Before we get started, this is a SPOILER FREE review of Disney’s Tangled Before Ever After animated television film.
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Let’s start with the positive. The animation is well done for a television release. It captures the original charm and energy of the original film while using the more limited animation of a video budget.
The original characters are all present and accounted for with a few new faces added, most notably Rapunzel’s friend and the villain. The banter between Rapunzel and Eugene is present as well.
Now on to the negative. This is a very generic princess story with the female lead unhappy with her place in life. The male characters are, as usual, unreasonable and ineffectual which is often done in modern Disney Princess movies to promote the girl empowerment message.
The pendulum has definitely swung to the other side and I for one can’t wait until we have a more balanced view of male/female relationships and interaction. Especially between parents, which I feel is completely missing in this movie!
So if you want a nice bit of fluff with some laughs for your younger child viewer, this could be it. For the rest of us, I’m afraid Tangled Before Ever After offers only more of the same obvious stuff.
COOL FACTOR: 2.5/5
One nice thing that comes with the DVD release of this movie is a Rapunzel Diary:
This has some nice scenes from the movie (careful, these may contain spoilers!)
The last several pages of the diary are blank so your little Princess can record her adventures as she chases her ‘destiny’!
For more of Rapunzel, check out our previous post featuring the 16″ Disney Store Deluxe Rapunzel doll.