Friday, March 25, 2011

Tangled (2010)

This is a solid movie. A magical healing flower is used to save the life of the queen and her newborn baby, whose beautiful hair retains those healing abilities as long as it is never cut. An elderly witch (Donna Murphy) who had guarded the secret flower for centuries, kidnaps the baby girl to steal the healing power of her hair and remain youthful. Every year as a reminder of her birth, the king and queen hold a ceremony where they release paper lanterns into the sky. The princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) dreams of seeing these lights in person, and finally gets the chance when she is rescued by the thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi).

This is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story is largely based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. Tangled is the most expensive animated film ever made, and the second most expensive film of all time after Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It is also became the second-highest grossing animated film worldwide in the Disney animated canon (unadjusted for inflation), behind The Lion King. The thief's name was changed from Bastion to Flynn, paying homage to actor Errol Flynn.

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