Disney's spirited re-telling of Rapunzel in 3D animation turns out to be a dazzler. You know the drill from the brothers Grimm — Princess Rapunzel (voiced by a sassy Mandy Moore) is kidnapped from her royal parents by an old crone who traps her in a tower and uses her long golden hair to stay young and badass. Donna Murphy's vocal performance as the adopted parent from hell is to die for, and her singing of the Alan Menken/Glenn Slater anthem "Mother Knows Best" is comic bliss with a sting in its tail. Zachary Levi does a nice job as the thief who rescues the princess, and, call me a sucker, but I fell hard for Maximus the horse and Pascal the frog. Still, it's Rapunzel growing up to out-diva her mommie dearest that kept me glued. Directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno don't reinvent the animation wheel in the Pixar manner, but they get the job done with style and wit to spare.
© 2010 by Walt Disney