Kirby reviews the Blu-ray release of Disney's huge 2010 animated hit Tangled.
Toon Talk: Disney Film and DVD Reviews
by Kirby C. Holt
MPAA Rating: PG
Let Down Your Hair
Sometimes a story needs to be heard more than
once in order to be fully appreciated. Such is the case for me withTangled,
the recent box office hit making its Disney DVD and Blu-ray debuts this week.
As told in my originalToon
its theatrical release last November, I admitted to being disappointed with the
film. And whileTangled’s
faults -- such as its formulaic plot, non-distinctive songs and overall sense of
“safeness” -- are still present, my second viewing was a more rewarding one.
Perhaps it was because my expectations were lowered following my first viewing,
charms just need to grow on me, but I found it more clever and romantic, not to
mention funnier, the second time around.
And the extra details more visible in high definition don’t hurt either. From
Rapunzel’s whimsical wall paintings to the realistic flow of her lavender dress,
every nuance of design is captured in crisp detail. I also appreciated more the
designs of the human characters, so soft and alive as compared to the
often-stiff humanoids on view in most computer animation. On the other hand, I
did notice some drawbacks in the film as seen in high def, specifically
Rapunzel’s voluminous hair; in some wide shots, it more resembled stretched
taffy than human hair. Her chameleon sidekick Pascal also sticks out like a sore
(green) thumb in some sequences.
: The Awards
Academy Award nomination
for Best Original Song: “I See the Light”, by Alan Menken and Glenn
Annie Award nominations
for Best Animated Feature and Best Writing (Dan Fogleman).
Broadcast Film Critics
Association Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Animated Feature
and Best Original Song (“I See the Light”).
Golden Globe nominations
for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“I See the Light”).
Saturn Award nomination
for Best Animated Feature.
The actual story of the making ofTangled--
including the film’s original director, legendary animator Glen Keane, having to
step down due to health issues -- is as, well,tangledas
our heroine’s tresses. But you won’t hear anything about that in the Blu-ray
bonus feature “Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale”. Hosted by the film’s
young stars Mandy Moore (the voice of Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider),
this is 12 minutes of pure Disney Channel fluff. Nevertheless, you do get
glimpses of such behind-the-scenes goodies as concept art on the various hunky
Flynns and spooky Mother Gothels that were considered during the conception
phase, plus some amusing “hair bloopers”. Also included is a lot ofTangledtrivia,
such as how many lanterns are in the “I See the Light” scene and what sequence
set a Disney record.