My favorite thing about Tangled: Before Ever After is how sensitive it is to Rapunzel and Eugene’s different childhoods. They both suffered a lot of neglect and abuse but in completely different ways. The conflict of the DCOM wasn’t just external, but internal conflict. What Eugene and Rapunzel both want is so clearly rooted in what they didn’t have as children. For one, security and companionship. For the other, freedom and agency.
It was so much fun to watch because it really understood and appreciated the characters and took care to develop them well.
With Alan Menken and Claire Keane on board like how could it be bad.
“Don’t think you can attain total awareness and whole enlightenment without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.”
Funny you should ask me this today. I was listening to it earlier.
I don’t love the voices of the actors who were chosen as Rapunzel and Eugene (not in those roles, anyway), but I love the new songs and song additions Alan Menken wrote for it
(I would LOVE to hear Zachary Levi sing “Flower of Gold” and “Wanted Man”!), and I think they did a very good job of condensing the story down. Having a song take the place of Kingdom Dance makes sense to me, because Kingdom Dance was a montage and that’s kind of impossible to do onstage like that. The Maximus puppet/costume still blows my mind.
It is my hope to some day take that cruise and see it live.
I wish I could gather everyone in the Tangled Fandom into a room and hug them and jump up and down and scream
This must be what sports fans feel like when their team wins the Big Game.
There’s going to be a new Tangled musical on the Disney Dream starting in November, with three new songs, one of which is a Flynn solo (and all of which are composed by Alan Menken)
There is going to be an animated series airing on Disney in 2017, featuring the voices of Zacahry Levi and Mandy Moore, with new songs written by Alan Menken and Glen Slater, upon which Claire Keane is an artistic consultant.
Flynn Rider has been spotted and photographed at WDW for meet and greets. (Will he be back at WDW more regularly? Will he be returning to Disneyland as well?)
It’s a good time to be a Tangled fan. A good, good time. I love you all. I am so damn happy right now, I’m in tears. This is amazing for us.