Why I Loved “Tangled”

I read an article in the Austin American-Statesman (I think) over Thanksgiving that said that Disney will not be making any more “princess movies” anytime soon.  Needless to say, I’m pretty bummed about that.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some Disney princesses (and Anastasia, even if she’s not Disney).

Now, I’ll be the first to say that those movies have probably given me a skewed idea of romance and whatnot, but they are still some of my favorite movie of all time.  It doesn’t matter how many times I watch The Little Mermaid, or Sleeping Beauty, or Beauty and the Beast.  I love them just as much today as I did when I first saw them.

I loved Tangled, the most recent Disney princess movie, so much that I’ve already seen it in theaters twice.  The songs can’t even compare to Beauty and the Beast or Lion King, but it’s a fun story with adorable characters and a lot of laughs.  Plus, it’s almost as much about the male lead, Flynn Ryder (voiced by Zachary Levi, who I absolutely adore), as it is about Rapunzel.  Plus, it’s not your traditional damsel-in-distress-waiting-for-a-man-to-save-her movie that so many people take issue with.

There’s just something about those type of movies that appeals to me.  They’re innocent and fun and good triumphs over evil and love conquers all.  It may not be real life, but who goes to a movie to see real life?  Not me, that’s for sure.

Apparently, though, Disney is done with princesses for a while.  Princess and the Frog didn’t do very well, and they weren’t expecting Tangled to do much better.  When you weigh that against all of the success Pixar movies have seen over the past few years, I guess it makes good business sense, even if I don’t like it.

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