Directed by Byron Howard & Nathan Greno (the co-director and head of story on Bolt respectively) , this new telling of the classic fairy tale, will transport audiences â€œto a stunning CG fantasy world complete with the iconic tower, an evil witch, a gallant hero and, of course, the mysterious girl with the long golden tresses. Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair, lots of hair.â€
Previous director Glen Keane developed a new look for this computer animated film, which is said to look and feel more like a traditional hand-drawn Disney Classic, but in 3D. Apparently the film uses a non-photorealistic rendering technique which will make the surface look like it is painted but still containing depth and dimensions. The movieâ€™s visual style is being based on French Rococo artist Jean-Honore Fragonardâ€™s painting â€œThe Swingâ€. You can definitely see the look theyâ€™re going for in the image above.
There are a couple more very small concept drawings over on the Animations message board, but you really canâ€™t see much of anything. A short clip of test footage was shown at Siggraph 2005, where is gained a lot of attention. Earlier concept images had been previously posted online from when the project was titled Rapunzel Unbraided. But the project has since been completely revamped. .
The voice cast is rumored to include David Schwimmer, Matthew Gary Gubler, Kristin Chenoweth, Dan Fogler, and Grey DeLisle. Rapunzel is scheduled to hit theaters in Christmas 2010.