Once again I must thank the good people at Porter Novelli and Disney, for sending us a copy of the new movie Tangled to review. It made our two small princesses very happy.
Now here is a movie with a song in its heart, and lots of it. I don’t normally like musicals, okay maybe I’ll watch Glee sometimes but it usually just the tribute shows, but come on… people just don’t burst into song in everyday life! Mandy Moore voices the part of Rapunzel, you know the story – Rapunzel is locked up in a tower by the evil Gothel, lets down her hair and yada yada – the fairy tale. I don’t recall this story being made into a film before, I could be wrong though?
Something I’ve noticed is that fairy tales are no longer about happily ever after anymore are they, and I like this direction movies are now taking. It makes kids movies fun for everyone. This is not just a damsel in distress story, that damsel is now an action hero (which makes this movie appeal to little princes as well). Think about Princess Fiona in Shrek, that gal had some chutzpah, Rapunzel is no exception. For someone who has been locked up in a tower for 18 years, she can really kick butt.
The hero Flynn Rider voiced by Zachary Levi, provides most of the laughs in the film – and I’m not ashamed to admit – he has a voice I could listen to ALL day. (Oh dear, lusting after an animated character, I must get out more). My kids have watched this movie over and over since it arrived. There are lots of parts for mum and dad to giggle at the kids won’t get 😉 , and slap stick fall down fights and chases for the little ones – not to mention the singing. A great addition to the movie library for the whole family I reckon.
Tangled will be released in stores on DVD today! However…
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More about the story….
The tale begins with Mother Gothel and a magical flower which holds the key to eternal youth and beauty. Discovering the flower’s influence, Mother Gothel hides it for her own selfish needs, until the kingdom initiates a desperate search for the healing plant to cure the sick, pregnant Queen. The glowing flower is found, and Baby princess Rapunzel is born with magical abilities in her golden locks. Still longing for her fountain of youth, Mother Gothel kidnaps Rapunzel and locks her away in a hidden tower for eighteen years, raising her as her own child.
Tower-bound, and led to believe the outside world is a dangerous place, Rapunzel (voiced by MANDY MOORE) has only her 70 feet long golden hair, her dreams, creative spirit, her pet chameleon Pascal and the mesmerizing floating lights that she sees from her tower window every year on her birthday to keep her spirit alive. Her life as she knew it is about to change when the kingdom’s handsome outlaw picks the wrong place to hide.
In comes Flynn Rider (voiced ZACHARY LEVI), charming and on the run from the law with a stolen jewel. Stunned and caught off guard, Rapunzel does what she knows best and uses her long locks to capture him. Realising this could finally be her opportunity to satisfy her curiosity for the outside world, she strikes up a deal with Flynn who agrees to escort her to the floating lights that she has forever longed to see.Going against Mother Gothel’s rules, the spirited beauty escapes from the tower with Flynn for the first time in almost two decades and together, the duo embark on a hilarious, hair-raising adventure complete with unexpected heroes, Flynn’s unwilling sidekick Maximus and plenty of discovery along the way.