Although such a description might make some audiences wary after recent cinema flops, Tangled takes superb aspects of films like Princess and the Frog and great parts of Pixar classics and throws them in together to make a fine piece of work from Disney once again.
The plot focuses on Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) who’s stolen by the evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) at a young age and imprisoned in a tower out of sight. When she falls in love with a passing bandit (Zachary Levi), she ventures outside for the very first time.
Although it may not be a hand-drawn animation and it may not be to everybody in the audience’s taste, it manages to look as fantastic as one would expect from Disney. The animation is vibrant and bursting with life and even minute details have been perfected marvellously.
Tangled‘s humour and charm is maintained throughout and, surprisingly, it never falters. The plot doesn’t waver, offering a streamline narrative that will even keep little ones intrigued and fascinated for the whole running time.
The characters are a fun and kooky bunch. All the usual Disney suspects are present and, naturally, there are some that stand out above the rest. Refreshingly this time around it isn’t actually the villain of the story who has the most impact, it’s Maximus the horse and Pascal, Rapunzel’s sidekick chameleon. Both are zany, well-crafted and bound to make the majority of the audience laugh. The voice cast do an exceptional job to keep their character’s charming personalities alive and not a single voice feels out of place.
Although the villain may not be the best of the bunch, Mother Gothel is nonetheless an inspired villain – so much so that potentially she could even rival some of Disney’s better-known villains. The inspiration for the character came from pop singer diva Cher, and, although a recognisable inspiration, it’s safe to bet that Cher isn’t as evil as Mother Gothel herself!
The one aspect that doesn’t really impress are the songs. A couple of songs are catchy but the others feel a little too under-worked and uninspiring, almost as if the imagination that went into the rest of the film dried up. Having said this, Disney should be commended considering this is Disney’s first try at musical numbers in CGI animated films.
It’s a little more Shrek and Enchanted than Princess and the Frog but it’s still a great film from Disney who have proven once again that they will be around for years to come.
Best song: Rapunzel and the bandits singing ‘I’ve Got a Dream’.