Monday, January 17, 2011
We all grew up with the Brothers Grimm fable of Rapunzel’s long tresses and her handsome rescuer. And while following the general gist, Tangled sees our fair maiden and her valiant hero get a 21st Century overhaul, complete with gumption, sass and comical animal sidekicks. Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is no shrinking violet, instead she’s full of passion, whimsy and she’s deadly with a frypan, while her ‘prince’ Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) has been reinvented as a thief and all around lovable rogue. The evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) gets a similar facelift (in many senses of the term), refashioned as an animated Mommie Dearest, but even she can’t compare with the scene stealing horse Maximus. Yes, helmed by the team behind wonder dog Bolt, so it’s no surprise that they give a lot of airtime to the noble palace steed, though fortunately to hilarious effect.
With a dash of Indiana Jones added to the musical mix, a lot is riding on this suped-up version of Rapunzel. It marks Disney’s final foray into the realm of fairytales (though perhaps, like Tinkerbell, if we clap loudly enough the fables will return). But in marking the end of an era, Tangled also paints a picture of what we can expect from future Disney fare: inventive action, characters laced with enough irony for adults to giggle, and a leaf or two borrowed from the Pixar playbook of superb 3D craftsmanship. So yes, if Tangled is anything to go by, Disney’s future is looking very bright indeed.
Published by Street Press Australia
Tangled is screening in cinemas now
You can also click HERE to see me talking about Tangled on The Movie Club.