I think by now most people know that Tangled wasn’t called Tangled until not long before it was released, but that wasn’t the only change it went through. Tangled‘s development process lasted about a decade (Glen Keane first proposed the film in 1999 when he was wrapping up his work on Tarzan!). Most films that are in development that long went through a lot of major changes in their story before they finally made it to the big screen. Tangled is no exception to that rule. There were actually two completely separate versions of the film that were developed before Disney finally came up with the film we know of as Tangled today. These other versions of the film are so different from the final product it’s almost hard to believe they ever existed. While we’ll never know if these versions of Rapunzel’s story would have been as successful as Tangled, they certainly are fascinating to hear about.
So for my next article I’m going to untangle the history of these alternate versions of Rapunzel’s story and uncover all the transformations the film went through between 1999 and 2010. I’ll track the many changes to the crew of the film, and to the executives in charge of Disney, and how they affected the film’s development To do this I will be combing through a lot of very unusual and difficult to find sources, like concept art, interviews, leaked presentations, and visual development videos. It may take some time, but it will be worth it to tell the unbelievable story of the film’s development from the version titled Rapunzel: Unbraided to the one we know as Tangled. So if you want to find out things like, how Disney tried to make Rapunzel a film that would compete with Shrek, or who’s idea it was to make the film look like a Rembrandt painting, stay tuned for my next article.
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