It would have been nice if Disney's self-touted 50th animated feature were one of its best, a film that could stand with the studio's classics, but the world will have to make do with 'Tangled,' a passably entertaining hodgepodge of old and new animation techniques, mixed sensibilities and hedged commercial calculations.
The Grimm yarn of Rapunzel, the girl with the long, golden hair, has been tangled, twisted and extended to get her out of the tower and into the company of a dashing bad boy, musicalized in old-school Broadway fashion and shot through with broad comedy and action rendered in vivid 3D. The Disney name and the studio's all-powerful promo combined are sure to propel this profitably through the holiday season and beyond, though the question lingers as to the extent of resistance preteen boys will show to this girl-centric romp.
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