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Today, I came across an article as I was mindlessly scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook. It was a MoviePilot article written by Kyle Watkins called, “Why Tangled is Better Than Frozen”. He made several points about both films, and after I read it, I thought to myself, why not write my own article?
After I watched Frozen, I thought it wise to keep my mouth shut about how I really felt about it. Because, as a fangirl, I know what can happen if you “trash” someone’s obsession. But, as a fangirl, I also know how great and wonderful the internet is what with anonymity and the awesome power to ignore hateful comments. So, here I am with another review. Since this is a face off between the two movies (two DISNEY movies, at that), this is going to take some serious compare and contrast.
Let’s start off with Tangled.
Tangled is my all-time favorite Disney movie with The Lion King running close behind it. To be honest, Rapunzel has always been my favorite princess, and ever since I was little I was always obsessed with every single Rapunzel thing I came across. Like, seriously, I was a fangirl before I even knew what a fangirl was. However, just because I had a childhood obsession with her doesn’t mean I can’t give good, constructive criticism when there are obvious flaws. And let me tell ya…there are no flaws. Tangled is a beautiful film.
It’s funny, it’s suspenseful, it’s dark, it’s happy, there’s comedy, there’s heartbreak, and it just has an all around feel-goodness to it. I feel like there’s a balance in power between Flynn (voiced by Zachary Levi) and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), and they each get roughly the same amount of screen time. Plus, not only is Rapunzel kind and beautiful, but she can take care of herself when she needs to, which makes her a strong, female, independent character. Flynn is no prince charming, but he manages to marry the “princess”. The story line is as realistic as a fairytale can get, but it still gives kids a good WOW factor when Rapunzel’s hair can heal things. Really the only flaw that I can even think of is that the message of never giving up on your dreams is a little difficult to find, but even then I feel that kids shouldn’t have it handed to them like it was in Frozen. Back stories were given to many of the characters, (except for the villain, really, which I hate, but what are you gonna do?) and the plot was well-developed with very clear, but not IN YOUR FACE, beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. And probably one of the most important thing (at least to me) were the names. They were unique for their origin, but not ridiculously hard to pronounce.
And now, for Frozen.
I loved Frozen. I really did. I’m in love with the fact that it was based in Sweden and the fact that there was so much of the Norse culture involved in the making of this film. If you’ve read any of my other things, you’d know how much I love anything that has to do with Norse culture. As a film, though, I have to act more like a critic on this one. I like the general idea that they had for Frozen, but there are more flaws with this film than Tangled.
Yes, it has suspense, love, adventure, and very strong female leads, but there’s something missing. Or rather, something is being overplayed. What is it, you ask? Well, while you were watching the film, did it ever occur to you that it kinda felt like some kind of feminist propaganda product? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, I love the idea of Disney getting into that kind of thing…except not really. There’s a reason why I watch Disney movies–so I can get away from real life and more serious matters. With Frozen, it seems like that’s all I get. And it always seems like everything is a little over-done and over-rated. For example, the song “Let It Go”, which seems to really play on the popularity of Frozen, really isn’t all that great, if you think about it. Or at least there’s no real deep connection or point attached to it. In Tangled, the songs were more inspirational, and, like Watkins says in his article, were actually necessary, where as Frozen seems to place songs in the most random places. However, the film did have great back stories, but they could’ve at least worked on the names (seriously, Elsa is in the top ten most popular baby names in Sweden).
All in all, both movies are very good. I still enjoyed watching both of them, even though I prefer one of them over the other. Disney has really stepped up their game within the past five years or so what with graphics and plots and character connection and all that jazz. Truth be told, I have yet to see a bad Disney princess movie, so if you have any for me to watch or review, I would gladly accept!
Thank you so much for reading! I post fairly regularly, so stay tuned and I’ll be out with another article very soon. Leave comments and tell me what you think about this topic. I’d love to make conversation! 🙂