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.