Jake and I just went to see the movie, "Tangled", and I have to tell you, I was not anticipating anything amazing. First of all, Jake is a bit more into animated, children's films than I am (which I suppose makes sense, doesn't it? Being that he's a children's book illustrator and all. But anyway...) I went. And I figured it'd be okay. Entertaining. You know.
But it was so good!
I loved it.
Being an actor and a writer, it takes some work for a screenplay to impress me, but I thought Disney did a superb job here. I'm a sucker for sweet, romantic adventure stories with a lot of heart. And Tangled was just that. It was epic and sweeping and all the things that I loved as a little girl, growing up on the classics like "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast", but it was also very attentive to detail, capturing the emotion of the smaller moments, the individual beats of the story well fleshed out and complex. And while it imbibed me with a nostalgia for the "Old Disney", it also seamlessly integrated a lot of fresh, modern tweaks - perhaps most obviously, the style of animation. I thought the artists involved did an excellent job of blending the 3-D CGI (which I'm not usually a big fan of) with the classic pen-and-ink style.
Well, I didn't intend to make this post a full critique. I actually wanted to show you some storyboards I came across for the movie, done by Paul Briggs, who is a story supervisor for Walt Disney feature animation. Neat, right?
And check out these Visual Development pieces done for the film, created by Kevin Nelson.
** All images copyright Disney Animation **
What it all boils down to?
You should go see it!
And I'd love to hear your own thoughts about the movie, whether or not you agree with mine!