Disney brings adventure, humor, music and romance to Tangled fairytale **** 4 stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 3/29/2011 – “Rapunzel is a young woman who is on the eve of her 18th birthday,” says Tangled star Mandy Moore., the voice of Rapunzel. “She’s becoming an adult and she finds herself in a situation where she’s able to go beyond the tower walls that have shielded her all her life. She ends up on a crazy adventure with a young man called Flynn Rider. She has the time of her life.”
Rapunzel is Disney’s 50th full-length animated feature film. It’s a modern twist on the classic story of Rapunzel, the girl who has long magical hair. Rapunzel spends her first 18 years locked in a tower. Her mother (Donna Murphy) says it’s to protect her from those who would steal her magical hair. Rapunzel dreams of seeing the the floating lanterns that always appear in the sky on her birthday. When the thief Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) uses her tower to hide from the authorities she forces him to take her to see the lanterns. At turns she’s afraid and excited about her adventure. This Disney princess grows up before the audiences eyes, very inspiring for young girls. Flynn, the bad boy of the move, becomes a romantic hero. For ages 6 and up.
“I was so excited when I found out I was going to be the voice of Rapunzel,” says Moore. “I remember the moment clearly. I was working in New York at the time. I was with some friends and my husband, and I screamed as soon as I found out the news. I was over the moon.”
“Flynn is the male lead of the film and he’s the archetypal prince character, but he’s not a prince,” says Tangled star Zachary Levi, the voice of Flynn Ryder. “Instead, he is a charming and an arrogant bandit. Deep down, Flynn has a good core. However, you don’t see that at the beginning of the movie. You discover this about Flynn as the story unfolds because this characteristic is brought out of him through the purity, love and naiveté of Rapunzel.”
“These are two very different characters that end up learning a lot from each other on a rather crazy adventure,” says Levi. “ I like to think of Tangled as an animated, family-friendly Romancing The Stone. In my eyes, that’s exactly what the movie is like to watch.”
“This movie is special because it’s the 50th animated motion picture from the Walt Disney Animation Studios,” says Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter. “This is the studio that started it all with Snow White And The Seven Dwarves many years ago. This is the studio that has never stopped making animated films. It’s never closed its doors. I’m so proud that Tangled is the 50th feature in our history. It’s a very fresh-looking movie, it’s very funny and the characters are great. The story is emotional and the songs are fantastic. I’m incredibly proud of it.”
“ The story is based upon the well-loved tale of Rapunzel, but this has a fresh, modern and contemporary feel to it,” says Lasseter. “The characters and the humor are very modern, but it is also a story with a heart. The hallmark of every Disney film is its heart. That’s what Disney animation is all about. Walt Disney always said, For every laughter, there should be a tear. And that’s something we truly believe in.”
“We always strive to create movies that are funny and entertaining,” says Lasseter. “We want characters that are so engaging and appealing that you want to be with them, but it’s that heart of the movie that stands out for me. It’s the heart of the movie that makes audiences remember how a film made them feel.”
“One of my favorite sequences in the movie is the one we developed with the floating lanterns,” says Lasseter. “Personally, these sequences are very special to me. “Why? Well, let me tell you a little story. My wife and I headed to Bora Bora, Tahiti, for our 20th wedding anniversary. The head of food service at the resort we were staying at was an Italian guy, but he married an Indonesian woman and he had lived in Indonesia for years. He said to us, “I have something special for you.” And on our 20th anniversary, he brought out a lantern. He had us sign a little note to each other, which we taped to the top of the lantern, and then he lit it. It was dusk, we were on the beach and it was very romantic. The guy then said, “Kiss and let it go.” So we let it go and that beautiful lantern floated up into the Tahitian sky and drifted off into the distance.”
“It was beautiful, “says Lasseter. “We had dinner on the beach that night and we watched the lantern float away for about two hours until it was a tiny, little speck in the sky. It looked like a star up there. It was one of the most magical things that has ever happened to me, so when we started talking about doing something special for Tangled, I mentioned this story to the team. We got on the Internet and we discovered that there are festivals in Southeast Asia where thousands of these lanterns light up the sky. We’d never seen anything quite like it, so it became an inspiration for the movie.”
“Rapunzel’s walls are really a reflection of what she could see from her window as well as what she was thinking about,” says Tangled conceptual artist, Claire Keane. “There was a definite plan with specific choices made in choosing the colors of Rapunzel’s walls. It was important to create how Rapunzel would create, not how I would create, so I had to try a variety of different things that would express her world.”
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Disney is debuting their 4-Disc Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy in a single package) on March 29, 2011.