Four Featurettes from Disney’s ‘Tangled’


“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.” Famous and familiar words from the fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm about a girl with extraordinarily long locks comes to the big screen less than two weeks in Disney Digital 3D. As you will surmise from the newly-released featurettes, the animated version is a fresh re-imagining of the classic story (including a name change to “Tangled”).

In the first spot, we are introduced to film’s sidekicks and if you are a Disney fan like I am, you’ve come to realize that without the funny accomplices, Disney movies just wouldn’t be the same. Think about it. Would “The Little Mermaid” have been as entertaining without Sebastian the crab? How about “Aladdin” without the Genie? The answer is no. With “Tangled,” we now have a new set of consorts to be amused by and I think my favorite from the group will be Maximus the horse. Second: Pascal the chameleon.

In “Creating the Look,” we see the great care taken to capture the classic 2D look from previous Disney films. About two minutes into the clip, I couldn’t help but be captivated by how lush the atmosphere is. The pub is truly amazing and reminds me of the one Gaston tromped sang in during “Beauty and the Beast, “ and the tower with its intricate tiling is similar to what one would see surrounding Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Fantasyland.

“Double Tower” is just plain silly yet hilarious if you’ve seen the “Double Rainbow” auto-tune clip up at YouTube.

Lastly, there’s the “Hair Rising Adventure” featurette. That Zachary Levi … I think I want to marry him. Oh yes, back to the film. It looks great, better than “The Princess and the Frog,” which disappointed me greatly. Each “Tangled” spot has left me very anxious for more, whereas the teasers for “Frog” before its release left me cold.

I can’t see how this feature can go wrong. Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken is back with lyricist Glenn Slater and voice talent Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore sound perfect together.

“Tangled” — which opens Nov. 24 — is sure to win audiences Thanksgiving weekend.

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