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Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Jan. 07, 2010, 11:42 am
View it while you can, this is a :06 (yes, six seconds) clip of "Rapunzel" that loops two and a half times. It's very short. On You Tube. Disney might discover it's there and remove it at any time.
There is a (feminist?) blog decrying "Rapunzel": It returns Disney to having princesses that look like blonde Barbie dolls (their phrasing and opinion, not mine) and having damsels in distress and heroes who rescue them in an era of trying to create strong female role models, that Disney looks like it's returning to computer generated imagery rather than hand-drawn. What they like is Rapunzel's long hair, that Alan Mencken is returning to composing Disney animated feature music and songs, and the "hero" is maybe not so "hero" after all, and it might be Rapunzel who's doing the rescuing. It's from this blog I found the link to the clip on You Tube.
Here's the blog:
I think after several years of doing a variety of subject matter of feature animation, yes there is a LOT of merchandising, still, of Disney Princesses, but it also seems to be what still attracts a lot of families to Disney. And to experiment with returning to what worked in the past is not a bad thing, necessarily. We probably want it to be sweet, funny, have twists and turns that surprise their audiences that no, it's NOT more of the same no matter what you may think. This is what worked for the live action-CGI "Enchanted" a few years ago, which royally and hilariously satirized Disney but it was sweet, and romantic, and traditional, and musical, and contemporary at the same time. If "Enchanted" worked, so can "Rapunzel". The songs in "Enchanted" were good, lyrical, memorable. Let's hope that "Rapunzel" is the breakthrough that Disney Feature Animation is hoping for.
Voice of Rapunzel is Mandy Moore.