Just a week after they unleashed a short teaser for the animated feature Tangled, Walt Disney Pictures has now unveiled the longer teaser trailer for their 50th animated film.
Tangled - which was appropriately titled Rapunzel during early production - is a take-off of the timeless fairy tale about a long-haired princess (voiced by Mandy Moore) trapped in a sky-scraping tower. This time around, instead of being rescued by a noble prince, Rapunzel finds her dull existence interrupted by a bandit named Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi from Chuck).
Despite Disney's brief return to traditional hand-drawn animation with last year's The Princess and the Frog, Tangled will be a 3D computer-crafted venture in the vein of their 2008 feature, Bolt. Most of their future projects will be developed in a similar fashion, as 2D animation is regarded as more old-fashioned and lacking in terms of wide appeal with today's moviegoers.
You can check out the second teaser for Disney's Tangled below:
In addition to Moore and Levi, Tangled will also feature the voice talents of Donna Murphy, Ewan McGregor, and comedian Steve Martin. Disney stalwart Alan Menken is composing the film's score, while Bolt co-director Byron Howard and Nathan Greno share directorial duties.
Overall, this trailer left me rather unimpressed. Disney seems to be trying to promote Tangled as an almost Shrek-like bent fairy tale (what with the pop song and emphasis on physical comedy), which made the teaser seem unoriginal, to say the least.
The Tangled footage does offer some lovely bits of background animation and a pleasantly warm color scheme. However, the character design and movement looks pretty flat and uneven to me - nowhere near on a par with Pixar's material - or even that of Dreamworks.
Personally, I'm a longtime fan of Disney's animation and I enjoyed both The Princess and the Frog and Bolt when I saw them. Sadly, Tangled looks more on the level with their lifeless 2005 flick Chicken Little.
What do you think? Does Tangled look like it has that old Disney magic? Or does the teaser leave you feeling less than enthusiastic? Sound off in the comments section below.
Tangled is scheduled for a wide release in regular and 3D theaters on November 24th, 2010.
Source: Yahoo! Movies