Disney’s RAPUNZEL Is Now TANGLED

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Disney Animation Studios is getting a bit clever with the title for the next film as Producer Roy Conli has announced [via Facebook] that their 2010 film will no longer be called Rapunzel and will now be known as Tangled.  Here’s what Conli had to say:

“Hey everyone, I’m Roy Conli, producer of Disney’s next animated film. I have some exciting news to share, and it was important to me that YOU guys – the Disney fans – hear it first. I want to tell you about Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 2010 release, Tangled. It’s a really fresh, smart take on the Rapunzel story.  In our film, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in the girl with the 70 feet of magical golden hair. We’re having a lot of fun pairing Flynn, who’s seen it all, with Rapunzel, who’s been locked away in a tower for 18 years.  I’m so proud of the crew working on this film – they’re doing a fantastic job creating an awesome story with great characters and a stunning world – and it’s all going to look amazing in 3D. All of us here at the studio are incredibly excited for you to see Tangled when it comes out in theaters this November.”

Hit the jump for more details on the film including the style of animation they’re using.  Tangled is slated to hit theaters on November 24th.

For those just tuning in, here’s the official synopsis:

Walt Disney Pictures presents TANGLED, an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair. A princess stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Rapunzel (voice of MANDY MOORE) is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit (voice of ZACHARY LEVI). With the secret of her royal heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her cohort find adventure, heart, humor, and hair… lots of hair. With original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, this comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale comes to theaters in Disney Digital 3D.

But what’s really cool is the kind of animation they’re planning to use.  It’s not typical 3D but a 2D-3D blend that weaves together traditional CGI animation with the artistic style of French Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonard’s painting “The Swing.”  Here’s hoping that DAS’ next film is as good as last year’s The Princess and the Frog.

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  • IllusionOfLife

    This new name is terrible! Rapunzel sounded classy, like the old animated films from Disney's Golden Age, but Tangled sounds more like a title for a Shrek knock-off like Hoodwinked or Happily N'Ever After. I just hope the title doesn't reflect the writing of the film.

    Once upon a time I was really excited for this, but the name change is a crushing blow to my anticipation. Please Disney, change the name back before you release any trailers.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I like Rapunzel as name, BUT it did make think there was a limited story. I mean, the story is basically “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. The end.” Tangled at least sound like a longer story and suggests the partnership between two people.

    I suspect there were some other reasons for changing it though. Legal? International? Remember Laputa the Castle in the Sky? Not a good international name. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/rocket520 coco chanel

    I love cant wait

  • IllusionOfLife

    I think the biggest reason they're changing isn't international or legal issues, I think it's the fact that Princess and the Frog under performed. It's the classic issue that Princess movies are considered 'girl movies' and Disney execs obviously think that with a less 'princessy' name it'll sell better.

    Hopefully the name is all that has been significantly changed, because if the movie is really good I can live with it having a stupid name. I just wish Disney would realize that the name has less to do with success than a marketing campaign does. Princess and the Frog was weaker on marketing than their past successes and that's the main reason I think it had a weaker reception.

  • kennethe

    The problem isn't necessarily that the new title is bad (which by the way it's mor ethan bad, it's TERRIBLE).

    The problem is that Disney actually believes the title change will improve the film's sales.

  • Dogg

    Groan..they're trying to do to Rapunzel what “Wicked” did to “The Wizard of Oz”. “Wicked” is like crack to every female on the planet. I dare anyone with an Y chromosome to even mentioned it around women. You will be spending a lot of money very badly.

  • leethebard

    Terrible…terrible name…kids identify with fairy tales…The Princess franchise will hurt too…Disney did well this year with a fairy tale….change this terrible title…..I can't help feeling Walt would be screaming!!!!!

  • csco

    actually Disney did not do well with a fairy tale this year. For a movie with multiple oscar nominations and numerous other awards as well as being extremely well recieved by the few people that actually saw it, Princess and the Frog did rather poorly at the box office. Why? Because too many people dismissed it without knowing anything about it based on the fact that Disney made it and “princess” was in the title. Unfortunately the same thing will happen to Tangled or Rupunzel or whatever you want to call it. It's intended as a film with broad appeal, even more so than Frog I think, but it's already being dismissed by people as “another princess movie” and whether anyone likes the new title or not the title Rapunzel adds to that preconcieved notion. Shreck was a princess movie too. Hero saves cursed princess from tower they fall in love and live happily ever after. Do you think it would have done as well if it was called “Disney's Princess Fiona”? You're naive if you do.

  • Just Lil Me

    I love what information I have managed to scavenge from the Internet about this movie, except for this new name.

    I can't say this with a hundred percent reliability, but I think that they considered the name Rapunzel Unbraided at some point and I really liked that; it had both the name of the person the story is about and a sprinkle of attitude. But Tangled? Really?

    Oh, well, I hope the storytelling is better than the name. I really like what I have seen of the art so far. This has potential and the changes from the original story make sense to me. Rapunzel is relatively short fairy tale and there doesn't happen a lot of anything. A girl (not!princess) is kidnapped as a baby because her father stole a witch's cabbages, she grows up in a tower, a prince comes and they get married, happy end. You can't make a movie out of that alone unless you are into post modern “world in a grain of sand and a visit to a grocery store” style.

    Besides, Fynn Rider, the swashbuckling hero? That is so Errol Flynn, the actor of swashbuckling hero roles! Can't wait to see that!

  • Just Lil Me

    I love what information I have managed to scavenge from the Internet about this movie, except for this new name.

    I can't say this with a hundred percent reliability, but I think that they considered the name Rapunzel Unbraided at some point and I really liked that; it had both the name of the person the story is about and a sprinkle of attitude. But Tangled? Really?

    Oh, well, I hope the storytelling is better than the name. I really like what I have seen of the art so far. This has potential and the changes from the original story make sense to me. Rapunzel is relatively short fairy tale and there doesn't happen a lot of anything. A girl (not!princess) is kidnapped as a baby because her father stole a witch's cabbages, she grows up in a tower, a prince comes and they get married, happy end. You can't make a movie out of that alone unless you are into post modern “world in a grain of sand and a visit to a grocery store” style.

    Besides, Fynn Rider, the swashbuckling hero? That is so Errol Flynn, the actor of swashbuckling hero roles! Can't wait to see that!

  • Jessie Nicole

    I think they should use `Tangled`as a sub-name, kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean: the Black Pearl, that way people would know that there is more to the story then just `Rapunzel,Rapunzel let down your hair`, but at the same time i keeps it`s fairy tale roots and in addition is also respectful to Walt Disney and the Grimm Brothers, like it could be something like `Rapunzel: the tangled years` or `Rapunzel: A tangled tale of epic proportions` or `Rapunzel: prepared to get tangled`

    the options are endless, and in my opinion it`s a very ideal compromise.

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