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Toon Talk: Tangled Blu-ray
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by Kirby Holt (archives)
March 30, 2011
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


Disney Blu-Ray
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 with Tangled, the recent box office hit making its Disney DVD and Blu-ray debuts this week.

As told in my original Toon Talk review of Tangled upon its theatrical release last November, I admitted to being disappointed with the film. And while Tangleds 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, or maybe Tangleds 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 dont hurt either. From Rapunzels 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 Rapunzels 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. 

TANGLED : The Awards

  • Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song: I See the Light, by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.
  • 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 of Tangled -- including the films original director, legendary animator Glen Keane, having to step down due to health issues -- is as, well, tangled as our heroines tresses. But you wont hear anything about that in the Blu-ray bonus feature Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale. Hosted by the films 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 of Tangled trivia, such as how many lanterns are in the I See the Light scene and what sequence set a Disney record.

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