When “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released in 1937, the Disney Animated Films began. Now, “Tangled”, the 50th animated feature from the House of Mouse is absolutely remarkable. This time, the studio sticks to the classic fairy tale and gives it a complete makeover. Albeit the movie does suffer a little bit, but only by a small margin. “Tangled” continues the tradition of Disney animation and polishes it to the nth degree.
The story is based on the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a girl who grows incredibly long hair and lives in a tall tower in the middle of the forest with her stepmother (Donna Murphy). One day, near Rapunzel’s 18th birthday, she wishes to go out into the world and see what it’s like against her stepmother’s concerns. Luckily, she meets a young man named Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) and together Rapunzel and her new interest go out and explore what the world has to offer while standing up to herself.
“Tangled” is a great movie! It’s definitely one of the best I’ve seen in quite a while. The voice cast is excellent and the jokes are clever. But where the film really shines is in the visual department. This is truly one of the best animated films I’ve seen in a while where the art is gorgeous. Clearly, the crew took their time at designing the landscapes and imagery so well it’s perfect. Even the character designs are amazing. All in all, this movie is excellent, with only a few exceptions.
For one thing, the songs are somewhat predictable, but hey, you can’t blame Alan Menken can you? But my biggest problem with the movie is with the villain who’s portrayed by Murphy. I just didn’t find her appealing like the other famous Disney villains like Cruella de Vil or Ursula. She just wasn’t that interesting to me.
Overall, “Tangled” is a great movie that, despite a few problems, is well worth the price of admission. For Disney’s 50th animated feature is a great treat for everyone to see. Here’s hoping that we see more of this soon to make history.