Amazing Kids! Magazine

Tangled: An Amazing Kids! Movie Review

By Perry Chen, Movie Review Columnist

Perry Chen gets "Tangled" at press screening (photo by Zhu Shen)

Can a 70-ft tower imprison a feisty princess forever? In Disney’s new 3D animation Tangled, its 50th animation feature which opens on November 24, 2010, Rapunzel, a stolen princess with 70 feet of magical golden hair, is planning on getting the heck out of the tall tower that the evil Mother Gothel imprisoned her in!

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, the wanted thief who stole a precious crown from the royal palace, formed an unlikely duo. They find themselves dodging palace guards, the spirited palace horse Maximus, and Mother Gothel, in search of the floating lanterns that appear on Rapunzel’s birthday every year.

Tangled is a spectacular film filled with rich and colorful characters, each with a different personality. I have to say that Flynn, the thief with a good heart, is definitely one of the most hilarious characters. Like Megamind, he has an air of sarcasm around him. His showmanship always gets him into trouble! Rapunzel is an adventurous and curious lost princess with a changeable personality. One moment, she is happy about her freedom; the next, she is torn and sad about leaving Mother Gothel. Pascal is a cute, mischievous little chameleon who is Rapunzel’s best friend. Maximus, the palace horse, is playful, incredibly smart, and one of the most adorable characters. He has a strong sense of justice and is most intent on capturing Flynn, the thief. The animals don’t talk in this film, which I like. You still know clearly what they are thinking through their complex facial expressions and actions.

Pascal the Chameleon

There are so many funny scenes in the movie. One of the funniest is when Rapunzel requests that Flynn and Maximus make a truce. Maximus first turns his head away from Flynn, then shakes his hoof with Flynn’s hand, but finally hits Flynn in the stomach with his hoof when Rapunzel walks away! Another funny scene is when Rapunzel struggles to hide an unconscious Flynn in the closet.

My favorite scenes are when the night sky is illuminated with a sea of lanterns, and when the magical flower grows from just a tiny speck of sunlight. Rapunzel’s 70-ft golden hair is an impressive feat: it looks magical when it glows strand by strand. I learned from professional animators that the hair is one of the most difficult things to animate well. The animators did an awesome job here!

The movie is full of action, comedy, and romance. Even though the film uses one punch line after another (characteristic of Disney’s competitor DreamWorks), it is the kind of “appropriate humor” that is character and situation based, not potty humor. It is also easy to understand for younger kids and appreciated by adults as well.

The film was adapted from the old fairytale Rapunzel. This was the name of the film when I first saw clips of it at the Disney D23 expo in September, 2009. I like the change from prince to thief in the film for Rapunzel’s rescuer, because it makes the story more interesting, and now Rapunzel can see what the real world is like outside through Flynn.

I give Tangled 4.5 starfish. It’s “Perrific!” I recommend it to people age 7 and up. I wonder how Mother Gothel could build the 70-ft tower all by herself. How could Rapunzel’s Queen mother never age in 18 years? The ending is also too predictable, like most fairy tales.

Of the 15 animated features competing for the precious three spots for Oscar nomination this year, I think Tangled will win a spot there.

Tangled is about freedom, friendship, and love. Although the tower is a symbol of imprisonment, the spirit can never be locked up forever. Mother Gothel, blinded by her vanity and desire for eternal youth, doesn’t understand that, which leads to her downfall.

Tangled has a strong moral: The free spirit can never be imprisoned. Follow your dream no matter how many challenges you meet on your way!

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Copyright 2010 by Perry S. Chen


  1. Sydney McCall /

    I thought that tangled was an inspiring,adventurous, creative movie. The 18 year old Repunzel with her blonde 70 feet long hair is very interesting yet smart. Her magical hair saves her from being left in a tower of water, and killing the Mother Gothel. I think it was pretty sad when they did not realize that is wasn’t just the hair that was magic. It was her that was magic! But did you notice that her parents didn’t talk the whole movie? I’d give it a decent 4/1 stars if i had to rate it.

  2. I liked Tangled, too! The reason Rapunzel’s mother didn’t age was because she drank the magic flower, too, so she had some magic in her, see? Also, the story never says that mother gothel built the tower, I think?