run time: 100 mins
considered: Animation, Comedy, Family
starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Frank Welker, Brad Garrett, Ron Pearlman, Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Kiel, M.C. Gainey
movie summary: Hidden deep in the forest, only accessible by a secret passage covered in ivory leafs, there is a tower with a house on the top. Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) lives in the house with her beautiful young daughter Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) who has really long beautiful golden hair. For the last 18 years Rapunzel has got up everyday to do the same things like clean, read, draw, daydream, and star-gaze. Little does Rapunzel know that her life is about to change forever when she gets an unexpected guest.
Flynn Ryder is a handsome thief who lives in the palace city until he steals the crown that belongs to the long-lost princess. Along with his two tough friends the Stabbington brothers, they flee the city and end up in the woods at the base of Rapunzel’s tower. Flynn steals the crown again from the brothers and climbs the tower only to surprise Rapunzel who knocks him out with a frying pan. She takes the crown and bargains with him to take her away from the tower and into the palace city to see the “floating stars.” (Every year on her birthday Rapunzel looks out her window and sees floating lanterns that the King and Queen send out to honor their missing daughter that she thinks is stars.) Flynn has no choice but to agree because she has the crown.
The pair exit the tower as Flynn climbs down and Rapunzel uses her long hair to slide down. She touches the grass for the first time and explodes with joy before becoming extremely sad that she has betrayed mother Gothel’s wishes. The pair head down the trail while Flynn continues to look over his shoulder for the palace guards and the Stabbington brothers. They end up at a pub where they sing their way out of trouble before the brothers and the palace horse Maximus chase them into a cave. Flynn injures his hands while escaping the cave which Rapunzel heals with her magical hair. Mother Gothel shows up and warns Rapunzel that Flynn is just using her to get the crown back and that he will hurt her once he gets what he wants. Rapunzel says that he is different then all the other guys and that she is developing feelings for him.
The next morning they make their way into the city with Maximus in tow, Flynn rents a boat to take Rapunzel out on the lake to see the floating lanterns up close. Their fairy tale boat ride ends when mother Gothel and the brothers get their hands on Flynn. He is sent adrift on the boat back to the city where he gets arrested while Rapunzel is kidnapped and brought back home. Maximus rescues Flynn from jail and rushes him to Tower to save Rapunzel from mother Gothel.
my thoughts: Tangled was presented beautifully in 3D animation with a lot detail put into Rapunzel’s long golden hair. It flows and glows, twists and twirls, with enough power and energy to heal anything. Mandy Moore has an amazing singing voice which brings Rapunzel to life with so much joy and emotion. Despite being kidnapped and forced to live in seclusion for 18 years, she experiences life and grows up in only a matter of days. She is a smart and powerful girl with a dream that she is willing to risk everything to achieve. Of course she had a little of bit of help from Flynn, Maximus, and Pascal (Rapunzel’s green chameleon), but no adventure would be an exciting adventure without some company.
Tangled is Disney’s 50th Animated Classic and one of their best in the computer animation era. The classic tale of Rapunzel is given a charming tone and modern feel to appeal to kids from this generation.
my star rating: 9 out 10