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January 17, 2017
Favorite movie alongside Shrek and Finding Nemo! Tangled is very underrated and MUCH better than Frozen. Although the songs aren't as memorable as other Disney classics, I can watch it over and over and never gets old.
January 12, 2017
Great movie for kids and adults. Very funny. Felt kinda like older Disney movies with the singing and story content. I've seen this dozens of times with family and I still haven't got sick of it. That's a testament to how good it is.
January 6, 2017
Great movie! Very funny and the characters are adorable.
December 15, 2016
Underrated as hell. Beautiful animation, catchy songs, and a strong princess.
November 27, 2016
Seems infinitely more traditional than Frozen but is very lush and engaging with a very taut climax.
½ November 26, 2016
I don't know what it is about these CGI Disney animated features, but they tend to seem rather generic when compared to classical 2-D works. "Tangled" is charming enough, but it's nowhere near incredible.
½ November 16, 2016
Tangled is amateur work when compared against it's goliath predecessors, considering it's own goliath $240 million budget. This goes to show no amount of money can buy an animation truly emotive with worthwhile songs and character complexes. Tangled relies more on comedy, and slap-stick, than on story development and intrigue. It uses a timeless formula and executes it to sub-standards. Tangled is a colourful mess, riddled with on-the-nose scenes that have the depth of a placid pool.
November 7, 2016
One of the best Disney films since the 90's. A gorgeous display of 3D animation with charismatic characters, catchy songs and beautiful art direction. One of my very favorite princess films.
½ October 25, 2016
Tangled is one of those Disney films that won the achievement of Disney's first ever CGI-animated musical fairytale film at its best. This movie is just amazing. With a great story (despite being a little too similar to The Hunchback of Notre Dame), incredible humour, amazing animation, fun, loveable and interesting characters and an enjoyable musical soundtrack by the comeback of Alan Menken. (Even though it's forgettable compared to Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast). If you really liked The Princess and the Frog, you will love this. You've done it again Disney. Keep up the good work.
October 8, 2016
Disney presents its 50th animation film, Tangled. Unlike the other animation films, Tangled is not hand drawn and it is computer animated. The story for this film is based on the tale of Rapunzel and as the legend goes, Rapunzel is locked up in a tower and she uses her long hair to let people climb in and out of the tower. In this rendition of the tale, Rapunzel's hair is magical and can heal people as well as keep them eternally youthful. Her hair is 70 feet long, as she is unable to cut it, or it will lose her power. She uses her hair to bring in and out of the tower Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), who is actually a woman who kidnapped Rapunzel at birth so she could use her power for her own gain.

Mother Gothel keeps Rapunzel in the tower and warns her of all the outside dangers in the world to keep Rapunzel isolated from the world. Rapunzel like Princess Aurora many years before grows weary of being locked up and in the dark and becomes more and curious about the outside world. She questions these lanterns that light up the sky every year on her birthday, and wonders their purpose. Her mother insists on keeping this from her knowing this will lead to Rapunzel's discovery of her abduction. On the day before her 18th birthday however, a young thief known as Flynn Rider shows up in her tower in attempt to hide from being captured. He agrees to show her the source of the lanterns as long as she give him back a tiara of his, which he himself stole from the castle. The two set off on an adventure, and come across double crossing bandits, soldiers, and a super cop horse all as she is pursued by her wicked mother kidnapper.

The animation of this film is stunning as this was Disney's most expensive animation piece at the time, costing 260 million. It was good to see that Disney did not abandon its animation attempts especially after the success of Pixar. The story for Tangled is somewhat ordinary, but Rapunzel herself (Mandy Moore) is a charming character that keeps the movie interesting. Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) does his best to handle the comedic element of the film and does so to varying levels of success. There are a few times where the story seems a little disjointed, and the Tangled sorely lacks a good side kick character that many other Disney films have. Rapunzel owns a chameleon that travels with her closely, but he does not speak, nor does he add much value to the plot. The story really focuses in on the 3 main characters and does not leave much room for interest or development of anyone else. In the grand scheme of things these 3 can carry the picture, but the film does not have a sense of grandeur that other Disney films are able to conject.

Alan Menken provides his musical talents again and the song I see the Light was nominated for an Oscar. This was in a nice scene that has Rapunzel and Flynn singing on a boat illuminated by the lanterns, and was clearly the Aladdin equivalent of "A Whole New World" for this picture. The rest of the songs do not particularly stand out, nor do any of the orchestral works. Overall Tangled is a welcome addition to Disney's animation library. Tangled will likely appease the female audience more, with a princess heroine. The film will not likely have a lasting impact as some of its masterpieces (Lion King, Aladdin, or Beauty and the Beast), but it is certainly a vast improvement over some of it's the more recent films produced by Disney.

September 28, 2016
Tangled has a great Cast, funny momments and great songs to make this a true classic. and a great retelling
September 26, 2016
For years Disney's animated films lagged behind Pixar. This was their attempt to get their own films going again, and honestly, I think they did a very good job. Having fun little characters and a very simple, but well-structured story, makes it feel very polished and good fun for the entire family.
September 19, 2016
Tangled is a real mile marker for Disney animation. With this film they regained prominence and seemingly stole all the originality and quality Pixar once possessed. It's a movie that follows the classic Disney Princess formula, but slowly makes the Princess herself a strong individual instead of a total damsel in distress (although this movie only takes baby steps in that direction.) Rapunzel is a goofy character that reflects some of the strange quirks one might acquire being locked in a tower for well over a decade. She gets a lot of the laughs and Mandy Moore gives her a very sweet and innocent voice. I think Zachary Levi has a good voice for the wise-cracking Flynn Rider, a definite twist from the classic strong-voiced princes of the past. Perhaps the biggest vocal highlight is Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel, who brilliantly pulls off both sweet moments and also viciously overbearing moments (sometimes within only a few sentences of one another.) The songs are tons of fun, particularly in The Snuggly Duckling with all the kindhearted thugs. My biggest complaint is that Tangled doesn't divert enough from classic Disney tropes in order to stand on its own two feet. They still have the needless animal sidekicks (Maximus actually has a role in the plot but Pascal is utterly useless just for selling toys,) they still have the same predictable story beats, and in the end the Princess still needs her man to rescue her. There's nothing particularly wrong about these things, it just makes the movie feel a little derivative. However, for any fan of Disney animation or any parent of Disney fans, watching Tangled is a must.
½ September 17, 2016
Disney, oh Disney, you've had your ups and downs over the 49 movies you made before this. While there was a mid-2000s slump of disappointments, after Pixar became a full member of your family, you began to improve, with exciting adventures like Meet the Robinsons and Bolt, and the traditionally animated Princess and the Frog. With these under your belt thanks to the help of Pixar magic, your first CGI musical proves not to be a let down (like what Rapunzel does with her hair), but a raising of the standards for CGI animation as a whole, especially with Rapunzel's long, long, long, long... long, long hair (thank Disney this movie isn't as long as Rapunzel's hair). Our story opens with Rapunzel's mother being saved by a magic flower that Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) uses to extend her life and look young. After she accidentally reveals its existence to the guards searching for a cure for the queen, she desperately seeks to get it back somehow, and the queen's daughter (who she was pregnant with when she was sick and cured) showcases magical hair whose abilities are eerily reminiscent of the flower. To get that power, she pulls a reverse-Bryan Mills, and uses her particular set of skills to take the princess, and use her hair as a magical restorative, and raises her as her own, raising her to be completely helpless. Fast Forward 17 or so years, and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) wakes up to the day before her 18th birthday, and asks to see the lights that always appear on her birthday (which are actually the king and queen sending lanterns into the sky to get the attention of Rapunzel). After being refused, she eventually discovers Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) in her tower, after he runs in by accident after being chased by the castle soldiers for stealing Rapunzel's crown from when she was a baby. After a hilarious interrogation scene, Rapunzel gets him to take her to the source of the lights in exchange for the crown. She boldly goes where no ludicrously long haired princess has gone before: the outside world, and after a montage of feeling good about abandoning her "mother" and feeling bad about it, she gets to the Snuggly Duckling, where a game of cat-and-mouse between her and Flynn and the guards begins, and continues for a while, culminating in another quality Disney climax. The plot isn't exactly tangled in plot holes, but there is a little more pushing of suspension-of-disbelief than usual. Otherwise, Rapunzel is a great Disney Princess. She may not be as independent and confident as Anna and Elsa proved to be in Frozen, but she adapts eventually (remember she left her tower for the first time ever about 25 minutes in, and only ever had contact with "Mother" Gothel until Flynn arrived, so she was her only positive relationship in her life, and the only other human being she ever had contact with, so it's alright and realistic for Rapunzel in particular to be a little helpless). Her chemistry with everyone in the film from Flynn to the Snuggly Duckling patrons is priceless comedy and an eye-opening experience to her. We've all had eye-opening experiences. All of us have had something happen to us that ripped up what we thought was true and burned the shreds while we're forced to watch. This is Rapunzel seeing that the world is not the hell-hole that her "mother" made it out to be. Flynn is a classic suave, swashbuckling thief with a heart of gold who makes friends and influences people. All the music does its job, whether the characters start singing in the way all Disney characters must sing in this type of movie. Alan Menken provides a satisfying score while the cast provides wonderful songs that (while not the never-ending anthem Let It Go would be three years later) give us insight into the characters' feelings and add a layer of fantastical feel-good. And don't even get me started on the animation. The most expensive animated movie ever made could have just been an awe-inspiring look at how far animation has come since Disney first released Snow White in 1938, but in addition to how far they've come in 50 movies and 72 years (as of Tangled's release), we see an amazing story of an innocent girl meeting the world, and seeing that (while her mother told some truth) everything, like the Weird Al song says, she knew was wrong: the world does have selfish people, but sometimes, the worst-seeming people have dreams too, whether they want to see the floating lights like Rapunzel, or they want to be a concert pianist, mime, or a Pokemon master (last one is my dream, the rest are all from the movie). It actually makes an old Walt Disney quote ring true: "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt dreamed animation would bring joy to people, and animation in his name brings joy to those who watch to this day. May Disney give us fifty more classics, and many, many more.
½ September 5, 2016
Truly an amazing movie and a modern classic. I think that this movie is almost as good as Frozen but I'll give Frozen the victory because the songs on it were better. I really liked the fact that Tangled is a mix of many genres such as Drama, Comedy and Fantasy and has so many exciting moments who can make you feel many different emotions. Most of the songs were good enough and Rapunzel and Pacal were the higlights of the film. I really recommend everyone to watch it, it's Disney in its finest.
½ August 30, 2016
Superior to the much-hyped Frozen, Tangled is one of the better films in the Disney canon, and a very welcome return to form. A kind of spiritual successor to 1959's Sleeping Beauty, Tangled visually bridges the gap between 2D and 3D animation while also providing a strong, emotionally resonant storyline with memorable characters and a nicely unconventional villain. Funny, touching and spectacular (particularly in 3D), this is highly recommended.
½ August 29, 2016
After almost 20 years Disney's ambitious musical comes here. The movie "Tangled" besides the well made story of Rapunzel and the funny moments. Has sth everyone has tried to do. An excellent musical movie. I think is a very well Disney movie.
August 28, 2016
The music was great in this movie, as was the ending, and Chuck's performance really did it for me, but the battle in the climax was terribly contrived.
August 21, 2016
I enjoyed this more than Frozen. Much of that having to do with dialogue snappier and more original than, say, "finish each other's sandwiches". Zachary Levi is underutilized in Hollywood and I don't know why.
½ August 15, 2016
As the first CGI Disney princess film, Tangled is fantastic!
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