If you look at the box office numbers that Disney’s 3D re-release of The Lion King did not too long ago, it’s clear that there is more than a little interest out there for seeing some of the studio’s classic efforts being once again released on the big screen. So Beauty and the Beast 3D probably doesn’t need any assistance when it comes to drawing families to the theaters. Regardless, an announcement that Walt Disney Pictures made today confirms that it’s going to get some heavyweight help whether it needs it or not.
Disney’s animation department has hit a bit of a slump in the last decade, not being able to recreate the magic of its classic releases or its second golden age that came in the 90s; but one film that has bucked the trend of disappointment and gone on to become quite a success is the studio’s retelling of the Rapunzel legend Tangled. The film was a success financially, praised critically, and I myself know a two-year-old little girl who watches it about three times a day. So she and millions of other little kids will undoubtedly be thrilled to hear that an animated short, Tangled Ever After, is going to be released in front of Beauty and the Beast 3D come January 13th.
Tangled Ever After is a direct sequel to the first film, set during the wedding of the newly liberated Rapunzel and her mischievous fiancé Flynn Rider. The conflict of the story revolves around a search for the wedding bands after flower chameleon and ring bearer Pascal and Maximus have allowed them to go missing. The comedic duo must find the rings before the bride and groom discover what’s gone down, and reportedly Pascal and Maximus’ efforts lead to, “flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale.” Despite the fact that this sounds like the climax to a John Woo film, directors to the original feature Nathan Greno and Byron Howard will be returning to bring the short to life. Voice actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will be returning to play the happy couple as well.
In a related story, Disney will soon be hiring temporary help to facilitate the shoveling of tons and tons of cash into their Scrooge McDuck vaults come the release of this cinematic double-header. Applicants should send their references and resumes to Cinderella’s Castle.