Rumours that Tangled (2010) represented a return to form by Disney have been swirling since it’s release, but I was pessimistic and decided that the gossip was nothing more than good promotion and over hype. On top of that I figured that an animated musical had little or nothing to offer an old timer such as myself and my time would be better spent watching something gritty and adult.
I was wrong and I was stupid. Tangled is visually stunning, cleverly written and laugh out loud funny. Not only is it the best Disney offering since The Lion King (1994) it is one of the all time best of the genre.
Toy Story 3 (2010) took most of the glory last year and although that was a fine film, for me, Tangled has that extra sprinkle of fairy dust. It harks back to a time before Pixar blending CGI with the traditional hand-drawn. This gives the film a fluidity, warmth and vibrancy that is often lacking in modern animation.