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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published November 30th 2012
She's been grounded for like life

I bought Disney Pixar's Brave the other day, and after watching half the film, I was reminded of Disney's most recent classic Tangled. I thought I would review both and see what other people's thoughts were.

So my verdict on Tangled? It was okay. The film wasn't bad, but is was pretty underwhelming. Had it not been a Disney film, I probably would have given it higher praise, but I have certain expectations when it comes to Disney - expectations that were not met. So what were the down falls?

3D/CGI - The use of 3D made it lose all the magic; I can so clearly see this as a 2D film in my head, and it looks excellent. I see it in the style of Beauty and The Beast, with beautiful hand drawings, but also the use of digital technology to create extra depth. I can see it so clearly that it is extremely frustrating seeing the CGI version that's on screen.

Music - Disney is usually masterful with its songs, but on this occasion they were a major disappointment. The songs were totally uninspiring, the music had its moments, but was nothing special, and the singing was relatively poor as well. The film's main song, that recurs throughout was unfortunately, probably the worst in the film, if not Disney history (okay - not as bad as the really lame live action (pre) teen films, but certainly from the classic animations).

Editing - The film had a lot of quick or jump cuts to create humour, but it really didn't work; all it did was make the film look choppy and makes you distinctly aware of the editing/filming process. In other words, you don't get lost in the story, you are always aware that it is a film, and you feel outside it.

Comedy - I like comedy as much as the next person, but the humour in this film just eliminated the traditional 'Disney Princess' feel; there was nothing traditional about it. It started out with the traditional 'once upon a time' narration, but they turned it into a parody, by having Flynn Rider cracking jokes through it. On the special features it showed two alternate openings they had worked on before using this one. They started with a book opening and was played straight, which I felt was much better. They just tried to modernise is too much.

That being said, it wasn't all bad. The storyline that they adapted from the original Rapunzel fairy tale was pretty good - it had a lot of potential, but sadly it was not met. I also liked Pascal, the chameleon. He was probably the best character out of them all. Although I did say it lacked any of the traditional Disney elements, there were a few things reminiscent of previous classics that I liked: Mother Gothel reminded me of the Wicked Queen in Snow White - particularly her transformation from young to old (and vice versa) and her death where she falls from the tower, which I though was quite similar to the Queen's death. The storyline also had similarities with Sleeping Beauty since neither Aurora or Rapunzel knew they were a princess. Although I criticised the humour, there were some bits that I liked, and they usually had a flavour of The Emperor's New Groove to it.

So overall, I'd give it 5/10
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Why? Fun for Children
When: Any time
Where: At home
Cost: You can get it at HMV for 8
Your Comment
what would you recommend as a first Disney film? I think my son is now just old enough to stay focused and I'd like to curl up with him to try a classic
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3497 days ago
They should have made her hair pretty at the end though!
by Sally Writes (score: 2|539) 3497 days ago
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