My Take on Tangled: From a Disney Freak

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If you know me you know I’m a Disney FANATIC! I don’t think I know anyone who knows and loves Disney as much as I do. My mom owned almost all of the Disney Classic videos when I was growing up, and now I own all of the Classic DVDs AND their sequels (but one). That’s right. Did you know that Mulan 2 was REALLY good? Not nearly as good as the first of course, but WAY better than your average Disney sequel.

Anyway. Some people like the perks of having a “mom blog” because they get free stuff. I don’t care so much about the stuff as I do some of the opportunities. So when I saw that one of my friends got to see Tangled I was like “What?! Where’s Disney and why didn’t they write to ME?!” I’m their biggest fan! And I was so hurt!!

I’ve been anticipating this movie for over a year. I heard it was going to be called “Braided” and I kept calling it that for awhile. I was looking at some of these concept-art pictures and was SO EXCITED. About it.

Luckily, this blogger is a good friend of mine so she got me in touch with her contact and I wrote to him saying “What about MEEEEEE?!!” In so many words. And then they apologized and got me in touch with the people in charge of the Texas screening and there I was last night, Little J in my lap, watching Tangled two weeks before the official release. And let me tell you it was GOOD! SO GOOD! In my opinion it’s the best Disney movie since The Lion King. No joke!

So good in fact that I need to re-do my Disney top 10. In fact, I’ve been re-watching many of them over again these past few months (especially over maternity leave) and there’s a lot of re-working I need to do.

1. The Lion King (1994): Surprise surprise (not really)! I’m not sure this movie will ever be replaced. To this day this movie is amazing to watch. It makes me laugh and cry. It’s got a great message, great music, beautiful artwork. Just amazing!

2. Aladdin (1992): Princess Jasmine, the Genie, and of course Aladdin are characters I fell in love with. I will watch this movie any time I catch it on TV, and it ALWAYS makes me laugh. Even though I’ve seen it a million times, and even though I know it by heart. Some Disney movies have a lull part I want to skip over (like that “Can You Feel the Love Tonight scene in Lion King, or the Be Our Guest scene in Beauty and the Beast) this one doesn’t have one of those scenes for me. I love it from start to finish!

I can’t believe I’m doing this but…

3. Tangled (2010): Yes, Tangled has made my top 3 in Disney movies, and therefore one of my top 3 favorite movies of all time. I’ll have to see it again, and again and again to make sure the excitement of it doesn’t wear off but it really was good. It had me laughing, tearing up, and wanting to jump up and sing. All of the beautiful qualities of Disney Classics, plus my favorite aspect–A love story. But they didn’t skim it over, they really let you get to know the characters and fall in love with each of them. But it’s not too girlie like other princess movies, it has more than enough humor for little boys. It was enchanted like Beauty and the Beast and… Ok, I’ll stop and let you see it.

I was comparing it to my other favorites and I like it more than everything after this, surprisingly. It was that good (to me). I think the biggest reason was because of he humor. Lil’ J had fallen asleep and I tried not to wake her but I still couldn’t help but laugh out loud at so many parts. Music, humor, and plot score higher points with me than the depth of the “message.” Which I think some of these others on my list do a better job of developing and conveying.

 4. Mulan (1998): I know it’s a newer one too, but music is one big thing I love about Disney movies and this one didn’t have a song I dislike. The storyline is great too. The horse in Tangled today reminded me of the one in this movie. I think it’s cute how you see a lot of the same characters cross-appear in Disney movies (or maybe I’m the only one who noticed).

5. Beauty and the Beast (1991): I don’t really need to give this one a description. Everyone loves this movie. Its a classic. Nuf said.

6. Pocahontas (1995): I love this movie. I love the Romeo and Juliet-style romance, and how strong Pocahontas seems as a woman. Great message about nature, and we really sure resurrect this classic seeing as how we’re all “green” focused these days. I’ll always love this movie regardless.

 7. The Little Mermaid (1989): My mom says this was the first movie she and I saw together that I could comprehend, and that must have been why I decided to dress up as a read-headed mermaid with “nude” colored (of course meaning a white shade on my dark skin, but I didn’t care cause I was Ariel!) for Halloween my Kindergarten year. I re-watched this movie recently and wasn’t as captivated as I used to be but it will always be a favorite.

8. Tarzan (1999): My favorite thing about this movie was the music. It also is really just plain hilarious. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t need a “princess” to be good. It’s actually one of Disney’s movies more geared towards boys but I like it just the same.

9. Lady and the Tramp (1955): The oldest Disney movie to make my list, but oh it will always be a good one. Not as many songs as some of the others but oh so cute! I haven’t seen the sequels yet, even though I own them, I need to get on that.

10. Toy Story 3 (2009): I actually liked this one better than the first one. I don’t like many of the Pixar movies as much as the classics (which is why this is the only one on the list) but this one had a sweet message, a great story line, and was hilarious. It’s the only Disney movie I don’t have in my possession at this time but I hope to change that by Christmas!

Honorable Mentions: The Princess and the Frog, Wall-E, Up, Cinderella.

Honestly, I watched Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella recently and I fell asleep during them. Could be the sleep deprivation, but I think they just aren’t topping some of these new ones to me!

So there’s a new top 10 Disney Classics list from a Disney critic. I will say one thing I DIDN’T like about last night’s movie and that’s seeing it in 3D. It was not necessary and actually made me a little dizzy. I’d much rather see it again in 2D and just enjoy it!

What’s your Disney Top 10, 5, or 3?

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  1. I love Disney movies too!!! I’m so glad to hear you like tangled! I can’t wait to see it! I am surprised with your top ten I have to put Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladin in my top 3 spots 🙂

  2. Ahh! I can’t wait to see it! Cinderella will always be my #1. I love her, I love the movie! Followed by Bambi and the Lion King.

    They’re all amazing and great movies though! 🙂

    Thanks for this. Now I have even more of a desire to see Tangled. And in 2D. 3D always gives me a horrible headache. 😛


  3. Wow! I can’t believe it made it to YOUR top 3 Disney flicks. That says ALOT. To me, at least. Layla’s daddy bought her Beauty and The Beast yesterday because he made the mistake of promising it to her if she was a big girl while a holter monitor was being put on her yesterday. We watched it last night! Actually….she had left the room and I was still there. Ha! I forgot…that is one of my all time favs! I am soooo taking my pumpkin to see this one in the theatre. Thanks momma love!

  4. I can’t rank them but I love Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Lady & the Tramp, Princess and the Frog, Little Mermaid, The Incredibles, Fantasia, Lilo & Stitch, The Black Cauldron (the first movie I saw in a theater), Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty. I have the soundtracks for several of them on my iPod. LOL

  5. I love Disney AND Pixar movies. My husband and I probably own more kids dvds than most people WITH kids. And most of them we bought way before we were even expecting 🙂
    I definitely want to see Tangled.

  6. I like Pixar way better but as far as Disney goes:

    1. Princess and the Frog. LOVE IT!!!

    2. American Legends. This is the collection featuring Johnny Appleseed, John Henry (which makes me cry every time even though I have seen it so much) and Paul Bunyan.

    3. Aladdin

    4. Aristocats

    6. Robin Hood

    7. Cinderella

    8. Beauty and the Beast. But I hate her yellow dress passionately. HAte it!

    9. Little Mermaid

    10. Jungle Book.

  7. I am super excited to see Tangled. I think I’m more excited about it than my kids.

    My top 5 movies are The Emperor’s New Groove. I laugh super hard every time I watch it. I should pull it out and watch it again. Monster’s Inc, although my daughter has been driving me crazy watching it about 30 times a day for the past 5 months. Beauty and the Beast, which I’ve been trying to make my daughter watch. Aladdin, which is my hubby’s favorite Disney movie. The Little Mermaid. Love it. I sing along. I get worried about her voice. I wish Eric would just kiss the girl.


    I can not wait to take my kiddies, especially my 10yr old daughter to go see this next week!!

    I’m the corny mom that just looks for excuses to take my kids to see Disney movies – Glad I’m not alone!!

  9. I loved Princess and the Frog so, so much. It is probably my favorite princess movie followed by Beauty and the Beast and then Cinderella. And I love Toy Story 3 better than the first two as well. But also Nemo is one of my all time favorite Disney movies. I just love, love, love it. I even asked for it for Christmas the year it came out on DVD like a kid would.

  10. Not a Disney movie fan, but a Disney Parks fan. When my daughter was born, I became a vacation club member, she is now 10 and we have been every year since. We celebrated her birthday on the Disney cruise this year. Something to think about for Lil J…Lion King would be at the top of my list!

  11. Oh, I love Emperor’s New Groove! That is my #1. What do you think of it? I noticed it didn’t make honorable mention.

    Thanks for the review.

  12. Beauty and the Beast is my ALL TIME favorite! As a young girl, I remember seeing it in the movie theater with my mom and we gave it a standing ovation when it was done. Ahhh memories!

  13. I love Disney toons but I am not a collector.

    Though I have some favourites:

    Cinderalla, Sleeping Beauty, Snowwhite are some of my favs. Pocahontas is another one – but there is a little sad story behind it. However, the little Mermaid is my all time favourite.

  14. Ok, you have actually made me interested in seeing this movie- and that’s impressive. See, I’ve been waiting for Disney to make Rapunzel into a movie for most of my life. I first heard about this two years ago, and was so so excited- they were talking about a return to their true fairy tale roots. THEN “The Princess and the Frog” pretty much flopped at the box office, and Disney execs scrambled to figure out how to make sure Rapunzel wouldn’t flop too.

    They decided that the reason TPATF failed (by their standards- $$$) was because it didn’t appeal enough to little boys. I think they WANTED that to be the reason, because they don’t have a successful boy-oriented franchise like the Princess one for girls. Anyway, they basically decided to shape the movie for their merchandising needs, not for the inherent storytelling potential. This infuriated me! (I read a lot about this last year, a former Disney storyboarder had a blog where he went into detail about all this. Now his blog seems to have disappeared…)

    I can tell you now, what I heard from many other moms about TPATF was that it was too dark and scary for their kids. I seriously doubt that boys would be very off-put by the movie. But that’s how the marketing guys think. And in the end, marketing guys rule.

    So I was going to skip “Tangled” entirely, but after your glowing review I might just have to see it after all!

    PS- after all that, you probably don’t even want to know my very strong opinions on the evolution of Disney animation- I’ll just say that I love the look of every pre-1960’s and post-1970’s Disney movie, but dislike the weird “gritty” look of “The Rescuers” or “The Aristocats”- great movies otherwise, but lazy and coarse looking animation. No coincidence this was the Don Bluth period, the most over-rated animator ever.

  15. The Princess and the Frog is certainly my number one Disney movie. While I loved all the other princess movies, I never related to them because none of those girls looked like me. I think that Princess Jasmine was the closest they got to a Black looking princess before The Princess and the Frog came out. Not to mention the message is one that I can relate to both in my growing up and now in adulthood.

    I was the little Black girl with the rich white friends too. My father didn’t die, but he’s not really a part of my life anymore. My hubby was sort of a frog but thankfully he’s morphed into the prince that I always knew was hiding underneath. Lastly, anybody who knows me knows that I love frogs. Moo has a million of them!

    Aladdin and Mulan complete my all time favorite Disney Movies. The Lion King is cool, but I hated the fact that Mufasa’s death was planned by his own brother. I think that was too much for a kid’s movie.

  16. Tangled looks really cute. I can’t wait to see it. I love all of the Toy Story movies. I have to say those are probably my favorites. Do you know where I can get The Lion King? It’s apparently only on sale at special times, but I want to get my hands on one!

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