Tangled marks Disney’s 50th animated feature film and marks an end to Disney’s rampant use of fairy tale stories for the foreseeable future. Pixar’s doing its first fairy tale, Brave, next year, but in an effort to try and get out of their own formula, Disney has apparently sworn off fairy tale features for a while. But for their 50th, it seems appropriate that they might dip back into the world of European fairy tales. And one thing that Tangled proves is that when Disney does fairy tales right and does them with a notion of trying to go a little bit outside of their own mold, they do it really well.
I have to admit that I’m a little torn over Disney’s upcoming animated feature film, Tangled. At their best, Disney animated films are timeless, ageless movies that stand as wonderful examples of American animated storytelling. At their worst, they’re trite, formulaic and uninspired calculations of expenses versus box office returns. Without the help of Pixar, Disney hasn’t made a good animated film since… probably the Lion King. I admired their return to 2D with The Frog Princess, but The Frog Princess wasn’t really that good.