Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More Tangled

From Tangled takes us back to when Disney's princesses reigned supreme by Meredith Woerner:

We've seen Tangled, Disney's latest attempt to revive the great princess movies of its past. While we can't share everything that happens in this movie, suffice to say it transported us back to our childhoods via a pumpkin carriage.

Last night Disney hosted an even where they screened an unfinished version of Tangled, and showed a selection of Tron clips. While I can't yet give you my final impression of this film, I will tell you that my gut reaction afterward was to go home and immediately dust-off the old dress up tiara. Tangled transported me right back to the age of nine. While the latest batch of Pixar films have all moved me to tears, none of them has rekindled my childhood love for castles, adventure-seeking princesses, magic, zany pets and Prince Charming the way Tangled did.

Tangled accomplished this feat by either revisiting or reinventing the classic Disney tropes of the early 90s. Back when princess movies kicked ass. Rapunzel and friends unabashedly break into song, commonly ending with said singing character in the classic "hands pointed towards the heavens" pose, knee deep in a sweeping crescendo finale. Our new princess also has a collection of adorable animal friends, who sometimes outshine their human counterparts without even speaking (yes, the animals don't speak in this movie). Plus there's plenty of room for the long forgotten romantic duet, something we haven't seen since Aladdin's "A Whole New World" and Beauty and the Beast's "Something There."

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  1. This is good news. I miss the Disney fairy tale princesses from the 80's-90's (and even the classic ones before that). Personally, I'm sick of Pixar and also of the mindset that princesses are a bad thing. I hope Tangled managed to revitalize the Disney magic that I grew up with.

  2. I'm still unsure about Tangled because it looks very cartoony (and I'm a sucker for old-fashioned hand-drawn animation). Also I'm worried Rapunzel will play second-fiddle to her prince/bandit/love interest. But this review gives me hope. I miss old-school Disney and I'm right there with you about the princesses. I would love to eat my words.