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'Tangled' TURNS 12: Disney's animated take on 'classic tale' was released 12 years ago today

The 12-year old 'Tangled' is one of the most expensive animated films ever made and one of the most expensive films of all time
'Tangled' production still (Disney)
'Tangled' production still (Disney)

It has been 12 years since audiences saw the animated Princess Rapunzel singing 'At last I see the light' in the Disney movie, 'Tangled'. As we all know the movie is loosely based on the German fairy tale 'Rapunzel' in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm, it also marks to be the 50th Disney animated feature film. The decade-old and iconic film was directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (in the former's feature directorial debut) and produced by Roy Conli, from a screenplay written by Dan Fogelman.

Featuring the voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Donna Murphy. 'Tangled' tells the story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a lost young princess with magical long blonde hair who yearns to leave her secluded tower. She accepts the aid of an intruder (Zachary Levi's Flynn Rider) to take her out into a world that she has never seen. That is not all, the film's songs were one of the biggest hit songs of all the Disney animated movies. 


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Speculations have that 'Tangled' spent six years in production at a cost that has been estimated at $260 million, which, if accurate, would make it the most expensive animated film ever made and one of the most expensive films of all time. However, the film earned $592 million in worldwide box office revenue, $200 million of which was earned in the US and Canada, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2010, and was praised by critics for its animation, writing, characters, and musical score. The film was nominated for a number of awards, including best original song at the 83rd Academy Awards.

It was the third Disney film to appear in the Top 10 films of 2010. As of 2017, it was the sixth-highest-grossing film worldwide produced by Walt Disney animation studios, behind 'Frozen', 'Zootopia', 'The Lion King', 'Big Hero 6', and 'Moana'.

The official synopsis of the Disney movie, 'Tangled' reads, "Disney animation of a classic tale. Beautiful princess Rapunzel has been locked away in a tower since she was captured as a baby by an old hag. Her magical long blonde hair has the power to provide eternal youth, and the evil Gothel uses this power to keep her young. At the age of 18, Rapunzel becomes curious about the outside world, and when a prince uses her tower as a refuge, she asks him to help her escape."

However, you can still watch the Disney classic animated movie, 'Tangled' on Disney+.