Friday, 28 January 2011


Today Disney's 50th animated feature film Tangled (2010) went on general release in the UK. It's another take on the Brothers Grimm collected fairy tale Rapunzel, the girl with long hair. The wandering prince who gets Rapunzel pregnant is now Flynn Rider the thief, who doesn't (just a guess). Rapunzel has been transmogrified into an irritating, feisty, Manga-eyed, Yankee feminist with "girl power". Where have I heard that one before? (If you want to see "girl power", check out Berlusconi's Latest.) Disney's animation is state-of-the-art, but the facial expressions of the principle characters are cliché-ridden. WALL-E, Wallace & Gromit and even Shrek are far superior when it comes to facial looks. And Disney began it all!


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