Tangled Opening Day At The El Capitan

Whenever there is a new animated Disney or Pixar film released, I always like to watch it at the El Capitan, Disney's flagship theater in Hollywood. The theater is a beautifully restored classic Hollywood movie house and makes the experience feel so special.

While I got to see a special advanced screening to Tangled last night, I had already bought weeks in advance my ticket to see Tangled opening day at the El Capitan.

Tangled at the El Capitan
When I got to the theater, I saw that they had put Rapunzel's tower above the marquee with Rapunzel and Flynn swinging from Rapunzel's hair. It was a cute touch and I was glad to see that Disney had invested in such a lovely detail.
Tangled at the El Capitan
When I watch the films, I almost always go VIP, which is a little pricer, but comes with reserved seating, popcorn in a collector's bucket and a drink. I figure I'm going to spend about $10 in popcorn and drink anyway.

Tangled Popcorn Bucket from the El Capitan
As I waited in line, we were given a collector's coin commemorating Tangled being Disney's 50th Animated Motion Picture. It was a nice little gift to give guests, especially since we didn't have to pay extra for it.

Collector's Coin commemorating Tangled as Disney's 50th Animated Feature
Collector's Coin commemorating Tangled as Disney's 50th Animated Feature
Before the movie, we were also treated to a musical stage show featuring many Disney characters as they welcomed Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney family. Its been awhile since I've seen a show of this calibre at the El Capitan. Back in the day when Disney first started premiering their films here (Rocketeer and Beauty and the Beast were amongst the first), they had opulent shows feautring Disney characters and Disney music. But, it seemed like they scaled back for the longest time. It was nice to see them celebrate the 50th Animated Motion Picture in such a way.

New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family

New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
New El Capitan Stage Show welcoming Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to the Disney Family
After the show, I sat back to watch my second viewing of Tangled in less than 24 hours. And, how did I like it the second time around? I still loved it. In fact, I think I noticed and appreciated more things the second time around. I loved that while the film was computer animated, it felt there was more attention to style and color in this film than they had done in a long time. It could have been easy for Disney to have created an ultra realistic universe, but, the design is wonderfully stylistic invoking a bit of Eyvind Earle. At the same time, there are these beautifully realistic textures, especially in the hair and cloth.

Also, in this day and age where more and more films are going to 3D, I am glad to see Disney using the technology in a way that isn't schticky, but to really add dimension to the film. One of the more notable moments for me was when I was watching the floating lantern sequence. I realized during this viewing that it really seemed like the lanterns were floating out into the audience. Yet, it wasn't distracting. Just beautiful. I kind of want to watch the film in 2D sometime just to see the difference, but I really love the 3D in this film.

For more thoughts on this film, you can read
my whole review of Tangled from last night.

Also, if you want to see all the photos from my experience at the El Capitan during opening day for Tangled, please visit my Flickr set -
Viewing Tangled at the El Capitan - November 24, 2010.

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  1. It's so awesome they do all these special things at El Capitan! My friends Lin and Aline and I are hoping quite desperately we'll be able to see Tangled in original non dubbed version soon :)
    It's being released in Belgium next Wednesday (December 1) and the tv promo has the English movie in it so there is hope! :)
    *fingers crossed*

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