Check out the first teaser trailer for Disney’s Tangled (formerly known as Rapunzel), in theaters November 24, 2010.
Producer Roy Conli, producer of Disney’s Rapunzel, made an announcement on the official Walt Disney Animation Studios Facebook page which confirms the movie’s new title, Tangled:
“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 â€“ the Disney fans â€“ 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. Iâ€™m so proud of the crew working on this film â€“ theyâ€™re doing a fantastic job creating an awesome story with great characters and a stunning world â€“ 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.”
Tons of Disney and Pixar news today so let’s get to it. First up, Disney has announced that Mandy Moore will voice the title role in the upcoming 2D-animated film “Rapunzel,” while Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s Chuck, will play the role of a bandit who takes Rapunzel on an adventure. So we can now assume that Rapunzel being stuck in the tower will merely serve as the intro to the film, with the story following her on her adventures as she discovers what she’s been missing.
Next up is Pixar’s Toy Story 3 news. While speaking at a Disney presentation in London, John Lasseter announced that Timothy Dalton and will play the role of a toy porcupine called Mr. Pricklepants.
A clip of the film was show as the presentation which reveals some plot points. Empire Magazine describes the clip: Clearly the toys end up being sent to a daycare centre, where they are horribly abused by the little kids – and after that itâ€™s time for a break-out attempt to find a safe haven, and hopefully a new owner, in a cruel world.
Pixar also revealed the plot for Cars 2. The lead characters are Lightning McQueen and Mater, with a new car thrown into the mix, an Aston Martin named Finn McMissile. According to Empire, Mater is caught up in a case of mistaken identity and becomes embroiled in a huge spy thriller, though nobody believes him.
Let’s move on to Pixar’s other project, The Bear and the Bow (now known as Brave). Pixar announced that Julie Walters is joining the cast an evil witch, antagonizing the 10th century Scottish royal family, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly. The movie will focus on the mother-daughter relationship between Merida (Witherspoon) and her mother, the Queen (Thompson).
Lastly is Disneyâ€™s upcoming Winnie the Pooh feature film. It was revealed that the film will mimic the watercolor style of the books and will combine five unfilmed stories as its plot.
Via the fine folks at /Film.
The folks at Ain’t It Cool News are reporting that Disney has replaced “Rapunzel” directors Glen Keane and Dean Wellins. Below is the memo sent to AICN.
For nearly two years, Glen Keane and Dean Wellins have been directing partners on Rapunzel. As Glen lessens his directorial responsibilities to attend to some non-life threatening health issues, their involvement on the project will shift. Glen will step back as a Director but stay attached to Rapunzel as an Executive Producer and Directing Animator. At the same time, Dean will move into development to pitch three new ideas for one of our future feature projects and focus on directing one of his CG shorts.
We are happy to announce that Nathan Greno and Byron Howard have accepted to partner as directors on Rapunzel as we continue to hone the story in anticipation of our Holiday 2010 release.
We want to welcome Nathan and Byron to the project and thank Glen and Dean for their great contributions to date on Rapunzel.
Check out the first images of Disney’s upcoming Christmas 2010 animated film Rapunzel. The movie is directed by Glen Keane and Dean Wellins and retells the classic fairy tale of a girl trapped high in a tower with only her long hair to save her.