New Still from Disney’s Rapunzel

A new image from Disney’s Rapunzel. Click on it for the full image. If the goal was to fit every color, texture, and pattern known to mankind into one frame, then they’ve succeeded.

Rapunzel

(via DisneyPixar.fr)


  • Erin

    Naveen has been kidnapped!!

  • http://trevour.blogspot.com Trevour

    Very Disney-esque, that’s for sure. A little busy with the textures, yes, but this looks great. Now to see some of this stuff in motion.

  • squirrel

    One of the advantages of CG is plastering designs and textures on everything like crazy! You can’t really do that on hand-drawn characters with solid colors, and maybe just one gradient. This looks way too busy… how does a hip BEND like that?!… but I’ve learned never to judge a movie by one screenshot.

  • Justin

    Is that really a frame from the movie? If so, it looks great. It looks like a painted illustration. I don’t think it looks busy at all. I am excited to see this move.

  • Iritscen

    I have minimalist tastes, but those textures don’t bother me at all because they don’t distract from the composition, thanks to the strong posing and shading. I had no inkling of this project until now, so I’m interested to see how it turns out!

  • http://beaudetteblog.blogspot.com Grant Beaudette

    I keep forgetting this film even exists. It’s good to hear something about it every year or two.

  • Brad Constantine

    I can hear the meetings already…”we need another blonde princess”…”but her room is already yellow, that won’t look good, will it?”..”we’ll give her a purple dress, That’ll stick out against the yellow”.”but now we’re losing her head against the wall” …”we can lower the beams to frame her head more”. “can’t we just make her a redhead or something?”…”nah, that Enchanted dame was a redhead…Tiana, brunette, we’re due for a blonde…just lower the beams a bit more….Oh, and paint that damn chair green!”
    we’re losing it against the beams.”….”I’m really liking the Prince..the facial hair makes him much less Aladdin…maybe we could make him a blonde too”

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Such a pleasing image. I almost want to say I’m sold on the film alone from it, but I’ll take my time and wait for more!

  • Marbles

    Hey, based on this one frame, I’m really digging these character designs! Much more appealing than most CG human characters I’ve seen. The prince seems to have some dynamism in his face and isnt’ stiff-looking, and Rapunzel looks irresistably feisty. I know that’s a lot of things to hang on the neck of one still, but what can I say? It really got my attention.

  • http://juanmanimation.blogspot.com juanma

    This cant be it!

    if my trained and now spoiled (thanks to pixar) eye for 3d doesnt deceive me….that looks a bit unfinished, and kind of illustrated.

    and yes it is a bit busy,

    hands look great to me tho (and hands are tough in 3d models!)

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    That’s quite a departure from the hard-edged Feature CG we’ve seen so far. I’m curioser.

    Hope it’s a good movie. This one frame doesn’t merit the trolling it has generated.

  • jic

    Can anybody here read French? I translated the page at the link via Bing, and it seems to imply that the image is some sort of concept art, not an actual still from the movie:

    “A Visual described by magazine as a “film sketches” we present the two main characters of the story, namely Rapunzel and bandit Flynn Rider.”

  • diego

    an interesting use of CGI, trying to look as an ilustration, I like it a lot.

  • Gerard de Souza

    I think the characters stand out nicely from the bg.

  • Paul K.

    I’m sold. If they keep the entire movie this rich and polished, I will forgive Chicken Little.

  • Kyle Maloney

    Im not liking the new design much. compared to the original in the leaked clip, which looked amazing to me. Definitely more unique than this. This is too generic.

  • Sherrie

    I like the illustrated look. It does seem a bit busy, but never judge a film by just a still . . .

  • http://andrewchesworth.blogspot.com Andrew Chesworth

    From an outsider’s perspective, it still saddens me that Glen Keane’s role on this project was reduced. But my goodness, does his drawing style still translate well to this project. His character designs are so appealing even as painted-over CG models. Flynn is like Keane’s Tarzan meets Keane’s Aladdin, with a good dose of Kevin Kline persona (thinking El Dorado and Hunchback) thrown in. And Rapunzel is a blonde Ariel in the best sense, with all of the attitude and life that implies. Now all we need is a big, intimidating Beast-meets-Ratigan-meets-Sykes-meets-Long John character, and we’ve got the full Glen Keane cast.

  • David

    Is this really a frame from the finished film?

    I would caution people not to get worked up about it one way or the other until someone confirms it isn’t just a piece of vis dev art or something whipped up as a publicity still.

  • ZN

    Wayyyy better than the initial CG designs we saw. Those things were a nightmare. This is appealing, stylistic, and the technology used makes it look almost like stop-motion. You can really see the craftsmanship evident in this.

  • Scarabim

    That is GORGEOUS!

  • Tom

    I like it a lot. It almost looks like an amalgam of a 2D image shot with little depth of field blended with a 3D render. Every edge looks slightly smudged. Can’t wait to see it in motion. Also nice to find out the voices: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

  • Abu

    Rapunzel and tie me up in her lovely locks any day! ;)

  • Feh.

    Boo.

    Have they learned nothing from The Princess and The Frog?

    More 2D. Less 3D. Thank you.

    I’ll be avoiding this movie like the plague.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    Looks like upscale SHREK.

  • aaron

    Lots of “tude”. Yikes.

  • Adam

    Look! It’s every Disney prince ever! That dude gets around.

  • Ken

    Someone here said it’s just a “sketch.”
    Can anyone prove this?!?? Because it looks very much like a movie still. Still a but “computery” but the most aesthetically pleasing CG I’ve seen yet.

  • NicKramer

    Looks okay to me.
    And Feh, this was in the drawing board for a long time ,maybe even a little longer before the go ahead for “The Princess and the Frog” and the return to traditional animation. I think it’s too far into final production to be shelved now.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I love the look on Rapunzel’s face. The Prince looks a little like Tulio from The Road To El Dorado.

  • Saturnome

    French is my first langage. Here’s a translation of the first line:

    RAIPONCE
    Musical made in CGI (illustrated, a sketch of the film), Raiponce is a Disney-esque adaptation of the Grimm Brother’s tale.

    It’s a sketch, not a still.

  • someguy

    I’d like to see Disney do a version of “the traveling companion” and do their take on an EVIL princess for once, I mean… if all they’re gonna do is princess stories that is…

  • Rio

    Using my powers of great intuition, I sense Amid is head over heals in love with film.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    This looks great! I don’t mind if Disney keeps making the CG movies, because it seems like they’re getting better. Anyone can see that if they compare Chicken Little to Bolt. The hand-drawn films were just getting worse and worse in my opinion.

  • http://okgrillo.blogspot.com Oscar Grillo

    Illusion of life?…SOOOO STEREOTYPICAL!! It is a shame to see designs as poor as this in the twenty first century. Between “Steamboat Willie” and “Snow White” only nine years passed and the progress in style and design was extraordinary. “Sleeping Beauty” was done fifty years ago, and the design of that “Prince and Princess” film was vastly superior to this candy floss rendered with crayons concocted now. What a pity!

  • http://www.hunteachother.com Max W.

    I like the super – ultra – hyper – realistic hands. Perfect idea for an animated character.

  • Ashanti

    I like it! I can’t wait to see the film!

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    New rules for Disney Princesses: Ladies on top.

  • http://none Zack Mays

    Looks good

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Glen Keane’s presence gave me mild hopes for this film. They’ve just been chipped away. It looks like every other piece of crap coming out of the Disney studios these days. Not far from the Tinkerbell video. Oscar Grillo is right. A lot has been lost in the last 50 years, and I don’t see them ever getting it back in my lifetime.

  • http://patrickdeancomics.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    Crazy textures and colors aside, it actually works. Nice facialt expression, I can tell what’s going on. At least they’re not going down the Dreamworks/Zemeckis road and insisting that each cartoony figure had moles and freckles and each eyelash rendered into a nice condo in the Uncanny Valley.

  • jip

    Guys, perhaps we shouldn’t be looking at the biggest entertainment company in the world for anything BUT the blandest designs.

  • Keith Paynter

    In the Grimm(‘s) tale, Rapunzel is imprisoned in a tower with no door or stairway. So where’s the bathroom…(eww!)

  • http://tresswygert.blogspot.com Tres Swygert

    Love the attitude Rapunzel is showing on her face. Totally awesome, and I like the pose as well. Very striking!

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    Who says the leaked clip is not in the movie? I actually think the design in the clip and this are very similar.

    Maybe there are two many textures but the characters do stand out.

    I don’t see a lot of ‘tude in this, at least the characters are looking to each other and not to the camera.

    Character design is pretty good for Disney. The prince is a lot more expressive than Naveen, he does look like Aladdin, which was kind of decent for today standards. Most Disney princes don’t look very interesting anyway, and that applies to the most classic ones like Prince Phillip too.

    Rapunzel seems a pretty good design.

    My main concern here is that I don’t see a lot of 2D effect. The leaked clip looked like a very interesting mixture of 2D and 3D, here it seems a little less 2D, but maybe it’s not so apparent in this still.

    I felt deceived when I watched Bolt and I had to stare at the backgrounds to find some hints of the hyped ’2D effect’. In this one I want it to REALLY look like 2D with some 3D in it.

  • http://www.pauloralvarado.com P Alvarado

    I’m looking forward to seeing this film but I can’t imagine what the final price tag will be after being in production for so many years.

  • Steve Gattuso

    This image sells me on the movie.It gives the sense that this will NOT be the typical “Disney Princess” flick, and may actually take pot shots at the genre.

  • http://www.rudyagresta.com Rudy Agresta

    Why do all recent (starting from Little Mermaid) Disney male and female leads have to look the same? Same smile (those flashy teeth have got to go), same attitude poses, same cliced movements… It got old after Aladdin.

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Roberto – what was the much hyped 2D effect in Bolt?

  • http://leestilldraws.blogspot.com/ Lee

    Looks great in my opinion

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    I think I’m the only one who is not in any form or way interested in Rapunzel.

    I think it’s a good idea to adapt another one of Grimm’s fairy tales, but I personally think this would’ve been a million times better if it were done in the forties or so. Even the nineties.

    The fact that they’re pushing for “power” in their heroines nowadays (though I think it was handled perfectly with Tiana) has always bothered me. Disney princesses of the past did not need that. They were elegant, refined and fun to watch. I’ve already heard that they want Rapunzel to be the strongest of them all, and that doesn’t just mean physical strength, they’re aiming for a real attitude. And that’s evident even in this new still.

    Next, look at the character designs here. Uninspired, much? Not to be overly critical on the movie before it even comes out, but I must agree with a certain person that this almost looks like a Barbie movie. I side with Oscar Grillo; Sleeping Beauty’s designs are extremely memorable, dream-like, and not over the top, but still definitely cartoony. These character designs would be impressive if, maybe, a 10-year-old made them. Then I would be impressed. Otherwise, they just seem slapped together.

    Also, I’m kind of… disappointed it’s in 3-D, still. This is coming from a huge Pixar fan, so naturally I like the technology… but sometimes I just feel like only Pixar should be using it, because they use it right. I was hoping that Disney was going back to 2-D forever (or at least for a long time) starting with Princess and the Frog. I just think 2-D does Disney’s storytelling style better. Ah well, at least King of the Elves is gonna be 2-D. R-right…?

    Please don’t flame me. I’m sure this will end up at least okay, I’m just not the least bit excited for it. What I am excited for, however, is Pixar’s own fairtale, The Bear and the Bow, which sounds like a blast.

  • Mac

    Did Rapunzel use her hands to tie that guy up or can she control her hair like a mad tale? Or maybe she swirls and jolts of her head to make it wrap, crack and whip in certain ways?

    Even though the designs are very ‘Disney’ again, I’m excited to see what this looks like in motion. Much was made of how Bolt was supposed to have a very “painterly” look, unfortunately if that was the goal then it looked like a painting of a CG movie. This looks like it could have the designs of a 90′s Disney 2D movie, but rendered as if the characters were painted. I remember that at one point in production the goal for Rapunzel was for it to look like an Old Master painting (very bold and exciting), but more recently I heard the main influence would be 1950′s DisneyLand (more safe, less exciting).

  • TheVok

    The Glen Keane look is great and I would say the hair alone is reason enough for this to be CG rather than 2D. Imagine if DreamWorks had human characters that looked like these in ANY of their movies. Go old-school Disney, you’ve still got this territory wrapped up, even if Pixar has trumped it.

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    If that’s a still frame, I want to see it move before I pass judgment.

  • seann

    Is it me, or does this Disney Prince look… dated. Like hes a ’90s version of cool, and looks like hed be more comfortable on the friends set.

  • Autumn

    Oooh looks like it’s gonna be a funny one, but we’ll see

  • http://bobrob.blogspot.com Bobby D.

    Really beautiful…I showed it to my eight year old daughter and she laughed out loud at the “hair joke”. Happy New Year, everybody! Bob

  • Professor Widebottom

    Disney does Disney, a recipe for failure AND success. Flip a coin.

  • http://tangoland.com Cynthia

    Kinda looks neat. Also looks like another one of those “dumb guy/sassy female” kinda set ups. We can never get too many of those.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I heard a story that this film has been in development for so long that even if it’s a box office hit, it won’t make any money.

  • it’s pat

    The goal is to baffle you about which one’s face is more punchable. -vomit-

  • Annie O.

    Illusion of life?…SOOOO STEREOTYPICAL!! It is a shame to see designs as poor as this in the twenty first century.

    I agree with Grillo. Boooooooring and sexist! Will Disney every crawl out of their caves??

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    Professor Widebottom (nice name), the failure/success thing depends largely upon whether we’re talking about Old Disney or Modern Disney. And this is Modern Disney, so…. you never know.

  • pheslaki

    I got a good laugh at all the complaints about “too much texture”. Do you people have trouble watching live action movies? Because those things are full of textures and colors, too. Maybe you should just stare at a nice, soothing, black and white line drawing until you calm down.

  • jic

    Do you people have trouble watching live action movies? Because those things are full of textures and colors, too.

    Animation is not live-action. I’m surprised that somebody commenting on an animation blog doesn’t know that.

  • mickhyperion

    Actually the color scheme is very split complementary… yellow-orange, yellow-green, and purple, primarily. Hardly every color of the rainbow. Aside from the bitchy, spoiled, valley-girl-turned-bridezilla look on her face, I think it looks intriguing. Hopefully it will have better writing, better songs, and more substance than Princess and the Frog.

  • John

    It’s okay. I just wish Disney would stop making all their male characters look like Aladdin.

  • http://www.cannedgeek.com/ Kyle

    They’ve done a pretty great job of converting some recognizably 2D Disney character designs into 3D. I’m curious to see how it moves now.

  • Jack

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d say that if this is a still from the movie, they hit that “painted” look right on the head. The characters are appealing, the posing is great, the colors and textures look very good. I don’t see this “busy” look some of you are talking about. So there’s bright colors and detailed backgrounds… since when is that new in animation? I think that we can only expect even greater things from this film.

  • Anim8me2

    To all who are basing decisions about how well or poorly this film will do one the basis of this pre-production sketch, let’s remember a few things.
    1. It is a sketch.
    2. How good/bad this film will be depends almost entirely on the story and how well it is told.
    3. To that point and the difference between old/new disney… this is Lasseter we are talking about. With JL at the helm of story I am sure we won’t be disappointed.

    The image itself is beautiful. The lighting study alone is fantastic.

  • Johnnie

    So easily fooled…. sigh. so easily fooled.

  • Johnnie

    >>Ah well, at least King of the Elves is gonna be 2-D. R-right…?<<

    This is a joke, right?

  • http://racattackforce.wordpress.com/ RacattackForce

    “Have they learned nothing from The Princess and The Frog? More 2D. Less 3D. Thank you.”

    For one thing, I think this is pretty amazng. If only for Disney’s second CGI feature attempt, if not CGI as a whole. Second, Rapunzel has been planned as a CGI flick for the past few years. So in order to give little Disney fanboys their dream of making this another 2D film by the end of this year, they would have to throw craploads of work out the window and rush everything…

  • TheVok

    Not only that, but what exactly would one SUPPOSE Disney is to have learned from The Princess and the Frog? It turned out to be one of the least well-received (both critically and profitably) animated features of 2009!

  • David Nethery

    TheVok wrote:
    “what exactly would one SUPPOSE Disney is to have learned from The Princess and the Frog? It turned out to be one of the least well-received (both critically and profitably) animated features of 2009!”

    —–

    What are you talking about, The Vok ? “The Princess & the Frog” received mostly positive reviews (83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and it is still in release , so the jury is out on what it’s final box-office take will be. (including when the international box-office take is factored in. PATF has yet to open overseas) .

    While I think it is fair to say that up to this point “The Princess and the Frog” has not performed at the level that had been hoped for, I think it’s also fair to say that it is too soon to write it off , and to claim that it is one of the least well-received (both critically and profitably) animated features of 2009″ is simply inaccurate , especially in terms of the critical reception.

    Ummm… “9″ (53% on Rotten Tomatoes) , “Astro Boy”(48% on RT)? “A Christmas Carol” (55% on RT) , Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 (22%) , Planet 51 ( 23%) ? Any of those ring a bell ?

    So, how does “The Princess & the Frog (83%) get tagged as being “one of the least well received” animated features of 2009 ?

  • David Nethery

    RacattackForce says:

    “For one thing, I think this is pretty amazng. If only for Disney’s second CGI feature attempt, if not CGI as a whole.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Rapunzel , but lets keep the history straight , ok ? – Disney has made 4 CG animated features prior to Rapunzel:

    Dinosaur (2000)

    Chicken Little (2005)

    Meet the Robinsons (2007)

    Bolt (2008)

  • wgan

    wait a minute, is Rapunzel supposed to be another 2d feature animation?? liked that frame though.

  • http://racattackforce.wordpress.com/ RacattackForce

    @David Sorry about that. Completely forgot about Robinsons and Dinosaur…

  • Inkan1969

    You sure that’s a still from the movie? It looks like a wooden model instead.

  • http://Mr.FunsBlog Floyd Norman

    And, don’t forget Disney’s aborted “Wild Life.” The fully rendered color stuff from that never produced movie looked pretty impressive.

    There’s easily enough material for a “Making of” movie. Something Disney might market to their fans many years from now.

  • http://tillmyhands.blogspot.com Adam VM

    Whoever mentioned the ‘tude’ nailed it.

    The ‘tude’ has got to go. It’s as lame and artificial now as it ever was.

  • tgentry

    I think it looks great. If that’s a still from the flick, paint me impressed.

  • Dave

    tgentry says:
    “I think it looks great. If that’s a still from the flick, paint me impressed.”

    Me, too.

    But c’mon , there must be someone from Disney (even someone working on Rapunzel) who can post here (anonymously if they must) confirming whether or not this is an actual frame from the movie.

  • crazyface

    I was kind of disappointed at Rapunzel’s design – someone said it well above that Disney Princesses do not need to be sassy and obnoxious in order to be a role model for girls. As a teenage girl myself, I think grace and charm are more desirable traits. I think they are mistaking attitude for confidence. Ariel was confident and rebellious, but never came off as annoying.

    I’m also getting tired of the design trend of massive round heads for the females. It worked in Up because the animation was more stylized, but Rapunzel’s head here looks huge and disproportionate to her tiny body compared to the Prince’s normal-sized head.

    And didn’t Saturnome above state that the translation was a SKETCH, not a still from the movie?

    Whatever, I don’t care that the Prince looks like Aladdin. Aladdin was hot.

  • http://antikewl.com/daily/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/toy_story_3_andy.jpg CGsucks

    Looks a heck of a lot better than than the human designs in Toy Story 3! Way to go Disney!!

  • pheslaki

    Jic says: Animation is not live-action. I’m surprised that somebody commenting on an animation blog doesn’t know that.

    I’m surprised that *you* don’t seem to realize that other types of animation besides flat-shaded cel animation exist. Or doesn’t stop-motion count? Svankmajer’s works, for example, are much fuller of textures than this, yet I’ve never heard anyone whining about it the way commenters are whining about this picture.

  • Rene Ramos

    “the ‘tude has to go”…

    The ‘tude has worked for Disney films for decades, not just in the princesses and those characters are the most popular ones:

    Baloo
    Thinker Bell
    Cruella Deville
    Ariel
    Aladdin
    Simba
    Belle
    Hades

    If you are the guy that going to be carrying a whole story, you have to be smart and have that type of clever & “don’t piss me off” personality, you can’t be a spineless person and gets everything right just by luck, people will just feel pity and not buy it. Like that bear from that bear movie that cracked Disney animation “Brother Bear”, that character was impossible to like even with the redemption ending, he was extremely lame.

    I’m my opinion, I never liked boring “real” personality characters like Sleeping Beauty, Quasimodo, Pocahontas and Mulan. I remember that red dragon Eddie Murphy played, I always felt like “my god, what’s up with this guy, his jokes are breaking the mood so bad!!” If you notice, the closer to reality the characters are the darker the mood the whole film gets. Animation has to be “vibrant exuberant” not “deep introspective”, at least with these type of massive movies.

    Never give people what they expect. I do hope the try to avoid the silly pet companions, unless they make them mute.

    More Abu from Aladdin
    Less Iago from Aladdin

    The design looks awesome, this is what Disney CG should look from now on. It feels part of that Disney universe now. It’s not trying to copy Pixar anymore.

  • TheVok

    “Ummm… “9″ (53% on Rotten Tomatoes) , “Astro Boy”(48% on RT)? “A Christmas Carol” (55% on RT) , Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 (22%) , Planet 51 ( 23%) ? Any of those ring a bell ?”

    Not really. I certainly wouldn’t consider that ‘Squeakquel’ an animated feature … nor the mo-cap ‘Christmas Carol’, though that would be splitting hairs.

    You’re cherrypicking some of the worst while, admittedly, I also overstated my case. It was just a tremendous year for animated features all around, which made ‘The Princess & The Frog’ pale by comparison.

    Metacritic:
    The Princess & The Frog = 73%
    Up = 88%
    Fantastic Mr. Fox = 83%
    Ponyo = 86%
    Coraline = 80%

    And when you consider box office performance (especially in comparison to budget), the best performers included Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (particularly overseas), Up, Ponyo (simply due to Japanese theatres) and Coraline. Heck, even Monsters Vs. Aliens and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs proved themselves faster than Princess has.

    But fair enough, mea culpa, it wasn’t fair of me to lump Princess in with the critical dregs …..

  • wgan

    jesus, what’s wrong with showing ‘tude’?? that’s the spirit of disney classic! that makes traditional animation, how many of you would really rather see super dull ‘real’ facial expression like some anime show every freaky time?? bring on the tude as long as you are making bright, delightful and sweet hand drawn animation.

  • David Nethery

    TheVok said -
    ” I certainly wouldn’t consider that ‘Squeakquel’ an animated feature … nor the mo-cap ‘Christmas Carol’, though that would be splitting hairs.”

    Well , on those two films (Alvin & Chips The Squeakquel and mo-cap Christmas Carol) we would agree … I don’t really think they should be considered animated features either, but I included them because everyone else seems to talk about them as if they are animated features and they are both apparently qualified under the Academy rules to be submitted for nomination in the “Best Animated Feature” category.

    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/20-animated-features-in-oscar-race-this-year.html

    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule07.html

    And by the way, I loved The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline . I’m also quite fond of UP , and I enjoyed Ponyo, too. Of those four films , only UP is a clear box-office winner in North America (of course Ponyo was a huge box-office success in Japan) . I’m saddened that traditional animated movies like The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, and Ponyo didn’t do well at the box-office , along with The Princess and the Frog’s “soft” performance so far . But I just didn’t think it was accurate to classify The Princess and the Frog as among the “the least well-received animated features of 2009″ .

  • http://www.brianromero.com Brian Romero

    Those two have the same generic “lead character design” that Disney hasn’t deviated from since The Little Mermaid. What a surprise!

  • TheVok

    “But I just didn’t think it was accurate to classify The Princess and the Frog as among the “the least well-received animated features of 2009″ .”

    Uh, David, I already apologized for and retracted my lumping of The Princess and the Frog among 2009′s critical losers … not sure what you’re goading for at this point.

    While Ponyo wasn’t big in North America, it was the biggest of Disney’s Studio Ghibli imports to date … trumping even the far more widely hyped Spirited Away.

    And Coraline did quite well at the box office; $60 million budget (I know! Hopefully most of that was for studio infrastructure), $75 million domestic box office, $47 million foreign box office, totalling $122 million global box office. It also earned first-week DVD revenues of $19 million, which isn’t too shabby at all.

  • Isaac

    Oh man that’s rich. Anime and “real facial expressions”. That’s hilarious. Anime and visual clichés go together like the 80s and hot pink.

  • http://borishiestand.blogspot.com Boris Hiestand

    ey look, Barbie meets that guy from El Dorado, with lots of saturated colors!
    And oh, finally a princess with ATTITUDE. We really need this kind of thing for a change.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    >>I’m my opinion, I never liked boring “real” personality characters like Sleeping Beauty, Quasimodo, Pocahontas and Mulan. I remember that red dragon Eddie Murphy played, I always felt like “my god, what’s up with this guy, his jokes are breaking the mood so bad!!” If you notice, the closer to reality the characters are the darker the mood the whole film gets. Animation has to be “vibrant exuberant” not “deep introspective”, at least with these type of massive movies.>>

    I don’t get your point. Does this mean that you don’t like the serious tone of those characters but you also dislike Mushu’s jokes? I agree that there is a difference in tone between the rest of Mulan and Mushu’s character and he doesn’t really feel like he belongs to the same universe. However, I do enjoy Mushu’s character and I quite liked Mulan as a whole movie.

    Anyway I do agree with you about Abu being a very efficient secondary character.

    About the whole ‘tude thing, personally I think people overreacts a little bit. We don’t even know what is happening here. I think it’s ok for Rapunzel to have this kind of facial expression in this situation. In fact ‘tude is not usually a big problem during the features, it’s just an annoying trend in posters, especially for Dreamworks features. Bugs Bunny also suffers from too much smugness in modern movies and merchandise. I did have some problems with the over-the-top self confidence attitude in Colette’s character from Ratatouille too. But most of the time I won’t have a problem with some character showing some hints of determination in the adequate scenes.

  • http://platynews.deviantart.com Platy

    As someone already said … the 2d effect from the leaked clip ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRO6EHhPr5g if anyone didn’t saw) is 300 times better than this “ok, lets go full cg” still =/

  • Dave

    That YouTube clip linked above has a very misleading description from the fan who posted it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRO6EHhPr5g

    —quote —

    “this is 2D animation testing for Rapunzel. The film will be 2D made in CGI, though Rapunzel animation will resemble traditional oil paintings on canvas.”

    — unquote —

    Say what ?! “The film will be 2D made in CGI.” . That makes no sense at all.

    The leaked clip linked above is clearly CG all the way, not “2D made in CGI” whatever that means. Are the fans really that ignorant of how animation (hand-drawn or cg) is made ?

    Rapunzel has been a CG film all along. (certainly it has been since 2006 when Lasseter came on board and is rumored to have given Glen Keane a choice to retool the film in 2D or continue making it in CG. Glen chose to keep it CG.) Why are some people still clinging to the idea that it was going to be 2D or some sort of hybrid hand drawn/CG process?

  • elan

    >>Those two have the same generic “lead character design” that Disney hasn’t deviated from since The Little Mermaid. What a surprise!<<

    Exactly! Because the characters from: The Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Dinosaur, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt all look the SAME!

    Wait…

    Im actually excited to see some good ol Glen Keane designed characters again. It hasnt been since Treasure Planet that we got to see his work, and that was 8 years ago!

    I think people will complain about EVERYTHING Disney releases, even if it looks pretty stinkin good.

    Judging from the bi-polar comments on this blog, and that people either love it or despise it, that evidence speaks for itself: you arent responding to the art, just the word “Disney.”

  • Rebecca

    I like it. I love the character designs. And there is just so much personality in this still, Rapunzel definitely gives off that spunky kind of attitude, much like Ariel. I agree with Elan, some people are just judging the art based on the word “Disney.” And, yes, there will always be Disney nay-sayers, but through the right eyes, the beauty and hard work of everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios will be seen. I’m excited to see Disney’s first CG princess!!

  • Steve

    Dave – Rapunzel dates back in development to around 2001. the you tube clip is from a long abandoned story/design. the film was originally developed by glen keane as 2D. the powers at be at the time decided to go forward with the film , but change it to 3D since we were finishing up what was to be the LAST 2D film out of the studio, “home on the range”. glen keane was working with the computer model people on developing a model that would follow his animation. he would animate it in 2D ,then they would manipulate the computer model frame by frame to match his drawings. yes, animating the scene twice ! traditional computer models kept breaking apart and were not able to capture the same life and expression as his drawings. after a few years of trying to make that work most of us had left the building. the new rapunzel designs stray from the original intention of glen’s work for all those years. the story went from classic fairy tale to a comic modern day shrek-like story, back to classic fairy-tale , now more comic adventure. time will tell, a lot money was spent developing this as a 3D film to do anything but 3D. i can only imagine that the original tests that were being done both by hand and computer are what the fan who posted the you tube clip was referring to.

  • Lamont

    She reminds me a little of the princess from “Enchanted”.

  • Lamont

    Enchanted still: http://www.awn.com/files/imagepicker/1/goodman01_Enchanted-PrinceGis.jpg

    Come to think of it the Prince looks a little similar too!

  • Derrick

    Then… are they animating with a new software or just hiring talented CGI animators?

  • cliffclaven

    I just think of making-of books (especially Hercules and Hunchback of Notre Dame) where you see character and other designs running the gamut from Old Disney to Holy Cow. Also some DVDs where there’s fairly advanced animation with non-final characters (Treasure Planet’s extras included a almost-finished scene with a human Dr. Doppler).

    Will be surprised if the actual film hews close to this.