THEY’RE TAKING ADVENTURE TO NEW LENGTHS.
For her 18th birthday, Rapunzel wants to leave the isolated tower where she was raised for the first time… but she doesn’t realize that the reason why she’s there is because she’s actually a kidnapped princess. One of Disney’s most expensive animated films may be in 3D, but will look too familiar to many viewers. It’s all here – Alan Menken songs, princes and princesses, sidekicks… still, it’s hard to complain when it’s this good. Co-director Byron Howard made Bolt (2008) and this fairy tale has the same kind of fun, breakneck adventures. Beautifully designed, amusing interplay between the two leads and just the right balance between old-fashioned and contemporary.
2010-U.S. Animated. 100 min. Color. Produced by Roy Conli. Directed by Nathan Greno, Byron Howard. Screenplay: Dan Fogelman. Fairy Tale: The Brothers Grimm (“Rapunzel”). Music: Alan Menken. Song: “I See the Light” (Menken, Glenn Slater). Voices of Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider), Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel), Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett… Richard Kiel.
Last word: “We were working with [Menken] for a while and we were actually recording music at this point. And they had to show us some artwork for another sequence, so we took a break with the orchestra and everybody and we went into another room, and Alan said, ‘Can I come?’ So, we said, ‘Yeah’. So, he came in and we were talking and giving notes, and wrangling this artwork, and Alan was like, ‘Oh, you guys beat up everybody!’ We were like, ‘Yeah, we’re not out to get you, Alan! It might feel that way, because we are really tough on our crew, and it’s really hard. But it’s nothing personal. We just want the best.’ And you know what? John Lasseter is like that with us. He just wants the best. I think that’s how you make great movies. You just have to be fearless at times.” (Greno, Den of Geeks)