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I am a real avid fan of Disney! I have watched nearly all the animated Disney films, and without a doubt, this is my absolute favourite. I loved it from the first time I watched it, and since then have probably repeatedly watched this more times than I can count!
It's a typical Disney love story, giving a nice twist to a classic fairy tale. This is their take on 'Rapunzel' in which Rapunzel actually has magical hair that can heal people, and is a lost princess, trapped by an evil woman.
It has some great songs, personal favourites being 'Mother Knows Best', 'I've Got A Dream' and the romantic duet 'I See The Light'. These songs of course being suitable for the family, and pretty much anyone in my opinion! It also has great character's, with the obvious charming romantic interest, and of course there also has to be some animal character's! In this, it's the cheeky chameleon and the justice driven horse!
The voice acting is great, the story interesting and like any Disney movie, there is of course a happy ending. While there may not be a real stand out song that everyone knows the words too, they are all pleasant and easy to sing along too.
I'm not sure exactly what it is about this film that makes it my favourite, however I do know it's fun to watch, relaxing and just all round a great movie that's well put together.
As far as Disney movies go, this is a definite modern classic!
Disney animation certainly hasn't been what it used to be. After a share of mediocre to bad animated movies, they churned out an instant classic with the traditionally animated THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. But that film didn't catch on with the public as much as it should have (of course being released around the same time as the mega-super hit AVATAR didn't help matters either). Blaming the underperformance of their film on an assumption that boys were turned off by the phrase "princess", Disney decided to rename their subsequent feature, RAPUNZEL, a similar fairy tale in digital 3-D CGI. This name change is something that I still can't shake my head over. I realize the motivation was to try and attract more people, but c'mon, TANGLED? Sounds more like self-parody if you ask me!
As expected, RAPUNZEL -- OK, OK, TANGLED -- is a very loose retelling of the famous Brother's Grimm tale. The title character is a young woman with the largest amount of golden hair imaginable shut away in a tower deep in the forest. Her only guardian is Mother Gothel, who stole the child away from her parents when she was very young. Rapunzel's hair has magic powers; it can heal cuts and make even a centuries-old being still appear young. It is for this latter reason that Gothel keeps Rapunzel captive, although of course our blonde heroine is told by her "mother" that the world is a dark and scary place and that she should stay in the tower. (If this doesn't give you echoings of Disney's HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, then what will?) Of course, Rapunzel yearns to explore the outside world, namely to attend the "festival of lights" held once a year on her birthday. One day, Flynn Rider, a runaway thief who has just stolen a jeweled crown, sneaks into the tower to hide. Knocking him out cold with a frying pan, Rapunzel forces Flynn to take her to the Festival in exchange for the stolen crown. At first Flynn tries to weasel his way out of the deal, but as he falls in love with her, his motives naturally change. But Mother Gothel wants Rapunzel back at all costs....
There are many moments when TANGLED truly shines, mainly anything involving genuine heart or magic. In the latter half of the film there is a breathtaking moment where glowing lanterns literally float up into the night sky while Rapunzel and Flynn sing the obligatory love song, "I See The Light". This is a truly colorful and imaginative sequence that ranks among the best at Disney. Similarly inspiring is when Rapunzel uses her enchanted hair to heal a cut on Flynn's hand. And the last half hour offers some powerful drama and heartbreaking emotion on the way to its happy ending (surprise).
Arguably the triumph of the film is Mother Gothel, who ranks as one of Disney's finest villains in a long time. She has shades of Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, but there is also a little bit of Frollo from HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. She's selfish, manipulative, greedy, and deceptive in every way imaginable. The dynamic between her and Rapunzel is both one of the strongest points of the movie and reminds one of the Witch/Rapunzel relationship from Steven Sondheim's dark fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS. In fact, Gothel's signature song, "Mother Knows Best", one of many to be written for this film by Alan Menken, is strangely reminiscent of a Sondheim song. (The score is another highlight of TANGLED; Menken's songs are very pleasing to the ear, with some emerging as true stand-outs.)
Unfortunately TANGLED falls short of Disney classic status for the following reasons. One of them is the overemphasis on slapstick comedy for much of the first two-thirds of the film. Most of this consists of Flynn getting whacked around by Rapunzel's frying pan, comical sight gags, and LOONEY TUNES style goofiness. This gets pretty tiresome quickly after every five seconds. Other sources of comedy comes from Rapunzel's chameleon sidekick, Pascal, as well as a gang of burly bandits who break into song at one point in the film. Both are absolutely useless in that they don't contribute anything valuable to the plot. The bandits, in particular, only show up in one scene that by the time they reappear again toward the finale, I forgot who they were! Pascal seems to be mostly the typical Disney cartoon sidekick intended to provide laughs and/or lure kids into the theater, because that's exactly what he functions as. He doesn't even do anything during the finale.
As far as the lead characters are concerned, Rapunzel is an appealing enough heroine, free-spirited and alternatingly schizophrenic (her various mood swings when she ventures out of the tower for the first time, for instance), while Flynn starts off as a smug, self-centered rogue who has a change of heart as he learns about Rapunzel's past. But while they both have a solid chemistry, there isn't enough of it in the film to emerge as emotionally impactful as it could have been. (Consequently, the climactic moments of the film, while otherwise very strong, don't resonate as dramatically as they would have with better realized leads.)
Had the comedy level been cranked down by several notches and the story much tighter, TANGLED would truly be worthy of being Disney's 50th animated feature. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG was a much better production to earn that status. I did enjoy TANGLED overall, but I don't think it's one of Disney's greatest.
Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
Starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy
Running time: 100 minutes
TANGLED is basically a revamped telling of the classic tale 'Rapunzel', and I've got to say they make it far more exciting and fun than the original.
The story itself is less predictable than a classic Disney tale, with a few more twists, which makes it far more enjoyable. The characters are great, and children (including my own!) will fall in love with the beautiful, if a little clutzy Rapunzel, as well as the smoudlering Flynn Rider. The cleverest character is the patronizing villain, Mother Gothel (excellently voiced by Donna Murphy).
Like in any Disney musical, the songs are to die for - from the Rapunzel's yearning 'When Will My Life Begin' and the catchier 'I've Got A Dream' and 'Mother Knows Best' - they are all fab, and your kids will be singing them for days. My favourite song by far, which also has a stunning animated sequence to go with it, is the romantic, Oscar-nominated 'I See The Light' (if my review doesn't convince you to watch this, then listen to that song on YouTube and I'm sure you will!)
I watched this with my whole family at Christmas once, and they did all seem to enjoy it, even my Dad, and 30-something-year-old brother, so I wouldn't pigeon-hole this as a movie that's JUST for kids.
The film carries generally positive messages, although it doesn't have morals as strong as the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' or the newer 'Frozen', its still very enchanting for children, and I'd definitely advise you watch this.
First of all, I am not really a cartoon person - as a kid I never liked cartoons; I much preferred 'real' things. However, on Christmas day, all the family were round and we ended up watching this children's movie; Tangled, which is basically the fairy tale story of Rapunzel and I have to say, despite it being a kids film, I really did enjoy it!
I loved the story; it's so romantic and heart warming, yet it isn't too lovey dovey. It's charming and funny in places. The characters despite being cartoons are so likeable and you can't help but feel what they are going through during the story.
To me, this has to be one of the best Disney movies every. It really is a good film. I remember the story of Rapunzel from when I was younger and so I was familiar with the story and so whilst I had a rough idea of what was going to happen, I still enjoyed the movie and found it a pleasure to watch as it was such an 'easy' watch. It's the perfect family film as it is set in a way that both children and adults alike can watch it.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this film! It's lovely and suitable for all the family!
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Gothel is kept young from the powers of a magical golden flower but when the kingdom's queen is in trouble when giving birth, the villagers go off to find the magical flower and the queen uses the flowers powers to give birth to a lovely little girl, Rapunzel. Gothel wants the powers back before she starts to turn old again so kidnaps Rapunzel and raises her as her own daughter. Rapunzel is about to turn 18 years of age and wants to see what the flying lights that are shown every year on her birthday are all about, when asking her mother to take her to go and see them, Gothel tells her that she can never see them.
When Gothel goes out, Rapunzel is left to do the chores like usual until a young man called Flynn Rider appears, Rapunzel knocks him out and when he comes round, she comes up with a plan. She will give Flynn back his precious satchel if he takes her to see the flying lights and bring her back home to her tower. Will Flynn manage to keep to his end of the deal and will Rapunzel find out what the flying lights are all about?
We have a different Disney DVD that has the normal adverts of other films and every time the advert came on for Tangled my four year old daughter would go mad, she thought it looked hilarious so I bought it for her birthday and since then it's quickly become her favourite. The film contains all of the usual Disney magic, lovely songs, a main female and male character, fantastic animation and brilliant comedy moments.
Rapunzel's character develops beautifully throughout the film, she starts off as quite a shy girl but grows into a fantastic young lady with her ditzy, clumsy ways and lovely personality. Of course, the hair is a big part of the character and the animators have done a fantastic job with this looking perfect in every scene it's in, there is a scene in the kingdom where Rapunzel is walking through and people start to tread on it so she bundles it all up, the hair has a lot of thinking and effort behind it and it really pays off. Both mine and my daughter's favourite character is Pascal, Rapunzel's pet chameleon. He really steals the show during the scenes where Rapunzel holds Flynn Rider hostage by slapping him and sticking his tongue into the captive's ear to wake him up, we were in fits of giggles.
The musical numbers fit in with the scenes really well, the stand out songs for me have to be Gothels 'mother knows best' and later on in the film 'Rapunzel knows best', they are well executed and tie in to the film with ease, the animation that matches the songs really add to the overall feeling of both the music and the film. The voices used for all of the characters work really well with the look of each one. Mandy Moore does a brilliant job with the ditzy, mumbling voice of Rapunzel and Zachary Levi does an equally brilliant job with Flynn Rider.
As I said, this has quickly become both mine and my daughter's favourite Disney film. It captures the same magic as every other Disney film. It has a brilliant storyline with happy, sad and funny moments and the music is simply fantastic, it's definitely worth a watch!
I recently watched this Disney film which is a knockoff version of Rapunzel. It was a lighthearted film about a young princess who was kidnapped at birth and taken to a tower to live until she was eighteen. She was stolen by a witch who wanted to stay young, and to do this managed quite well up to now with a very rare flower that gave youth and helped to recover people who were dying or seriously ill. This remarkable flower was plucked by the kings men to help recover the queen whilst she was in the birthing bed. She was dying from trying to give birth. This flowers special powers which it seems transferred itself to the young princess. Hence the story was born of Rapunzel.
The wicked witch captured the young princess and takes her to live in her tower and forcing her to remain there by telling her that bad things will happen to her if she leaves. This works for around eighteen years after which time the young girl starts to get curious. Tricks her new mummy into going on a trip to find a special brand of paint for her bedroom. Whilst she is away she bumps into a rather dishy and very suspect young vagabond princely type of character, he takes her to the castle where the lanterns glow in the sky and she finally gets to see them up close.
There are chases and a lovely horse character which made me laugh quite a bit. I found the whole premise very tongue in cheek and the ending well which as most fairy tales do ends happily ever after.
I loved the chameleon and thought his antics quite sweet. This was Rapunzel's only friend in the tower.
It was a child's film but could easily have been made for adult viewing too after a few wines last night We all found it hysterical.
Probably not supposed to be viewed that way but somehow we felt it needed a bit of help. Overall not a bad film for the younger audience or those who wanted a bit of a laugh.
Tangled is the animated Disney alternative Rapunzel movie. The movie was a huge success at the box office when it was released in 2012 and for me has got to be one of the best Disney movies in recent years.
Mandy Moore -- Rapunzel
Zachary Levi -- Eugene "Flynn Rider" Fitzherbert
Donna Murphy -- Mother Gothel
Brad Garrett -- Hook-Hand Thug
Ron Perlman -- the Stabbington Brothers
Jeffrey Tambor -- Big Nose Thug
Richard Kiel -- Vladamir
The pregnant queen is ill and all that can save her is a legendary plant that is in the hands of evil witch Gothel. Gothel hides the plant which enables you to stay young but it is found and made into medicine to cure the queen. Gothels desperate needs to be youthful leads her to steal the princess when she is born and raise her as her own. The princess then grows up calling Gothel mother and living in a tower (Rapunzel). I thought this was a really nice and good twist to the Rapunzel story because in nursery books and stories you never really know a full story behind why she ended up stuck in a castle so this movie made a lot more sense and was more in depth.
Every year on Rapunzels birthday lanterns are let out in the sky but what she doesn't realize is that the lanterns are for her because she is the lost princess. For her 18th birthday she ask Gothel if she can go see them but she refuses. When a strange man turns up at first Rapunzel is skeptical of him because of not seeing anyone other than Gothel for her whole life. After talking to him he persuades her to go and see the lanterns and says he will take her. This is were she sets of on a bumpy adventure that will change her life.
For me the plot was very different from any other animated Disney movie that I have ever watch because it brought something knew and it was definitely not what I was expecting from a movie of Rapunzel. The movie is unique and tells a whole new story that has never really been told like this.
The plot was carried by music just like most Disney animated movies. For Tangled I don't really think the music added much but it did act a mood setter throughout.
My favorite scene from the movie is when Flynn and Rapunzel are singing on a boat because it was a really sweet moment for the love birds.
positives about the plot are that it starts quite quickly and doesn't drag at any point in fact the whole movie is with good pace which is really good.
I think there is a wide range of characters in the movie Tangled. You have everything the good, the bad, the nice and the misunderstood which gives everyone a chance to have a different favorite character which is a good thing when it comes to movies. My favorite character has got to be Rapunzel she is really sweet and such an innocent girl it's really nice to watch how she grows throughout the movie.
The king and queen which are Rapunzels real parents were in the film only a little but I like them because of how normal their characters were. Usually when there are a king and queen in an animated film they are stuck up and snotty but in this they were more down to earth which was good and non stereotypical.
Flynn which is Rapunzels love interest I found to be the funny one and brought the laughs to the movie and was glad they put a character like that in the movie.
When first seeing it advertised I was baffled why they would call the movie Tangled rather than simply Rapunzel. I looked it up and apparently it was actually meant to be called Rapunzel but changed to Tangled to help market for males as well as female. I think they were right to do that and after watching the movie it is really for both genders so it is a good thing they did change the name. The title Tangled fits because throughout the movie she is getting tangled into problems and her hair is always the thing that lets her down or causes a problem.
I think this movie was great and I think it's definitely one for the family. I think that the movie is very entertaining and anyone will enjoy is so I would recommend it to anyone really. The movie is available to buy on Amazon new and used from 6.49 and I think it's worth every penny as it's a fun family movie.
Many parents will know that theres always a certain show or movie that leaves there little ones hooked. I'm not an exception. In our household at least one play of Tangled per day is the norm! Thankfully I dont mind- which I wouldn't be able to say for the likes of Barney, Pingu, Thomas the Tank Engine etc.
I first watched this film with my boyfriend (we're both big Disney fans) and loved it. A good few months ago I stuck it on while my son Tyler was in the room, I soon found it was the only thing he stayed glued to- for up to half an hour at a time. Any mum of a toddler knows the joy of 30 minutes peace!
For him I believe its the bright colours and songs that keep him interested.
Tangled is basically Disneys take on the traditional Rapunzel tale. The basic storyline goes as follows (WARNING: COULD BE SPOILERS!!!):
The Queen becomes quite ill during the end of her pregnancy. The kingdom hunt down this magical golden flower which is what they need to cure her. Gothel has been using this flower for a long time to keep herself young. The kingdom find this flower and uproot it and Gothel is dismayed- what will she use to keep her young now?! The flowers healing powers made the Queen well again and she gave birth to Rapunzel. Gothel breaks into the palace and discovers that these magical powers of the flower has been transferred to Rapunzels hair. She tries to cut off a strand of hair to keep for herself but as she cuts it the hair that has been cut turns brown and loses its power. So she steals the baby and keeps her in her tower to once again use just as she had with the flower to keep herself young. She raised Rapunzel to believe that they were mother and daughter and that Rapunzel is not strong enough to handler herself in the cruel outside world.
Each year the King and Queen released lanterns into the sky to mark the princesses birthday in the hope that one day she would return. Each year Rapunzel would watch these from her window. When she turns 18 she asks Gothel if they can go and see the lanterns, Gothel tells her in no uncertain terms she wont be leaving the tower. Gothel goes out for a little while in which Flynn Rider (akak Eugene) breaks into the tower escaping from guards who were after him for stealing the crown. Rapunzel knocks him out with a frying pan and hides him in her closet. When Rapunzels mother returns she tries to ask about seeing the laterns again but Gothel cuts her off saying she cannot ever go. So Rapunzel tries another tack- getting Gothel to go on a three day long trip- long enough for her to go and see the laterns and returning without her mother ever knowing. Once Gothel has set off Rapunzel ties up Eugene in her hair and gets Pascal (her pet lizard) to wake him using an undesirable tongue in ear trick, when she finds that he stumbled on her tower by accident (not to get her) she tells Eugene if he wants his crown back he must take her to see the laterns. There's lots of comedy on their travels. My boyfriends favourite part was Maximus- a palace horse. His expressions were brilliant in a way only Disney can manage.
There is the predictable Disney romance between Rapunzel and Eugene and the typical happy ending of Rapunzel being reunited with her parents but you'll have to watch it to find our the hows and whys!
Overall a great family film- I haven't got fully sick of it despite having played literally hundreds of times!
Despite being a girl and one who arguably lived through the Disney era where they were constantly pumping out new animation films, I don't tend to love Disney Films. Typically I find them stretched and at times simply too 'try-hard'y and tend to be somewhat disappointed after having finished watching them.
This year I decided I would watch Tangled to attempt to redeem the Disney business in my mind's eye and give them a new chance. I watched it alone, late at night (strange I know..) and found myself actually holding in laughter as the companionship of Rapunzel and Pascal (her pet chameleon) and the use of physical gags such as the use of a frying pan repeatedly made it entertaining and genuinely funny. Pascal is adorable friend to Rapunzel and Maximus, a quirky stallion, manage to say more in their facial expressions than most of us could say with words a great addition for both comedic and visual elements. The film was made using CGI and the characters appear very traditional as though they were oil paintings on canvas.
The evil characters Gothel, and originally Eugene, are designed effortlessly and not too cliche despite there being lots of room to have done so, and the animation itself is flawless. As well as this, the scenery and settings of each scene is meticulously designed and there was lots to see everywhere.
A great film for children of both sexes that even had me laughing that I would highly recommend.
I'd seen adverts on the television for the new (2011) Disney film, Tangled. Based upon the story of Rapunzel, I was not sure if it would have great appeal for my children, both being boys and not that into Princesses. Nonetheless, I slipped it in my shopping basket when I spotted a deal where it was just £5, and I gave it to my youngest this Christmas.
While it was not their first choice of film, I did persuade them that we should all sit down and watch it together, and it was an absolutely first rate modern Disney classic that will be watched many times in this house. Maybe not as many times as Toy Story 3, but not relegated to the back of the cupboard by any means.
Most people will be familiar with the Brothers Grimm fairytale of Rapunzel, the princess who lives in a tower, and who has extraordinarily long hair. The story has been injected some Disney magic and a lot of humour to bring it bang up to date for the 21st Century.
The story starts with Rapunzel's mother being really ill while pregnant. She is given a magical flower from an old woman called Gothel. The flower has the power to heal. When the child, Rapunzel is born, her hair has taken on the magical powers of the flower. Gothel kidnaps Rapunzel, bringing her up as her own child. She keeps her in a tower.
We join the story when Rapunzel is about to turn 18. She is fascinated by some special lights she sees every year on her birthday, and begs to be taken to see them. Gothel refuses her this wish.
In the meantime, a criminal called Flynn Rider steals a crown from the palace, which belongs to the 'lost princess' Rapunzel. While on the run from the Palace Guards, he spots Rapunzel's tower deep in the woods and climbs up to hide.
Rapunzel manages to persuade Flynn that he should escort her to see these lights without her Mother knowing, and a hilarious adventure follows.
This film, while animated and appreciated by children, I felt was very much aimed at the adult market too. While some of the humour was very visual and slapstick and the kids very much got it, there was a lot that was beyond them. It didn't spoil their enjoyment, but we found we were laughing a lot more than they were while watching it.
The animation was superb. The facial expressions of the characters managed to convey a lot of emotion during the film. My little one got rather upset in a few places as he found it quite scary and was worried bad things would happen to the characters. The humans looked very realistic. I spent a lot of time at the start wondering if they looked like the actors who were voicing the characters, but as it was actors I was unfamiliar with, I never worked this out. Gothel also reminded me a lot of a scary version of Carol Vorderman for some reason. I can't figure out why.
In typical Disney style, even the animals were a big part of the act. A lot of the things we were hysterical about was Rapunzel's pet chameleon, and the Guard's horse, Maximus. They were both so humanised and were show stealers.
The soundtrack was songs written for the film, with my memorable favourites being a song sung by Gothel called 'Mother knows best' and a little number performed in a local tavern called 'I have a dream.' Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) has a very sweet and pure voice which suits her role and singing well.
I couldn't see anything in the tale which would cause it to date rapidly, so I can see this one will be popular for many years to come. There was just about enough to keep the boys impressed with the action, and the humour for the adults. I found the whole thing enchanting, and I would say it is one of my new favourite Disney movies. I still love my old classics, but this one is pretty close to top of the list.
I have grown up with Disney and still have a soft spot for their films, so when their 50th animated feature came out in 2011 I was very excited. I have to say I wasn'y expecting much from this take on the Rapunzel story, but oh how wrong I was!
The film creates it's own version of the story and introduces plenty of characters that I don't remember being in the original story. Rapunzel isn't a useless damsel in distress, rather a bit of an innocent, scheming, jail break....even resorting to blackmail to acheive her goal of seeing the 'lights in the sky' that appear on her birthday. The other characters are equally entertaining, with a good, nasty villain in the form of the wicked witch. I would almost say she was as horrible as the witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The male interest is very self-centred and full of bravado, but it is clear from the start that Rapunzel will melt that harsh exterior.
I found the story enchanting, there was plenty of comedy that was suitable for both adults and children. There was singing and dancing, like every good Disney film. There were highs and lows and even moments when I had that bit of dust in my eye. Also the animation was brilliantly done, a great job on the hair and on the lights in the sky, they really have hit the nail on the head here.
All in all a fantastic Disney film, that isn't just for little girls that like princesses, but girls who stil hold onto girl-power and some boys as well!
Despite being 22, I still adore Disney films. They give me that lovely, warm and fuzzy feeling inside and they are so addictive. I was living in France when this came out in the cinema, but it wasn't something I really fancied seeing, but my flatmate brought it with her this year so we thought we would give it a watch one night. It is available to buy on DVD for around £10 on sites such as Amazon, but as I am no longer in the UK (studying abroad again), I wouldn't know if you can get a better deal in a supermarket or anything.
As soon as the film started, I felt like a child again. For those of you who don't know the storyline, I will give you an insight without any spoilers; it is a slightly different version to the original Rapunzel on which it is based. The story begins with the Queen falling ill, quite far into her pregnancy and the only thing that can save her is this magical golden flower. The entire kingdom hunts down this flower, carefully digs it up and takes it back to the Queen in order to cure her and keep the unborn child safe. In uprooting this magical flower, a woman, who has been using this flower to keep herself young, began to age rapidly and naturally became very bitter towards the Kingdom and the King and Queen especially. Still being of a youthful appearance, I can only imagine the rage of any woman missing out on her anti-ageing treatment or anti-wrinkle cream, but this is a slightly unusual situation! However, this woman, Mother Gothel, on the birth of the princess, discovers that the healing and anti-ageing powers of the golden flower have been transferred to the gorgeous, golden hair of the baby, prompting her to steal the princess for herself and hide her away in a tower, so she can use the magic powers selfishly. It is also worth mentioning that Rapunzel's hair cannot be cut, or it will turn brown and will no longer have healing powers, hence why her hair grows so insanely long.
Rapunzel is quite happy to be living in her tower, carrying on with her activities and daily chores and spending a lot of time with Pasqual, her chameleon, who, I have to say, I found absolutely adorable and hilarious throughout the film. Her mother, the aforementioned crazy lady, has a somewhat feisty and quick-witted character, and also an amazing singing voice (her voice is by Donna Murphy). Not long before her 18th birthday, Rapunzel decides that she wants to go and see the lanterns for her birthday gift, although as this activity involves physically leaving the tower, Rapunzel is left disappointed, her mother leaves to gather things for her birthday and Rapunzel is left alone.
Meanwhile, in another part of the fairytale kingdom, Flynn Ryder is escaping the palace guards and winds up stumbling across/into the tower in which Rapunzel is kept or living, depending on how you look at it. Their encounter is not your typical, doe-eyed, fuzzy screened meeting, but one that takes somewhat a different path, involving a frying pan. After various negotiations and light-shining, Flynn strikes a deal with Rapunzel who says she will give back the object he desires once he has taken her to see "the lights" (lanterns). The pair strike up an unlikely friendship and share an incredibly entertaining journey of joy and discovery for both of them, finally ending up in the Kingdom in time to see the spectacle that Rapunzel so deeply desires. There are a variety of characters along the way that are charming, funny, scary and very musical. Another personal favourite, other than Pasqual, is the palace horse, who is very endearing and absolutely hilarious. I really don't want to give away too much of the plot, especially the ending, which is not as straightforward as some of you may have hoped, but nevertheless fantastic.
There are many moments in the film that actually made me laugh out loud, which has not happened for a while in any film that I have seen. The effects are incredible, Rapunzel's long, blonde shining hair was done incredibly and some of the action scenes and the palace were so realistic in their own fairytale kind of way. There are so many fantastic characters that I actually could not choose a firm favourite, although Pasqual the chameleon was absolutely adorable!! Rapunzel is really stunning and some of the songs are incredibly catchy. Whilst I have chosen to not reveal the plot beyond the aforementioned arrival in the Kingdom, what happens afterwards is enough to warm you up inside, it's a lovely story filled with a mixture of betrayal, romance, love, humour and incredible music. I also love the fact that Disney includes humour to appeal to children and adults, making it enjoyable and entertaining for everyone, but also awakening the child inside any adults who appear to have lost the key to that part of themselves, myself not yet being one of them however! I really do wholeheartedly recommend this film.
All my life I have loved fairy tales - unlike some people I have never really grown out of them even though I learned a long time ago that they are complete fantasy and there's far more chance of me kissing a frog and having him stay a frog than turn into a handsome prince. Now I am not advocating kissing frogs but let's face it, a good man is hard to find. As we are discussing a fairy story here, I shan't mention Mae West's take on that statement either.
So while I have some friends who really dislike anything fairy story - and in particular anything Disney fairy story related - I don't mind and have enjoyed passing on my love of such fluff to my daughter, who is equally enthusiastic about them.
There are few fairy stories left for Disney to rewrite and claim copyright on and it would appear that Tangled, their take on the Brothers Grimm tale "Rapunze"l is to be their last. I was aware of this being in development a few years ago - back then Kristin Chenowith was linked to the project - but the film didn't receive its theatrical release in the UK until January this year and I was duly dragged to the cinema by my daughter to watch it in 3D.
I enjoyed it then but I must admit as time wears on the novelty of 3D in movies is wearing off for me. I don't find it adds to the overall experience much - apart from adding to the price of your cinema ticket - and I am increasingly finding myself thinking "so what" when I watch a film in 3D. I am also in no hurry to upgrade my fairly recently purchased HD TV and BluRay system to 3D, being happy enough with the high definition experience instead.
"Tangled" came out on DVD and BluRay last month and I picked it up on release date in HMV for my daughter for £17.99. I purchased the Double Play pack which contains a BluRay disc and the regular DVD. I had hoped this would be like previous Disney releases and actually be available as a Triple Play set with a further disc containing a digital copy of the film but sadly this was not to be, with Disney keeping this back for a Triple Play set which included a 3D BluRay and BluRay disc.
In a kingdom long, long ago, a magical flower is discovered by Gothel, a wizened old woman. She uses the power contained within this enchanted plant to find the secret of eternal youth. The king and queen are expecting a baby and the queen becomes very sick, and needs a miracle to survive. The plant is uncovered and taken to the queen who recovers and gives birth to a beautiful baby girl.
The princess is named Rapunzel and she inherits the magic from the flower in her long golden hair. Gothel discovers this and cuts a piece of hair off the baby, in the hope that it will contain the same magic contained in the flower. To her shock she realises that if the hair is cut, the power will vanish so instead she kidnaps the child, takes her to a tower hidden deep in the forest and raises her as her own child, letting the hair grow very, very long. She teaches Rapunzel to sing a song which releases the magic in her hair and keeps Gothel young.
We meet Rapunzel at the age of 18, longing for freedom and lonely too - with only her pet chameleon Pascale for company. Suddenly her path crosses with Flynn Rider, a thief and a rogue - and together they embark on a journey which leads to laughter, suspense and heartbreak as the fairy story is played out.
I must say that having seen this in 3D at the cinema, I actually far preferred the experience of watching the BluRay on TV at home. I actually think visually this is far more of a treat in 2D high definition and I was able to enjoy it more because of that.
Case in point is Rapunzel's hair - which you tend to miss when watching in the cinema in 3D - but watch at home on the BluRay and you realise just how much work must have gone into creating this huge length of hair and making it incredibly realistic in CGI. Similarly I didn't notice just how realistic the grass in the forest was until I watched the film at home and this has convinced me that for now anyway, 3D can remain in the cinema while I really get to grips with the joy of high definition on BluRay.
Our heroine, Rapunzel, has the potential to be feisty but in her naiveté doesn't realise just how much she is being manipulated by the woman she calls "Mother" Gothel. She's not a typically helpless female lead but she is a typical, post Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", Disney princess - doe eyed but also has a bit of an attitude and isn't too shabby at art either. Disney seem to have decided all princesses post Belle have to have a talent AND be beautiful - I guess they were inspired by beauty queens.
Flynn Rider, her love interest, is a thief and a vagabond but his character is just a little bit too similar to Prince Naveem in "The Princess and the Frog" for me - once again Disney foists the audience with a "hero" who is introduced to us a bad guy with the suggestion that it only takes one good woman to turn a bad man good. Now most of us (well most women anyway) know that's a load of old tosh so I can see why some parents really don't like Disney films for their daughters.
Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel and she is very good - she brings a charming innocence to the role without being too sugary. She has a lovely singing voice which she gets to put to good use in the song which introduces the audience to her character, "When Will My Life Begin".
Zachary Levi voices Flynn and he's suitably mischievous but he doesn't quite capture the charm vocally that the animation of his character suggests. The character of Flynn is wonderfully captured by the animation team at Disney and it has to be said that he has wonderfully expressive eyes which tell the audience what he is thinking. Levi is far better voicing some of the many sardonic one liners he has and it's his ability to do this which helps turn this initially unsympathetic character into a hero - but he's definitely more of a comic hero than charming hero.
The character animation is at its best on Mother Gothel, with directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard clearly being inspired by previous Disney female villians - there's certainly a touch of Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" in her character, never mind some Cruella de Ville. Donna Murphy voices the character brilliantly, capturing the manipulative and cold hearted side of Gethel's character beautifully, all the while convincing an innocent Rapunzel of how much she loves her. On the song "Mother Knows Best", Murphy is able to go to town vocally and give the audience an insight into her Machiavellian character.
A Disney film wouldn't be a Disney film without animal characters and this time round they have given us Maximus, a rather officious army horse, and Pascale, Rapunzel's pet chameleon. Pascale is charming if unmemorable but Maximus is a work of comic genius and his uneasy relationship with Flynn is brilliant. Neither of these characters speak but both are utterly convincing and enjoyable to watch and are a credit to the artists and animators.
My favourite scene in the film takes place inside the Snuggly Duckling pub, which is frequented by a bunch of ne'er do wells, all of whom aren't particularly easy on the eye. Rapunzel manages to charm them and the wonderful ensemble number "I've Got a Dream" provides much in the way of laughter and incongruity as a hook eyed bruiser reveals his longing to become a concert pianist along with other unexpected dreams amongst a group of thugs. Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett and Richard Kiel all lend their voices in this scene and it's brilliant.
The film runs to 100 minutes and the pacing is good although I do think it lags a bit towards the end. Like so many Disney films these days the ending takes a while to become clear, such is their ability to turn spells and enchantment into convoluted plot devices. There is some genuine suspense as the film reaches its conclusion however and as such it does keep an audience interested.
The sound quality is brilliant when viewing this through my home cinema system which has 7.1 capabilities and while it's not quite as good as being at the cinema it certainly comes close.
~~BluRay Special Features~~
The special features are a bit of a letdown to be honest. There is a 50th Animated Feature Countdown - which is a very short film comprising of brief (and I mean VERY brief) clips from all 50 of the Disney feature films made since "Snow White" - and culminating with the 50th, which is of course "Tangled".
There is a documentary entitled "Untangled - The Making of a Fairy Tale" which is really awful - it features Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi introducing various facts and figures about the film - and other Disney features - reaching it's nadir when Levi is incapable of pronouncing "Notre Dame" correctly. There may well be nothing like a dame, but not in Paris.
The deleted scenes are of more interest and are worked purely from the original storyboard for the film. It's interesting to see how the story changed in development, especially from one scene featuring a fortune teller and a monkey. There's also the opportunity to view the original storybook openings for the film but of particular interest for me was the extended songs which interspersed fully animated sequences with semi animated ones to enable the viewer to hear full length versions of Mother Knows Best and When Will My Life Begin. It's interesting to see how Rapunzel's hair isn't included in full in many of these sequences and gives you a taster of how the CGI builds up in layers before becoming the finished product.
Finally there is a rather blatant 3D advertising trailer featuring Timon and Pumbaa from "The Lion King" and I must say I do find it rather distasteful how Disney are pushing 3D - there's actually a leaflet inside the BluRay disc informing buyers of how to get 3D BluRay in "4 easy steps" - which are 3D HDTV, BluRay 3D Player, 3D Glasses and your 3D BluRay disc. This all sounds rather easy until you factor in the cost of all this - but children will read this and assume it's no problem for all families to have this in their living room. It also fails to mention you need 3D glasses for every member of the family too.
Video 1080p HD 16x9 1.78:1
Audio DTS 7.1 HD English/Italian, DTS 5.1 Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1 Portuguese, Dolby 2.0 Audio Described English
Subtitles English, English for the hearing impaired, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Duration 100 minutes
"Tangled" is a fun way to pass 100 minutes and it certainly gives fairy tales a slightly modern twist with a hero who is definitely inspired by Errol Flynn in more than just name and a heroine who is sweet but feisty. What takes it up a notch is a script which contains both visual and verbal humour - and which also will entertain people of all ages.
There are a couple of moments when you fear it might become too mawkish but by and large it manages to just stay on the right side of sentimental and shouldn't find the more soft hearted amongst us (that would be me) sobbing silently.
Although this is a fairy story, Disney have pitched it right to ensure it appeals to girls and boys and while they were criticised in some quarters for changing the title to "Tangled" to do precisely this, the story features lots of action sequences which will appeal to both genders.
My major criticism of this packaging of the film is the lack of a digital copy as Disney seem hellbent on pushing the 3D format more instead. The blatant advertising of this format is irritating enough but for them to change a format which worked so well on the BluRay releases of "Alice in Wonderland", "Toy Story 3" and "The Princess and the Frog" is annoying - what makes them think that those of us who own a BluRay player will be less likely to have digital media players than those who have 3D Blu Ray players?
I buy these multi format releases to cover all bases as it gives my daughter the regular DVD to play on her portable player when we travel as well as us being able to watch the BluRay at home. Having the digital copy enables us to both be able to watch these films whenever we want on an iPod Touch and also lessens the need to carry so much about with us - the size of a portable DVD player and accompanying discs is quite considerable compared to an iPod Touch with a film preloaded.
So in conclusion "Tangled" as a film is wonderful and works very well in high definition - having seen it in theatrical release in 3D I much preferred it at home in 2D high definition with colours and clarity much improved in my opinion. The lack of a digital copy isn't a deal breaker for me but I have to say it is a disappointment.
~*~Please note that dooyoo do not have a specific category for the BluRay release but this package I am reviewing does include the regular standard definition DVD~*~
Described by some as the modst expensive animated movie ever made, Tangled is a recent Disney movie loosely based around the fairy tale of Rapunzel.
In a distant land, the queen, pregnant with child, is on deaths door. The only thing that can save her and her child is the essence of a flower that witch woman, Gothel, uses to keep her young. When Rapunzel is born, the magic of the flower is transferred to her hair but, as Gothel quickly discovers, once the hair is cut, the magic dispels. Knowing that the only way to keep her youth is to abduct the child, Gothel makes off with Rapunzel and locks her in a tower. And it is here that Rapunzel is destined to spend the rest of her life; her only solace watching the chinese lanterns that the kingdom releases every year on her birthday praying for her return from her window.
Then one day, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, a stranger appears in her tower. Hisd name is Flynn Rider and he is a thief who has stolen her Tiara from the Royal Palace and is seeking refuge from the guards. Their first introduction is brief because Rapunzel knocks him unconscious with a frying pan shortly after he enters but when he awakes, he agrees to help her escape her confinement much to the chagrin of Gothel who knows that she will age without the magic of Rapunzel's hair!
And so begins what is a magical story with lots of humour, lots of twists and turns and, of course, the obligatory happy ending.
Tangled is one of the best Disney films in a long time. Everyone rates such classics like The Lion King and Aladdin but, for me, Disney have been batting under par for several years now with only the Tinkerbell movies giving any semblance of the movie company they once were. I know they are aimed at children but in my opinion, a good childrens movie should be able to appeal to adults as well. That is why films like Ice Age and Toy Story work and why Tangled too is such a well deserved success story!
This latest Disney perfectly recaptures the spirit and essence of the old Disney movies like Snow White and The Aristocats whilst giving us a much clearer and beautifully rendered animation. This, in fact, is the closest to the old Disney movies as any modern-day attempt has come and as such is definitely deserving of a full five stars!
Watch this and you will not be disappointed. Tangled is a sheer delight from beginning to end!
Baby Princess Rapunzel is one night captured from the castle in which she born by an evil witch who starts to call herself Mother Gothel. However, Mother Gothel only wants Rapunzel for the power that is locked with her hair - the power of healing and eternal youth which begins when Rapunzel starts to sing. As Rapunzel is about to turn 18, with hair that is now 70 feet long, she has a real wish to escape her tower prison to go and watch the lanterns which appear in the night sky every year on her birthday, even though she doesn't realise it is her parents, the King and Queen sending them up in memory of her lost daughter. She manages to escape with a handsome thief, Flynn Rider, who promises to help to a place to watch the lanterns in return for something he stole from the castle. Together, the pair head off on a wild adventure, something Rapunzel never thought she'd experience, but is Mother Gothel going to stop her dreams coming true? And will Rapunzel ever realise who she really is?
Tangled is that latest film by Walt Disney, and its one I have been wanting to see for such a long time. Harry has also been getting into Fairy Tales at school, with Rapunzel being his favourite sowhen I found out that Tangled was on the Kids AM offer at Vue cinemas for the first week of the Easter Break, I was really chuffed as I knew it would one Harry and I would both enjoy, and for £1 each, I certainly couldn't complain. It was definitely a popular choice because the cinema was absolutely full, I'm really glad I thought to book ahead or we'd have been very disappointed.
Immediately, it was obvious to me that it wasn't going to be an exact take on the Rapunzel story as is told in Harry's Grimm's Fairy Tales book but luckily he didn't seem to notice. It starts with a sick queen, who needs a special golden flower to heal her, only its being hidden by the evil witch, who later becomes Mother Gothel. Straight away, Harry was drawn in by the story, worrying about the Queen and being pleased when she was healed, and then as the story became more like the Rapuzel he has read about, he was pointing it out such as Rapunzel being locked in the tower, and Mother Gothel shouting "Rapunzel, let down your hair!" when she wants to come into the tower.
The animation is absolutely stunning and exactly what you expect from a Disney movie. It actually reminded me very much of what I call the Disney classics such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, films which will always have a special place in my heart and that you can enjoy over and over again. The animation is crystal clear, it has a real magical air to it and Rapunzel is the perfect Disney princess that all little girls will love. Harry was rather taken with her purple dress and her long hair actually, saying she looked beautiful, what a charmer my son is! As with all Disney movies, it is also filled with song, with some great numbers between the characters throughout that really filled the film with happiness!
The characters were all perfectly done. Rapunzel was the perfect heroine, she transformed from a quiet and shy young teenager into a confident and fun young woman and that was wonderful to see. It sounds silly but I was so taken with the way the animators handled her hair, there was such a huge amount of it yet it appeared perfectly in every scene and was a real major player, almost as if it deserved a character name of its very own. It was amazing when it took on the magical powers, Harry's chin literally dropped and it did add a special magic to what was already a fantastic movie. She is a very pretty character, as I say a perfect Disney princess and with Mandy Moore's speaking and singing voice, she sounds like one too. Moore does a superb job, sings the songs with real gusto and has that special angelic tone all Disney female characters have when they sing.
Flynn Rider is a great hero. I wasn't too sure about him at first, wondering how his heroic qualities would shine through but they certainly did. He is absolutely hilarious, delivering a lot of the comedic lines as well as his "smouldering" pose which had the audience, in particular us mums in stitches. Some of this humour goes over the little one's heads but even so it is really funny and I loved it. Zachary Levi voices Flynn and I think he does a great job, and lends himself well to Flynn's few musical numbers too. I was really impressed with Donna Murphy who voices Mother Gothel as well, I did expect it to be someone slightly older to be honest but Murphy's voice has a real quality to it which powers through the film, and she delivers the musical numbers of Mother Gothel with such ease, she certainly draws you in and does a great job with her character.
The songs featured are what I would call typical Disney music but they are brilliant. The movie starts almost immediately with a song by Rapunzel entitled 'When Will My life Begin', an uptempo number with Rapunzel trying to see the best in her sheltered life. The musical numbers carry on through the film, some with just Mandy Moore singing, and other ensemble numbers such as "I've Got A Dream". "I See the Light" is the love song of the movie sung between Rapunzel and Fynn towards the end of the movie and is very touching, but I have to say my favourite musical song has to be "Healing Incantation", a short song of only around a minute but it seems to capture the essence and magic of the movie in just that short few seconds, its perfect.
As you can tell, I probably cannot fault this movie at all, and I can't wait until its released on DVD so that Harry and I can enjoy it again. We left the cinema with Harry exclaiming it is new favourite movie (until we're forced to watch Wall-E again for the 1000th time I'm sure!) and he hasn't really stopped talking about it since, from Rapunzel's glowing hair to the evil witch who really captured his attention. I have to say the ending sequences were simply beautiful and there was't a dry eye in the house amongst us mums in the audience for one particular scene at the end, you can't help but shed a tear. There are no words spoken but the musical emotion and that on the animated characters faces speak it all. This film is simply beautiful, from its stunning animation, fun characters, beautiful scenery and wonderful musical numbers to the special message about taking a risk and getting everything you desire at the heart of it. Beautiful, and a must see.
Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
Written by Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm and adapated by Dan Fogelman
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Mandy Moore ... Rapunzel (voice)
Zachary Levi ... Flynn Rider (voice)
Donna Murphy ... Mother Gothel (voice)
Ron Perlman ... Stabbington Brother (voice)
M.C. Gainey ... Captain of the Guard (voice)
Available on DVD from May 23rd 2011.
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