To begin, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a girl with long golden hair that’s never been cut since she was a baby has been locked away from the world inside a tall tower because of her special gift. Whenever Rapunzel sings and someone is touching her glowing golden hair, that individual can reverse aging or even be healed. Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), intent on forever abusing Rapunzel’s talent, stole Rapunzel as an infant and raised her like her own.
Yet, each year on Rapunzel’s birthday, the sky is filled with thousand of sky lanterns (that an eager Rapunzel views), in hope that the kingdom’s lost princess will finally return home. Unfortunately, Gothel has forbidden for her to ever leave. Still an intrusion of Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a notorious thief, provides her a chance for escape. Armed with a frying pan and with Flynn as her unenthusiastic guide, the spirited and playful Rapunzel emerges from her prison, beginning her quest, her life.
Also, with its less than realistic but aesthetic visuals, Tangled, manages to capture the spirit and look of timeless Disney 2-D animated classics. In fact, despite being in CGI (computer generated imagery), Tangled was modeled on the traditional look of oil paintings, specifically, by the works of the Rococo French artist Jean-Honore Fragonard. This gave the movie its highly praised “defined” appearance, automatically setting Tangled apart from other Disney films.
To boot, Tangled boasts a complicated blend of comedy, adventure, romance, and heart that has forever characterized the finest Disney animated features. For instance, the scene where Rapunzel witnesses the sky lantern’s ceremony accompanied by the song “I See the Light”, is equally heartwarming, powerful, and beautiful. It is similar to the strength and effectiveness of the ballroom dance sequence from Beauty and the Beast.
On the other hand, the majority of songs composed and written by the legendary Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) are simply okay and inadequate compared to his earlier creations, such as “Under the Sea” and “A Whole New World”. Both of which won him Academy Awards. No tune or lyrics (with the exception of “I See the Light”) from Tangled is extraordinary, just plain forgettable.
All in all, Tangled isn’t Disney’s best nor it is average either, no, it sits right below them: the Disney masterpieces. Tangled is inches away from being among the prestigious ranks of Disney’s rich animated history though. This CGI experience should indeed be used as a “model” for any future Disney movies because of its overall structure, flow, and presentation. Ultimately, this mix of old and new has birthed an awesome film.