This one is actually a request from S, my sister from another mister. (My first request. Yay!)

I remember being so offended when Disney changed the title from “Rapunzel” to Tangled and shifted the focus of the ad campaign away from the princess and onto the swashbuckling rogue. Disney has always been a boys’ club, but now they’ve turned their backs on what made them great (and rich) in the first place (Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, just to name a few). John Lasseter will always have a special place in my heart because of Pixar (who took their own sweet time in giving us a leading heroine), but shame on him for burying the princesses.

Now, having said all that, I do love Tangled. The story is considerably reworked from the original fairytale, but the basics are still there: girl with impossibly long hair is locked in a tower by an evil witch (we even get to hear the famous “Let down your hair” line a couple of times). But now we have more of a backstory as to why the witch keeps Rapunzel locked up and why her hair isn’t cut (beyond the obvious virginity metaphor). Also, the prince is now a charming outlaw on the run named Flynn Rider who acts as Rapunzel’s guide to the outside world.

The animation is lush and bright, with a faintly hazy quality, like old French paintings. It’s so good to have Alan Menken back on board, doing that voodoo he does do so well. The songs are catchy and I wish there were more of them. As for the cast, Mandy Moore is adorable as Rapunzel, full of pluck and sweetness, while Zachary Levi (who can do no wrong in my book) made me fall in love with Flynn right away. Donna Murphy is sheer perfection as the villain, Mother Gothel, and it is clear that she is having a ball.

When S requested a review of Tangled, I couldn’t think of an appropriate polish off the top of my head, so I turned to my list. A-england was the first brand (my list is alphabetical, ’cause that’s how I roll) and my first a-england polish is Princess Tears. And for those of you who have seen Tangled, how perfect is that?


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Princess Tears (from The Legend Collection) is a pale lilac holographic varnish with a flash of pink/green duochrome (you can see the pink in the first picture and the green very faintly in the second picture). This is two coats (because all a-england polishes apply like buttah) and isn’t it just gorgeous? ~K