Friday, September 11, 2009

Mandy Moore to voice Disney's Rapunzel

Former teen pop star-turned movie actress, Mandy Moore will be lending her voice to Disney's upcoming "Rapunzel" CGI animated feature (out Christmas 2010). Since Mandy can both sing and act, she'll be used for all of Rapunzel's vocals.Sounds like a good choice to me! She's got a great voice and will fit within the wholesome family image that Disney likes to portray.

It is insteresting to note, however, that more and more, Disney seems to be employing a tactic of other animation studios of using big named voices in the title roles to draw attention to their movies. Obviously, Disney has always included famous voices like, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degeneres and Robin Williams in their movies, but those were more supporting roles.
Unlike classics The Little Mermaid and Beauty & the Beast, Disney's new princess films The Princess and the Frog and Rapunzel employ young actresses who are already extremely successful names (Anika Noni Rose and Mandy Moore).

The studio seems to want to have a real girl young viewers can connect to, and from a company that is basically surviving off Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

At all.

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