Will ‘Tangled’ be golden for Disney in more ways than one?

Tangled” has earned generably favorable reviews, rating 92 among the top tier of reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes and 73 at Meta Critic. The film is on track to earn almost $70 million over the Thanksgiving weekend. Such success makes it a strong candidate for one of the three slots in the Animated Feature category at the Oscars.

Tangled” is being touted as the 50th animated feature from Disney. In the video below, the studio revisits its illustrious history as a pioneer in the field. In the countdown to “Tangled,” clips are shown from all of the animated films that came before, beginning with the first full-length cartoon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” released in 1937.

Among this impressive output are four films that featured Oscar-winning songs and scores by “Tangled” composer Alan Menken — “The Little Mermaid” (1989); “Beauty and the Beast” (1991); “Aladdin” (1992); and “Pocohantas” (1995). One film not included in this pantheon is 2007’s “Enchanted” which mixed live action and animated aspects. That film earned Menken three bids for Best Song but he was bested by “Falling Slowly” by “Once” stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.

And, as the composer told Gold Derby, that loss times three prompted him to rethink his strategy for the Oscars. He has decided to submit just one of the tunes he and Glenn Slater wrote for “Tangled” to the music branch of the Academy. His choice: “I See The Light” sung by the characters Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Rider (Zachary Levi) at a pivotal moment in the movie.

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Image: “Tangled” poster (Disney)

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