When the kingdom's most wanted and most charming bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, 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...more
When the kingdom's most wanted and most charming bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, 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 duo sets off on an action packed escapade with a super-cop horse, an over protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. less
“A nice film that entertains all age groups, but a must watch for the animation fans.”
The House of the Mouse once ruled the roost in the animation arena; reflect briefly on how I said once. Over the past fifteen years or so, everyone from Pixar to DreamWorks and even Blue Sky Studios has left it behind primarily due to the advent of CGI animation. Disney's old school story telling though not redundant suffered from a lack of vision and an ability to market it self. Since 2007 however, Disney has slowly but steadily tried to claw its way back and with 'Tangled' it seems to have attained a modicum of credibility.
Essentially a retelling of the 'Rapunzel' fairy tale, 'Tangled' has been through quite a roller coaster ride during its production. The original title 'Rapunzel' was changed because someone at Disney was convinced the "girly" name would keep males away, but coming with a price tag close to $260 Million, no stone would be left unturned in trying to draw the crowds in. So 'Tangled' has all the old-school Disney tricks such as evil witches, kings and queens, the swashbuckling hero, the feisty princess, lush country side settings, medieval castles, songs and not to forget the animal side kicks. In addition to these tricks are the new age pop-cultural references made popular by the likes of the 'Shrek' movies.
Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore) was stolen from her parents, the King and the Queen, as a new born by the evil witch Gothel (voice of Donna Murphy). Gothel's interest lay in Rapunzel's hair, which have the power of restoring her youth. Separated from the world in a high tower, Rapunzel's been constantly reminded by Gothel of the evil that lurks in the world outside. Rapunzel however is more than just a little curious and when a thief, Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) takes refuge at the tower, she gets her opportunity and the strength to escape. But with Flynn's partners in crime and Gothel not far behind the duo can they get far ahead?
I quite liked the movie's analogy to the parent-child relationship with an overbearing Gothel constantly reminding Rapunzel of the "evils" out there and hence keeping her locked in for "her own good". The characters of Pascal the chameleon was mildly amusing but Max as the feisty horse takes the cake or should I say apple.
The songs were a mixed bag, with a few being quite hummable the others entirely forgettable. Assigning voice acting to relative lesser known actors helps in maintaining a low profile and not allowing an actor's image or voice to distract from the movie but it also doesn't offer any marketing advantage.
The animation is fluid, beautifully rendered and though it carries a 'Shrek' hangover; it's a sight to behold in parts. Since I did not watch the movie in 3D I can't comment on it, but I wouldn't be surprised if the 3D dulls the lush bright colors throughout.
'Tangled' has enough spunk to keep going for its short running length and more depth than usually warranted by a Disney fairy tale rendition. Everyone from kids to adults will enjoy it, don't miss this one.