Moore and Levi cast in next Disney animated musical


With Disney’s return to traditional 2D animation with the upcoming Princess and the Frog, one would think the company would want to continue to tell classic tales in the medium that brought the company enough frame and fortune that they would eventually buy Marvel.  For the upcoming Rapunzel, Disney is returning to the realm of 3D to tell the hairy tale of a girl trapped in a tower.

On the plus side, Mandy Moore and “Chuck” star Zachary Levi have been cast as the leads in the movie that is scheduled to be released during the holiday season of 2010.

Disney’s new “Rapunzel” picks up with the princess, famous for her 70 feet of golden hair, after she’s been stolen from her parents’ castle as an infant and imprisoned. Now a teenager, Rapunzel escapes and goes on the run with a bandit as her captor pursues them.

Will Rapunzel join the pantheon of Disney princesses that have captured the hearts of young girls, or will the 3D treatment cause them to lose interest?  Disney also has plans to turn Beauty and the Beast into a 3D feature, and Toy Story 3 is just around the corner.

via THR