In addition to being Disney�s 50thanimated
feature (didn�t they stop counting them?),Tangledis
also Disney�s first computer animated fairy tale, as well as their first musical
in the medium. However,Tangled�s most disappointing feature is the
lackluster songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, which are serviceable at best,
forgettable on the whole. Only the requisite love song �I See the Light� stands
out, mostly due to its creative staging.
On the plus side, the computer animation is warmer and more flowing then
usual, and the humor is easy-going, if not exactly guffaw-inducing. The film
will appeal mostly to its target audience of tots and their families, even if
they�ve seen a lot of Disney�s other princess outings.
Tangled also best describes the behind the scenes situations that
occurred during the making of the film. For example, original director Glen
Keane (the ace animator behind such iconic Disney characters as Ariel, the Beast
and Aladdin) was replaced by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, who co-created the
does retain an executive producer credit). Also, the presumably more tween
friendly Moore took over the Rapunzel vocals from Emmy and Tony winner Kristin
Chenoweth� one can only imagine the possibilities if they had kept this
out-of-the-box casting choice, teamed with, say, Nathan Fillion as Flynn.
Sadly, it appears that whenever a hard choice was to be made withTangled,
they took the safe one. Considering the unique creativity Disney brought to
another fairy tale,The Princess
and the Frog, just last year,Tangledfeels
like a step backward.
feature as the 1940 classic and the 2000 sequel make their Disney Blu-ray
debuts on November 30.
Also on November 30, take a look behind the
curtain with the DVD debuts of three Disney documentaries:The
Boys: The Sherman Brothers� Story,Waking
Walt & El Grupo.
28 years later, it�s time to go back to the
video arcade forTron: Legacy,
opening in theaters December 17.
-- Kirby C. Holt -- Logos by William C. Searcy, Magic Bear Graphics
Kirby is a lifelong Disney fan and film buff. He is also an
avid list maker and chronic ellipsis user ... In addition to his Toon Talk
reviews, Kirby is the creator of Movie Dearest, a blog for movie fans.
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