A literary film fiesta for the holidays

Hollywood takes a page from kids' lit this holiday season.

By Valle Dwight

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Rated PG for brief mild violence
Release date: November 24, 2010

Next up is Disney’s 50th animated feature, Tangled. This is the story of Rapunzel — in this version a spirited teenager (with magically long hair) trapped in a tower. But she’s not your basic damsel in distress. Disney has taken the criticism of its other female characters to heart, says Dell’Antonia. “This is a positive girl role. She is a strong girl character, and it’s not just perfunctory.”

Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) is curious about the world outside the tower and spends her days reading and imagining what life could be like. When she’s ready to bust out, along comes a charming rogue (voiced by Zachary Levi) who is using the tower as a hideout. Together the two have their share of adventures, with enough action and humor to keep both boys and girls engaged throughout.

Valle Dwight is a reporter, writer, and mother of two school-aged boys. She has written for many magazines, including FamilyFun, Wondertime, and Working Mother.