GBBP 123: Chris Sonnenburg (+ ‘Tangled’ Giveaway)

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The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Episode 123: Chris Sonnenburg

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This week, we’re heading back to the kingdom of Corona! We’re chatting with Chris Sonnenburg, who developed and is currently executive producer on the new Tangled: The Series. The show, which kicked off with the premiere Tangled: Before Ever After and got greenlit for a second season before the first even began, fills in the time between the original Tangled film and the Tangled Ever After short.

Sonnenburg has been in animation for more than 20 years and has worked most of that time with Disney. His story is also a bit of an inspiration. He began as an in-betweener (i.e., the bottom of the animation totem pole) on Pocahontas and then worked his way up through Hercules, Mulan, Fantasia 2000, and others. He eventually became assistant animation supervisor on Enchanted and then assistant animation director on Kung Fu Panda (for DreamWorks). And now he’s executive producing a flagship show for The Disney Channel.

On the show, we talk about reuniting the original crew (Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Alan Menken are all back in their respective roles), how Sonnenburg’s own family dynamic plays into the show, the decisions that factored into the new animation style, and why it’s important to write Rapunzel (and her parents) with the audience in mind.

Also! We’re bringing you a giveaway this week! If you’ve got a young Tangled fan in your house, you might be interested in entering below for a chance to win some fun Tangled goodies. Good luck!


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