About a week and a half ago, the trailer for Disney's "Tangled" was released. Ever since, I've been trying to figure out why it pisses me off, even though the animation is a lot better than I expected it to look. After the cut, watch the trailer (via EW's PopWatch), and then read what I have to say about it. After, you can tell me if I'm crazy or not.
Is it just me, or is that really annoying? I first heard of this movie a few months ago through a post on the Robot6 blog, and I'll admit that between the information in that post and the NPR editorial it links to, I was already biased against the film. Between this and Warner Brothers Animation's decision not to make any more direct to DVD movies with female leads, it's sad and frustrating to know that trying to attract boys to any sort of media has basically degraded to "girls have cooties."
That's not what's specifically bothering me about the trailer though. After all, I have never been one to let my ideals get in the way of a fun cartoon. I am nothing if not a hypocrite. At first I thought it was just that that this Flynn Ryder dude is a total jerk. He's not funny, he doesn't seem all that impressive, he's completely full of himself, and he gets his ass kicked by hair. Why is this guy our hero, let alone our point of view character? I dislike this guy so much that, at least while I'm watching the trailer, I retroactively hate "Chuck," one of my favorite TV series, because Chuck's voice is coming out this guy's mouth. Maybe Nathan Fillion could have pulled this character off, but I'm not sure. His Steve Trevor in "Wonder Woman" wasn't the main character, was actually pretty funny, and didn't give anyone "the smolder." What the hell was that? I can't blame the usually very charming Zachary Levi when obviously the problem is the character's face. (Sidenote: If you've never seen the Wonder Woman animated movie, it is awesome.)
After further consideration, I realized it's more than that. Doesn't the whole thing just seem a little too "Shrek" to anyone else? The princess is stuck in a tower, but she actually kicks ass and doesn't seem to need the hero at all. There's even a pop song that's a few years out of date. It's "Shrek," if Shrek was a smarmy jerk-face. The whole thing wreaks of Dreamworks, and as little kid who was positively addicted to Disney movies, that might just break my heart a bit. Of course, Disney's been breaking my heart for years. I should be used to it by now. It all makes me want to watch "Sleeping Beauty" for the 9 millionth time. That movie's got a fun male lead, a fairly cool princess, and the coolest freaking villain ever committed to film. Does this movie even have a villain, you know, besides viewer apathy? That's a serious question, by the way. As far as I can tell from the trailer, this movie has no major conflict.
It's also possible that Rapunzel's hair just freaks me right the hell out. What do you think?