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DVD Review: Tangled Before Ever After

April 24, 2017

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Taking place between the 2010 film Tangled and the short film followup Tangled Ever After, Tangled Before Ever After is a TV movie that finds spunky princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) wanting to delay her marriage to Eugene (Zachary Levi), so that she can explore more of the kingdom.  But when she sneaks out of the castle one night against her parents wishes, Rapunzel encounters dark magic that changes her hair…

For a straight to TV sequel, that serves as an hour-long kick off to a new series based on the film, Tangled Before Ever After is actually pretty good.  Even if it can’t quite match the quality or complexity of the original, this is a well crafted and better than average followup that is still very enjoyable on its own terms.

The film boasts a hand drawn animation style that feels fresh and unique, calling to mind the look of Rapunzel’s paintings, and the fairly simple but engaging story forges its own path while still expanding upon the characters in a way that matches how they were portrayed in the original.  The whole thing is elevated by having the main cast reprise their roles, and topped off with a couple of decent new songs by Alan Menkin, Tangled Before Ever After is a solid followup that has enough for both preexisting fans and kids to enjoy.

The DVD also includes the four bonus short films Checkmate, Prison Bake, Make Me Smile and Hare Peace.  The package also comes with a replica of Rapunzel’s journal slipped into the case, which provides a nice physical keepsake that adds some more value to the set.

Tangled Before Ever After is a Walt Disney Home Entertainment release.  It’s 57 minutes and rated G.

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