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Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) by Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B004G6009U
Date: 08 April 2011 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Wikipedia / Show Official Info /

Let me begin by saying that Tangled is the 50th animated feature to come from Walt Disney Studios, and it is most definitely not the animated feature of your parents and grandparents. In this case Tangled is the frantically funny retelling of the story of "Rapunzel", a German fairy tale first published in 1812 as part of "Children's and Household Tales", a collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm.

Directed by: Nathan Greno
Byron Howard

Writing credits (in alphabetical order):
Dan Fogelman (screenplay)
Jacob Grimm (fairy tale)
Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tale)

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only):
Mandy Moore ... Rapunzel (voice)
Zachary Levi ... Flynn Rider (voice)
Donna Murphy ... Mother Gothel (voice)
Ron Perlman ... Stabbington Brothers (voice)
M.C. Gainey ... Captain of the Guard (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Big Nose Thug (voice)
Brad Garrett ... Hook Hand Thug (voice)
Paul F. Tompkins ... Short Thug (voice)
Richard Kiel ... Vlad (voice)
Delaney Rose Stein ... Young Rapunzel / Little Girl (voice)
Nathan Greno ... Guard #1 / Thug #1 (voice)
Byron Howard ... Guard #2 / Thug #2 (voice)
Tim Mertens ... Guard #3 (voice)
Michael Bell ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Additional Voices (voice)

Seeing the various trailers and promo spots for Tangled made me eagerly anticipate the theatrical release of Disney's 50th animated feature and until I began watching it, I was concerned that all the jokes would have been exhausted. To my great joy, they weren't all given away beforehand - in fact, some of the jokes I saw beforehand were actually red herrings cunningly edited so as to whet your appetite, but not give away the actual story. There were times that I laughed so hard that my sides hurt and began coughing. It is said that one should never act with children or animals, quite appropriate advice given that Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse were the real stars of the film.

Looking at the three deleted scenes, you can see that all of them were deleted early in the creative process, something evident by looking at how crude they look. Based on what I saw, not one of them was worth further work. In fact, 'Vigor the Visionary', fortune telling monkey sounds like he belongs in Aladdin, not Tangled.

Looking at the 'Original Storyboard Openings' with Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard were more advanced and while they were nice, I agree with their decision to go with the one we see.

Watching the '50th Animated Feature Countdown', it was a wonderful montage but the accompanying musical score was grating on my senses.

The 'Extended Songs' with Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard) were both cut down in length in order to advance the story, a decision I won't argue with in the least.

'Untangled: The Making Of A Fairy Tale' was the best bonus feature by far. Did you know that Walt Disney began working on the story of 'Rapunzel' in the 1940s? The 'Hot Man Meeting' with all the women picking their favorite look for Flynn Rider was chaotic fun, but I don't envy the men present. Pascal the chameleon is named after the chameleon owned by animator Kelly Lewis who is listed in the credits as 'Chameleon Wrangler'. The CGI hair bloopers are also loads of fun. Now this is the quality of bonus feature I'm accustomed to seeing from Disney.

Watching the 'Tangled Teasers', the first, second, fifth, and sixth are funny fake infomercials. The third one is a hilarious spoof that begins like it was a replay of TV coverage of the OJ Simpson SUV pursuit. The fourth one adroitly blends a 1950s-era PSA with footage from the Tangled. However, 'Flynn's Tangled Tales are weak in the humor department.

Watching 'Discover Blu-ray 3D with Timon & Pumbaa' proves that even promoting Disney Blu-ray 3D, Timon and Pumbaa still have their comic talents.

Looking at the Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo), I really wish there had been a lot more bonus features, but I suspect that they were saved for the Tangled (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy). That said, Tangled (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) is an excellent buy, especially if you don't own a 3D HDTV and a Blu-ray 3D player.

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