Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Tangled

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Tangled

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TANGLED

Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (Disney, 2010)

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Like dozens of its predecessors, Disney's 50th animated feature film transforms a fairy tale about a princess in distress into a sweet, heartwarming musical painted with a palette Monet would envy. Chockfull of Broadway tunes and endearing animal sidekicks, this lushly animated and decidedly un-Grimm version of Rapunzel is, well, Disney-esque. The one-two punch of beauty and charm still works some pretty sweet magic, and Tangled does not disappoint.

Like Snow White, Cinderella, and so many other Disney heroines, the lovely Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is a captive handmaid of a witchy stepmother. The beautiful lass is imprisoned in a castle tower and forced to cook, clean, and tend to the villainous Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), a vain crone who cares only about keeping her hands on the young girl's dazzling golden locks, which turn into a fountain of youth every time Rapunzel breaks into song. …

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