Sunday, August 2, 2020

I Watched Tangled: The Musical at Home and It Was Great

Recently, Disney Parks posted a complete recording of Tangled: The Musical to their YouTube channel for people to watch from home.  This live show, based on the movie of the same name, originated on the Disney Magic in 2013.  When my family and I went on the Magic in 2015, I went to see it, and I enjoyed it.  However, since that was almost five years ago, I didn't remember much of it.  So, I went to the Walt Disney Theatre in my living room to see it again!

Both the movie and the musical tell the story of Rapunzel.  If you've never seen either of them, here's the synopsis from  "When the kingdom's most wanted, and most charming, bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower: 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense."

Overall, the musical does a nice job of retelling the movie in just under an hour.  The actors are entertaining, the songs are fun, the choreography is amazing, and the sets are very detailed.  Also, the puppet of Maximus the horse is complex and expressive, and I'm impressed the designers could create it.  One of my favorite aspects of the show was the lighting effects.  Light was used to enhance the sets by showing parts of them that weren't even there.  It was also used for the backgrounds, and in one scene, for water.  I enjoyed the show, and I would definitely see it again at a real Walt Disney Theatre if I had the chance.

The video of the musical is excellent.  It opens with Lee, the cruise director, explaining the creation of the show.  It's cool to see how much work goes into making a DCL live show.  The various camera angles throughout the musical provide views that you just can't get from sitting in the audience.  The audio is also great, dialogue and sound effects are clear, and the music is catchy.  Two of the songs in the musical were made exclusively for the musical and weren't in the movie.  The video was taken during a cruise, since there were guests in the audience.  Remember when people could go on cruises and not have to worry about a virus?  Those were the days.

Tangled is actually kind of relatable today.  At the beginning, Rapunzel is bored in her tower and wishes she could go outside and see the world.  Sound familiar?  Also, the kingdom that Rapunzel and Flynn go to is called Corona.  Coincidence?  Probably.  Plus, we can't forget about how Rapunzel is going to be on the back of the Disney Wish!

In addition to this musical, the Disney Parks YouTube channel has other Disney vacation content to be enjoyed from home, like the fireworks show from the Magic Kingdom, various videos of rides...
...and this.  Be sure to check it out if you wish you could be on a Disney vacation right now!

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