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Tangled - The Way It SHOULD Be by LPDisney Tangled - The Way It SHOULD Be by LPDisney
(Created 07.10)
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Why oh why????

I've decided to try and capture the idea what if Disney’s “Tangled” (a horrible name I must say, what was wrong with Rapunzel??? *Edit - Yes, I know why it was changed, this was a rhetorical question) were to be animated in the good old Traditional 2D Animation.
I took what I could find - at the time I posted this drawing this was the only production still available online. I also didn't find anyone else who did this at the time, so I gave it a shot.
I tried (with little success) to capture the style of Glen Keane (specifically from The Little Mermaid, cause Rapunzel is soooo Ariel), though I don't think I'm even worthy of writing his name here, less I am to draw in his style.
I took the background from the original production still. I'm not a background artist. If anyone wants to draw a collab background for this, send me a note (but no offense - you need to be at a Disney level, this need to look like a real frame from the movie).
Yes, I used reference. This was done to prove a point (maybe I'm the only one who is annoyed by this...)

I must share with you my feelings toward this movie, and I apologize if I’m blowing some steam here, you really don’t have to agree with me, that’s just how I feel:
This could have been such an AMAZING 2D movie! Good old fairytale and directed by THE one and only - Glen Keane. Just think about it - an ENTIRE movie in the style of Glen Keane!
And the hair!!!!!! The longest hair ever made in a 2D movie!!! (For those of you who know me, I have a fetish for long hair) Just imagine how it could move!!!!!! Like Ariel? Like Pocahontas? AH!!!!

BUT NO!!!!!!!! They HAD to make it 3D! (Eyes narrowed with a lot of sarcasm) Yes, 3D is the next thing... right...
Bluah! All the Art is lost! The style of the lines is gone! It just looks like a regular, a drop in the sea, 3D movie....

I had to go and fix some stuff, like the position of the neck and the feet. WHY DO I NEED TO FIX IT?????? It's a freaking 3D! And Yes, I had to fix stuff, they were just WRONG! I have to say I hate her feet, from what I saw so far in the trailer something with her feet is just not right. And what's with all the pink??? She looks like they took Ariel and turned her into Barbie! (hmm.. I have one of those... or 4...). Even Kida had red lines in her all blue outfit!

Yes.... I'm still going to see it with those 3D glasses or whatever.... It's Disney's after all :-)

All in all I believe it turned out nice. I’m pleased.
I uploading quite a high res file for you to use as wallpaper and such. Do not use this in your art or something like that, unless you got an approval from me, k?
I'm guessing when there will be more details (and shots) from the movie I will do more fanart. At this point I need more details on the plot to get inspired.

Oh! And Flynn… I hope I got your nose right :-)


*EDIT: OMG! Just look at the first ones: [link] I just now found them!! Why? T_T *sob* Why Disney? The drawings are so beautiful!

*EDIT 2: I truly respect each and everyone's opinion. I just wish to point out a couple of things:
1 - Before the movie was released all the comments were pro 2D and now, after the movie was released, suddenly everyone is pro 3D... Yes, I saw the movie, I still think if it were 2D it would be remembered 20 years from now, but sadly I'm sure this movie won't last for a couple of years.
2 - Please read this: [link] If my words aren't enough, then I guess you have to hear it from Glen Keane himself, and I quote: "the computer is like a used car salesman. It’ll always make you walk off the lot with something you don’t want".
So... ya...

About 5-6 hours.
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I agree 100%. What was wrong with Repunzel...its been heard of. What was wrong with the frog prince? Things in Disney's eyes always need to be changed. To us out here it is confusing. But when ever it comes to the truth, things need to change for it to keep our interest as viewers. If it was the same old same old it wouldn't be fun to watch or buy or pay 8.00-12 bucks for the theater.

Now for the picture! Your picture is the way I would have loved to have seen it, it looks beautiful. The colour palette you used was almost if not exactly the same as the Disney artist would have used. I really love the way you drew it. I would kill to draw the Disney style right! Great job!
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Critique by FlyingFreeFantasy Sep 23, 2012, 3:26:46 PM
First off, I would like to add some of my own comments on this issue.

I bought Tangled on DVD a little while ago, and when I watched it, I was amazed. I watched it about 1000 times more, and I loved it. 3D isn't ALL that bad, though I agree, that Disney should stick to 2D. If Tangled was in 2D, it could have had many, many more amazing effects in place. Her hair, for example, could have been more flowing (like Ariel, or Pocahontas). As well as her dress, and other clothing in the movie.
But I will also point out that the 3D gave a more realistic look to Flynn's clothes (like his vest, where it ACTUALLY looked like leather). It also made things look more fun, and flowing. But that's my personal opinion.

About the picture? Well I think its amazing! Your art style is so old Disney, and what Disney needs again. The coloring, and shading style matches that of The Little Mermaid, or Mulan. And the way you drew her hair is... flowing. Just like Disney should be. But there is one little thing that bothers me about this picture. If perhaps you did the background in the 2D style as well, it would "paint a better picture" towards the message you were trying to get across. Leaving the 3D background just clashes, and makes it hard to judge which is better; the 2D or the 3D? (If you get what I'm saying... I really don't know how to explain it better).

Anyhow, great job on the whole thing, and thank you for getting your opinion out there! Very few people stand up for what they believe, even with movies, and art :)
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TruSake Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
In the end is all about time and money. Movies that are hand drawings just do not bring the same crowd it used to. Plus actual drawing takes about 4 years or so to make a movie. With 3D animation, is much quicker.
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shut up.
Darkton93 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think honestly the real problem with Tangled is its story. It's not very well-told, and doesn't really stand out. So then, I don't think the art style matters, since 2D would be a generic Disney Princess movie, and 3D would be a generic Modern Animated movie.
ILoveCartoons9120 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
Wow, you sound just like ToonEGuy. Someone who is so heartbroken that hand-drawn animation is little to no-where to be found in theatres nowadays.
Let me just clarify that I'm admittedly the same, but I'm not that insane about it.
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, she actually made a beautiful looking hand-drawn short that you can find on her page called Lady Ice, so I give her massive respect for that.

Also, I have this in my favorites section because rather than simply being fan art for a CG movie, the artist is trying to make a point with it that I wholeheartedly agree with: that Tangled should have been in 2D animation.
ILoveCartoons9120 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
Oh yeah, I remember seeing that short already. It was awesome! :D
JackStryker Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Get with the times.
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shut up, you.
JackStryker Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Fuck off, you.
tultsi93 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
What's wrong with 3D animation? I like both 2D and 3D. 3D's good side is you can add little details that create uniqueness to characters.
MartyMcFIy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

2d animation is in the past. Deal with it.
stroggtank Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
2D, 3D, stop motion, go motion, cutout etc... all kinds of good animation are done by skilled, talented and passionate people :)  someone saying that prefers one kind of animation over another is totally fair and we all do it, but saying it is a drop in the sea, that nobody will remember it for more than a couple of years (it's been almost 5 and it is still another milestone for Disney animation) or saying that it is just the work of a computer, really underestimate the work of hundreds of skilled artists and technicians who give everything on a daily basis for several years just to deliver a smile to the public. A humble opinion ;)   You did a nice work here.
barneyjones123 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder why you didn't do the same thing to frozen
LPDisney Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
^_^ I actually wanted but could find the time, I had a super busy year...
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's okay. Somebody else did one.
ArainaChan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is beautifully drawn and completely reflects how it would have looked in 2D,

Of course, I strongly disagree with you. And it seems like Im one the few people on here who does. There is still a massive amount of creativity and hard work that goes into 3D animation, and losing the "linework" should not be such a big deal - its not like they are getting rid of hand drawn elements; the entire movie is based off of hand drawn ideas, the 3D simply allows the company to do a lot more with different effects in the movie - the lantern scene for example. Plus the title helps them steer away from the age old "lets put the girls name as the title so we dont have to think about it very hard" notion. I guess what I think is that just because something doesnt follow tradition doesnt mean its bad. Besides, even if you prefer 2D style, the movie was still good overall, and thats whats more important right? And at least they had QUALITY 3D animation...I mean, the Disney team put so much hard work into the movie that it seems unfair to bash their decision just because they wished to try something new. I think 3D animation is a beautiful new way to enhance and expand the limitations of 2D art, but that's just my opinion.

Still, great work on this picture, its well done ^^ Seeing it in 2D would have been interesting.
speshemi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think the name tangled gives it a sort of modern look??? But, yes it would have been nice if disney just stuck to the original titles! :) <3
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The name is a stupid gimmick that Disney came up with cause they're afraid of their movies sounding like fairy tales now.
speshemi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
MissSparkle1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I enjoyed it but her over the top large eyes did bother me a bit. Made her look just a bit too young.
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Nice enough "what could've been" that I'll actually fave a Disney princess thing.Flynn is totally a few details away from Aladin.
JollyRhythmicMayhem Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with your opinion because Disney has no reason to be using CG animation. It's a common misconception that people will tend to mistake the fact that CG animation isn't an upgrade to traditional 2D animation, it's an upgrade to traditional stop-motion animation; basically CG animation is stop-motion animation with computer generated puppetry. What is an upgrade to traditional 2D animation is Flash animation; which is computer generated 2D animation. Why Disney feels the need to adopt CG animation when Pixar (and other CO.) has it under control is beyond me.

I've argued many times that Disney has been in the "business" for a long time now and "money" has been the leading priority instead of the faithful "Disney" tradition the company stood for since the early 1940's. I mean Disney has bought out Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, and if that doesn't have CORRUPT written all over it, then I don't know what does.

Even though it's pointless to fight for what Tangled should have been it's still an on going battle for what Disney SHOULD be, which is strictly a 2D animation/Or with live action studio.

You did a wonder representation of what should have been. Kudos to you.
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually find Flash to be a downgrade to traditional 2D animation myself. Those shows on TV today make me wish people had never given up painting on cels. :disbelief:

And yeah, I also really hate Disney's change to CGI, especially taking into account the redundancy of doing that and still using Pixar. It even feels like they're becoming another Pixar. That new spin-off movie Planes for example looks exactly like it was done by Pixar, except it's not because Disney did it. They had to put all that effort into doing what Pixar could have done themselves instead of doing anything of their own iconic 2D animation.

And I really hate Frozen as well. At least Tangled wasn't ever planned to be a hand-drawn film the way that Frozen was.
JollyRhythmicMayhem Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haven't seen any footage for Frozen yet.

I try not to be too cynical towards modern day animation considering the best factor for animation today is the savings on resources with computers compared to traditional mediums.

Personally, I prefer traditional over computers because I can't stand to look at a computer screen for too long, but I do like that I don't have to waste pencils, ink, and paper when I make mistakes.

It's nice that there doesn't have to be a waste in materials and too much extra work now that the computer can input inbetweens, but there is no excuse for lack of originality. Anyone can hop onto a computer and play around with CG software, but not everyone is can make award winning memorable stories. It's not all bad because artists in all mediums are still required for CG films even though the sculptures, drawings, and story boards are just the backbone for the final rendered film. The use of drawn frames have died out, but not the drawings themselves are that are still used for after thought purposes.

I've enjoyed a few flash animations of today, but none of the Picasso looking cartoons, which I find sluggish and lazy, even though, Picasso is my favorite artist his style doesn't seem to suit children's cartoons too well, in my opinion. Shows like, Regular Show, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, etc. are too unattractive for me to pay attention, and shows like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, etc. are too disgusting for my taste. For me I preferred, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, etc. I admit the 60's cartoons did not flow well, but some how I was memorized by them. Also, some anime like Pokemon, and Fullmetal Alchemist were attractive in a sense. Though, Disney's hand drawn animations will always be number one for me.

My dream is to build a company in which we figure out how to get traditional animation to appeal to audiences everywhere again. I believe people have just forgotten after Walt Disney passed away, but all it takes is another to continue where he left off with enough motivation and energy to appeal to everyone again. It can happen. People think it's Flash animation and CG animation that evolved from traditional animation, but that can't be. Computer animation can't be the next step because that means the magic from artists hands went from pencil to keyboard, but pressing buttons doesn't make your artwork special. If anything computer animation is a step up from stop motion animation. Flash animation could be a step up from hand drawing in sense because we use pen tablets in place of pencil and paper. Though I'm not fully sure if computerized hand strokes are the same as pencil and paper hand strokes. You can't really tell where the artist made the strokes on the computer unless you were using Corel Painter.

Animation is constantly on my mind. I would love to do traditional animation but I'm affraid it will end up being more of a hobby. I would have to look to computer animation or digital puppeteering for work. Computers are great and all, but I'm not that much into using computers, which kind of kills my motivation and energy to want to continue my dream as a cartoon animator. I could suck it up and figure something out. 
ObsidianVelvet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Jesteppi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist
This is a wonderful experiment; but I truly believe 3D was an excellent choice for the movie. Though it is true that they lose line-quality, I believe they gained an extraordinary glow... Those lanterns would not have been half as beautiful if they were drawn in 2D. Also, the depth-of-vision is something the animators were able to really push, which would have been more difficult in 2D; for example, the extreme face close-ups. They would have seemed flat in traditional cell animation... I do like your idea of challenging Disney's decision, though. (:
Heroanakin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Awesome drawing she look so hot and amazing. i hope they use this in a tangled animated.
gib31 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tangled is actually my favorite movie. But if it had been in 2D it would have been even better... The landscapes, the characters, everything... *Sigh*
dubina Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
את חרוצה כל הכבוד... , אני באמת לא מבין למה את לא נוסעת לעשות התמחות באולפנים שלהם ...
CloseToTheWaterISee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A nice little masterpiece to add to the old Disney magic. In all honesty, not too much of Disney's stuff is drawn traditionally anymore. Always relying on computers now and days to do the work for them. If only it had been animated in 2D... Nevertheless, even in 3D, this movie was superb!
StrandsOfMelody Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, this is definately an interesting idea. But 3D is still better. Especially with all that golden hair. 2D can't begin to describe nor show the detail of it. But I agree that Disney needs more 2D. 3D just seems to be a fad that's going on in the animation world. Hopefully, more of Disneys movies go back to the traditional 2D.
NagoshiAshumari Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think it was ambitious of them to try it in 3D :\
You never know what works if you don't try it.
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
nice !! i drew flynn too btw
Manofevil Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Flynn: Babe, Babe, Babe, all you had to do was SAY you were into bondage. I'm so there! Let's do this!
Rapunzel: >thinking< Mister...It's been five years since puberty set in...Get ready to HOWL!!!
kuabci Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've been waiting for Disney to make Rapunzel for over a decade (it was even my dream to work for the studio by the time they made it... alas for me, no), and even have been doing character concept art for years. I was thrilled about this movie finally being made, but like you, disappointed it wasn't 2D. I still quite like it, but I can't get over how much more beautiful it would have been in traditional animation style. There's just something lost in the translation from 2D to 3D. So I like your art! It gives me hope for what it will look like when one day I have the means and resources (and rights) to remake it completely in hand-drawn animation. :)
Raygirl4evah Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I'd really like to see this in 2D. EVERYTHING Disney does now HAS to be in 3D because it's cheaper.:(
NightMareDragon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I would've liked to have seen the movie in both 3D and 2D but of course that would have been expensive.
Wonderful job on this by the way.
LPDisney Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
actually to make a 2d movie it takes about 50-60 million dollars, while making a 3d movie takes about 300-350 million dollars....
but they still make 3ds and not 2ds....
678walleby Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol! I love his facial expression.
TovioRogers Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful piece. love everything about it
MegaCrab Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Everything is pretty nice, except of Rapunzel's face. It looks not like it should, and i will not forgive this to anybody.
aska-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I love you! ;_;

The first thing I've said, after seeing the "Tangled" trailer back then was: WHY 3D?! I hate you Disney! >_<

I love good old 2D animation, it has something 3D animation just misses.
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm all for 2D any day (because I'm tired of all these shitty CGI & Pixar movies), but Tangled was the only good CGI animated movie that Disney has done. It looks like a moving painting, which is why I like to consider it like a 2D movie done in 3D. Sure, it would have been nice seeing it done traditionally, but the way those colors & the special effects on the hair worked out, I wasn't disappointed, for once.

Now, if there IS a film I was pissed off at, was that they changed Frozen (aka The Snow Queen) from 2D to CGI for the simple fact of all this CGI cash-grab garbage! And Pixar is to blame, because they started all of this CGI -cash-grabbing crap & why we don't get that many 2D films anymore with all of their shitty, boring, predictable, & over-the-top kiddie crap films (with the exceptions of Wall-E, The Incredibles, & Monsters Inc.). I swear if that Mickey Mouse movie Disney has in plans to make is done using CGI instead of 2D, I will hate Pixar more than I hate Disney Channel.

Onto the picture (got far from the subject lol). I found it gorgeous, especially how you did the background.
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry friend, but this is where I have to disagree with you. This was when Tangled (or back then "Rapunzel Unbraided") looked like a moving painting: [link]

I knew the very instant I saw the first trailer that they did not do anything like that when it would have made the movie look much more appealing for me. Instead they just made it a typical CGI film. It wasn't until the short Paperman that I really saw anything like that utilized.

Had Tangled been made the way they intended, I would have found it to be a more acceptable form of CGI from Disney in that it captures the look and feel of 2D animation well and really looks like it is 2D, but I thought it was pretty obvious that the Tangled we got was nothing like that.
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
It still has the luscious feel & texture like a painting. What made me love it more was how the animation itself actually feels like a hand drawn movie, unlike anything else they've done.
DanniDarkness Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I like it as an actual cartoon.
shadamy20 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow ... took a while for me to remember this was a 3D film! the still looked so like its should of been in 2D
TheNinthHorcrux Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I liked the movie, but it would have been better if it were the original 2D. Disney always has a way to make a happy ending :/ I like happy endings and all, but it's just not the reality of things...
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