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“Tangled” Wraps Up Audiences

The newest Disney princess makes her way to the big screen in “Tangled.”

Everyone knows the Brothers Grimm story of Rapunzel and her loooooong golden locks. In this version, Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel,  a princess with magical hair who was kidnapped at birth by an evil enchantess named Gothel (Donna Murphy) so that Gothel could use Rapunzel and her hair to stay young forever. Like in the original story, Rapunzel is kept in a tall tower without any doors or ladders, hidden deep in the woods on the outskirts of the kingdom.

One day, while trying to outrun the palace gaurds, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a local thief with a very valuable trinket, stumbles upon the tower and climbs to the top thinking it would be a good place to hide. Rapunzel, who is no damsal in distress, knocks Flynn out with a frying pan and hides his stolen goods. When he comes to she promises to return his items to him only if he’ll take her out of her tower and show her a bit of the world for her 18th birthday.

When Gothel returns and realizes her captive is missing she sets out to find her before Rapunzel’s true identity as the kingdom’s missing princess is revealed. And as with any Disney movie there’s lots of singing and dancing and falling in love along the way.

“Tangled” is an incredibly cute and well-done movie. I was raised on Disney and this latest definitely makes my top five! (Rounded out by “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan,” and “Hercules.”) It’s definitly worth your time.

I really enjoyed the animation. It was sharp and bright with vivid colors and looked like older animated films. Don’t get me wrong, I’m impressed by the latest CGI technology and the Disney/ Pixar films do look amazing, but it was nice to take a break and take-in a 2-D world again.

Another aspect that I really appreciated were the voice actors. Everyone does a good job, but the best part was that I forgot who they were. Nothing takes me out of an animated movie faster than when I can’t separate the real actor from the cartoon they’re voicing. A lot of times studios cast big name celebrities  thinking it will be a big draw, which it is, but when you’re watching the movie all you can think is, “Why is Brad Pitt‘s voice coming out of that guy’s lips?”

You know the story, and you know exactly how it will end, but you don’t really care. In the end, “Tangled” is a solid movie. It’s classic Disney, if maybe not a Disney classic.

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