely something I would like to see. Thanks Courtney

  3. Lauren- I did see it! I waited all night for it, and was a little disappointed that the song was cut short but they did a great job.

  4. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!...Disney truly brought it back with this movie. I saw it twice in theatres, proudly. Alan Menken nailed it with songs! My favorite is "Mother knows best". I cannot wait for this to come out to buy!