Director: Byron Howard, Nathan Greno
Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy,
Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: Walt Disney Motion Pictures
Official Website: http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/tangled/
Opening Day: 23 November 2010
Disney Pictures presents "Tangled," one of the most
hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told. When the kingdom's
most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider (voice of
Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken
hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and
feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.
Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of
the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes
a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off
on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse,
an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.
In theaters this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D, "Tangled"
is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair-lots of hair.
Oh, what a great thing escapism is.
diverts us mentally from the humdrums of this cold and unfeeling
world by means of entertainment or recreation. It helps to
relieve us from the pressing feelings of stress and depression
by bringing us to worlds we’ve never been before, or
for that matter, will never be able to go. And in this reviewer’s
humble opinion, no one does it better than the folks at Disney,
and he means this in a good way.
House of Mouse is taking on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy
tale Rapunzel in their 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney
Animated Classic series, and viewers, as usual, can expect
nothing less of enchantment and delight from these creative
this version, we first see the baby Rapunzel being blessed
with the healing flowers from a magical flower. Such a valuable
asset would attract evil beings like Mother Gothel, who kidnapped
adorable baby and locked the poor girl in an isolated tower
in the woods. Years pass and Rapunzel becomes curious of the
outside world. A bandit named Flynn Rider chances upon the
tower one day and gets captured by Rapunzel. A deal is struck
with the handsome thief, one that will allow her to embark
on an exciting journey outside the tower.
Disney to transform Rapunzel into an “I’m no longer
a damsel in distress so don’t pull the Prince Charming
trick on me” teenager. This is perfectly relevant to
today’s time and age, where spunkiness and street smartness
embody this generation’s youths. Being a Disney production,
there are certain things we can’t run away from –
the wide eyed princess (Rapunzel), the charismatic male protagonist
(Flynn Rider), the animal sidekicks (an irresistibly cute
chameleon and a horse that redefines “anti hero”)
and the wicked villain (Mother Gothel).
characters are beautifully animated in Disney’s first
CGI fairy tale film. You’ll be swept off your feet (figuratively,
of course) by Rapunzel’s gleaming golden hair. The glow
and details will make you want to reach out and touch her
flowingly straight hair – imagine how stunning that
looks like in Disney 3D. The artistically pleasant landscapes
featured in the film are wondrous imaginations of a world
we can only visit in our dreams. Watch out for the scene where
Rapunzel first sees thousands of floating lights (something
which she could only admire from her tower every year on her
birthday) – you’d probably be as awed as Rapunzel
at the captivating display of lights in the night sky.
to Disney fairy tales’ tradition, the score composed
by Oscar winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and
the Beast) provides wondrous moments filled with magic and
delight. The songs written by Glenn Slater are enjoyably performed
by the underrated Mandy Moore (voice of Rapunzel), Donna Murphy
(voice of Mother Gothel) and Zachary Levi (voice of Flynn
all that have been stated, what’s most striking is how
Disney can still manage to move the cynicism in us and have
us believe that there is true love in this world. And as long
as we believe, even if it’s a form of escapism, fairy
tale movies like these play a part in motivating us to push
forward in life.
(A true Disney charmer that is both entertaining and
Review by John Li