Walt Disney Pictures - Tangled (Review)

Growing up, I was always a huge fan of Disney movies. What kid isn't?! I remember waiting in anticipation for the next animated movie to come out - hoping that my brother and I would get to watch it on the big screen. Some of my very favorites (to this day) are Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. I guess the whole fairy tale thing never grows old, because when I was offered the chance to take D to an advanced screening of Tangled - I couldn't wait!

Tangled Synopsis 
Walt Disney Pictures presents “Tangled,” one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told.  When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.  Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. In theaters this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D™, “Tangled” is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.

Voice Cast:  Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins
Directors:  Byron Howard, Nathan Greno
Producer:  Roy Conli
Composer:  Alan Menken
Lyrics by:  Glenn Slater
Screenplay by:            TBD

My Review
Since D is only 2, I wasn't sure how well she'd sit through the movie so I invited my 2 young cousins along with us, hoping they'd set an example for D.  When we got to the theatre, we were promptly given our tickets, our cool 3D glasses (the kids got a kick out of those!) and we found our seats.  Everyone settled in, including my 2 year old, to watch the show.


Over the last few years, I don't know how to say this, but I'd been less than impressed by some of the Disney movies.  They just seemed to have lost their "magic," which has always made me a little bit sad coming from Disney.  Somewhere along the line, I would say after Aladdin, nothing really measured up!  Tangled measured up, and then some.  The characters were a delight to get to know - a little bit feisty, a little bit whimsical and very funny.  The story is a classic, and they didn't mess with it so much that it was a turn off, in proper Disney fashion, they kept fairly true to the classic tale of Rapunzel but modernized the characters enough to hold the attention of the audience.  There was enough romance to appeal to the girls, and enough rough housing and humor to appeal to the boys.  The music in the movie was beautiful, too - there's nothing like a good Disney song to kickstart your emotions!  

As a parent, it was a new experience taking my child to a Disney movie (or any movie, for that matter - since this was D's first!)   I was not sure how she, or my youngest cousin, would handle the noise, the action, or the sad parts.  It wasn't them I had to worry about though, because when I watched the King and Queen light up thousands of lanterns and watch them float away into the sky on Rapunzel's birthday, (hoping to guide her home) I was a complete wreck!  I loved that a Disney movie could still move me in such a way that it would literally bring tears to my eyes, even as an adult.

 My cousins both told me they thought the movie was "the best ever!"  And that even though it was a little sad, it was not scary and it was super funny.  They're pretty sensitive kids, so coming from them you know the movie is "safe" for your sensitive children to see as well.  Heck even my 2 year old loved it!  She walked out of the movie theatre telling me all about the "princess" and the "castle" and, of course, the "hair"!!!  Tangled is a great flick - I'd give it five stars, and recommend it to families of all ages.       

Check out the Disney - Tangled website to see a trailer!  Tangled marks Walt Disney Pictures’ 50th full-length animated feature.