When my kids and I saw the trailer of Walt Disney Picture‘s Tangled last year, it was automatically put in our nice-to-watch list. (Well, because it seemed funny, with a very-long-haired girl running around like that with a bandit and a horse.)
Luckily, daughter V and I had the awesome chance to preview the Digital 3D movie at the Columbia Pictures Preview Room in Shangri-la Mall last Saturday.
Tangled is the updated version of the fairytale about the long-haired girl, Rapunzel. In the old version, Rapunzel was part of an ex-deal that a couple had with a witch for the lettuce (!) he was caught stealing from the witch’s garden. The wife, while pregnant with Rapunzel, had a lettuce craving (weird, no?) and so the husband went to steal some from the witch’s garden. When the wife gave birth, the witch took Rapunzel and kept her in a tower in the middle of a forest. The only way in and out of there was through Rapunzel’s long hair. Eventually, a Prince found Rapunzel, and the fairy tale ends with them living happily ever after.
In Tangled, Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) is a princess who was kidnapped by an old lady, Mother Gothel, for her magical hair. The old fairytale was updated, modernized and beautifully twisted so that today’s kids will be able to appreciate it. Actually, even I liked it, and teared up a bit in some of the heart-breaking parts.
Okay, I know it’s just cartoons – we’re not supposed to take cartoons seriously, right? But I like the life lessons from the movie.
What I like best is how it demonstrated parental love – love of the parents for their lost child so deep that each year, on her birthday, the whole kingdom remembered the princess on her birthday by releasing thousands of lanterns into the night sky.
Apparently, Mother Gothel kept Rapunzel’s original birthday. So, every year, on her birthday, she watched the display of lights in the night sky from her lonely tower (which, by the way, Mother Gothel made sure was always complete with projects and crafts and the good stuff – perhaps even Luxury bed linens -to keep Rapunzel busy and happy. Uh, duh.) She dreamed to, one day, be able go out and get close enough to the mysterious lights.
The chance to make that dream a reality came when the bandit, Flynn (voiced by Zachary Levi… Yes, Chuck on TV!), chanced upon the tower. So he takes her out on an adventure trip to the castle lights. And the fun begins…
V was so delightfully enthralled (enTangled? hehe) – the whole time she was captivated with the movie. There was no dull moment. So go see it with your whole family – the kids will love it.
Tangled comes to theaters in Digital 3D and regular formats on February 2. There will be whole-day sneak previews in cinemas everywhere on January 24 & 25 (this coming Monday and Tuesday) at regular admission prices.