Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi get all "Tangled" up

Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:40pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leave it to the animators of the Disney film studio to put a new spin on an old fairy tale, and this time the Brothers Grimm's classic "Rapunzel" gets a full makeover in "Tangled."

The movie, which debuts in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, re-imagines the tale of the girl with the long golden hair who is locked away in a forest tower before a prince comes along and tries to spring her loose.

Disney's new, animated musical sees Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) step out of the tower for the first time! But instead of being rescued by a prince, she embarks on her adventure with a handsome thief named Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi), who later changes his ways as the two fall in love.

Reuters sat down with Moore and Levi to talk about "Tangled," their favorite childhood Disney movies and, of course, Rapunzel's long, long hair.

Q: Disney is famous for iconic princesses. Mandy, did you feel pressure originating a Disney character that would stand alongside Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty?

Moore: "To be the voice of a Disney princess in general, let alone for the 50th animated film, is an undertaking. (But) I didn't feel too much pressure. I was excited to be the voice of Rapunzel and part of the rigmarole that comes with it."

Q: "Can you imagine if this was a live-action film and your hair was actually that long?"

Moore: (laughs) "I would probably have perpetual neck pain! Seventy feet of hair has got to be quite heavy! But she uses it to her advantage most of the time."   Continued...