In Theatres: 
Nov 24, 2010
Running Time: 
100 minutes

This is the first animated Disney "princess" film to get a PG rating by the MPAA. All other Disney "princess" films got a G rating.

Disney has been the leader in animated films since they started with Snow White way back in 1937. Since then, they have branched out to every genre imaginable but their Disney Princess films have had a special place in the heart of fans. Tangled marks the 50th animated feature from Disney and will be the last fairy tale film for the foreseeable future.

Tangled is a retelling off the Brothers Grimm story about the long haired beauty Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). When she was born, Rapunzel's hair had the magic ability to heal wounds, even to the point of restoring youth to prevent death. The evil witch Gothel (Donna Murphy) wants her special powers all to herself so she kidnaps Rapunzel and locks her in a tall tower and pretends to be her mother, warning her to never to leave the tower for people are cruel and would take advantage of her. Talk about being a hypocrite.

Eventually, the dashing thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) finds the tower when hiding from royal guards.Rapunzel convinces him to take her out into the world where she learns about everything she has missed over the past 17 years. Oh, and Flynn manages to learn a thing or two from her as well.

If you're a fan of the classic Disney stories involving damsels in distress, evil stepmothers, and random breaking out into catchy songs, then Tangled is the movie for you. The animation may be updated from the hand drawn images of long ago but the formula remains tried and true.

You'll instantly fall in love with the cute and adventurous Rapunzel and even more so with her little chameleon friend, Pascal. Even though he doesn't talk, his quirky actions and gestures speak for themselves. I've never heard any of Moore's albums or songs but she has a sweet voice and can sing well. Everyone, including Donna Murphy, sings a song or two and never does it feel forced or unnecessary.

Levi plays the outlawed bad guy who is just misunderstood. His character reminds me a lot of Prince Dastan from the recent Prince of Persia movie (also by Disney). He's constantly on the run, jumping around from ledges and precipices. He's the guy a young boy could look up to, minus the whole stealing thing of course.

Tangled is a classic fairy tale re-imagined for today's youth. You'll love all the characters, from the edgy princess Rapunzel to the Maximus, the horse who thinks he's a human. It does feel a little weird to have Rider fall in love with Rapunzel since she's only 17 and although we don't know his age, his manner makes him seem a whole lot older.

Still, Tangled pulls all the right heart strings and has everyone living happily ever after once you've left the theaters.

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Matt Rodriguez
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