I understand Glen Keane really, really pushed the animators as well as the tech guys behind the rigs to be able to deliver those kind of scenes. It was just *beautiful* to watch.
The story was delightful... Mother Gothel was SUCH an interesting villain...basically a terrible, terrible mother. A master emotional manipulator with a desire to keep Rapunzel's gift all to herself. I think though in her limited capacity she really DID love Rapunzel and Rapunzel did love her back. I mean, she really was all she had known since she was 17!
I'd had the idea of a witch keeping Rapunzel in the tower to keep herself young when I was 20 and even sent Disney a letter about it (which they returned saying they couldn't take unsolicited ideas,) but this was exceedingly well done.
Maximus was fantastic and the physical humor they were able to wring out of him (thank you Disney gods for not letting the animals TALK) was unbelievable. It must have been SO fun to board out some of those scenes! I had read on the story supervisor's blog one of the story team saying, "He's like Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive" and after that they just HAD him.
I didn't think the songs were as memorable as Mermaid or Beast or Aladdin or even LK, but they worked in context.
I'm definitely going to be going back.