Over the years, Disney has adapted many of the tales written by The Brothers’ Grimm and Tangled is no exception. Tangled explores the adventure of the maiden Rapunzel, which is adapts similar themes from Rapunzel by The Brothers’ Grimm.
Rapunzel, played by Mandy Moore, is a free-spirited, optimistic young girl trapped in a tower. She is mesmerized by the floating lights and wants to escape her sheltered life to see them in person. She is artistic and sees the good in everyone.
Pascal is a chameleon and Rapunzel’s best friend who is loyal and is seen on her shoulder helping her sort through problems. Maximus is the Royal guards’ horse that is tracking down Flynn Rider, but instantly befriends Rapunzel.
Mother Gothel, played by Donna Murphy, is a powerful witch who stayed young by using the magic of the sun drop flower that is now Ra[hanzel’s hair. She keeps Rapunzel in the tower to prevent her from discovering the truth about her past.
Eugene Fitzherbert (Flynn Rider), played by Zachary Levi, is a charming thief trying to escape arrest after stealing from the kingdom. He is used to getting by on his wits and good looks, but quickly makes enemies for himself.
The King of Corona seeks out the golden sun drop flower to save his sick wife. The Queen was saved and gave birth to a baby girl named Rapunzel, who now harnessed the flowers healing power. A witch named Mother Gothel wanted the flower’s power to stay young and kidnaps the child. Each year on her birthday the kingdom releases lanterns in the sky to remind the lost princess that they hadn’t forgotten her. On her eighteenth birthday Rapunzel escapes her tower having a thief guild her to the floating lights festive in exchange for his stolen crown.
I always find myself watching this film repeatedly marveling at the range of characters and how they could take the film and make the female the heroine. Yes, Eugene helps Rapunzel escape the tower, but we also see she harnessed the ability to do it herself but was just scared. Her positivity is shown by easily wining over the children in the village and all the thugs at The Snuggly Duckling.
I would give the film a nine out of ten rating, for the wonderful music written by Alan Menken and the depth of the character’s development throughout the story. I loved the vast universe discovered throughout their travel from the tower to the village where the sateens are shown. I didn’t like the animation style when comparing it to classic Disney films, but I understand they wanted to use the new technology at their disposal.
Furthermore, despite the drastic change in animation style from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, the storyline is very strong and relatable to both men and women. The story tries to remind the audience that if you have a dream you should follow it even if others may doubt your success.