Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tangled: Char's review

I've now seen Tangled four times, twice in 3D (stereoscopic) and twice in standard.  In my opinion, it was a beautiful film and I LOVED it in the standard version.  Frankly, I find 3D to be distracting AND dull.  I'm not talking about the story, I'm mean the image on the screen.   The CG characters looked like dolls but it was still a good fairytale.  There were aspects of the movie that I felt made the story predictable, mainly the boat scene (ala Little Mermaid) and a scene that has been used in Beauty and the Beast and Princess and the Frog  (not to mention a DreamWorks film).  Though I love traditional animation (whether hand drawn or "tradigital"), I thought the CG was beautifully executed.  The story was rich (unlike Princess and the Frog), the music was awesome (reminded me of other Disney films), and the characters had heart! But, WHY CG?
CG normally costs at least twice as much as to produce traditional animation.  Compare the two recent "princess" films. Tangled had an estimated $260M budget while The Princess and the Frog had a budget of $105M. Though, The Princess and the Frog wasn't a considered a box office success, it did bring in $267M internationally. Time will tell if Tangled will be able to exceed other recent Disney films but it has a long way to go to beat the record of other films released in 2010.  Personally, I feel the film would have been more beautiful in traditional animation, the budget would have been lower and the film would be a bigger financial success.  I believe that this was a missed opportunity for Disney to prove that it isn't technique but story that is the box office draw.   
Still, it is a beautiful film.  I loved the use of camera shots and I LOVED the humor. I paid close attention to the audience, everyone, including the guys were enjoying this film.  There was healthy humor and everyone laughed.  My favorite scene is the dance scene because  movement and music was AWESOME and made me wish for more (this movie will transition to the stage very well, although I'm not sure how they will create the character of Max...).
Bottom line: If you haven't seen it yet, please watch Tangled
See you next year and as always, keep your imagination unlimited

1 comment:

  1. Very well said Ms. Rinderknecht, it is all about the story. I wanted to see Tangled but never got to see it. I have done research on the production of Tangled and though it is a CG film it was modeled on the traditional look of oil paintings. French Rococo painter Fragonard's painting "The Swing" was a visual inspiration for the films overall look. Director Glen Keane's goal for the film was to get the computer to submit to the artist and make certain principles of traditional animation possible using the computer by making it as pliable as a pencil. I think it's nice how Disney doesn't want to completely abandon traditional animation.