Monday, November 28, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Tangled (2010)

After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life. [imdb]
Alright, this makes two perfectly fantastic movies in a row.  Tangled takes the story of Rapunzel and slightly tweaks it to be another of the best Disney animated features yet.  What The Princess and The Frog did with traditional animation (ie, perfected it), Tangled did to Disney's computer-generated animation.

I honestly have no problem whatsoever with this movie.  It's fun, exciting, and very classic.  The first time I saw the film, it reminded me of all the things I like about films like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.  The music is typical top-notch Disney, the animation is superb, and the backgrounds and CG artwork in general is stunning.

The story doesn't disappoint, drawing you in just right through the characters... Basically, it does everything right.

My only disappointment doesn't come in the movie, but in the packaged set.  Despite being a blu-ray (and having loads of room for data), there are very few special features on this set.  No commentary, which is truly disappointing, but there are a few deleted/alternate scenes.  There's a "making of" little thing, which is basically just Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi spouting a bunch already-known bits of trivia, most of which have little to do with the movie itself...  It's like a Disney Channel half-hour special geared towards small children.  What about us fanatics who want all the actual behind-the-scenes details?!

Anyways, I highly recommend this movie to anyone, young or old, male or female.  It's a great movie.

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