Disney's "Tangled" (in 3D) is an animated remake of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel. Rapunzel, the beautiful daughter of the king and queen, has golden hair with magical powers. The evil crone Mother Gothel wants these powers so she steals baby Rapunzel and locks her in a tower deep in the forest.
Rapunzel grows up ignorant of her real identity, but every year on her birthday, thousands of lanterns are released into the night sky. Rapunzel feels these lanterns are for her; they must be because they only appear once a year on her birthday. She longs to go see them, but Mother Gothel forbids her, warning her that the world is a dangerous place.
One day while Mother Gothel is gone, the rapscallion thief Flynn Rider climbs Rapunzel's tower to hide from the law. Rapunzel has never seen a man, but she sure knows how to defend herself. She ties up Flynn with her trusty hair then makes a deal. She'll return his booty once he takes her to see the lanterns. Try as he may, Flynn Rider can't outsmart or outfight Rapunzel, so he agrees. Soon the two are on the run from bandits, soldiers, and Mother Gothel. Will they make it to the festival? Will Rapunzel discover her true identity? Will girl and boy fall in love, marry, and live happily ever after? (Hint: This is a Disney flick we're talking about.)
If you're a Disney buff, you're sure to like "Tangled." Personally, I love classic Grimm fairy tales, and it bothers me when these tales are converted into commercial pop. However, I liked this film a lot more than I expected. 3D always gives a movie extra punch, and "Tangled" is like Snow White meets Elastigirl from "The Incredibles." There's wit, slapstick, romance, action, adventure, and some great singing by Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Tony award-winning Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel.
Shannon Moore and her family have lived in a number of different cities throughout the U.S. but calls St. Louis home. With five children between the ages of 20 and 7, she values activities that can span a wide range of ages and interests. She loves reading and is a faithful fan of the library’s summer reading program. A stay-at-home mom for 20 years, Shannon now teaches writing at St. Charles Community College. She is a freelance writer and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Shannon blogs about childrens' books at www.greatbooksforchildren.com. Contact Shannon.