Tell us what you thought of ‘Tangled’

Posted by · 9:33 am · November 24th, 2010

It seems forever ago that I offered my positive thoughts on Disney’s “Tangled,” which hits theaters today.  I’m happy to see the film being met with such critical approval, but I’d love to hear your thoughts, too.  So if you give it a look over the holiday, come on back here and give us your take.  And if I can get my butt into gear on it, I’ll try to have a lengthy interview with the film’s legendary composer, Alan Menken, some time soon, perhaps tomorrow for an added Thanksgiving treat.

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  • 1 11-24-2010 at 11:36 am

    Duncan Houst said...

    I thought it was a beautiful and fun film, and I was able to leave it without having any actual quips about it. I really didn’t hate a thing about this film, which is definitely rare amongst films this year.

  • 2 11-24-2010 at 11:51 am

    Daniel said...

    Is the 3D worth it? I’ll be seeing it Friday.

  • 3 11-24-2010 at 12:04 pm

    One Movie, Five Views said...

    We all liked it quite a bit. Heartfelt and hilarious, this is classic-Disney from beginning to end. You can read our full thoughts on the film here:

    To those asking, if you’re willing to pay the premium, then the 3D does enhance the beautiful animation. Particularly the lantern scene.

    -John C.

  • 4 11-24-2010 at 2:13 pm

    Aiden Rush said...

    4/4 stars: I didn’t expect much walking into the theater, but the blissful innocence of Tangled captured my imagination and my heart.

    I didn’t expect much walking into the theater, but don’t let the subpar marketing fool you; this is Disney’s best effort since Lilo and Stitch. When I first heard of Disney’s sketchy marketing techniques to raise the gross, I was both sad and disappointed; I’m 15, so it seems only a couple of weeks ago that I was watching the old Disney VHS tapes, stuffed animals in tow.

  • 5 11-24-2010 at 2:26 pm

    Aiden Rush said...

    Tangled brought those lazy afternoons back in a way Meet the Robinsons, Home On the Range, and Chicken Little never did… or could. The animation dept has clearly kicked it up a notch since Lasseter’s arrival. Princess and the Frog saw Disney pick themselves up. With Tangled, they dusted themselves off and took a firm step forward. With Pooh steamrolling towards us in July, this nostalgic teen is content, and hungry for more.

  • 6 11-24-2010 at 3:28 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Absolutely glorious. I think it more than deserves the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film this year, though “Toy Story 3” (an effective film that is undeniably overrated) has it in the bag. I think the film has been horribly advertised to people who won’t realize it’s a full-blown musical. It also happens to be the best animated film since “The Polar Express.”

  • 7 11-24-2010 at 6:35 pm

    CJ Street said...

    I thought it was a rung above Megamind, and one below HTTYD. The animation was gorgeous, though.

  • 8 11-25-2010 at 12:57 am

    Jeff said...

    I know this is an opinion that won’t be shared by many, but I think Tangled is a better flick than Toy Story 3. Yes “the final chapter” of the Toy Story saga certainly packed an emotional wallop in the final act, but it took a while for it to get there.

    Tangled, however, flows pretty well, has beautiful animation, and great voice acting from Donna Murphy, Mandy Moore, and Zachary Levi.

    It’s a true return to form for Disney and probably their best film since the underrated Hunchback of Notre Dame in ’96 (I know, I know, no one likes that flick but me, but so be it). If it makes you feel any better substitute “the underrated Emperor’s New Groove” in place of Hunchback.

    The songs fit nicely into the film and while there aren’t any showstoppers a la “Be Our Guest” or “Circle of Life,” there aren’t any disappointments in that department either.

    I’ve actually seen the film twice now and it actually got better upon second viewing. A treat to see the Mouse House step up to the table and attempt to compete with Pixar.

  • 9 11-25-2010 at 5:35 am

    JJ1 said...

    Kris, can we possibly have a ‘Tell Us What You Thought of Love and Other Drugs and/or Burlesque’ Thread?

  • 10 11-25-2010 at 7:58 am

    Alex L. said...

    I second JJ1’s request.

  • 11 11-25-2010 at 9:38 am

    Speaking English said...

    Jeff, you’re not nearly the only one. Ebert gave “Hunchback” 4 stars upon release and said it was the best Disney film since “Beauty and the Beast.” Yeah.

    Anyway, I don’t get how people are skipping over “The Princess and the Frog,” for me the best animated non-Pixar since “Hercules,” and one of their best – period.

  • 12 11-25-2010 at 9:43 am

    Speaking English said...

    Ahem, best animated non-Pixar/Disney film.

  • 13 11-25-2010 at 11:32 am

    thespirithunter said...

    Meh. Underwhelming. Animation was good, especially in the dam and lantern sequences. Not one memorable tune. Songs distracted from it all. I’m missing the old days when not every Disney character had to have rebellious intentions and a backstory full of cliched angst and torment. Look at Gothel, and compare her to the Wicked Queen or Wicked Stepmother in either Snow White or Cinderella. Did we really need to make Gothel more human? The latter two character were simply, purely evil. Nuf said.

    Voice work was shaky. You know you’re in trouble vocally when your two most memorable characters don’t say a single word.

  • 14 11-25-2010 at 11:35 am

    thespirithunter said...

    Additionally, what was with her hair? Sometimes it’s long enough to get down the enitre length of the tower, then magically, when she gets to the city…a couple of jump rope braids, and she’s able to run or walk with no trouble at all? Really must’ve been magical shrinking and elongating hair, dependant upon the needs of the shaky screenplay.

  • 15 11-25-2010 at 12:49 pm

    JJ1 said...

    The RT score is hovering in the high 80’s and Metacritic has it at 72 with only 1 score of 100. I wonder if this can still leap into the 3rd spot for a nom. Box office, thus far, is very good, but not outstanding.

  • 16 11-25-2010 at 10:27 pm

    KNSat said...

    I loved it! It was way better than I expected. Though anyone could guess where it would eventually end up, the story was full of twists and turns, laughter and poignancy, and I was constantly surprised by what happened next. The animation was amazing – perhaps the best human 3D animation I’ve ever seen, and the characters actually had real emotions and tenderness. The relationship between Rapunzel and her evil stepmother was psychologically complex – talk about passive aggressive parenting! And rather than falling in love at first sight, a staple of fairy tales, Rapunzel and Flynn fell gradually in love, as they actually got to know each other. Except for the songs which were ok but not great, I’d rank Tangled on the same level as The Little Mermaid. (Interestingly, my husband, who is no longer a young man, thought Rapunzel was pretty dam**ed cute.) All in all, a surprisingly thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable movie. It certainly is worthy of an Oscar nomination.

  • 17 11-26-2010 at 1:29 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    I thought it was really good. Disney is smart for pushing “I See the Light” and only that. It’s easily the standout song and is great whereas the others are only “okay.” The 3D was pretty unnecessary, though. I didn’t feel like it made a difference to how it would look in 2D at all except for a few shots in the lantern scene.

  • 18 11-26-2010 at 11:49 pm

    A.J said...

    The animation was outstanding. “I See the Light” in the film (even taken out of context) is beyond amazing. Even if the lyrics may have been influenced by Avatar (‘I see you’ is sang multiple times).

  • 19 11-27-2010 at 11:15 am

    Michael said...

    Loved the movie! I think it is Disney’s best film since Mulan, and I personally loved it WAY more than Toy Story 3. It is definitely one of my favorite movies of the year now.

  • 20 11-27-2010 at 11:44 am

    Melissa said...

    Yes, I loved Tangled, the only downfall was the songs weren’t as memorable as the songs in Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast etc.

  • 21 11-27-2010 at 1:03 pm

    N8 said...

    Adored it. Much better than the trailers and TV spots would have you believe. I was grinning throughout nearly the whole thing.

  • 22 11-27-2010 at 8:39 pm

    Eli said...

    I liked it a whole lot – maybe my favorite Disney film since Mulan, though I haven’t seen The Princess and the Frog. The characters were engaging, the animation was stunning (that lantern scene!), and it managed to keep all the trappings of a classic Disney princess movie while modernizing the story just enough to make it seem witty and fresh.

    My only two complaints: not all of the songs were memorable, and the film overall seemed kind of short – like more could have happened, the story could have deepened a bit.

  • 23 11-28-2010 at 7:26 am

    Rare Addict said...

    I absolutely loved the film. The characters were endearing, the animation was top-notch, and the songs were, for the most part, pretty freakin’ catchy. With the team behind this film being the same behind 2008’s Bolt, I had incredibly high expectations going in, and fortunately, this has definitely become one of my favorite movies of the year.

  • 24 11-29-2010 at 6:35 am

    JJ1 said...

    I thought it was good, but not great. Parts of the story bugged me. Rapunzel & Flynn were good, not great Disney leads. The villain was lame. The songs, unmemorable. I could go on.

    Really, I thought last yrs. ‘The Princess and the Frog’ was MUCH better. But I’m sure many will love it. The reviews are good, the box office, good. If it gets in over something exquisite (from everything I’ve heard, have not seen it yet for my own judgement) like The Illusionist, than that will be slightly sad, no?

  • 25 11-29-2010 at 6:36 am

    JJ1 said...

    I just felt like ‘Princess and the Frog’ had a richer story, better female lead, better songs, and a richer animation design.

  • 26 11-29-2010 at 3:48 pm

    Speaking English said...

    The villain was lame? WHAT?! Now this I cannot understand. She was as unrelenting, evil, and larger-than-life as the best of Disney villains. You feared her, and when Rapunzel finally stands up to her you feeling like leaping out of your seat and cheering. And the voice work by Donna Murphy was beyond awesome.

    I love “The Princess and the Frog” as well, but this is right up there.