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Saw Tangled today. I think it's the best thing Disney has done since, oh... Lion King. I couldn't *believe* how GOOD the CG animation was... it felt delightfully squash and stretchy ... her HAIR was gorgeous ... it looked liked the animators weren't fighting against the machine but instead had finally, finally tamed the thing.
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.


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Dec. 5th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
We saw it too yesterday! LMA said the best song was the "dream" song in the tavern. I could see the similarities of other films. the boat scene near the end somewhat like the LM, or the song when you first meet Rapunzel in her tower like the LM song about her gadgets and gizmos, or Belle's song about books when walking through the town. I do believe this is the first one in a long time that made me laugh out loud, and ponder the end searching my mind for a possible happy Disney ending. Then as I saw Rapuzels eyes tear up I remembered the ending I had seen once in a different version about a tear restoring sight to the prince who was blinded by the witch and at once my body was at ease knowing it would have a happy ending.

Great flick!
Dec. 5th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
I really need to see that movie. It's looked interesting, and with this review, well...
Dec. 5th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I loved it so much, omg. Like you said, the songs weren't as memorable as they have been in other films- the only really good one was the dream song- but I friggin loved it.
Dec. 5th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Disney animation has finally won me back again with this film. Enough that, dare I say, I'm going to let my hope fly wild with anticipation for their next movie! I haven't laughed through a Disney film like that in a long time, nor walked out feeling so giddy.

(And thank you for sharing that tidbit about the story team discovering Maximus's character. It really is perfect.)
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