Tuesday, December 27, 2011
1671 - Tangled
The quality of this is, I believe, in no small part to the fact that John Lasseter is now the CEO of Disney and oversees their production slate. The film is gorgeous, and despite the use of CGI animation it really feels like it pays homage to the old Disney fairytale films that made that place such a powerhouse.
I think that they did a really lovely job of taking the foundation of the Rapunzel story and turning it into an epic tale. I liked what they did with the magic and the hair and it's connection to the witch, I thought that was really smart. And I liked how connected everything was to the main storyline of her being a lost princess. The characters were really excellent, particular the non-speaking roles of the horse Maximus and the little chameleon dude. Eugene and Rapunzel are a really fantastic pair and you really root for them. The fact that she beats the hell out of him when he climbs up his tower really sets the tone for the flick (wonderful reoccurring gag with the frying pan as well). Mandy Moore is delightful as our heroine and you develop a bit of a crush on her as the girl, and then you're downright smitten with her by the time she has her transformation at the end.
I thought that this was a really great flick and it's the kind that I look forward to showing my kids once they're old enough for it. I'm looking forward to whatever else Disney kicks out under Lasseter's direction as well.