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November 23, 2010

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Lance McCallion

You've pretty much just sold me on Tangled, Glenn. Until this point I honestly couldn't have cared less about it, since all the promotional material thus far has yes, reeked of Dreamworks, which was disappointing from a new DIsney film. Especially after The Princess and the Frog, itself a sort of new classic in my estimation, easily among the ranks of the studio's best films and a shining example of inspired top-quality classical 2D animation. Another initial disappointment regarding Tangled was merely seeing another 3D animation from Disney after such a glorious quasi-throwback in Princess. Then again, that screenshot above does quite a bit to sway me in the new film's favor. So yeah, thanks.

lipranzer

"incidentally, I will defend to the death as being a ton better than friggin' Crossroads, thanks"

The smartass in me is compelled to ask; the Britney Spears CROSSROADS or the Walter Hill one?

Bruce Reid

The forgetful idiot in me actually thanks you, lipranzer, because I was trying to think what Hill's CROSSROADS had done to deserve the comparison, let alone the hate.

Embarrassed Anon

That screenshot has a more "painterly" look than most 3D computer animation (which looks rather plastic-y to me). Is that sustained throughout the film?

Glenn Kenny

@ Embarassed Anon: I'd say...sort of. It definitely doesn't have that overweening "plastic-y" feel you find in a lot of other stuff of this ilk. As with the Pixar stuff, the 3-D effects were largely unobtrusive, except when they were supposed to be, as in the dam-bursting water-ride bit. But the painterly feel is a constant, and a pleasure.

Fernando

@Lance McCallion: Just wanted to let you know that your comment inspired to finally watch THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG this morning, and I'm awfully glad I did. It's total classic Disney, a surprisingly old-fashioned feeling film, in admirable and pleasant ways. It could hardly have felt less like a movie released in 2009; I would have believed it was a lost gem from the early 1990s, or 1940s for that matter.

Phil Freeman

The commercials for Tangled have been TERRIBLE, so your review is damn intriguing to me. Might wind up at this one instead of that Rock movie this weekend.

Shawn Stone

TANGLED is lovely.

What did Walter Hill's CROSSROADS do to deserve hate? I only saw it once, long ago, but it didn't seem crazy in a good way, like STREETS OF FIRE, just crazy. And the guitar duel at the end struck me as pretty awful.

MDRackham

Just based on that still, it looks as though the Ellenshaw influence remains at Disney.

That's a wonderful thing.

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