‘Tangled’ Takes Adventure to New Lengths

Disney brings the the story of Rapunzel to the big screen with a twist.

With its incredible cast of appealing human and animal characters, fantastic settings, and spectacular visual effects, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Tangled” is a contemporary comedy for audiences of all ages that also represents a technical and artistic milestone for Disney and for the art of computer animation.

“Audiences may think they know what to expect from a film featuring Rapunzel,” says co-director Nathan Greno, “but we flipped it on its head to make a movie that’s relevant, fresh and different. My co-director Byron Howard and I both love the classic Disney films, and we wanted to go back to this cool, retro look from the fifties, and mix it with contemporary storytelling, pacing, action and humor. This puts a whole new layer on this kind of story.”

Howard adds, “The scope of this movie is gigantic—with horse chases and sword fights, prison breaks and floods. The story gave us a chance to take modern-day moviemaking sensibilities and pump it into a classic story.”

The story of Rapunzel has long fascinated the master storytellers at Disney; the story has been in development since the 1940s under Walt Disney himself. Directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno helped steer “Tangled” to the big screen.

Howard recalls, “Nathan was working on the story before we became the directors, and he saw a real spark in Rapunzel that was starting to come out. That grew into our initial conversation about the movie. We asked ourselves, ‘Who is this character, and how quickly can we get her out of the tower?’ We knew that she had to propel the whole story, and if she’s stuck in this room for the whole show, we’re not going to get anywhere. That really affected what we needed her character to be.”

“We wanted to make her a more dynamic character, and that meant having someone else to balance her out,” adds Greno. “She needed someone to be her foil and equal—a character who could hold his own against this quirky, intelligent girl. She’s very smart, but she’s not worldly. She has this limited world view and doesn’t really know what’s out there. She knows she wants to see those floating lights and figure out what they are. That’s where Flynn Rider comes in. He’s the worldly, sharp guy who’s been around the block a few times and knows how the world works. Throughout the film, they both fill in what’s missing in each other.”

“Nathan and Byron had a very clear notion of what they wanted to do with the story from the very beginning,” adds screenwriter Dan Fogelman. “They wanted to tell a classic Disney story in a completely new way that would fit the style of CG animation. This meant pushing the comedy and the characters into a kind of 21st-century sensibility while still keeping many of the elements that audiences have always loved about Disney films. The key was always finding the right balance.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Tangled” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Watch the trailer here:

7 Comments on ‘Tangled’ Takes Adventure to New Lengths

  1. Anonymous // January 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm //

    ahahah napanood ko na to… hahaha nice movie… nagliliwanag ang ang buhok kpag kumakanta… pero bkit sya yapak? ahehehe

  2. Bacolod City // January 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm //

    Bago Matapos ang 2010
    DECEMBER 31, 2010 Rating…


    1. Imortal (ABS-CBN) – 23.6%
    2. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) – 23.3%
    3. Noah (ABS-CBN) – 22.3%
    4. Kristine (ABS-CBN) – 22.2%
    5. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) – 19.8%
    6. Perfect Match (ABS-CBN) – 17.7%
    7. Sabel (ABS-CBN) – 16.4%
    8. Bandila (ABS-CBN) – 15.9%
    9. 24 Oras (GMA-7) – 15.1%
    10. SNN (ABS-CBN) – 13.7%

    #9 —– nag-iisa!!!!!!!

  3. yeah…i already watched it…sobrang ganda…galing ng chemistry ni eugene at ni maximus (horse)…super funny! in the end…rapunzel have short hair!

  4. IMORTAL astig number 1 superb excellent teleserye of the century talaga bakit kaya walang AGB rating I smell fishy kaya tinago dahil imortal parin ang number 1 he he he korek diba GMA?

  5. nawatch ko na ito ,,!!! ang ganda na sana ng pag bago ng story !!kaso may kulang pa din

  6. Anonymous // January 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm //

    napanood ko na yan, ang ganda ng story, mas maganda pa sa rapunzel original tale..spoiler:alam nyu ba na hindi talaga blonde si rapunzel hehehe

  7. Why does everything have to be so modern now? I would’ve been a lot more excited about this movie if they had called it RAPUNZEL, not TANGLED. I grew up at a time when THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST attracted both boys and girls, producers didn’t have to change those titles to appeal to boys. Plus, why can’t we just go back to hand drawn animation like last years THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG? That’s real Disney animation right there.

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