‘Tangled’ Animated TV Series Based on Film Coming to Disney Channel

'Tangled' TV Series Based on Movie
Courtesy of Disney Channel

Tangled” is heading to the small screen. Based on the 2010 feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the animated television series is slated to premiere on Disney Channel in 2017.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles, voicing Rapunzel and Eugene, also known as Flynn Rider, respectively.

The series follows the success of Disney Channel’s 2012 “Tangled Ever After” short, which brought in five million total viewers.

The Disney Television Animation project reunites the movie’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater who will work on the series, which is being developed by exec producer Chris Sonnenburg (“Enchanted”), who will also serve as supervising director, and Shane Prigmore (“The Lego Movie”), who is co-exec producer and creator director.

“The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion. And we are fortunate to have several of the creative talent from that movie on board with this new production,” commented Gary Marsh, president and CCO of Disney Channels Worldwide. “With the addition of Chris and Shane as executive producers, we have the perfect team in place to create a series worthy of the original film.”

“Tangled” on Disney Channel is set between the events of the original film and the start of “Tangled Ever After.” The series follows the long-locked Rapunzel (Moore), as she acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, and realizes there is much more she needs to learn before she can truly accept her royal destiny, causing her to put her crown and put her marriage on hold to seek out epic adventures, much to the dismay of her father, the King. Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey will be the charming bandit Eugene (Levi); the plucky chameleon sidekick, Pascal; the no-nonsense horse, Maximus; the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and newcomer Cassandra, a tough-as-nails handmaiden, who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant.

Jase Ricci (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) is the story editor on the “Tangled” series and Kevin Kliesch (“Tangled Ever After”) will serve as the score composer. Claire Keane (“Frozen,” “Tangled”) consulted on development of the series.

The “Tangled” series is the latest step in the Disney franchise, following the huge box office success. The Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated film opened with $68.7 million and earned $200 million domestically and over $593 million globally. The original song “I See the Light,” recorded by Moore and Levi, also won a Grammy Award.

“Tangled” is also featured at Disney theme parks, and Rapunzel has become one of the top-selling Disney Princesses among Disney Store and Disney Publishing merchandise. The tale is being adapted for a stage show on Disney Magic cruise ship, set to premiere onboard this November.

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  1. Vellerie says:

    Yeah, I have to wonder how they would continue this without her long magical hair, as that is what Rapunzel is known for and what the plot revolved around. And if they give her long blonde hair, then that messes with the Canon ending and it loses credibility. Not sure this series is a good idea.

  2. Alyssa Boyle says:

    So excited about this! Glad Pascal and Maximus will be a part of this.

  3. Anon says:

    Will Rapunzel regain her magical hair, will she resume the Alice Cullen haircut, or will she go *holds snicker* bald! XD

  4. Christine says:

    I’m so happy about this happening. Except, along with everyone else, I’m wondering why in the world is Rapunzel gonna have her long blonde hair? It was cut off at the end of the movie. The show SHOULD have her as a short haired brunette, as it takes place after the movie. As a short haired brunette myself, her having her long blonde hair in this TV series, makes this very bittersweet.

  5. celestineday says:

    Chiming in with the others: “long-locked”? Her hair was cut at the end of the movie. This isn’t just nitpicking; it’s a huge thing. If she’s blonde and with her long, magic hair in the series… it invalidates the end of the movie.

  6. Joanne G says:

    So does this mean she’ll be a short-haired brunette on the show?

  7. Branislav says:

    so, is this series going to be 2D, or CGI?

  8. Roy says:

    How can she be “long-locked” when her magic hair was cut off at the end of the movie?

    • Anonymous says:

      She apparently got it back in stuff like Sofia the First

      • Anna says:

        But then in Tangled Ever After, during her wedding, she has the short brown hair. So will she get back magical hair, and then lose it again?!

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