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Take Five: Tangled in Excitement 32


When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opened up in theaters, everyone thought that other movies who decided to be released near it, will go straight to a dead zone. You might think, box-office-wise, it’s no competition for the Potter boy. But other movies turned out to be still alive and kicking. Disney’s 50th animation feature hits the theater November 24, and Rapunzel has got what it takes, to capture your attention with her long hair.

Disney Animation recently announced that they will seize making fairy tale and princess movies. Tangled (2010) will be their last movie that still use the princess element, and we think, that’s too bad. The shift of things children nowadays regard as entertaining might be the reason why Disney Animation took the company on a different course. “By the time they’re 5 or 6, they’re not interested in being princesses. They’re interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values,” said Dafna Lemish, chairwoman of the radio and TV department at Southern Illinois University and an expert in the role of media in children’s lives.

Because the ending is nearing for princess and royalties, Tangled will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future. The movie itself scored a solid 87% at Rotten Tomatoes, and positive reviews have been pouring out from critics and audiences.

Tangled tells a contemporary retelling of the Brother Grimm’s Rapunzel. After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy). Mother Gothel knows that the flower’s magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of  70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levy) scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

These are Disney Animation’s five best animation features:

1. Toy Story

John Lasseter
John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Joe Ranft (story).
Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow (screenplay).

Tom Hanks (Woody)
Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear)
John Morris (Andy)

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named “Woody”. But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy’s family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy’s birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy’s mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy’s new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips.

Tagline: Hang on for the comedy that goes to infinity and beyond!
Genres: Animation, adventure, comedy, family, fantasy.
Release Date: 22 November 1995 (USA)

2. Finding Nemo

Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Andrew Stanton (story)
Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds (screenplay)

Albert Brooks (Marlin)
Ellen DeGeneres (Dory)
Alexander Gould (Nemo)

A clown fish named Marlin living in the Great Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo, after he ventures into the open sea, despite his father’s constant warnings about many of the ocean’s dangers. Nemo is abducted by a boat and netted up and sent to a dentist’s office in Sydney. So, while Marlin ventures off to try to retrieve Nemo, Marlin meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. The companions travel a great distance, encountering various dangerous sea creatures such as sharks, anglerfish and jellyfish, in order to rescue Nemo from the dentist’s office, which is situated by Sydney Harbor. While the two are doing this, Nemo and the other sea animals in the dentist’s fish tank plot a way to return to Sydney Harbor to live their lives free again.

Tagline: There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean, they’re looking for one.
Genres: Animation, adventure, comedy, family.
Release Date: 30 May 2003 (USA)

3. Aladdin

Ron Clements, John Musker
Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (screenplay).
Ed Gombert (story supervisor).
Burny Mattinson, Roger Allers, Daan Jippes, Kevin Harkey, Sue Nichols, Francis Glebas, Darrell Rooney, Larry Leker, James Fujii, Kirk Hanson, Kevin Lima, Rebecca Rees, David S. Smith, Chris Sanders, Brian Pimental, Patrick A. Ventura (story).

Scott Weinger (Aladdin)
Robin Williams (Genie / Merchant)
Linda Larkin (Princess Jasmine)
Jonathan Freeman (Jafar)

Aladdin is a street-urchin who lives in a large and busy town long ago with his faithful monkey friend Abu. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city, she sneaks out to the marketplace, where she accidentally meets Aladdin. Under the orders of the evil Jafar (the sultan’s advisor), Aladdin is thrown in jail and becomes caught up in Jafar’s plot to rule the land with the aid of a mysterious lamp. Legend has it that only a person who is a “diamond in the rough” can retrieve the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin might fight that description, but that’s not enough to marry the princess, who must (by law) marry a prince.

Tagline: Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they all could come true.
Genres: Animation, adventure, family, fantasy, musical, romance.
Release Date: 25 November 1992 (USA)

4. Beauty and the Beast

Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay)
Roger Allers (story supervisor)
Brenda Chapman, Burny Mattinson, Brian Pimental, Joe Ranft, Kelly Asbury, Christopher Sanders, Kevin Harkey, Bruce Woodside, Tom Ellery, Robert Lence (story).

Paige O’Hara (Belle)
Robby Benson (Beast)

Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced “affections” of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle’s father, causes the two to meet.

Tagline: The most beautiful love story ever told.
Genres: Animation, family, fantasy, musical, romance.
Release Date: 22 November 1991 (USA)

5. The Lion King

Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton (screenplay).
Brenda Chapman (story supervisor).
Burny Mattinson, Barry Johnson, Lorna Cook, Thom Enriquez, Andy Gaskill, Gary Trousdale, Jim Capobianco, Kevin Harkey, Jorgen Klubien, Chris Sanders, Tom Sito, Larry Leker, Joe Ranft, Rick Maki, Ed Gombert, Francis Glebas, Mark Kausler (story).

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Young Simba)
Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba)
Jeremy Irons (Scar)
James Earl Jones (Mufasa)

A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the “Circle of Life”.

Tagline: Life’s greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life.
Genres: Animation, adventure, drama, family, musical.
Release Date: 24 June 1994 (USA)

So, that’s it from Five Things. It’s sad to hear that the prince and princess will be replaced by more modern movie characters. It’s the end of an era for Disney Animation, but we hope they’ll continue making magnificent features with Pixar.


Tangled (2010)
Tangled (2010)
Disney Animation is closing the book on fairy tales
Finding Nemo (2003)
Toy Story (1995)
Aladdin (1992)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The Lion King (1994)

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  1. indobrad says:

    my favorite’s gotta be Finding Nemo. :D

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