RAPUNZEL SWINGS INTO ACTION WITH THE PREMIERE OF THE
DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE ‘TANGLED BEFORE EVER AFTER,’ ON FRIDAY, MARCH 10, AND THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT OF
'TANGLED: THE SERIES,’ ON FRIDAY, MARCH 24
Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi Reprise their Roles
From Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Acclaimed Film 'Tangled’
KINGDOM OF CORONA – Set between the stories told in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed film “Tangled” and its short film “Tangled Ever After,” the Disney Channel Original Movie “Tangled Before Ever After” makes its debut on FRIDAY, MARCH 10 (8:00 p.m. EST) leading to the highly anticipated premiere of “Tangled: The Series” on FRIDAY, MARCH 24 (7:30 p.m. EDT). Reprising their roles are Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as Rapunzel and Eugene (formerly known as Flynn Rider), respectively.
The visually vibrant animated adventure/comedy movie and series unfold as Rapunzel acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona. Her irrepressible spirit and natural curiosity lead her to realize that there is so much more she needs to learn about the world and herself before she can assume her role as Princess of Corona. Beloved characters from the feature film accompany Rapunzel on her journey, including her partner in life Eugene; her loyal chameleon sidekick, Pascal; no-nonsense and dutiful horse, Maximus; and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs. The series introduces newcomer Cassandra (voiced by Broadway’s Eden Espinosa), a tough-as-nails lady-in-waiting, who becomes Rapunzel’s good friend and confidante.
In the Disney Channel Original Movie, Rapunzel grapples with both the new responsibilities of being princess and the overprotective ways of her father. While she wholeheartedly loves Eugene, Rapunzel does not share his immediate desire to get married and settle down within the castle walls. Determined to live life on her own terms, she and Cassandra embark on a secret adventure where they encounter mystical rocks that magically cause Rapunzel’s long blonde hair to grow back. Impossible to break and difficult to hide, Rapunzel must learn to embrace her hair and all that it represents.
“Tangled Before Ever After” will be available on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD platforms beginning Friday, March 10. “Tangled: The Series” will be available beginning Friday, March 24. Following its U.S. debut, the Disney Channel Original Movie and series will roll out globally in 33 languages in 162 countries on Disney Channels worldwide.
Extensions of the story span new “Tangled” print and e-book titles including an original middle grade series by Leila Howland, inspired by the series from Disney Publishing; Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media will debut new playsets, dolls, role-play, apparel and accessories later this fall at Disney Store and all other retailers; the singles “Wind in My Hair” performed by Mandy Moore and “Life After Happily Ever After” performed by Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Clancy Brown, releasing on February 10 and March 10, respectively, from Walt Disney Records; and a DVD of the TV movie and four animated shorts releasing April 11 by Disney Studios.
Starring alongside Moore, Levi and Espinosa are Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Rapunzel’s mother, Queen Arianna, and Clancy Brown (“Shawshank Redemption”) as Rapunzel’s father, King Frederic.
The recurring guest voice cast includes Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) as Snuggly Duckling Pub Thug, Big Nose; Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) as Pete the Guard; Jeremy Jordan (“Supergirl”) as teen alchemist Varian; comedian Jeff Ross as Pub Thug, Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot; Richard Kind (“Spin City”) as Uncle Monty; Paul F. Tompkins (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”) as Pub Thug, Shorty; Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”) as Varian’s father, Quirin; Peter MacNicol (“Veep”) as Nigel the Advisor; Diedrich Bader (“American Housewife”) as Stan the Guard; M.C. Gainey (“Lost”) as Captain of the Guards; Laura Benanti (“Supergirl”) as Lady Caine; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”) as blacksmith Xavier; Pat Carroll (“The Little Mermaid”) as Old Lady Crowley; Charles Halford (“Rectify”) as Pub Thug, Vladimir; Steve Blum (“Star Wars Rebels”) as Pub Thug, Attila Buckethead; and James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway’s “Aladdin”) as Eugene’s friend Lance Strongbow.
Disney’s newest animated film Moana will hit theaters on November 23, 2016. Check out what we know so far!
1. The Story
Moana tells the story of a teenager who must set sail in the Pacific Ocean in order to save her people. Moana crosses paths with the once-mighty demigod Maui who helps her on her journey. The pair face many obstacles along the way including giant sea monsters. As Moana searches to fulfill the quest of her ancestors she ends up finding herself in the process.
2. The Cast
The lead part of Moana is played by Hawaii native Auli’i Cravalho. The above video summarizes her audition process. The demigod Maui will be voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Disney alum Alan Tudyk is listed as an unnamed additional voice. Those are the only cast members listed so far on the film’s imdb page.
3. The Music
The film’s score will be a collaboration between Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tarzan’s Mark Mancina, and Samoan musician Opetaia Foa’i. Miranda posted a tweet earlier this year hinting at the music that he promises will make us cry.
4. The Filmmakers
Moana is written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. They also wrote and directed The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog. You know, just three of the most quotable and lovable Disney animated films. Although we still haven’t seen an official trailer for Moana, I have a lot of faith in these two. I have high hopes that Moana will join the long list of successful Disney animated films.
When I first saw Big Hero 6, I didn’t fully appreciated it for what it is. I thought it was enjoyable enough, but a little lackluster. I’ll admit that even now I think its plot could use a little bit of tightening up (I think that what throws me off the most is the logical jump from “I want to apprehend the kabuki-mask-guy” to “we should all become superheroes!”) but I’ve come to really love one aspect of the movie in particular: Baymax. Beyond being both adorable and hilarious, Baymax undergoes what may be the biggest character arc in the entire film.
Baymax is operating with two motivations throughout the film. The first one is obvious from the start: he wants to heal his patient. But what we eventually come to see is that this desire is governed by an even deeper motivation under the surface: the desire to be what Tadashi wanted him to be.
When we first meet Baymax, he seems to have everything he needs to be the best healthcare companion possible. He has every gadget, treatment, and utility in the book. But Hiro throws him for a loop. Baymax can’t make sense of his ailment. Is Hiro hurt? Sick? Suffering from adolescent mood swings? Baymax isn’t sure. But when the lone microbot seems to be trying to get somewhere, Baymax has an idea. He’s having no luck figuring out how to heal Hiro, so he might as well do what his patient wants.
“Will finding where your little robot wants to go improve your emotional state?”
And with that, he throws Hiro and himself into a whole new adventure.
It’s a really critical moment when Baymax discovers the reason for Hiro’s pain. Tadashi is dead. Baymax is perplexed. Tadashi was in perfect health. He shouldn’t have died. The robot experiences a new emotion, or at least a new feeling, for the first time. Not sadness, perhaps, but a sort of loss. He’s alone now to follow his protocol without his maker. Suddenly, he wants to show Hiro what he was made for. “Tadashi is here,” he says. But Hiro isn’t interested. So Baymax turns back to the task of healing his patient. When the database about emotional healing he finds in the internet doesn’t seem to work, he turns to his Hiro for guidance again.
“Will apprehending the criminal improve your emotional state?”
Baymax has his reservations. For the first time, his two goals of being what he was made to be and of helping his patient seem to be in conflict. Baymax isn’t sure how armor, karate, or flying are making him a better healthcare companion. But what does he know? At any rate, Hiro’s emotional state seems to be improving.
Everything changes when the Big Hero 6 find Callaghan. Suddenly, Hiro demands something impossible. Kill Callaghan. Baymax can’t do that. He tries to protest.
“Hiro, this is not what…”
Baymax wakes up, and realizes what he’s done. He was made to heal people, but he almost killed one. He realizes that he can’t blindly listen to Hiro anymore. Hiro is headed down a destructive path, and Baymax needs to stop him before it’s too late. For the first time, Baymax defies Hiro, refusing to open his access port.
“Will terminating Professor Callaghan improve your emotional state?”
But this time, it’s a rhetorical question. No, it won’t improve Hiro’s emotional state.
“Is this what Tadashi wanted?”
“Tadashi’s gone!” Hiro cries.
“Tadashi is here.”
Baymax may not be a very abstract thinker, and the figurative meaning of his own words here is probably completely lost on him. But he realizes what Hiro really needs to know. He needs to see Tadashi and know what Tadashi wanted: for him and for Hiro.
Ultimately, staying true to what Tadashi created him to be is what enables him to help Hiro.
I could go on and on. There are a ton of robot characters in film, but I think that Baymax is one of the most ingenious concepts out there. He never really stops being a robot. He isn’t striving to become human. He just wants to be what he was programmed to be. And the way he figures out how to do that is beautiful.