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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DVD Review: "Tangled"

Disney's 50th animated feature film hits stores today and it is a modern classic. "Tangled" tells the story of Rapunzel who has been forced to live locked in a tower since birth because her hair is not only long and flowing but also… magical!

Rapunzel longs to escape and let her hair down. Eventually, she gets her wish with the help of a bandit named Flynn Rider. Soon, all 70 feet of her golden locks come crashing down and busting out and the two soon to be bickering lovebirds are on a wild adventure.

Part romantic comedy, part action adventure and above all … FUN!! This computer animated feature is the best film Disney has done in a while and it is a crowd pleaser for parents as well as kids. The film is written with clever dialogue that doesn't rely on innuendo to be funny like some of the recent "family fare" that is currently flooding the market.

The vocal talent is perfect and features Mandy Moore as the talking and singing Rapunzel and Zachery Levi from the hit TV show "Chuck" as Flynn Rider. These two are perfectly cast ... and who knew that the guy from "Chuck" could sing!

The music comes from award-winning songwriter Alan Menken, best known for his work on "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty And The Beast." Those are some big credits to live up to and Menken does with no problem! The songs are wonderful; after only a few viewings my 6 year-old already knows every word!

The computer animation is just beautiful and on Blu-Ray DVD the film almost looks 3-D without wearing those ridiculous glasses. The film is not quite up to Pixar standards but Disney is finally on the right "computer-animated" track with "Tangled."

The DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack also contain some of the most entertaining "special features" I have seen on an animated release.  The features include: two original storybook openings, a cool 50th Animated Countdown video montage celebrating Tangled as Disney’s 50th full-length animated movie, three deleted scenes, and the “Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale” featurette with Moore and Levi taking viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the film’s production.

Drumroll please… 9 out of 10 drumsticks!

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