Fantasy Friday – Tangled

Interesting that I spent so much of the last CSFF tour discussing fairy tales because I just saw—well, last week—Tangled, Disney’s retelling of Repunzal. In fact, the first time we went to see it, we were turned away. Sold out, they said.

Sold out? But the movie has been around for a month already. Sold out? Are you sure? They were sure.

To beat the rush of all the people who were turned away after us, we went the next day to a morning showing.

Tangled was well worth the effort. I understand Disney has decided their run of fairy tales will end. I’d like to see them reconsider, but if it must be, they’re going out on top.

Tangled is simply one unexpected twist after another (pun accidental 😉 ), with a lot of witty, Shrek-like dialogue thrown in.

When I got home, I read the version of the fairy tale in my copy of Grimms to see how the movie was alike and how it differed. Apart from doing away with the prince, the movie version was strikingly similar. But more, so much more.

In the end, the key component is sacrifice. It’s a kind of fairy tale version of “The Gift of the Magi.” And there is redemption, forgiveness, enduring love, hope. Besides, the plot is pretty good, too. 😉

Seriously, gone is the love-at-first-sight—or sound, as the case might be—of the print version. Instead, there is a believable relationship that develops, a friendship that takes hold, a realization that dawns only in the midst of crisis.

And yes, there is crisis. Danger from left and right and down the center. Everything seems opposed to our Rapunzel and her chance for life outside the tower. Well, not quite everything. Rescue comes in a surprising guise.

Script writer Dan Fogelman outdid himself with this one, I think. The story structure is solid—to his credit because he changed such a significant part, one of the main characters. And speaking of characters, each was well motivated and believable (even the chameleon! 😉 )

The animation, as you expect from Disney, is superb. The voice actors played their parts to perfection—nothing over done. Throw in cuteness and it’s a movie kidlets would love. But throw in the writing, and it’s a movie adults will want to see again and again.

If you haven’t seen this one yet, I encourage you to put it on your soon-to-see list. If it’s not still playing in a theater near you, watch for it at your local dollar theater or plan to get the DVD (or borrow the DVD from a friend). Especially if this is the end of Disney’s fairy tales, you won’t want to miss it.

Published in: on January 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm  Comments (8)  
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  1. I really liked this movie. The horse was wonderful. Never expected such antics from a horse. I sort of can’t wait for the DVD so the kids can watch it over and over. It was very fun.

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  2. I want to add that it is the best example of 3D I have seen. It really added to the movie and was used effectively. Don’t rent it…go to the theater for the 3D. It’s worth it!

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  3. My daughter and I saw it at a birthday party for one of her friends. What a wildly funny, touching story! I loved the part where they almost drowned–the follow-up was fantastic!

    I’m sorry to hear that Disney isn’t planning to do any more fairy-tales. I wish they’d do a remake of Cinderella, and give the prince a character makeover so he exists in more dimensions than just 2.

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  4. Oh, yeah, I also loved the old man “cherub.” How funny! 😀

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  5. Now I’m seriously thinking about taking my kids (you’re the second person to highly recommend this movie). I was so disappointed in the Frog Princess that I wasn’t sure how well Disney was going to do with Rapunzel.

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  6. I went and saw Tangled because the trailer made me laugh so hard that I cried. I wasn’t disappointed at all…it was so cute and fun.

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed Tangled and thought they did an excellent job adapting the story. If the movie got you interested in the original story you might want to check out the book Rapunzel and Other Maiden in the Tower Tales From Around the World. It’s a great collection of Rapunzel stories and other tales of this type, along with some history of the development of the story over various cultures and time periods.

    As for Disney’s announcement that they won’t be doing more fairy tale movies, I have my doubts that they will hold to it. They’ve had extremely long gaps between fairy tale films before, and I tend to think when they need another “sure thing” they will return to the fairy tale inspiration. Of course, I could be mistaken. 🙂

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  8. Thanks so much for all the feedback. It’s good to know others liked it as much as I did. And those who haven’t seen it yet, I hope you won’t be disappointed. I tried not to give too much away.

    Sarah, I hope you’re right about Disney. They need to figure out that good fairy tale movies still have a big audience. What will the children of today do without fairy tales? Maybe someone will read the stories to them, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.

    Becky

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