Tangled, a twist on the Grimm’s Rapunzel starred Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, with other voice talents including Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins, as well as Frank Welker, and was directed by Disney vets Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. It is the 50th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon and the second film in, what is considered to be, the Disney Revival era, and was released on November 24, 2010. The film tells the story of the long lost princess Rapunzel, who yearns to leave her secluded tower for an adventure. Against her stepmother’s wishes, she accepts the aid of a handsome intruder, Flynn Rider, to take her out into the world which she has never seen.
Before the film’s release, its title was changed from Rapunzel to Tangled, reportedly to market the film as gender-neutral. Tangled spent six years in production at a cost that has been estimated at $260 million which, if accurate, would make it the most expensive animated film ever made. Composer Alan Menken, who had worked on prior Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, And Aladdin, returned to score Tangled.
Tangled was a hit with audiences and critics alike, would go on to make over $590 million at the worldwide box office, and would become the most successful Disney animated feature film since The Lion King in 1994, both financially and commercially. The film would also start a brand new movement for the Disney company in terms of aesthetics and marketability similar to how The Little Mermaid impacted the Disney Renaissance.
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