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Capone calls the Rapunzel retelling TANGLED one of the best Disney animated films of the last 20 years!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. While it may lack some of the emotional depth of what remains Disney's finest modern animated feature, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the studios 50th film, TANGLED, is as good as or better than works like THE LITTLE MERMAID and ALADDIN, due in large part to the man who wrote the music for all three of the aforementioned works, Alan Menken, whose tunes have also had us leaving theaters humming after such films as LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, NEWSIES, and ENCHANTED. With lyricist Glenn Slater, Menken gives us about a dozen music cues, most of which are infectious tunes. My personal favorite is their ode to overbearing mothers everywhere, "Mother Knows Best," performed by the mind-blowingly good Donna Murphy, who voices Mother Gothel. But I'm getting ahead of myself. TANGLED is a reworking of the legend of Rapunzel. It's not exactly the Brothers Grimm version, but it's not that far off (so much so that this is the first of Disney's "princess" films to earn a PG rating). The king and queen of the land have a child who has been infused with the power of a flower that grants those who recite an incantation near it the power of eternal youth as long as you rejuvenate yourself about once a week. Because her mother drank medicine with the flower in it, the youth-giving power was passed onto the baby Rapunzel, turning her hair golden. The evil witch Gothel, how had been using and hiding the flower to keep herself young for years, kidnaps the child and hides her away in a tower, convincing her "daughter" that the outside world is too scary and dangerous to go into. When Rapunzel questions Gothel about possibly going out, Gothel breaks out "Mother Knows Best," and a big smile grew across my face. Most of you know Murphy as Mrs. Dr. Octopus, who is killed early on in SPIDER-MAN 2 or from THE FOUNTAIN, but I've never heard her pull out the mean quite so convincingly. Joan Crawford would have played Gothel 60 years ago. The now-18-year-old Rapunzel is voiced by Mandy Moore, who effortlessly captures her character's sweetness and a little bit of her crazy. She has been locked up in one big room for her whole life, so it's not surprising she's a bit eccentric. Her best friend is a chameleon named Pascal, who is quite funny and expressive. In fact, two of the best characters in TANGLED don't have voices. In addition to Pascal, there's the Captain of the Guard's horse, Maximus, that is hellbent on protecting Rapunzel and capturing a handsome thief named Flynn (Zachary Levi), who, while running away from the heist of a valuable crown from Rapunzel's real parents, stumbles upon the hidden tower where she is being held. The two eventually strike a deal whereby if Flynn escorts Rapunzel to the village where, every year on her birthday, thousands of paper lanterns are launched into the air, then she will return the crown that she has hidden from him. I watch "Chuck," so I thought I was aware of Levi's capabilities, but I've never heard him be quite as funny as he is here. It's like the restraints are off, when I didn't realize they were ever on. There's a moment when he tries to take advantage of Rapunzel being torn about disobeying her mother by leaving the tower, and his powers of persuasion are as magnificent as they are unsuccessful. One of my other favorite musical moments takes place at a tavern where all manner of thugs drink and cause trouble. The establishment is called the Snuggly Duckling, and Flynn takes Rapunzel there (again, hoping to scare her back to the tower), but instead her talk of realizing her dreams sends the hooligans (including those voiced by Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, Paul F. Tompkins, and Richard Kiel) into the pub sing-a-long "I've Got A Dream." Also along for some villainy are a pair of thieves, the Stabbington Brothers who also happen to be Flynn's ex-partners, chasing him down for that crown. If I'm not mistaken, one of the brothers doesn't talk and the other is voiced by the great and unmistakeable Ron Perlman. You can probably guess where things lead on this road to the lamp ceremony, which Rapunzel doesn't realize is done to commemorate her disappearance. And while she's convinced Flynn only wants his treasure, she starts to have feelings for him during their journey, which includes being pursued by the Stabbingtons and Rapunzel's fake mother. Disney opted not to go the hand-drawn animation route as they did with THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG last year, and while I truly do not want to see that art form die out, the computer animation used for TANGLED is quite richly realized, while the 3D is spectacularly flawless. First-time feature director Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (who also directed the entertaining BOLT) did a great job getting these energetic performances from the voice players, without their work coming across as pandering to young children, who might be a little shocked by parts of the film. There's a bit of death, a lot of endangerment, and even some icky kissing. But mostly, TANGLED is pure enjoyment of the highest level. It's a classic story told in a refreshingly new way; the music is superb; and the animation is exciting, fluid, and strikingly realized. It's impossible for me to imagine anyone not having fun with TANGLED, easily one of Disney's best in the last 20 years.
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  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    one for three

    by Aloy

    not bad, how long till you can tell it's a classic....

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    only time will twll

    by hirsty

    that is all.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST


    by D o o d

    does look good but I would like to ask numskulls at Disney what was wrong with the title Rapunzel..? Such a classic story and such an excellent title!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Disney animators have perfected a way...

    by LowDevil

    too add bounce,drag,stretching and secondary movements to their characters. Much like traditional animation was. This answers why computer animated films are looking better. Take it from an animator.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    great news capone..

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...looking forward to it.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    It's sad Capone that you haven't mentioned

    by dopppleganger

    Lilo & Stitch, or The Emperor's New Groove which are truly great animated Disney films from the past 20 years right up there and probably better than most PIXAR films. Why Did Disney marketers decide to not call this Rapunzel instead of an abortion title like Tangled

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Rapunsel? Might wanna fix the headline

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    I saw the trailer for this yesterday

    by Righteous Brother

    and was surprised at how entertaining it looked, especially as I'm not a big Disney fan.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Title change - I thought everyone knew?!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><Br>It was originally called Rapunzel Unbraided, but the geniuses at Disney were afraid boys wouldn't be caught dead going to a movie called Rapunzel, so they gave it a generic title (Tangled) and in the marketing played up the role of the main male character Flynn Rider.<br><Br>Personally I hate the title and hate that marketing is dictating creative decisions. But that doesnt change the fact that the movie looks excellent.<br><Br>

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    LION KING was better than Beauty and the Beast

    by Sardonic

    Lion King is king.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Yeah Lion King and Aladdin (even with Robin Williams)

    by David Cloverfield

    are the bests me thinks. Hercules is cool tool. There's not much in Beast a little boy could enjoy. Also: I like the name Stabbington.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    See, this is why I went off on Beauty and the Beast

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    It's wayyyy too revered. When was the last time you actually went back and watched the damn thing? If ever there was a Disney movie that deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, Beauty and the Beast was NOT it. Here's what I said in the Winnie The Pooh talkback: <p> Watch Beauty & The Beast. When it first came out, even as a kid, there was something about it that I thought was wrong, that didn't quite add up. After deciding to watch it a couple of years ago just to see how it held up I was shocked at how... </p> <p> There is an incredibly small amount of character development - for instance, the Prince's backstory is told in the story-book-prologue in the beginning. </p> <p> Which might be ok in a better movie, but then you look at his actual story: He was a young teen (around 16 or 17) when he first encountered the enchantress, I mean, who wouldn't be kind of a douche at that age, am I right? Especially with all that money! [And seemingly dead parents!] </p> <p> And Gaston, while full of himself, never really is established to be a complete asshole, except that he's really into Belle when he could have any other girl in the village. </p> <p> I just, I mean, I don't know, it's been a while since I re-watched it so I can't remember all of the issues I had with it, but I am stupefied that it got nominated for Best Picture. </p> <p> And The Beast's reveal was happened at the beginning of the damn movie! - totally robbing any anticipation or dread about what he might actually look like! </p> <p> Beauty and the Beast truly came out during the Renaissance Period of Disney animation, but when you look at the much stronger competition (Lion King and Aladdin, Mulan, even The Hunchback and Pocahontas, and to a lesser extent Hercules and Tarzan, though I'll never forgive the Academy for giving Phil Collins the award over Trey and Matt that year) it's insanity to me that anyone would put Beauty and The Beast at the top of the list. </p>

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:30 a.m. CST

    "And The Beast's reveal * happened..."

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    That's what I get for not going back and reading what I wrote.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    I gave up after Pocahontis... oh, and growing pubes.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    I always rooted for Gaston.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    FWIW - The movie is called Rapunzel over here

    by V'Shael

    and in several other european countries anyway.<br /><br />I guess the powers of disney marketing execs are not quite world-wide yet.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Why do they have to put songs in there?

    by batmans_pants

    I know lots of you folks love a musical number or two, but for me nothing breaks the pace of a story better than the characters spontaniously breaking into song. This is the reason I never watched Disney animated films as a child. They completely lost my attention when the singing started. I was looking forward to this film as the trailers looked kind of funny and Zak Levi is generally entertaining. Now I know it's got songs, won't be going near it I'm afraid.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Woohoo! Scores For Everyone !

    by KingDingaLing

    Some don't work but the majority of them do. The best thing is when using the free slow download option on Megaupload there is no long wait when downing the second links.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Women have no place in Disney movie titles anymore

    by ricarleite2

    Neither have coloured people. Anyone still remembers princess Tiana?

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I'll see it just for Richard Kiel!

    by PaddyIrishman

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    OK we get it

    by jameskpolk

    You don't like Beauty and the Beast. <br><br>I personally disagree with about every point you make. You don't think Gaston is enough of an asshole? He waits till the girl's dad is out-of-town and bursts into her home expecting to marry her. All based on the premise of "she's the best, and I deserve her."<br><br>Would you have liked it better if he had raped her in her father's kitchen? sheesh.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by jameskpolk

    Gaston pays off the keymaster of the local looney bin to have Maurice locked up until she consents to his advances. An act up villainy on par with Scar's betrayal of Mufasa, I'd say.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    musical huh?

    by Bouncy X

    thats a turn off, i mean i was never planning on seeing this in theaters and i'll still rent it and all but yeah. CGI animation seems to usually be safe from singing so i figured this was as well. i guess it really is a disney animated film that just happens to be CGI. i'm still impressed with the two leads, they totally have that "disney face". especially rapunzel, she's like a blonde ariel or belle or a white and blonde jasmine or whatshername from the hunchback movie.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    what? no love for the Emporer's new groove?


    where does that fir in, exactly? it's not a classic disney fairy tale, really, shit, it doesn't even classify as a full length disney movie, i think- but it was pretty freaking funny. I also liked hercules quite a bit. what's wrong with me?

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    oops- FIT in.


  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Considering Disney said this may be their last princess movie

    by terry1978

    I may have to give it a look this weekend, just so i can say I saw the last one.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    this is better than The Lion King?

    by mrbong

    wow, must be one of the most mindblowing films ever made!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    is disney still slipping porn into their flicks?


    hidden frames of bare breasts, objects that look like penises, puffs of smoke that spell out 'sex' and all that jazz?

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Thank God it's called RAPUNZEL over here!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    TANGLED is just a stupid and meaningless title.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    I first saw Beauty and the Beast in college...

    by Chewtoy

    Great date flicks, those early 90's Disney films. Anyway, I couldn't disagree more with that guy up above ragging on it. If you were a child at the time, then you likely don't recall what a complete revelation that film was. Animation was nearly dead... There was no Pixar, there was no Dreamworks, hell, before the Little Mermaid there was practically no Disney feature animation. TLM and BatB pretty much reignited an entire style of filmmaking, made it wildly popular for all ages and racked up the accolades. <p> And for those who saw the modern animated age unfold in order and were old enough to appreciate the filmmaking skill invovled at the time, there's no question about the film's merit.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    No 2D animation no dice...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    ...sorry but there's absolutely no reason this couldn't have been done in 2D. I supported Princess & the Frog, but I will not support this.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Zombot: if that stuff is porn to you, then yes.

    by Chewtoy

    Although it's not Disney so much as animators. And even then, half of the stuff is people with overactive imaginations looking for things. (The letters "sex" in the Lion King are actually "sfx", as the dandelions seeds floating away are done by the special effects team, and the famous Priest's boner in The Little Mermaid is actually his kneecap. But there's a photo of a topless woman in an apartment window in the Rescuers and Jessica Rabbit did go without underwear long before modern starlets were flashing the camera, so it does happen.)

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    On Beauty and the Beast

    by seasider

    I recently watched it after buying it on Bluray. While I agree that the movie gets an excessive amount of praise, it's a movie that still holds up well after all these years which is something I can't really say for Aladdin and Lion King. If the movie was released today would it be as well received as it was in 1991? Probably not but that's the case with a lot of movies now considered classics. Timing is everything. The movie came out at the dawn of Disney's 2nd golden age of animation and it was also during at time the U.S was in an economic recession. People were looking for something to make them feel good and Beauty and the Beast hit the spot for moviegoers of all ages which is not easy to do for an animated film aimed at kids. As for the movie itself, it is not without flaws. I mean we still don't even know what the Beast/Prince's name is or what people or country was he ruler over. But the movie's heart is in the right place which makes the viewer oversee the faults and just root for Belle and the Beast to hook up.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Look, I'm just saying that comparing it to even mediocre

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Disney films now, the pacing is all off. <p> And I totally understand the fact that it helped revitalize the Disney animated films industry (not that other animated films weren't finding success), and led to Aladdin and The Lion King. I'm just saying that looking back on it now I don't see how you can compare it to the others. <p> OK, so yeah, threatening to lock Belle's dad in a mental hospital was a really dick move, no one has disputed the pacing issues, character development/lack-there-of, or Beast reveal. </p>

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    Zachary Levi doing a Will Ferrell impersonation

    by jimmy_009

    I swear I thought that was Will Ferrell. And better than Aladdin??!?? We shall see...

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I like the look of the film, I actually think this is the way all disney films should go, CGI rendered animation is just the next step in animation, it isn't replacing hand drawn, it's just the evolution of hand drawn (replacing cells and paper with computers and digiatal film)<P>I still gotta see Harry potter 7 so Tangled will likely get bumped to next week but i do intend on seeing this ASAP

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Eh, I'd dispute all of those..

    by Chewtoy

    Kids today, and their decompressed storytelling and need for origin stories to be told on screen. I'm glad they covered the curse in the prologue.. The real story was about the breaking of it. And the whole point was a metaphor for coming into maturity, learning not to be a dickish teenager who is completely self centered but actually caring about the needs and feelings of others, so there was the character development necessary. And as for the Beast's reveal, he's only glimpsed from the back and side in shadow early on. Yes, when you already know what he looks like you can make it out, but if you don't then you still want a better look. Of course, all of this is moot when you live in the real world and know that there's no way the marketing of the film wouldn't include a look at the main character before anyone set foot in the theater anyway.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Lion King Rules

    by BilboRing

    But comparing Lion King to Aladdin to Beauty and the Beast to Little Mermaid is like comparing a Porsche to an Audi to a Corvette etc. As a father of three young kids I am glad Disney/Pixar is on a huge run and producing really great films for the entire family. I love Disney!! I do agree that the title sucks though. I have a feeling that the title will deter people rather than draw them in.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    agree the trailer LOOKS good


    by that i mean the computer animation fits their later hand-drawn style to a T. there is also a nice heft and texture to everything. good job disney!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Musical cartoons

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Not something I enjoy

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    So I should take my girlfriend and her daughter to this

    by CreasyBear

    instead of Megamind? Deal. Considering awhile back the squirt begged us to take her to Vampires Suck (and that wasn't happening), Tangled will be much more doable.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Better than LILO & STITCH?

    by zillabeast

    I fucking love that movie

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Murphy was also...

    by crankyoldguy of the good things in the fair "Star Trek: Insurrection."

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I'm trying to imagine the person who goes nuts over the title...

    by dr sauch

    My mental image is of like a 400 lb man/woman surrounded by disney plush dolls and posters. Honestly, WHO CARES ABOUT THE TITLE?!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Beauty and the Beast

    by Mrelia

    Things that always bugged me about that movie: 1. I still don't see the logic in cursing an entire castle full of people in order to teach a lesson to an 11-year-old. 2. If "Reading Books" is so unfathomable to all the townspeople, how come they have such an impressively well-stocked bookstore in a small 18th century village? 3. It's only been 10 years, how come no one seems to know about a massive castle within a day's walk of the village? (Must be part of the curse?) It was nicely animated, but there's more holes in the plot than there are stupid network executives in television.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I saw the trailer..

    by jellypop

    and thought it looked junk, even my children were not impressed. It looks Brother Bear bad..but what do I know? I'll stick with Dumbo as my favourite Disney film beats all the others hand down.

  • animated cartoon/movie: the Ichabod Crane half of the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Beauty and the Beast is filled with plot holes alright

    by ricarleite2

    And the writters aknoledge this on the bluray's commentary track, but they favored a quick fun plot than solving every single problem of it. Regarding animation, it looks dated. A lot. Looks like it's made for TV, all flat and jumpy.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Not using 'Rapunzel' title cause it's like 'Rape'

    by performingmonkey

    If this isn't the truth of the decision not to use 'Rapunzel' then I'll gladly eat my own freshly shit shit. You know it's the truth, I know it's the truth. You know dat's tru, fuckaz.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by seasider

    The only thing I can think with the logic of the curse is that the witch/hot lady wanted to teach him that his actions as a Prince not only affect him but have consequences on those he rules over as well. The choice to have them be turned into household items worked well because it was symbolic of how he viewed those who served him before the curse. They weren't really people to him, they were objects there to do his bidding. I agree that it is a bit odd that these villagers live so close to the castle and don't know of its existence but movie and fairy tale logic often requires a suspension of disbelief and it's possible the writers didn't feel it was essential to the central story of the movie.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Seen it twice with the kids already

    by Abominable Snowcone

    And I concur; it's a terrific, delightful movie. And I don't use the word 'delightful' a lot.<p> Now, where's a 127 Hours review? Saw it last night. Franco rocks. Pun intended. See it and learn how a MAN behaves.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The animation in this is insane

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and the 3D is actually put to good use. Worth the surcharge. Warm your cold hearts, mein freunds

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Richard "Jaws/Eegah!" Kiel does a voice in this?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Cool.<BR><BR>Disney should fire their advertising department, however, for the HIDEOUS trailers and TV spots that have been cut for this, making it look like the worst kind of gag-laden, pop music-saturated, slapstick-heavy Dreamworks crap. I mean, Jesus, you have Alan Fucking Menken writing new songs, and not one ad for this movie tells you it's a MUSICAL?!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I got a good vibe from this.

    by blackwood

    I am a complete sucker for good Disney, even some bad Disney, so it's nice to hear it worthwhile.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Beauty and the Beast- Guilty By Association

    by terry1978

    That is why they were transformed along with the prince. Technically they were somewhat accomplices to the way he was raised to be an asshole, so they get the punishment alongside it.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    the ads were heavy with the GUY (flynn) character


    and i got the vibe it was trying to appeal to the shrek crowd. i'm sure the story differs, but that's how they cut it (complete with pop-punk music from almost a decade ago- instead of using one of the original soundtrack songs)

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I gotta disagree...

    by Flames gotta Eat

    I saw it and fell asleep. Found it boring and a fairly standard effort. Yes it's gorgeous to look at (that's a give in) but I didn't see anything special about the rest. Music is forgettable except for "Mother Knows Best" which I only remember the chorus to, and that's not even incredibly original. To me it was a good movie for little girls, and that's it really. I know they're doing everything they can to market it for boys as well but it's honestly a girls film, there's no getting around it and people will feel tricked as usual when studios lie in their marketing.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    yes, Kiel is the voice of Vladimir the Viking, who collects ceramic unicorns.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Ah, LowDevil, you're an ANIMATOR!

    by MrSandwich

    Good you squeezed your street cred in there. Normal everyday folk don't realize that old cartoons used squash and stretch.<br />Take it from someone who's written a lot of sentences.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    "Stabbington Bros."

    by army_of_me

    Hehe Maybe it is worth seeing...

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    IRL, if Rapunzel had been locked up for her whole life

    by jackofhearts29

    she would be severely mentally retarded, and unable to speak or understand any language. She might still be hot, though (although her body would be riddled with scurvy and rickets).

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    Nice. Take it from someone who smirks at a lot of posts.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Better than The Incredibles?

    by skimn

    I<p>SERIOUSLY<p>DOUBT<p>IT<p>This is the man that called For Colored Girls one of the BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. Who actually liked Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past. Capone's hyperbole is getting more outrageous than even Harry's.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by sideshowrob

    i like gummi bears

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Disney fucked up Rapunzel by giving it the Shrek treatment

    by tempoora

    Why turn a classic fairy tale into a me-too slap stick comedy, instead of a graceful beautiful balletic musical? And then having some retarded marketing research team call it fucking "Tangled"? Princess & the Frog was a Win, Tangled is a Fail

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Soooo glad to read this review, Capone

    by FeralAngel

    I've been waiting a long, LOOOONG time for the Walt Disney Animation Studios to find its way back home again. Lately, it seems like all Disney does is buy substandard junk like the Muppets to try to fill the gaping hole where classic Disney animated films used to be. It's good to know that the magic hasn't died, that SOME people at the Mouse House remember how to tell a good story. I initially had no interest in this movie, but based on the rave reviews - including yours - it's been getting, I'm willing to give it a shot and hope for the best.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "substandard junk like the Muppets"

    by skimn

    Yeah, that Jim Henson was an unimaginative hack. Pardon fucking me?

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by roypar

    Have you seen the film? It's NOTHING like Shrek. I just got back from a screening and I completely agree it ranks up there with Aladdin. I disliked The Princess and the Frog, but Tangled definitely compares favorably with the big 4 of the modern Disney animated classics.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    I thought Atlantis is pretty underrated too.

    by David Cloverfield

    Had some awesome character designs.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Lion King was sucky

    by Rupee88

    I was an adult when I saw it and it was mostly forgettable. Beauty and Beast was decent and so was Alladin. This review does make me curious to perhaps check this one out..just buy a ticket to a cheaper one and sneak in with my 3D glasses from Avatar..wouldn't be the first time.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Great! I Won't Say It's Better than . . .


    Aladdin or Little Mermaid, but it definitely belongs in that pantheon. It earns the emotional payoff of the sacrifice (that is then somehow obviated, but still, I loved that moment). I enjoyed Princess and the Frog (kind of a modern day Aristocats) but Tangled is a much, much better film. Way better than Bolt. And, some classic Disney musical numbers. Glad to see those come back.<br><br>This is a very strong film, with great set pieces, musical numbers, and excellent animation. Very well put together. Great voice work. See this movie.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    This is a Very Strong Movie


    Advertising campaign, on the other hand, was lame. Much better that the trailers would lead you to believe. for me, it was much, much better. Lots of good stuff. I look forward to seeing it again. And the glowing hair effect? Frickin' awesome.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I meant not really Disney standard, dude

    by FeralAngel

    Sorry. Jim Henson was a gifted innovator in his field of puppetry, but Walt he wasn't. But then again, who is? Certainly not Disney suits like TweedleMike and TweedleBob, who apparently think the way to keep Disney solvent is to buy up insolvent franchises featuring characters that add nothing to the company and don't really fit in with Walt's legacy at all. But whatever. Tangled looks like a hopeful return to what has generated a lot of the classic Disney magic: well-told fantasy tales interpreted by a group of gifted artists with an original vision. And that's why I'm now looking forward to seeing this film. And a friend of mine who's manager of a theater told me when I booked my tickets this evening that Tangled's doing very very well there, even selling out some shows. Can't wait to see it.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I'm interested in seeing this

    by BillEmic

    now that I know it's apparently better than it's shit trailer. Sad thing is, I'm a 20-something single guy. Who the hell do I really have to take to see this movie? Nobody. Guy friends can't be hassled to go and see Disney musicals with their "bros."

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Why do men think they have to take a girlfriend or a kid...

    by Nasty In The Pasty order to see an animated/"family" movie in the theater? I'm 36 years old, and I see most Pixar movies opening day. I *love* animation, and don't care who knows it. Do guys think everyone in the theater will think they're a pedophile or "gay" if they attend an animated movie without using their wife/girlfriend or child/niece/nephew as some kind of shield? Man up, and don't feel ashamed for liking such an innovative and beautiful art form.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I can accept 'Tangled,' but why not just call it 'Rapunzel?'

    by Kamaji

    I still get a nervous tic just remembering that dreaded 'Rapunzel: Unbraided' title during the Eisner regime, intending to make the film a hip and edgy piece. Though I was surprised about this film. I just hope that it'll get good word-of-mouth, after Princess and the Frog just died last year at the B.O. It feels like since the direct-to-video debacle that the old Disney did, the guys now have alot of work undoing the damage of families and people just saying, 'Meh, wait 5 months and we can rent it.'

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Interesting topic can a guy see this movie on his own?

    by andrew coleman

    I have no kids. My girl friend said the movie looked "Shitty as hell" so can I see it by myself? Nasty in the Pasty brought up a interesting topic. I generally don't give a shit what people think about me. Still do guys who go to these movies alone get the "pedophile" glance or the "must be gay" comment? I get that maybe if you went saw Twilight on your own people might question you but animated movies? Interesting topic. A local theater is playing Tangled and this review might have me check it out.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    One of the best of past 20 years?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Animation-wise, this might be the best, period. It's an eye-blinding spectacle - the first CG-animated movie I wouldn't have rather seen hand-drawn since the first two TOY STORYs and superior to even those. It's every-blade-of-grass detail is superior to every Pixarish thing, with the possible exception of WALL-E. If you say otherwise, you're just wrong.<P>I'm not certain I'm in love with the story --- the remarkably surprising climax is tarnished by your auto-pilot "Disney death do-over" --- and the songs are nearly unlistenable for these rock-n-roll ears --- mix your tween Disney pop with generic Broadway --- except for the thugs' production number.<P>I saw it in 2-D, and, yes, the show-stopping sequence is designed for 3-D and probably more effective in that format, but I'm still not a 3D convert, and I won't pay the extra money for one three-minute sequence. The rest of the time, you don't need the added gimmick. The dimensionality is already astounding.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Subtitles_Off

    Yes and yes.<P>Yes, you can see it on your own, and, yes, you'll probably get a couple of "look at that freak" stares.<P>No, it probably won't "move" you to tears as it would if you were an 18 yr-old girl or the mother of one, but I'm not a samurai, either, and I wouldn't let that stop me from seeing a Kurosawa film --- girlfriend be damned.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    It's Disney's answer to Shrek

    by Orionsangels

    A fairy tale that mocks itself.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    spectrebeeyatch, I get a TON of shit for liking animated movies

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Or just "cartoons" as people I know online refer to them disdainfully. I dunno, I never "grew out" of liking animation (the shitty 80's TV commercial stuff aside), but increasingly as I edge towards 40, I wonder if all of the soccer moms in the theater with their kids ARE giving me odd looks when I sit down by myself to enjoy the latest Disney or Pixar film. No matter how critically accliamed an animated feature is, no matter how well it plays to all ages, there's always that part of the audience who simply will not go unless they're "forced" to by their children or Significant Others (and will give anyone over the age of 20 dirty looks if they attend by themselves). I mean, seeing a piece of shit "kiddie" movie like Alvin & The Chipmunks or Yogi Bear by yourself *is* weird (at least it indicates a serious lack of filmgoing taste), but why should I be made to feel guilty if I want to see the latest Disney 'toon feature by my lonesome?

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by kitkats99

    It sounds like they've completely changed the entire story of Rapunzel aside from the girl in a tower bit..She's supposed to be taken as a baby by the witch because her parents stole from the witches garden due to the mothers horrible pregnancy cravings..They stole her mache greens, which is actually called Rapunzel and thats where the girl gets her name. Why is she named after lettuce in this movie if she has some magic youth flower in her hair?

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    I agree, one of Disney's modern best

    by chuckmoose

    I was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this!

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    It's nothing like Shrek...

    by Chewtoy

    ..both because it's absolutely gorgeous, while Shrek has always looked kind of crappy, and because it's a full on adventure story told with a humorous slant, while the Shrek films have always been parody first and foremost.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I just saw this today......

    by D o o d

    I completely agree with Capone. This film is fantastic. Not only that, it's better than any movie that dreamworks has come out with and is even better than some of the Pixar movies.<p>I should also add that John Lasseters name popped up too so it's kinda Pixar anyway! Seriously guys, check out this movie, it was fantastic!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    82 million domestic in 5 days is NOT a bomb.

    by blackmantis

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Surprisingly my favorite Disney animated film.

    by antonphd

    I hated the trailer for this film but this film surprised the hell out of me.