4.5 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund
I'd often wondered why Disney, a studio that's pretty much cornered the market on fairy-tale princesses, never took a stab at adapting “Rapunzel,” a Brothers Grimm fable with all the happily-ever-after ingredients of “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.” Turns out Disney was saving the tale of the long-haired tower-dweller to serve as the basis for its 50th animated feature. It's hard to imagine the wait being more worth it. Retooled and retitled to appeal to a broader, more contemporary audience, “Rapunzel” finally arrives as “Tangled,” a classic crowd-pleaser that's spiked with attitude and beautifully marries old-school and new-school animation. An end-to-end delight, it's my favorite animated film of 2010.