Did you ever wonder what happened to Rapunzel and Eugene after their happily ever after? “Tangled Before Ever After” is set between the stories told in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed film “Tangled” and its short film “Tangled Ever After,” the Disney Channel Original Movie “Tangled Before Ever After” makes its debut on FRIDAY, MARCH 10 (8:00 p.m., ET) leading to the highly-anticipated premiere of “Tangled: The Series” on FRIDAY, MARCH 24 (7:30 p.m. ET).
I got a chance to get a sneak peak at “Tangled Before Ever After” and had an opportunity to sit down with Executive Producer/Supervising Director Chris Sonnenburg and Supervising Producer Ben Balistreri. I really loved the movie and can’t wait to watch it with my children.
Here is a little video clip of the first 5 minutes of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Tangled Before Ever After,” Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) and Eugene (voiced by Zachary Levi) set out on the biggest adventure they will ever face…on their way to happily ever after!
Now that we found out what happened to Rapunzel and Eugene after their happily ever after…its time for some new adventures. “Tangled: The Series,” the visually vibrant animated adventure/comedy series that follows Rapunzel as she acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, premieres on Friday, March 24 (7:30-8:00 p.m. EDT).
Q&A With Executive Producer/Supervising Director Chris Sonnenburg & Supervising Producer Ben Balistreri
What made you decide to continue with Rapunzel and her story?
Having two daughters (ages 12 and 14 when “Tangled” came out and now 15 and 17), Chris Sonneburg felt that they needed to know what happened after “Tangled” and before “Tangled Ever After.”
“There was this moment at the end of the movie where they meet, right, and they fall in love and then there’s the short, Tangled: Ever After, where they get married.” After looking at those moments, Chris wondered what happened in between that time. “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.” It’s such a funny line that he says, so you know there had to be something that happened between them falling in love to when they got married…but what?
Rapunzel is back to blonde. Why was that decision made?
The fact of the matter is this story is about Rapunzel…and she should have long, blonde hair…right? Well, the ultimate trick was how were they going to give her back her hair? They needed to create a story, a reason, why her hair turned blonde, long and in UNCUTTABLE!
“The big story, the big question that we always ask in the story was always why. Why do these things exist? Why are we telling the story? And, you know, 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–, it’s pretty much who Rapunzel is. And so, and then the added layer of it, which is being unbreakable has its own reason for being that we’re going to get into as we go along in the story. But it always should always go back to serving the purpose of why does it exist this way.” ~ Chris Sonnenburg
Is there any special meaning behind that quote at the beginning of Rapunzel’s journal?
Chris talked to Glenn Keane, who created the character of Rapunzel for the film, about what they wanted to do with the show. He asked Glenn to draw him something that would encourage him through the years as they go into the show. “And he had done this picture, this beautiful drawing of Rapunzel and on it he wrote, ‘Plus est en vous,’ and I was like what is that?”
“And he says well, in the movie, we had this phrase that we were using just in the story rooms of like you know, at the end of the movie all of her magic is gone but she squeezes out one last drop of magic out of her. And he said the reason behind that, the meaning behind that is that we all have more in us that we can push through it and he was telling me like when you feel like you’re at the end of your ropes, if you can’t give any more, push through and there’s always more inside of you. And I thought that was such a beautiful sentiment and I thought that the mother would give it to Rapunzel as like listen, everybody has these expectations of you of a princess, of a daughter, of a girlfriend.
But there’s more in you than all–, than everybody else has you know, expected of you and show the world what that is and, and keep record of that in this journal. So, the phrase means there’s more in everybody. There’s more inside of Eugene. There’s more inside of Pascal. There’s more inside of Corona than everybody just sees on the surface. You know, we’re going to get into the, as we go into the season, there’s even like tunnels underneath Corona.
And even the tunnels have that thing, there’s more in Corona. Like we try and put that in every aspect. So, the journals very much a part of the large story for the show and for who Rapunzel is herself.”
The design style is much different than it is in the movie. What was the inspiration for the design for the series?
Chris and Ben both come from old-school traditional, 2-D Disney background. They started a little over 20 years ago… “and so just our passion for that, that feeling of like a good Disney traditional animated film really I think drove us early on to be like hey man, we got an opportunity to push the side of it. And then from like a, 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.” ~ Ben Balisteri
They used the 2-D to allow Rapunzel to tell us her story. They embraced the 2-D, allowing the little brush strokes (like dry brushstrokes) to look and feel like she painted it. “The lines that surround everything and inside we use a very rough line quality to really give a tactile sense of sketching.” ~ Ben Balisteri
Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend an all expenses paid trip to cover the #BeOurGuestEvent & other fun adventures in LA on 3/4-3/7. All opinions are my own.