Monday, March 15, 2010

More on the 'Rapunzel' tangle

All apologies, but a truly hectic work day Monday has turned my brain into the same word you use to get sled dogs to run. And I'm sorry to say this may be true throughout the week. I do not possess the presence of mind to write a truly thoughtful post, or to do even the formatting that goes with the DVD posts.

For the time being, however, I wanted to point your attention to this column by Kim Voynar at Movie City News, who, like me, calls bullshit on Disney's rationale that The Princess and the Frog disappointed because it didn't appeal to boys. She cannily sites box office evidence that gives the lie to that reasoning.

MCN: Voynaristic: From Rapunzel to Tangled? Disney's Dicey Decision

I do take issue with Voynar in her claim that the film failed because it wasn't appealing - most people who actually saw the film loved it. It got an A Cinemascore and an A- from Yahoo movie raters. I think the problem was two-fold: Disney was facing not only those damn Chipmunks (Squeakuel indeed!) but it was also fighting years of distaste that arose when many people found their  hand-drawn films lacking. 

As it happens, The Princess and the Frog comes out today for home viewing. I am more than confident that it will find the larger audience it deserves. Here's my full review of the film. Don't lump it in with the misfires. It's a step in the right direction for Disney. Give it a chance and check it out. I think you'll be glad you did.

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