Merchandising isn’t the only big marketing move when it comes to promoting the latest Disney film, books are huge business too. Personally, I’ve become a huge fan of the junior novelization series which are often available a month or more before the film is released. It’s always fascinating to see just how similar the book, which is based on the actual scripts, is (or isn’t) to the final product. Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3 were dead-on while The Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes one imagine there’s a lot of film still sitting on the cutting room floor.
But this isn’t about the junior novelization for Tangled simply because it hasn’t been released yet. It will be released on September 14 along with most of the other initial books with tie-ins to the film. This is about Learn to Draw Disney’s Tangled which was released last Tuesday. Unfortunately circumstances prevented me from getting it until today, but it made up for it in spades. Along with pages instructing the audience (aimed at children, but let’s say talented ones) to draw characters as well as profiles and other various tips, there is also a four page tiny tot novelization of the story which reveals major plot points. The instructional pages themselves also reveal interesting information previously unknown (to me) as well as some interesting concept art, the most interesting of which — which Disney probably was reluctant to let out — is actually on Amazon.com for all to see. More of that in the spoilers.
So without further ado, here is SOME of what the first Tangled book reveals about the film. Click the reveal should you wish.
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