Last week I had the amazing opportunity to screen the new Tangled: Before Ever After movie series when I visited Disney Studios (OMGoodness- it was amazing!)
The series premiers on the Disney Channel app and video on demand tonight, March 10th, at 8:00 pm Eastern. It will be followed with the Tangled: The Series episodes starting March 24, 2017. I am not familiar with the original Tangled film, but was definitely impressed with the hour long movie that we saw. I had a chance to speak with two of the shows creators,Chris Sonnenburg and Benjamin Balistreri, about the inspiration for the film (it’s a service learning trip story- yay!), and the reason the series is great for boys- not just girls!
The video below talks about the importance of Rapunzel’s journal at the end of the Tangled movie, and how it ties into the new show. The inspiration for the journal is very personal- it stems from Chris Sonnenheim’s own experience sending his teenage daughter to Mexico for a service trip. He wondered if she was ready for that type of solo experience or not, but she came home with something very special that inspired him. Watch him tell the story in this exclusive video I filmed at Disney Studios when I visited for a screening of Beauty and the Beast.
Why Boys Should Watch Tangled: The Series
The show takes place during the time between Rapunzel’s release from the castle and before her coronation/marriage to Eugene. Eugene is ready to get married, but Rapunzel is exploring her newfound freedom and not quite ready to commit to marriage. She is testing the boundaries with her family, her friends, and especially her fiancee as she forms her identity as a not-quite adolescent and not-quite yet adult. I think many of us can relate to this time period in our lives. I remember-moving back home after college, waiting to get married but not quite ready yet, and forming my identity on my own terms.
Once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Disney Studios and chat with Bob Iger about the importance of books in the new Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson’s Belle is a new kind of princess- and you can read about why on the blog today- and enter to win a $300 Beauty and the Beast prize pack! No sin todos los días que uno puede charlar con el dueño de Disney acerca de la nueva princesa Disney- detalles en el blog. También un sorteo para ganar un regalo de La bella y la bestia que vale $300. No te lo pierdes.
What makes Disney’s Tangled:Before Ever After so great for boys is the intentional development of the Eugene character. He’s a young man who has found the woman of his dreams and wants to marry her- but she’s not ready. Rapunzel is head-strong, fiery and fiercely independent- and not afraid to hold her ground with Eugene or her parents. As our society makes a shift to finally celebrate strong young women, Disney has also taken the stance that it is important not to forget about good role models for boys as well. It’s not an easy job to be in a relationship with a strong woman, but it is an important skill for our young men to develop. I love the fact that Disney hasn’t forgotten about boys, and is intentionally developing a male character who can model for young men how to stand by a strong woman rather than taming her.
I encourage you to watch the Tangled: Before Ever After movie on the Disney Channel, and then engage with your kids in active viewing discussions and activities that will help them to think about the show in a new way- especially as we push the boundaries in thinking about the dynamics in male-female relationships in 2017.
Happy viewing-and please let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments below!
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Check out the trailer here