Newest Review: ... 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... more
I know every line!
Member Name: catrocks03
Advantages: great animation, catchy songs, good storyline, family film
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!
Summary: Can't fault it, another success by Disney!