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San Diego Union Tribune: “Tangled” Movie Panel

Published on: 26th November, 2010

Perry Chen at Tangled press screening (photo by Zhu Shen)

Movie panel on ‘Tangled’

By Union-Tribune,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 6 a.m.

Perry Chen

10, a Torrey Hills School 5th-grader, has a website,

Liked: Rapunzel’s 70-foot golden hair is an impressive feat: it looks magical when it glows strand by strand. The hair is one of the most difficult things to animate well. I loved the visuals: the magical flower, the night sky illuminated with a sea of lanterns. “Tangled” is full of rich characters: Rapunzel, Flynn, the wanted thief, and hilarious animal characters Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the palace horse that are mostly out to bug Flynn. The film is filled with humor that kids can understand, with one punch line after another! The movie has a strong moral: Follow your dream no matter how many challenges on your way.

Disliked: I wonder how Mother Gothel could build a 70-foot tower all by herself. The ending is also too predictable, like most fairy tales.

Would I recommend it? I recommend it to people 7 and up. This film is a little bloodier than other Disney films.

Check out what two other movie panelists Sherri Mead and Scotty Schuetz said about “Tangled:”

For Perry Chen’s full review of Tangled on San Diego Entertainer, visit:


Perry S. Chen is a 10-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker,  filmmaker and animator.  He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 300,000 readers.  Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine.  Perry won the San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award, and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood.

Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website ( ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.

Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country.  He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 50 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web.  He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club, the youngest blogger on Animation World Network, and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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