Sunday, November 28, 2010


As the opening weekend of "Tangled" comes to a close, I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you who saw the movie this weekend and gave it the biggest opening of all time for a Disney animated film. Many people have e-mailed me to express their enjoyment for the film and I appreciate all the nice sentiments. Making these things is never easy, but when a film connects with people it makes every trial along the way worthwhile and it helps remind me why I wanted to get into animation in the first place.

More than the box office numbers, though, I am very proud of the CinemaScore rating of "A+" and the Yahoo movie user rating of "A" for the film. It's a great testament to all of the people who worked tirelessly to make the film as great as possible. To all of my co-workers who gave their all for the film I'd also like to offer my thanks and congratulations, as well as for all the other people at the Studio who were busy with other projects but always took the time to offer us criticism and support when it was needed.

Of all the arts, truly the animated film is the most collaborative form, because it takes an army to make one on the scale of "Tangled". The things I will remember the most about the making of the film were the great moments of working with my superbly talented and indefatigable co-conspirators who never stopped to think about whether something was possible or not, they just kept working and working until they got it done.

So, once again, my heartfelt thanks!


Clifton said...
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Clifton said...

No Thank you. Seriously, it's amazing , the whole process of creating an animated film. And to work on this in 3 years instead of 4 (from what the directors said) is an amazing accomplishment. It reminds me of Beauty and the Beast being made in half the time it should've had.

I usually come to your blog to learn about art techniques, I was delighted to find out that you worked on this film (especially the part with Flynn and Maximus squabbling while Pascal kept them in check). It makes me want to tighten up my animation techniques and attempt to join the House of Mouse. Maybe someday.

This film was so beautiful. It was also fun to see the Classic animation techniques (e.g. squash and stretch, silhouettes). The lamp scene was amazing! I heard of how great it was before, but man it was amazing to see it in person.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. Great job with this film.

Yeti said...

I took my daughter to see your movie over the weekend. It was AWESOME! Maximus really stole the show for me. If you are able to post more storyboards I would appreciate it. Thanks for the great blog.

David R said...

I have not seen it yet, but my five year old son loved it and even my two year old, who has never seen a movie in her life, was glued to her seat. She tried to reach out and grab things in 3D. I was concerned that the glasses wouldn't work on her, but apparently they do. I think her brain rebooted.

DianeM said...

So thrilled for you all, well deserved congratulations all around! I had faith in the artists and art of WDAS and boy, did you you guys deliver. I've had the chance to see the film in both 2D and 3D and fully enjoyed the film's riches in both formats. Fabulous way to follow the also wonderful 'The Princess and the Frog'. So proud of you all!

Daniel said...

Thank YOU. Job well done sir. Very entertaining and inspiring. I wish I could have been a part of that. You must be so proud. And I imagine it's hard to be humble when you have such a successful weekend after so many years of hard work. I'm sure it's going to do very well over the coming weeks.

Jason Newkirk said...

beautiful film. It was so very well done. Congrats! Something great to be a part of Im sure!

Floyd Norman said...

Walt Disney would have loved your film.

I can't think of a better compliment.

mark kennedy said...

Thank you all for the nice comments and I appreciate all of you taking the time to write.

High praise, indeed. A great testament to all the people at Disney.

Chris B said...

Hey Mark! I know you've heard this already, but I just saw the film and wanted to give a big congrats on doing such a great job. You even added some funny tid bits to the slower momments of the film. My wife and I loved Pascal and Maximus. I could even hear kids laughing it up in the theatre. Great job all around!

TheLittleBlackCat said...

Thanks for an amazing film (and a wonderful, informative blog as well!) The whole family loved it, and my 18 yr. old daughter was still talking about it days later.
It felt both fresh and classic at the same time, somehow.
Great job by the whole crew!

Andy Friz

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