UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||Nathan Greno
|Produced by||Roy Conli
|Screenplay by||Dan Fogelman|
|Based on||“Rapunzel“ by
|Narrated by||Zachary Levi|
|Music by||Alan Menken
Glenn Slater (Lyrics)
Alan Menken (Score)
|Editing by||Tim Mertens|
|Studio||Walt Disney Animation Studios|
Whoever cut the trailer for Tangled should be fired–F-I-R-E-D!
It was pretty awful–and I was worried–Matt hated it and refused to got see it. But Dezi and I kept the faith…John Lasseter as head of Disney Animation would not allow a heartless, corny film to be the studio’s 50th animated feature–right?
Whew! We were right! Even Matt agreed…Tangled is a fine addition to the Disney legacy and a wonderful film.
It is a clever take on Rapunzel‘s famous fairy tale. Long locks–trapped in a tower–evil Mother Gothel–falls in love with a prince–happily ever after. Except….the golden long locks have magical powers–evil Mother Gothel is a master manipulator and traps her in the tower for her own safety (clever and effective)–the prince is a theft (I love an anti-hero)–and they still live happily ever after, but the journey is the fun here.
Mandy Moore is perfect. She portrays Rapunzel as vulnerable, yet surprisingly confident and capable. Zachary Levi is the surprise here. I enjoy him in Chuck (his TV show), but I loved him as Flynn Rider–cocky, selfish and charming–very Han Solo! And he can sing! The duet “I See The Light” is lovely and now Oscar nominated. (Nice to see Alan Menken back!) Although my favorite song is “Mother knows Best”. I want a Pascal (pet chameleon)– and horse just like Maximus–two animal sidekicks (that do not talk) that add to the story and not detract–refreshing.
The story had me laughing, engaged and even emotional. The directors made smart choices and in turn I cared about the characters. Rapunzel’s parents have no speaking parts, yet they are strongly effective as a soulful anchor. Well done!
I have now seen it a few times and love it more each time I see it! Way to go, John Lasseter!