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Tangled in Disney Digital 3D

Rated PG 100 min. 2010

While this revamp of a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale is made to resemble a old-fashioned Disney animated classic, its 3-D countenance and benign, uneven script betray something trying a too hard to be the anti-Pixar/Shrek kiddie flick. An infant Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from her regal crib by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), an old crone who covets the anti-aging properties of the young ingénue's long locks. Eventually, the grown-up Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) finds the chutzpah to escape her tower prison with the help of Flynn Ryder (Zachery Levi), a handsome, wiseacre bandit on the run from the authorities. Tangled tries to blend traditionalism with hip modernity. But, the aim of presenting a spunkier, self-assured damsel-in-egress somewhat flies in the face of the symbolism associated with a female lead who disables foes using a frying pan and her flowing blond hair. Ryder's primary functions are love interest and serving up unfunny one-liners. And, Alan Menken's serviceable songs only come to life when channeled through Murphy's formidable pipes.

Film Credits

Official Site: Disney.com/Tangled

Director: Byron Howard and Nathan Greno

Writer: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm and Dan Fogelman

Producer: Roy Conli

Cast: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor, M.C. Gainey, Brad Garrett and Paul F. Tompkins

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