Film Review: Tangled

03/08/2010

The latest effort from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Tangled is a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale. Due to be released later this year in the US, the film is not yet complete.

Stolen as a baby from the king and queen, Rapunzel spends her whole life in a tower. Believing her ‘mother’ has her best interests at heart, Rapunzel nevertheless still longs to see the world outside. A chance encounter brings the dream closer…

In the completed scenes, the animation is excellent. The attention to detail is particularly evident in Rapunzel’s hair; her long locks appear incredibly realistic. The musical numbers are solid, although perhaps not as instantly catchy as some of Disney’s previous animated musicals. As the film is unfinished, it is perhaps too early to judge this.

Following on from The Princess and the Frog, Disney have chosen once again to plunder the fairy tale genre. This is by no means a bad thing – many of the best Disney animated films have been based on fairy tales. There is one gripe with Tangled, however. It is a little too reminiscent of other animated features. There is a particular scene that harks back to Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel’s initial upbringing is remarkably similar to the She-Ra: Princess of Power origins film The Secret of the Sword.

Nevertheless, the film is filled with enough humour, action and romance to please a wide audience. Added to this are the likeable characters. Voiced by Mandy Moore, Rapunzel is sweet-natured, but like many recent Disney Princesses, she shows some spirit. Both children and adults will be amused by the two animal sidekicks that feature in Tangled.

With Tangled, it looks like Disney have another hit on their hands. I look forward to seeing the finished film when it is released.

Tangled was viewed at a test screening. Although the full film was shown, it was not completed and is subject to change.

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