I had an opportunity to see an advanced screening of Disney Channel’s TANGLED: BEFORE EVER AFTER. A special thank you goes out to Walt Disney Studios for providing press materials as well as sponsoring my trip and accommodations to the Be Our Guest Event. Opinions expressed are that of my own.
“Tangled” is a film that I could watch over and over again, it is such a great story and I truly love the characters.
Well I am happy to share that the Rapunzel and Flynn (as well as Pascal and Maximus) are back in a new Disney Channel Series called “Tangled: The Series” and will be kicked off Friday March 10th at 8/7c with the film “Tangled Before Ever After”.
So why is it so important to watch this new addition to the story? Well I recently got to see an advanced screening as well as had a question and answer session with the Executive Producer/Supervising Director Chris Sonnenburg and Supervising Producer Ben Balistreri. Check out the 5 Reasons To Watch Disney Channel’s TANGLED: BEFORE EVER AFTER as well as our conversation details below:
1. You finally get to see what happened before Rapunzel’s and Flynn’s (Eugene’s) Wedding –
Producer/Supervising Director Chris Sonnenburg shares, “…there was this moment at the end of the movie (Tangled) where they meet, and they fall in love and then there’s the short called Tangled: Ever After, where they get married. Just looking at the two of those moments I was wondering , ‘What happened? Did they get to know each other a little bit more? What happened in between that time?” Then there’s this great line at the end of the movie where Eugene Fitzherbert, says ‘after years and years of asking and asking I finally said yes.’ …maybe there was some time in between there.” You will definitely want to see the how, the when, and the what of the Wedding Proposal.
2. You have to find out why Rapunzel’s hair grew back – No spoilers here, you will have to watch to see what happened.
Chris explains, “…ultimately her name’s Rapunzel, right? long blonde hair. If you’re going to tell a story about the Hulk you’re not going to tell it about a dog. He’s got to be big and green. I think Rapunzel has to be long blonde hair for it to read as the character. Really for me the trick about it and what ultimately was the trick for the filmmakers in the original movie was to give the hair a reason for being blonde and for being long and in our case, being uncuttable… her hair represents her personality. It’s bigger than life. It’s bright. It’s long. It shines. It’s magical. It’s pretty much who Rapunzel is and then the added layer of it, which is being unbreakable has its own reason for being.”
3. See a different take on the Original Animation in “Tangled: The Series“-
Supervising Producer Ben Balistreri explains, “one of the things that Chris and I both come from is an old-school traditional, 2-D Disney background. We both started a little over 20 years ago, and so our passion is for that, that feeling of a good Disney traditional animated film. Really I think that drove us early on to be like hey man, we got an opportunity to push this side of it. Just from a bigger story point we really sat down and we were like if this is Rapunzel telling her story, by the time this whole series is over, this should really feel like Rapunzel told us her story.”
He continues, “She’s going to sit down and put her hand and actually do it herself. We embraced the whole ideological side of doing a 2-Dseries and where we put in everything on these little little brush strokes, like dry brushstrokes in that it should feel like she painted it…”
4. Meet new characters and learn more about existing ones- Not only are their new villains like Lady Cane to cause trouble for Rapunzel and her family, but you also get to see a new dynamic between the original characters and Rapunzel’s Lady-in-waiting named Cassandra.
Ben compares Cassandra (her father was captain of the guards) played by Eden Espinosa and Rapunzel’s characters, “…two really diametrically opposed viewpoints on the same issue, it just becomes fun storytelling. Rapunzel who’s always so optimistic and so cheerful and so full of wonder and everything she meets, it’s great to have the opposite view, just a little more sarcastic and a little more down to earth and you get that different take on the same topic. It just makes for really great storytelling.”
Photo credit Coralie Hughes Seright of LovebugsAndPostcards.com
5. A family friendly show – This is a series that all of my kids can enjoy, as well as this Mom. It may be animated, but the content is entertaining for both adults, tweens, and kids alike.
Chris tells when asked ‘Where are you getting your inspiration from’, “I go home at night at 7 o’clock and I hear the drama that is coming from my two daughters? Telling stories the way Disney always tells stories, there’s such a wonderful truth and there’s always magic and excitement and the fairy tale aspect. But what really is the driving force between the best Disney stories is the truth of them…”
And, don’t be surprised if you see Easter Eggs in this show, plus keep a look out for an original songs Soundtrack coming soon.
About Tangled: Before Ever After:
The TV movie, kicks off the highly-anticipated premiere of “Tangled: The Series” (debuting Friday, March 24th at 7:30/6:30c) and unfolds as Rapunzel acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona.
Her irrepressible spirit and natural curiosity about the world leads 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.
To learn more about the film TANGLED: BEFORE EVER AFTER as well as Tangled: The Series visit disneychannel.disney.com/tangled and on social at twitter.com/tangledseries & instagram.com/tangledseriestv. Tangled: The Series” debuts Friday, March 24th at 7:30/6:30c.
I can already tell that this a series my kiddos will enjoy, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Carlee @ FLL
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