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Tangled (2010)

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Tangled (2010) Blu-ray 3D box coverTangled (2010)

Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Theatrical Release: November 24, 2011
Home Release: March 29, 2011
Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Rated PG

Review by Wendy Simmons

Wrapped Up In Tangled

Let me start by saying that I am an adult…an adult who loves cartoons. And Disney’s 50th animated edition was no exception. The Repunzel revival, Tangled, is a tale of love, false love, selflessness and betrayal. Sounds like an adult movie, right?

Rapunzel is a childhood story about the immensely long haired princess that has been kept in a tower. After seeing this movie, I realized that I had not known much about the story other than “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”. The animated film, Tangled, opened my eyes to the E! True Hollywood Story of Rapunzel and it will enlighten most audiences as well.

As an infant, Rapunzel was kidnapped that by an evil woman that knew the truth of Rapunzel’s magical hair. The woman, Mother Gothel, locked Rapunzel away and raised her as her own and convinced her that the world was no place for a beautiful young woman. Rapunzel was brainwashed but was not completely steered away from the wonders of the world. And by her 18th birthday she was determined to celebrate it properly by finally seeing what she was missing on the outside. Her wonderment really sparked when she would see the magical lanterns floating ever year on her birthday. Little did she know that those lanterns were floating for her by her royal parents and entire kingdom to celebrate the birthday of the lost princess. Those lanterns willed Rapunzel to find a way to sneak out in order to finally get an answer to the mystery that delighted her every year.

Rapunzel loved and was loved by Mother Gothel because she had not known any better. But once the truth was revealed to her, she knew that the love she thought she shared with Mother Gothel was under false pretenses.

By chance, a young fellow, Flynn Rider, discovered Rapunzel in her tower and she proved that she could not only handle herself in the real world, but could defend herself as well. She and the handsome criminal made a pact that he would take her to the kingdom. The sparks between them began to fly almost immediately, but during their adventure the audience was allowed to witness their connection.

This well told animated film will capture your heart. It displays the fact that the truth will always come to light and to never stop until you reach your dreams.

It’s also full of well known Hollywood names. Mandy Moore provides the voice of Rapunzel and Zachary Levi (of tv’s Chuck) voices her love interest, Rider. Other famous voices also play a key role in this fantastic of display of fairy tales coming to life.

Tangled is a definite must see and now you have the chance. It will be available on DVD Tuesday, March 29th. You will not want to pass up this film…another one of Disney’s greats!

I give it $$$



It’s a Hair-Raising Adventure for the Whole Family!

On March 29th, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases TANGLED on Blu-ray & DVD. The heart-warming and hilarious hijinks of Rapunzel and her unlikely hero, Flynn Rider, are brought to life by a stellar vocal cast including Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Bonus material includes an extensive behind-the-scenes making of featurette, deleted scenes, alternate openings, and more!

Modern Twist on the Famous Hair-Raising Fable Rapunzel Unravels This Spring!
Disney’s 50th Animated Feature Film Debuts as the Ultimate 4-Disc Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on March 29, 2011
First Disney Animated Title to Debut Day-and-Date on Disney Blu-ray 3D

Film Synopsis
When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of ZACHARY LEVI) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of MANDY MOORE), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower she’s been locked away in for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief, and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with asuper-cop horse, an overprotective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. Tangled is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.

About Tangled
Grossing over 400 million dollars in global theatrical sales to date, TANGLED, The Walt Disney Studios blockbuster animated feature that takes a modern twist on the famous hair-raising fable Rapunzel, debuts as the ultimate 4-Disc Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy in a single package) on March 29, 2011. As the 50th full-length animated feature in The Walt Disney Studios’ celebrated library and the first animated feature film to ever debut day-and-date on Disney Blu-ray 3D, TANGLED’s uniquely packaged home entertainment release ensures that viewers of all ages can enjoy this film on a variety of superior, hi-def media platforms while diving further into the history and quirky details behind the making of this film via amusing and informative bonus features.

Disney’s spirited re-telling of Rapunzel in 3D animation turns out to be a dazzler.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Featuring unexpected heroes, magic, laughter and adventure, this animated feature is supported by an amazing cast of voice talents including Mandy Moore (“A Walk To Remember,” “The Princess Diaries”) as Rapunzel, Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck,” “Less Than Perfect”) as Flynn Rider, Brad Garrett (TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “’Til Death”) as Hook Hand Thug, Donna Murphy (“Spider-Man 2,” “The Fountain”) as Mother Gothel, and Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “The City of Lost Children”) as the Stabbington Brothers.  From directors Byron Howard (“BOLT”) and Nathan Greno and the award-winning songwriter of “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” Alan Menken, TANGLED’s hair-raising adventure keeps viewers entertained throughout with its exciting storyline and memorable melodies.

‘Tangled’ has all of the qualities we look for in an animated Disney feature… Bravo!” -Leonard Maltin

TANGLED hits store shelves this spring and is available as a 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy).

Bonus Features


Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale – Exactly how long is Rapunzel’s hair? How many lanterns were used? Where did Pascal’s name come from? Which Disney animated feature first utilized CG animation? These and more will be answered when Mandy Moore and Zach Levi take viewers on a kooky behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the filmmakers styled this film’s “Golden Tresses.”

Deleted Scenes – Co-directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno introduce three scenes and illuminate why they were ultimately cut.

  • The Jaunty Moose
  • Chemistry Develops
  • “Vigor The Visionary”

Extended Songs – The complete versions of two great songs are shared in a unique feature that explains the co-directors decision to scale them down.

  • “When Will My Life Begin”
  • “Mother Knows Best”

Two Original Storybook Openings – Two alternate versions of the film’s opening sequence described by co-directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.

50th Animated Feature Countdown – A video montage celebrating Tangled as the 50th film to join The Walt Disney Studios’ prestigious lineup of classic animated features.

9 Tangled Teasers – A collection of the most unique and quirky commercials made for the theatrical release of “Tangled.” Some are spoofs based off of infomercials and/or breaking news, some are teasers and others are simply just funny filmstrips.

DVD & Movie Download

  • Two Original Storybook Openings – Versions 1 & 2
  • 50th Animated Feature Countdown


BYRON HOWARD (Director) grew up in the borough of Landsdowne, Penn. (near Philadelphia), and moved with his family to the Seattle area when he was 10 years old.  His innate love of art began as a child where he would fill reams of computer paper with characters and stories of his own creation.   His love of storytelling and art matured into a sincere interest in filmmaking in high school, and he went on to study story telling through great literature and film at The Evergreen State College in Washington (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree).

Howard structured his education with advice from veteran Disney animators Frank Thomas and David Block, and he set out in 1990 for Florida where he first became a host of the Animation Tour on “the other side” of the glass window at Disney-MGM Studios.

His natural talent was soon noticed after a couple portfolio submissions, and by 1994 he’d completed his internship and joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as an in-between and clean-up artist on “Pocahontas.” He went on to become an animator on “Mulan,” and a supervising animator on “Lilo & Stitch,” ”John Henry” and “Brother Bear”; he also did character design on the latter three movies.

Soon after completing work on “Brother Bear,” Howard relocated to California.  He worked as a story artist and character designer before finally becoming a director in 2006.  Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 2008 release “Bolt” marked Howard’s debut as a feature animated film director. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film.

In addition to his passion for animation, Howard’s interests include music, theatre, travel and animals (he has two cats).  He currently resides in Glendale, Calif.

Byron Howard and Nathan GrenoNATHAN GRENO (Director) was born in Kenosha, Wis., on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, he developed a love for drawing which quickly evolved into a passion for visual storytelling. Influenced by comic books and newspaper comic strips, he started filling tablets of paper full of sketches. He began creating his own characters, his own worlds and storylines. It was his frequent trips to the local movie theater that planted the seed for a future career at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He made sure to see all of Disney’s classic animated films on the big screen. Animation was quickly becoming his favorite form of visual storytelling, so at the ripe old age of 8 years old, he just knew he wanted to work for Disney.

Greno devoted himself to discovering all there was to know about the art of animation. He continued to create his own characters, crudely animating them in the pages of his school textbooks. In 1989, a family trip to Walt Disney World gave him his first real glimpse of animators at work. It was there that he watched the artists breathe life into their characters, and he was more determined than ever to continue on his path to joining the Disney family. He went on to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1996, Greno’s portfolio was accepted by Walt Disney Animation Studios in Florida. His career started as a clean-up animation artist on “Mulan.” Having never lost his affinity for storytelling, he soon became obsessed with the storyboarding process at the studio. He realized that storyboarding was similar to the comic books and comic strips he grew up reading and creating.

Pursuing his new interest, Greno joined the story department in 1998. He was part of the story team on “John Henry” and “Brother Bear.” He relocated to California in 2003, where he continued to work in the story department and in a variety of other capacities. He served as a screenwriter, story artist and voice actor on “Meet the Robinsons” and was then promoted to head of story on “Bolt.” In that role, he oversaw the story of the film, managed the story crew and their sequences while also storyboarding. He made his directorial debut on the short film “Super Rhino,” which was featured as an exclusive on the “Bolt” Blu-ray DVD. He also lent his voice talent to Dasher the Reindeer in Disney’s 2009 animated holiday special “Prep and Landing.”

Greno resides in Glendale, Calif. His favorite film of all time is and always will be “Dumbo.”

GLEN KEANE (Executive Producer/Animation Supervisor) is widely regarded as one of the top talents working in animation today.  His bold, expressive style and innovative character designs have been compared favorably by critics and colleagues alike to the legendary masters of the art.  During his illustrious 35 years with the studio, he has been responsible for creating the characters of Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”), Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Professor Ratigan (“The Great Mouse Detective”), Tarzan, and John Silver (“Treasure Planet”).

Keane grew up in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where he learned to appreciate art at an early age from his father, Bil Keane, the creator/cartoonist of the nationally syndicated comic strip “The Family Circus.”  His father encouraged him to learn how to draw not just cartoons but anatomy and real life and instilled in him a sincere approach toward what he was drawing.

In 1972, Keane enrolled in Cal Arts with the intention of becoming an editorial cartoonist, but when his portfolio ended up at the school of film graphics (i.e. animation) by accident, he decided to give it a whirl.  At the age of 19, he discovered animation and quickly realized it was the perfect marriage of all his interests.

He joined Disney in 1974 and trained under legendary animators Ollie Johnston and Eric Larson.  He went on to animate scenes in “The Rescuers” and “Pete’s Dragon” before being promoted to directing animator on “The Fox and the Hound” where he animated the spectacular bear-fight sequence.  For the featurette “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” Keane drew Willie the Giant.  He also served as a supervising animator on “The Great Mouse Detective” (where he oversaw Ratigan) and “Oliver & Company.”

For “The Little Mermaid,” Keane designed and animated the character of Ariel (sharing supervising animator duties with Mark Henn) and animated the “Part of Your World” musical number.  His talents soared to new heights on his next assignment, “The Rescuers Down Under,” for which he created the movement, personality and performance for a magnificent golden eagle named Marahute in his role as supervising animator.  Keane gained further acclaim for his contributions to the Academy Award®-winning 1991 Disney animated offering, “Beauty and the Beast.”  He was responsible for designing, animating the emotionally and physically complex Beast and supervising the other animators assigned to that character.

The talented animator returned to drawing humans for his assignment as supervising animator on Disney’s 1992 international animated blockbuster, “Aladdin.”  Keane was responsible for designing and animating the title character and oversaw a team of 10 artists who brought the character so convincingly to life.  Following that production, he went on to bring spirit and vitality to the title character in the 1995 Disney animated folk tale “Pocahontas.”  For his next film, Keane had the grand task of designing the powerful title character in Disney’s epic animated adventure “Tarzan” while working out of Disney’s Paris Animation Studio.  In preparing for the project, he studied human anatomy and sculpture during a one-year sabbatical in Paris, and also the movement of gorillas in their natural habitat during a research trip in Africa.

For Disney’s ambitious 2002 animated space adventure, “Treasure Planet,” Keane supervised the animation of John Silver, an intergalactic cyborg (part human, part machine) space pirate.  Combining dynamic hand-drawn animation with CG elements (arm, leg, and eye), Keane was able to take the best of both worlds in creating the character.

In addition to his work as an animator, Keane has written and illustrated a series of popular children’s books.

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