Tangled is Disney’s 50th animated feature, but while it is pleasant enough, the film is not especially memorable.

This is a retelling of the Rapunzel story.  You remember:   “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your golden hair.”  Using a title that distances the film from the fairy tale is a break with Disney’s past, and the box office for the film certainly has not suffered for the change.

Tangled is above average for all animated films, but it’s not top-drawer Disney.  Naturally, there are some beautiful moments (especially with floating lanterns over the water), but I just didn’t feel the magic of some of the earlier films.

This may sound like a strange thing to say about an animated film, but the characters in Tangled seem one-dimensional.  The best animated films engage your emotions to the point that the viewer willingly suspends disbelief and loses himself or herself in the picture.

Think back to a really great Disney film like, say, The Lion King.  Those characters aren’t even animated people, they’re animals, but remember how well-defined the characters are?

And, that film works on so many levels.  I bet you can even hum a few bars from some of the songs if you think for a moment.  There are lots of Disney films with some of this appeal, but for me Tangled is not one of them.





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