Netflix This: ‘Tangled’By
I had the pleasure of finally sitting down and watching the critically acclaimed Disney animation Tangled which came out in 2010 — this fact alone makes me ashamed to admit I am just seeing now. While I’m sure many out there have already seen it, I loved this film so much I had to gush about it and recommend people look for it on Netflix. Tangled isn’t my favorite Disney film, but it definitely oozes with the magic that has made the Disney logo one of the most recognizable castles on the planet.
This narrative is another Disney princess tale, this time with Mandy Moore voicing Rapunzel, a beautiful blonde imprisoned by her greedy mother in order to protect the powers held by her extremely long hair. Just before her 18th birthday, a thief on the run named Flynn (voiced by Zachary Levi) seeks a place to hide in her tower prison. The two strike a deal to help the other out, and Flynn and Rapunzel set off on an adventure. Tangled features the typical development that starts with distaste between the two but slowly buds into everlasting love (spoiler alert!). While Disney has run this course a thousand times, they always seem to execute with style and creativity that makes it all feel fresh.
Tangled showcases the singing talents of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi with more brilliant Disney song and dance. Another nod should be given to Donna Murphy who voices Mother Gothel, the oppressive mother of Rapunzel and the story’s villain. The songs advance the narrative and add context to characters in addition to perfectly fitting the mood of the scenes they are featured in. Another big plus in this film is the stellar animation with bright and bold colors accentuating the crisp images. The imagination behind the great visuals plummeted me into this fabricated Disney environment.
For those who haven’t had the chance to see Tangled, I strongly recommend you do. This is one of those films for all ages, one that will entertain both adults and children. I had a smile stretched across my face throughout the film stemming from funny situations, the characters within them, and the strong and quirky personalities given to the chameleon Pascal and the horse Maximus. No one gives non-speaking animals vibrant personalities better than the folks at Disney. Anyone who owns and loves dogs will get a kick out of seeing Maximus acting very much like ‘man’s best friend’ in Tangled. Disney restores the magic to their animation division with yet another princess tale, one for all to enjoy.