Saturday Matinee #120, Alex Week: "Tangled Ever After" (January 13, 2012)
Published April 20, 2013
by Albert Gutierrez
Happy Alex Week! If you haven't already noticed, this week has focused entirely on everyone's favorite Hidden Mickey Monday writer, Alex McVetty! We've been taking a look at some of her favorite things, be it raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. No, wait. That's Maria von Trapp's favorite things. As we close out this week, we're reminded that some of her favorite things include the Disneyland Dole Whip, alligators who prefer to stay clean, lizards who prefer to be called dragons, and robins who get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day. And, of course, what better way to belatedly celebrate Valentine's Day than to attend the wedding of Princess Rapunzel and Eugene Fitzherbert? This week's Saturday Matinee takes a look at one of Alex's favorite shorts, 2012's "Tangled Ever After."
Picking up some months after the end of the film, Rapunzel and Eugene finally walk down the aisle! Everything is perfect, from the table settings to the tie-in merchandise to Punzie's mile-long train behind her dress. But before they can say "I do," Pascal and Maximus lose the wedding rings. A brief nightmarish sequence in which the whole kingdom goes up in smoke temporarily runs through the sidekicks' minds (and gives us the Queen's only line) before they give chase. Naturally, within the course of their chase, they cause a chain reaction that wreaks havoc on everything that was once perfect. And not since the Pastoral Symphony has a large river of wine come barreling down through the land. All seems lost, until a well-aimed tip of the tongue captures the ring. By the time Pascal and Maximus return to the ceremony, they are nearly unrecognizable. But they make it, and nobody dares to question what happened. All that matters is that Rapunzel and Eugene are married. Then, of course, the cake gets knocked through the door...
"Tangled Ever After" is the first of its kind for Disney, an animated theatrical short that acts as a direct follow-up to an animated theatrical film. None of the other films in the "Animated Classics" canon can boast such an accomplishment, although one film almost did. Actually, the "one that started it all" very nearly did. When the studio made Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they excised a few notable sequences that were well into the animation stage, including a bed-building sequence and the song "Music in Your Soup." Up until 2009, many believed that the sequences were removed and archived. When searching through the archives, Disney's research team actually discovered story sketches that would have framed the bed-building sequence into a theatrical short entitled "Snow White Returns," with the dwarfs building Snow a bed for an upcoming visit. As we all know, such a short never materialized, although the dwarfs continued making appearances in World War II propoganda shorts (such as "All Together" and "Seven Wise Dwarfs").
With "Tangled Ever After," we don't have a short comprised of formerly-deleted scenes, but a nice "epilogue" to the full film. After all, Tangled ends with Eugene and Rapunzel discussing how she finally said "yes" to his proposal, but we don't see the wedding itself. This short acts as that post-script to the story, allowing us one more chance to visit the characters. In addition to retaining the voice cast, this short also kept the same directors - Nathan Greno and Byron Howard - which helps maintain a continuity between the film and the short. Whether we see additional shorts remains to be seen, although I certainly wouldn't mind a Tangled 2 if the right story could come along.
"Tangled Ever After" was released to theatres in January 2012 with the 3-D conversion of 1991's Beauty and the Beast. However, it didn't make its debut on home media until October of that year. Disney decided to pair up this short with a new selection of bonus features on the Diamond Edition release of 1950's Cinderella, on both Blu-Ray and DVD.