Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Tangled Ever After"


I'd be remiss if I didn't mention "Tangled Ever After", a short film (and a sequel of sorts to "Tangled") that is opening this weekend along with the 3D version of "Beauty and the Beast". It'll be shown on television in the spring as well (at least...as far as I know).

The short has an interesting past: there were a lot of people who wanted to see (SPOILER ALERT) Flynn and Rapunzel get married at the end of "Tangled". We didn't do that for a number of reasons, the best one being that Rapunzel's journey is about much more than just meeting a man and falling in love; she gains her freedom, discovers her true identity, escapes her life-long oppressor and reunites with a long-lost family. So a wedding seemed like not-quite-the-right ending for the movie.

But apparently there were people interested in seeing Flynn and Rapunzel get married, so the idea came up that maybe we should see their wedding and give people just a little bit more of the world of "Tangled" with a short.

Obviously, it was pretty clear to all of us that just watching Flynn and Rapunzel get married would be a pretty uninteresting short. So Director Nathan Greno had an idea that would give a wedding to people who wanted that, but also have a layer of entertainment and comedy that would give some more screen time to Maximus and Pascal, who seem to be perfect characters to have their own comedic spotlight in the form of a short.

Nathan's idea was to have Maximus and Pascal be the ring bearers for Flynn and Rapunzel at their wedding, but during the ceremony they lose control of the rings and they roll out of the church. So while Flynn and Rapunzel are performing their vows, Max and Pascal are out chasing after the rings as they bounce through the town (without Flynn, Rapunzel or anyone in the church realizing that they're gone).

The beauty of this idea is that you get to have the sincere wedding of Flynn and Rapunzel while the comedic aspect takes place outside, away from the ceremony. As opposed to trying to make the actual wedding ceremony wacky and funny, which would take away from the satisfaction of seeing Flynn and Rapunzel have a nice wedding and finally tie the knot. But if the short was just concerned with the wedding, it would be pretty dry and not fit the comedic and fun world that we established in "Tangled".

Also, I'll be the first to admit that I find weddings rather boring and uninteresting. So this idea has something for people who like weddings as well as something for those who don't.

So Nathan pitched the idea to Byron Howard (the other director of "Tangled" and the other director on the short), Byron liked that idea and the ball started rolling.

Nathan, Byron and I had a brainstorming session early on with some of the story guys and they gave us some great material that helped us figure out the idea. The three of us boarded the whole thing and worked with it and shaped it in editorial. It turned out great and looks every bit as good as the movie, so I hope you'll check it out in theaters if you can or on TV when it's shown later this spring (although it's only in 3D in theaters, of course).

One other interesting side note for me personally was that when I first heard about the short I was really looking forward to working with the "Tangled" characters again. I love all the characters and I know them so well by now that it's really second nature to get in their heads and know what they're thinking and how they act, which is always the part that takes a while to get used to when you're developing new characters.

As much as I loved working with Nathan and Byron and everyone else on the short (and as proud as I am of the way it turned out), I realized that the thing I love the most about my job is the challenge of inventing new worlds and discovering new characters as you build a story from scratch. So even though it was a blast to return to the old characters and their world and work with guys that I enjoy working with, I'm more excited about the prospect of inventing a new world and discovering whole new characters as I work on the next thing that I'm going to be a part of.

So I hope you'll get a chance to see it and, if you enjoyed "Tangled", I hope you'll enjoy the short just as much and enjoy spending just a little bit more time with the characters and their world.

19 comments:

Luisi said...

Awesome, I'm so looking forward to that short film! :D

Rodney Baker said...

I will admit that this one snuck up on me. Either I just don't get out a whole lot or they kept this one really off the radar.

Looks like great fun. :)

David R said...

I will probably take my daughter to see ti this weekend with her Rapunzel doll in tow.

Did the original voice actors participate too?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your hardwork and sharing TEA with us. It was a terrifically hilarious short, but now I want more!! Really gonna miss these characters now that we won't be getting new material.

JKR said...

I myself am taking my wife to see Beauty and the Beast 3D JUST for this short, and planned to since I heard it was coming. I'm not a big fan of 3D, I'll be honest, so I'll stay for B&tB because it's such a good film but I'd rather watch it without things popping out and giving me a headache. I can't pass up more Maximus, though. One of the best Disney characters to come along in years!

Anonymous said...

You should realize by now that you have the beginnings of a new franchise here, that's how many Tangled fans there are. Seems to me it would be fairly easy to come up with a new story with these characters. Remember what happened next with Ariel and Eric - they had Melody! So...something similar for Rapunzel and Eugene?

Anonymous said...

I saw the short last night when I took my boys to see B&B. It was a pleasant surprise - I didn't know it was even something being done - and it was HI-larious!!! My boys and I were cracking up the whole time especially at the end. And yes, they were all the original voices. Can't wait til this comes out on TV!

Ramon said...

Here's an idea. Characters from different fairy tales have been brought together in the Shrek films and on TV in "Once Upon a Time." What if, for example, Ariel and Eric's kingdom borders Rapunzel and Eugene's kingdom, and their children somehow meet and have an adventure together? That kind of story would keep all the Tangled fans coming back for more!

Priscilla said...

It's not playing only in 3D theatres! Many theatres are offering select screenings of "Beauty and the Beast" in glorious 2D. That's how I got to see this adorable short. Very enjoyable stuff, made even more delightful without the headache!

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Anonymous said...

Disney would be crazy not to capitalize on the huge fan base that Tangled created. They need to come up with a full-length sequel and not in 10 years. Give fans what they want now! They should also have Rapunzel and Eugene appear together in the Disney parks wearing their royal garb, with Rapunzel sporting her new short hairdo!

mark kennedy said...

Thanks for all the great comments....I'm glad to hear it's also playing in 2d. That's good to know.

I'm glad everyone loves those characters and wants a sequel. Who knows, maybe Disney will oblige. Like I said, for me, I felt like I loved being part of creating those characters, creating that world and telling that story. But I'm really interested in creating another world and new characters, more than I am in returning to familiar places.

Thanks again for all your support and great comments!

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