6 comments on “Tangled (2010)

  1. I quickly fell in love with Tangled, and it became one of my favorite animated films. Though it took a couple viewings before I fell in love with all the songs. That being said, I do disagree with a few of your points.

    The biggest disagreement I have is in “Mother Knows Best.” Not only do I disagree it’s the best song in the film (I actually feel it’s the worst), but to compare it to “Poor Unfortunate Souls” is a terrible, terrible thing to do. As just another song, Mother Knows Best is… good. It’s fun. But it’s not just a song. It’s a villain song. And as a villain song, it’s probably one of the worst Disney has ever given us. (Whereas Poor Unfortunate Souls is one of the best.) I see where the comparison comes from in terms of theme, but the quality is lightyears apart to me. It’s way too peppy. It almost rectifies this in the reprise later in the film when it becomes “Rapunzel Knows Best,” which gives off a reminiscence of Jafar’s Prince Ali reprise in Aladdin, which is fantastic. So while I don’t dislike Mother Knows Best, it bugs me on a villain song level because it just… doesn’t work. It’s actually tonally more akin to “Cruella DeVille,” another villain song I’m not overly fond of as a villain song (but works in other regards).

    Still, Gothel is a fantastic (and incredibly evil) villain, so that more than makes up for it. Honestly, I think she’s one of the more despicable villains to come out of Disney. And I think it’s a bit of a stretch to make a feminist argument against how Gothel is written. She’s a villain, after all. It’s not like they’re showing negative feminine stereotypes in a positive light. And honestly, it’s more in WHY she’s saying these things to Rapunzel more than WHAT she’s actually saying (though that’s pretty despicable, too).

    Finally… I actually love Maximus more than Pascal. He had me laughing so hard when I first watched it. The swordfight between Max and Flynn is fantastic. And Max actually has growth as a character, whereas Pascal stays pretty one-note throughout.

    • Haha, true “Rapunzel Knows Best” is the stronger vocally but I still find myself humming “Mother Knows Best” all the time, and compared to the lackluster songs of the last few Disney films before this (Enchanted notwithstanding), Tangled sails on all the music. I think that’s what’s given Tangled this life entering the pantheon of Disney’s best, considering the last several films were just crappy.

  2. TANGLED was a welcome surprise after a SLOW, gradual drop in quality of Disney animated musicals dating back to THE LION KING. Although not on par with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE LITTLE MERMAID, it featured clever songs, smart humor, and some stunning animated sequences.

    • Exactly, Tangled is a breath of fresh air in contrast to what preceded it. I wouldn’t put it in the pantheon of greats from the 90s, as you mentioned, but it’s certainly the beginning of a resurgence in creativity and humor.

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