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Genre: Animation
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins
Director: Byron Howard, Nathan Greno
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010



- Original Storybook Openings




Languages: English/Mandarin/Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Malay/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




When the kingdom's most wanted -- and most charming -- bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower: 70 feet of magical golden hair. Together, the unlikely duo set off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense.


The demand for being a Princess will never cease especially it’s the dream of almost every young girls everywhere to become one even if it is make-believe or the fact that now Prince William of England is marrying an ordinary common folk soon. Joining Disney’s stable of 'Princesses' is none other than Rapunzel, the long-hair girl from one of Brothers Grimm’s famous tale.

With a budget of more than US$200 million and six years in the making, writer Dan Fogelman’s (Bolt, Cars) "Tangled" or "Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale" takes the classic tale for a new spin. Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is the lost daughter of the King and Queen after being kidnapped and imprisoned by the evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) who pretends to adopt her as a daughter for her own selfish reasons. And instead of a Prince, a small-time thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) accidentally comes into Rapunzel’s life and the latter wants the dashing Flynn to company her on a journey to see the floating lanterns that are going to be release into the sky.

Other obvious differences in this Disney’s rework version have Rapunzel possessing magical hair that has the ability to heal and regain youth and a more wickedly plotted journey filled with adventure and of course, romance. The writing is sharp and filled with huge laughs. Take for example, Maximus, the palace guard horse and Rapunzel’s pet, a chameleon called Pascal. Ironically both never utter a single word or song throughout and they remained my favourite characters of all. "Tangled" is no longer just an animation for the girls but one that is fitted snuggly with the boys’ crowd as well with rousing fights at a dam and chases in the forest.

Girls will lap up Disney’s alumni, Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and Glenn Slater’s song routines with incredible vocal performances from Donna Murphy and Mandy Moore though strangely lacks the catchy feels of past Disney titles. The Snuggly Duckling Parlor scene whereby the thugs break into songs is a gem itself. As much as I embrace traditional animations, "Tangled" is injected with a digital jazz but retains the magical hand-drawn styles that virtually lights up the screen. The scene whereby thousands of lanterns are being released to the sky will easily make it as one of the more memorable scenes in Disney animation history.

"Tangled", the 50th animated feature of Disney finally proved that the House of Mouse still have what it takes to produce a genuinely affecting animation after last year’s lukewarm received "The Princess & the Frog". All the perfect ingredients for a Disney Princess movie are assembled right here, what’s there not to like?


Two Original Storybook Openings are introduced and presented by the directors. The 2 minutes 50th Animated Feature Countdown showcases brief clips for all the 50 Disney animations.


Dialogue and music is excellently reproduced on this DVD. Sound effects like Maximus’ stomping, gushing dam water is dynamic and wondrously presented across the speakers. The details on “Tangled” is fantastic, colours are sharp and stunning, definitely a title with recommended audio and visual qualities.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 12 April 2011



. RAPUNZEL: A TANGLED TALE (Soundtrack Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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