Sketches (by Glen Keane) and final animation
The first time I watched Tangled, I didn’t make much of it. But after the second time I have a new found appreciation of it because:
A. Rapunzel and Gothel’s relationship really resonated with me. It reminded me of several women in my own family and some friends I once considered precious, who harmed me emotionally for a long time under the guise of “loving” me. You can’t erase years of verbal abuse (you’re ugly, you’re a coward, you’re useless, you’re weak, you’re annoying, you will not make it far with your personality, etc) by simply saying “oh, but we’re family/friends.” Rapunzel’s isolation, self-doubt, and especially her guilt for betraying Gothel by seeking freedom from her abuse… Seeing that now made me wish this movie had been around when I was 14-16 and going through the same.
B. The art is simply stunning. The character design is charming and all, but the landscapes and architecture are the real star of this movie. Even as much as I love Frozen, to me Tangled is superior in this particular sense. (and the scene with the paper lanterns is so beautiful it always makes me cry. Every single time)