That I may climb it like a stair."
The above lines are from a version of The Brothers Grimm story of Rapunzel. This month we plan to read as many picture book versions of the classic story as possible while we wait for the release of the movie, Tangled. At the end of this month, on November 24, 2010, Walt Disney Pictures will release their 50th full-length animated feature, a new, unique story based on the fairy tale, Rapunzel.
I recently read through some of the advance press notes about Tangled, and it is unclear to me just how closely the Disney version will follow the classic tale. Obviously, Rapunzel and her famous hair play a major role. In the storybook version, the villain is a witch. According to the movie's press notes, the villain is written a little differently -- "Mother Gothel is the only mother Rapunzel has ever known. By stealing Rapunzel as an infant and raising her in the tower, Gothel ensured that she alone would have access to Rapunzel’s magical hair, which she uses as her personal fountain of youth." And, where's the prince? Well, there's Flynn Rider, the thief. Rapunzel makes a deal with him and the apparently both escape the tower together. Guess we'll have to wait and see the film before trying to make comparisons. I'm most excited to see what Rapunzel's chameleon, Pascal has to say. His character is certainly not in the original fairy tale!
Like I said, in the meantime we plan to check out some of the many various children's books about Rapunzel. See our Rapunzel picture book list and reviews here: http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2010/11/rapunzel-picture-books-childrens.html
SurLaLune Fairy Tales also has a pretty comprehensive list of versions if you're interested in doing a little research of your own: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/rapunzel/books.html
Synopsis (Provided by studio)
When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) is taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a feisty teen with 70 feet of golden hair who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, the unlikely duo sets off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade filled with adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.
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Random House is releasing several movie-tie in books. View the full list at http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/disney/books/TAN/Tangled/
Interactive Disney storybooks based Tangled Disney are available from Reader’s Digest / Simon & Schuster:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has kindly offered to give away some cool Tangled promotional items to a Brimful Curiosities reader. The prize pack includes:
- Female fit Rapunzel t-shirt in Adult and Youth sizes (choice S, M, L, XL)
- General fit Flynn Rider t-shirt in Adult and Youth sizes (choice S, M, L, XL)
- General fit Pascal t-shirt in Adult and Youth sizes (choice S, M, L, XL)
- Silly Bandz – set of 4 characters (Rapunzel, Flynn, Pascal, Maximus)
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