Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2010. Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures. Screenplay by Dan Fogelman, additional story by Dean Wellins, based on the fairy tale Rapunzel by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm. Produced by Roy Conli. Music by Alan Menken. Production Design by Douglas Rogers. Film Editing by Tim Mertens. Academy Awards 2010. Golden Globe Awards 2010. Washington Film Critics Awards 2010.
Rapunzel is given the modern-day spin by Disney, here creating their first computer-animated “princess” fable. After being kidnapped from her royal parents by a witch at birth, Rapunzel is raised in a high ivory tower and kept hidden from the world, her magical miles-long hair the method by which her adoptive mother keeps herself eternally young. When a roguish thief with a handsome smoulder breaks into the tower and awakens Rapunzel up to the outside world, she finally realizes her dream of venturing beyond her comfort zone, but her evil guardian is not far behind. Choppy and uneven, the film shows the studio’s obviously nervous fear of having another Princess And The Frog bomb on their hands: it’s a story about a girl, but there’s an overemphasis on silly action in order to keep the male children happy as well, and the two elements gel uncomfortably. The result is a film that is never mushy enough to be romantic, but never quite funny enough to be a comedic romp either. Still, it has its charms, and Alan Menken’s songs are tuneful and pleasant.