I wasn't expecting much out of "Tangled," Disney's twist on Rapunzel with a marketing campaign too eager to make it look like "Shrek."

I wasn't expecting much out of "Tangled," Disney's twist on Rapunzel with a marketing campaign too eager to make it look like "Shrek."

Well, those lowered expectations were misplaced. Disney has a funny, visually exquisite adventure that breezes by and elicits grins.

With some variation in the backstory, we get the familiar long-haired princess (Mandy Moore) who has spent her entire life isolated in a tower. When a lovable thief (Zachary Levi of TV's "Chuck") comes along, she gets a bold taste of the outside world.

"Tangled" is beyond charming, with plenty of warm humor, adventure and some fairy-tale romance for good measure. Moore and Levi are a winning combo, but Donna Murphy's villainous Mother Gothel is the character destined for classic status.

The movie is an absolute must-see in 3-D. It tops "How to Train Your Dragon" as the best 3-D animated movie and gives "Avatar" a run for its money as the best use ever. It has both breathless action and oohs and aahs. Definitely go for the funny glasses.

In fact, the only truly weak link here is the forgettable music.