I don't know what kind of legal loop holes or focus group testing that the title of Disney's 3D animated retelling of the classic tale of Rapunzel has gone through, but they have once again changed the title of this film, settling happily ever on Tangled... for now at least.
The film's original title, when under director Glen Keane, was Rapunzel Unbraided. Then the project was completely revamped, bringing in Bolt's Byron Howard and Nathan Greno to take over helming duties on the then shortened titled, Rapunzel. They will however still be using the non-photorealistic rendering technique that Keane developed that is said to look more like classic Disney hand-drawn anaimation that contains the depth and dimensions of their signature "stretching," except that it's in 3D CG animation. You can see test from that footage and concept art here.
Roy Conli, producer on Tangled, released this statement concerning the name change:
I have some exciting news to share, and it was important to me that YOU guys – the Disney fans – 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. I’m so proud of the crew working on this film – they’re doing a fantastic job creating an awesome story with great characters and a stunning world – 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.
So there you have it. To me Tangled sounds kind of like a fishing movie, but what do I know? I would have called it American Pie presents National Lampoon's I Can Do Bad All By Myself: Salvation of the Fallen Part II... IN SPACE! Dang, I couldn't work in Flubber, but I tried.
The film features the voices of Mandy Moore (Saved!, A Walk to Remember), Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Donna Murphy, and is described as an "action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy."
The film follows a princess who is stolen from her parents' castle as a baby, Rapunzel (Moore) is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit (Levi). With the secret of her royal heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her cohort find adventure, heart, humor, and hair... lots of hair.
What do you think of the new title, TANGLED?