Rated – PG
Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
Disney is known for their princess stories where the girl meets Prince Charming or some other perfect guy. And then they live happily ever after. But since Pixar has secures itself as the animation kings, Disney animations haven’t been up to par for years. Fortuntely, they’re back on track with their latest princess story, Tangled.
Tangled is a story about Rapunzel, a princess who was kidnapped by Mother Gothel as a child for her magical healing powers in her hair. To remember the princess, and as a desperate attempt to reach out to her, the king and queen and the whole village release sky lanterns into the sky on her birthday every year. Rapunzel, trapped inside a tower, watches the sky lanterns in awe every year and wants nothing more than to see them up close.
Where’s the dashing gentleman that wins over Rapunzel’s heart? Well, that would be Flynn Rider, a theif who stole the princess’ crown from the village’s castle. Running away from the authorities, he accidentally finds the tower and is met by Rapunzel with a frying pan. A woozy Flynn Rider strikes a deal with Rapunzel: she’ll return the crown she hid if he takes her to see the sky lanterns. And off they go on their adventure.
What I enjoyed so much about Tangled is how it took the winning formula of past Disney films. There are heart-warming musical numbers, a princess and a sensitive outlaw, magic, a cute side-kick, a bad guy, and a moral. Although Tangled isn’t groundbreaking in any way, it’s very satisfying for children and parents as well. Let’s hope Disney can move forward from the success of Tangled.