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Tangled

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 29, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

100

Director

Nathan Greno

Byron Howard

Cast

Mandy Moore

Zachary Levi

Studio

2010 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Tangled.

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Overall B+
ViolenceC+
SexA-
LanguageB+
Drugs/AlcoholB
Run Time100

Making the Grades

In 1937, Walt Disney’s production company introduced its version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the studio’s first full-length animated film. The characters included a beautiful girl, an evil antagonist, a handsome prince and some cute little animal friends. The formula worked then and through the years that followed. Now in Tangled, Disney’s 50th animated movie, filmmakers are sticking with the tried and true premise as they tell the story of the golden-haired Rapunzel.

In keeping with modern times, Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) is spunkier than the demure Snow White. Wielding her long locks as skillfully as Indiana Jones brandishes his bullwhip, the young girl, who has been confined to a tower ever since she can remember, entertains herself during the long lonely hours that her mother is away.

Unbeknownst to her, Mother Gothel (voiced by Donna Murphy) is not her mom but an evil enchantress. The wicked captor kidnapped the royal infant when she discovered the child’s fair hair had magical powers that enabled her to retain her youth. Refusing to tell the girl about her real parents, Mother Gothel verbally abuses Rapunzel. She also scares her into staying inside by rehearsing all the dangers and ills that exist outside the isolated brick tower.

However, as her eighteenth birthday nears, the inquisitive teen grows increasingly curious about the world, especially the beautiful lights that appear in the sky every year on her birth date. Finally a chance to escape her confinement comes when a common thief (voiced by Zachary Levi) scales the tower and climbs through the open window. Flynn Ryder (i.e. the handsome prince for the sake of this story) is a misguided orphan trying to make a name for himself by stealing the royal jewels with the help of the Stabbington Brothers (voiced by Ron Perlman). But after bamboozling his cohorts, Flynn makes off with the stolen crown and heads for a hiding spot away from the two muscular thugs and the King’s soldiers.

Unfortunately, once inside the tower, Flynn is met in the face with the flat side of a frying pan. (This culinary object becomes the weapon of choice for several characters in this story.) Although it is played as slapstick, the nervous young girl repeatedly whams the intruder over the head and shoves him into a closet to hide him from her mother. Only later does she realize he may be her ticket to the outside world. Summoning her courage, Rapunzel convinces Flynn to take her to see the lights in exchange for the crown she has hidden. But Mother Gothel isn’t happy once she discovers her little charge has bolted. With the help of the jilted jewel thieves, she sets out to find Rapunzel and her reluctant guide.

Added to the formulaic story is an engaging group of hoodlums who hang out at the local bar, a friendly chameleon and a dedicated cavalry horse that tracks Flynn with dog-like skills. Though many of these characters experience moments of peril, more serious depictions of danger include one character that receives a bloody, life threatening injury and another who falls from a window, resulting in death.

Yet while Tangled rehashes the same storyline we’ve seen before, this proverbial plot demonstrates why it has staying power. It is like a familiar and comforting bedtime story asked for over and over again. And as the charming Rapunzel faces up to her fears of the unknown and follows her dreams, this plucky princess with the flaxen hair proves herself to be an enchanting addition to the long list of Disney royalty.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Tangled.

When Maximus the cavalry horse and Flynn finally meet, they get along as well as a couple of tired kids in the backseat of a car on a long road trip. What other human characteristics do the animals in this story have?

Flynn wants to emulate the swashbuckling characters he reads about in the orphanage. How well is he doing? Are there other literary figures that might be more worthy of imitating? Does Flynn experience any consequences for his actions? Does he ever show remorse?

Who has a dream in this story? What do they do to make their wishes come true? What ambitions do you have for the future? What will it take to achieve them?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G Violence.
AB G
MB G Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Cartoon/Animation Action
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Tangled...

Tangled releases to home video on March 29, 2011.

Tangled on DVD includes the following:

- 2 original storybook openings

- 50th Animated Countdown

Tangled: 2-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack offers:

- DVD bonus materials plus

- 3 deleted scenes

- The Making of a Fairy Tale

- 2 extended songs

- 9 Theatrical Teasers

Tangled: Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy features:

- DVD and Blu-ray bonus materials.

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Lauzon says: Nov. 26, 2010

I brought my 6 year old daughter to see this movie, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.  I found it to be leaps and bounds better than “The Princess and the Frog’.  My daughter asked questions all the way home about why people lie and about the examples of self-sacrifice that was shown in the film.  Two thumbs way up!

VLebron says: Apr. 05, 2011

I rented this movie more for myself. It’s beautiful I really loved it. It’s definitely more exciting and adventurous than any other Disney movie I’ve seen. Although I would never recommend “Tangled” to any adolescent just because it might be a bad influence. Teens do everything they see in movies and you don’t want your girl running away with the first stranger she meets. Flynn Rider even considers that been rebellious and adventurous is alright. I’m afraid this movie will give young girls the idea of “getting away and live they’re dream” just because they think they’re old enough and have the right to “explore” as soon they turn 18. Teens at that age they tend to act more childish so careful because they learn from what they see.

midge says: Nov. 23, 2011

I really enjoyed this movie, but I will not be showing it to my young children. Someone is murdered, though the actual deed is not shown it is insinuated. Maybe when they are preteens….

Classified Information says: Apr. 13, 2012

Good movie. Action, Mild scary themes, and for you male teens out there, this is not a girly movie!! You could show this to your young children if you think they’re mature enough to handle it; but it might be a bit scary because there is one scene where one character is presumed to be dead(but isn’t) and his wound is shown(with blood) and role models are a bit edgy, like VLebron said. But they learn their lesson eventually. Overall, I give it an A; and recommend it for ages 8/9+.

Heinemann says: Aug. 08, 2012

this is a good movie for all ages youngest that should watch is 2

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