Tangled ★★★

The Shrekification of Disney did not yield many great animated movies — the ogre’s success presumably led the studio to mandate more forced humor into its films and adopt the far-uglier computer animation technique — but this one is pretty solid, thanks to some heavy lifting from Alan Menken. “I See the Light” is an all-time great Disney sequence, with an unabashedly romantic melody and beautiful animation, proving that this studio (and this movie) is best when it allows itself to be earnest. The central romance works well when it takes itself seriously, and feels believable by the conclusion because of the aforementioned song, but it suffers when it leans into cheap humor — which happens way too frequently. A more serious, hand-drawn version of this movie might rival the company’s best Renaissance work.

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