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Disney's Rapunzel tale TANGLED gets a trailer!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I've been seeing art from and hearing about this movie for years now and now the trailer is here, debuted by Moviefone. My first impression was that it felt too close to Shrek in the color scheme and time period, but then I stopped being a dumbass. Shrek was riffing on these Disney Princess fairy tales. Call it nostalgia, but I'm still not sold on Disney pumping out these CG animated movies over traditional cel animation. However I do like the lengths the artists and filmmakers have gone to imbue the footage below with a lot of that traditional Disney animation feeling. From the painterly backgrounds (something they did very well in BOLT as well) to the character designs (especially the horse... that's a Disney horse, no doubt about it) it looks like they're embracing the old while continuing with the new. At least thems' is my impressions! What are yours?

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  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by Sw0rdfish

    I can't view the trailer at work, due to our vital-to-national-security blocking software, but I *do* know that this site had a trailer up for this movie at least a month ago; maybe two months back. Whoever it was who posted it talked about how the lead character reminded him of Medusa (of the Inhumans). From the tone of THIS article, it seems as if it's being presented as the first trailer available. Which it ain't.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    June 10, 2010, from Beaks

    by Sw0rdfish

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Like how this looks

    by oaser

    but it seems like Disney is running out of ideas. They need to be more like Pixar -- original ideas. They keep trying to rewrite fairy tales, but they should focus on redefining Disney for the new century.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    It's a different trailer, Sw0rdfish

    by Ribbons

    And it actually does look like it could be good.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    The above trailer can be seen on youtube here:

    by Jardinier<br><br> Bonus international trailer (more funny, more pop song):<br><br> I don't know if it's because the first trailer kind of sucked, but I really like the two new ones. It's a relief to see that the super-hair superpowers are nowhere to be seen (there were conflicting reports from test screenings as to whether that scene from the first trailer was even in the movie). Now how about giving us a taste of Alan Menken's music, Disney? Or do you intend to hide the fact that this is a musical from the audience as long as you possibly can?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I wish Disney would stick to traditional animation

    by Ditko

    and leave Pixar the computer stuff. That said, at least Disney is not on a sequel madness period as Pixar seems to be.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Hasn't this trailer been out for awhile now?

    by HapaPapa72

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Love it!

    by TDH1138

    This is another Holiday flick I'm looking forward to this year. The nod to the old school while still progressing works perfectly. If the story holds, they could have a new classic. The Princess and the Frog looked great but fell flat with Story and the music was terrible. Other then BOLT and EnChanted, Disney hasn't given us something great that wasn't Pixar produced in awhile, so hopefully this delivers.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Sequel madness?

    by TDH1138

    PIXAR is far from in Sequel Madness, Ditko. TS3 was a long time coming and movies like cars 2 and MI2 have been on the back burner for awhile. A couple of sequels from Pixar are far better then 90% of the "New" crap being released by everyone else.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by Ditko

    With all due respect, man...come on. Newt was cancelled (hey, I'm sure they really had a reason for it) and pretty much all they have coming for the next few years are sequels. But now that is Pixar doing them, suddenly everybody and their son loves sequels? It´s kinda funny, actually. Pixar has earned the geekdom respect, that´s for sure.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    one more thing, tho

    by Ditko

    at least Disney´s sequels went straight to video, they had the class (for lack of a better word) to keep their main features a theater only experiences. I´m old school, I know, sorry.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    You guys are aware...

    by HordePrime

    that the only reason Pixar is doing Cars, Toy Story and Monsters Inc sequels is because they are now Disney's bitch, right?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    "gets a trailer" suggests it hasn't had one before

    by bah

    Which it has. I saw it before Toy Story 3.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    This is the second trailer I've seen...

    by Token

    and they both make me laugh, which is what I really want in a movie like this. I don't actually care much about the style of animation as long as the story is there.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Cars 2 and Monsters Inc 2 are for the merch

    by performingmonkey

    Toy Story 3 was too, though it was also made for the story side of things. Great fucking movie too, which Cars 2 and MI 2 are in danger of NOT being. The Toy Story sequels are the only sequels they ever should have considered. Not even The Incredibles should get a sequel. I want to see more original ideas!!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    i thought this was going to be...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...too shrek like as well but this trailer has changed my mind.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I think the other one was technically a "Teaser"

    by Chewtoy

    Which would make this the first full-on Trailer. Regardless, I'm liking the look. I do hope that the voiceover is for the trailer alone rather than the actual film. They're obviously cutting these to desperately depict this as being about the guy rather than suggesting it's at all a Disney Princess movie musical. Hey, whatever they have to do to get the asses in the seats. Good product is the best way to go, and if this is good and crowds react, then they won't have to disguise their future works.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Alan Menken scored it? I'm in

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    Alan Menken can make a lousy Disney film a great I'll definitely check it out.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The reason why 2D is now officially dead...

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    because of 3D. You cant do 3D cell animation. Well you could, but it would be terrible Kids love now all 2D films are dead.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    They just made a 2D one and you guys didn't show up.

    by UltraTron

    Of course you didn't show up for 3D IMAX Christmas carol either and that's the best 3d Disney ride movie ever. You nerds don't know what the fuck you want. Just listen to me and I won't steer you wrong.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    What's left of the actual fairy tale in this movie?

    by BetterCallSaul

    This looks like a cheesy animated action comedy, bereft of the magic and wonderment of classic disney, but whatever sells to modern audiences...

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    shrek without shrek

    by WickedJacob

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    shrek without shrek

    by WickedJacob

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Beauty and the Beast is being rereleased in 3D next year.

    by Chewtoy

    So we'll see how cel animation looks in 3D then.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I think I just saw

    by il_nefasto

    The mother from the incredibles + generic funny looking disney horse + white aladdin.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Bolt and Tangled

    by Bass Ackwards

    Both had incredible, bold concept art. And I love Pixar, but when the deal came down to put them in charge of Disney's animated division, their creative teams changed the direction of both films so they ended up looking like...Pixar movies.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The idea

    by jameskpolk

    that Disney needs to abandon their fairy tale heritage and imitate Pixar seems odd to me. I'm old enough to remember the first times Disney struggled. It was when they quit making tot-friendly fairy tales in favor of crappy crap crap like their barn-animals-as-Robin-Hood and forgettable films like the Fox and the Hound. We will end up with "Disney presents 'Shrek IX'" and we will deserve it.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I mean

    by jameskpolk

    Who thought that having Roger (Dang Me) Miller narrate and sing songs for a film set in ye olde England. Just 'cause he wrote a song call "England Swings"?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by jameskpolk

    The Aristocats? Based in France, but featuring voices with Hungarian, Midwestern American and other out-of-place voice talent. And having the same actor who voiced "Baloo" playing a cat was inexcusable. I'm old. I get to go off on these tangents

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by Ribbons

    Yeah, it's a little depressing. Bolt was okay, and this looks like it could be good as well, but what they originally started out as was so much more interesting. For the time being I choose to believe that it's due to all the projects being handed off to different people during the regime change, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    So, what stocks should I invest in next year?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Disagree. Robin Hood was one of my favorite Disney flicks as a kid and remains one to this day (though the top slots for me go to The Lion King, my first theatrical experience, 101 Damlations, and Peter Pan).

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I admit

    by jameskpolk

    I haven't seen Disney's Robin Hood since I was a kid. So I can give you that one. Wanna argue about "Aristocats"?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Okay, this looks better than the first trailer.

    by Darkman

    WAY better. <br><br> I'm truly excited about the movie now. The first trailer had this looking closer to something like ALPHA AND OMEGA or PLANET 51.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Traditional animation is dead

    by Ye Not Guilty

    The Princess and the Frog only grossed 100 million domestically, and it was a damn fine film. It was killed by the Chipmunks Squeakel, of all things.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Way to make this look like a boy's action movie, Disney

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Why are they so terrified all of a sudden that boys won't go to a "girl" movie when films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast were HUGE hits 20 years ago? I know The Princess & The Frog underperformed, but that was because it was up against a Twilight movie (which also happened to Bolt), not because it was a "girl movie". Plus, this smacks waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much of Dreamworks for me, with the incessant use of contemporary "pop" music and non-stop gags featuring characters getting klonked on the head. You've go ALAN FUCKING MENKEN scoring Disney again, and you use bubblegum pop to sell your movie? The animation looks lovely, but so far the advertising campaign for this movie STINKS, and I WANT to love this. I'm a big Disney fan, but it's like they're DELIBERATELY pissing on their legacy to chase the Dreamworks crowd when their films tend to be dated a few months after their release.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Not so much Shrek as ..........

    by lewarcher1949

    Emperor's New Groove. Which remains my favorite Disney animated movie, by far. I like what I see so far.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    I don't like Emperor's New Groove

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Probably due to how little I care for David Spade.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Looks just as awful now as it did...

    by Charlie & Tex the first trailer that did the rounds months ago.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    It reminds me a little of that early 2D Dreamworks movie

    by paburrows

    with the 2 con artists who go to South America, can't remember the name though.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The Road to El Dorado

    by paburrows

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    that girl looks so beautiful

    by ludmir88

    love her design

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair...

    by esteele1013 I can climb up and into your underwear

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Road to El Dorado and Emperor's New Groove...

    by Darkman

    Two of the most underrated animated features of all time...and both released ten years ago. Go figure.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by Joeyj1220

    Disney following the pack instead of leading it. So sad. I heard Disney had gotten the rights for and were going to tackle Anderson's "The Snow Queen". Disney has such an opportunity to do justice to the story's somber tone, but they will probably throw in a few animal sidekicks voiced by Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black with songs by Justin Beber. Oh the humanity!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Disney's Robin Hood..

    by ClayG

    was the first film I ever saw in a theater, and I still like that film's Roger Miller soundtrack. All this CGI bullshit is fine when it's restricted to Pixar movies, but to think that a time might come when true Disney animation might be dead? I thought that bullet had been dodged when The Little Mermaid came out. I hope they do indeed make The Snow Queen, and give it the same shades of darkness The Hunchback of Notre Dame had.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Dang Me

    by jameskpolk

    but I can't help hating that movie. The barnyard character designs seemed uninspired the voice casting leaving me cold (the voice of Green Acres' 'Mr Haney' for example) and the Roger Miller narration and songs don't fit with any of it. Seemed crafted by a committee

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    How much I wish this movie

    by 420 Boylston St

    was animated. I'm sorry, what's the point Disney have PIXAR and still make these less than decent cg films. Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt were what they were, and I think Tangled will be the same. DISNEY go back to traditional 2D animation. I wouldn't mind a combination of the styles or techniques but to go full cg is tired and second rate for the mouse house.